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  1. rikyrah says:

    April 03, 2015

    The story of the first African-American first lady
    By: Judith Nemes

    A new biography of Michelle Obama by Northwestern University associate professor Peter Slevin, a former reporter at the Washington Post, details Obama’s early years growing up in a working-class family on the mostly segregated South Side of Chicago.

    • eliihass says:

      “…How did Michelle Obama contribute to her husband’s political journey to the White House?
      Michelle is not a fan of politics and never has been, but there’s no doubt she is a huge asset to Barack’s political career. She’s grounded, she thinks about how policies connect to real people. She’s a shrewd judge of character. Michelle’s friends describe her as the most strategic person they’ve ever met.

      When you think about Michelle’s time in the national spotlight, what is most striking to you?
      Michelle is broadly popular. She’s more popular than her husband, in fact. But before I wrote the book, I did not fully grasp the amount of vitriol—and I mean real hatred—that she endures. The Internet comments, the Photoshopped images, the racist “jokes,” some of them shared by well-known politicians who have later apologized. It’s awful and it continues…”

      “But before I wrote the book, I did not fully grasp the amount of vitriol—and I mean real hatred—that she endures.” At least the writer’s eyes were opened to the racist hate of people who look like him, to our dark-skinned First Lady.

  2. rikyrah says:

    These lowlife MOFOS here


    Missouri Republicans are trying to ban food stamp recipients from buying steak and seafood

    In 2013, Fox News proudly broadcast an interview with a young food stamp recipient who claimed to be using the government benefit to purchase lobster and sushi.

    “This is the way I want to live and I don’t really see anything changing,” Greenslate explained to Fox. “It’s free food; it’s awesome.”

    That story fit a longtime conservative suspicion that poor people use food stamps to purchase luxury items. Now, a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri is pushing for legislation that would stop people like Greenslate and severely limit what food stamp recipients can buy. The bill being proposed would ban the purchase with food stamps of “cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood or steak.”

    “The intention of the bill is to get the food stamp program back to it’s original intent, which is nutrition assistance,” said Rick Brattin, the representative who is sponsoring the proposed legislation.

    Curbing food stamp purchases of cookies, chips, energy drinks, and soft drinks at least falls in line with the food stamp program’s mission to provide nutrition. Nutrition experts are already discussing whether to remove unhealthy items from the list of foods participants can buy.

    But seafood and steak? Seafood has been shown, time and again, to be a healthy part of any diet. And steak is such a broad category that it’s essentially banning people from buying any flat cuts of beef, from porterhouse to flank.

  3. Chicas, You miss me? I miss all of y’all.

    You wanna ride it….. my motorcycle
    You’ve got a license… but you got the right to…


  4. rikyrah says:

    PragmaticObotsUnite @PragObots

    Black men UER rate dropped from 10.4% to 10%. Blk women UER rose from 8.9% to 9.2%. Blk teen UER dropped from 30% to 25%.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Law for new mothers saved after shaming of Alabama legislator
    Rachel Maddow tells the story of Alabama State Sen. Larry Stutts, a former doctor, who tried to repeal a law to help new mothers, Rose’s Law, that is named after one of his patients who died in his care. Stutts changed his mind amid widespread public outrage.–legislator-shamed-422433347542

  6. rikyrah says:

    Obama defies the odds, announces provisional Iran deal
    04/02/15 03:53 PM—UPDATED 04/02/15 04:04 PM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s easy to forget that since 1979, the United States and Iran barely spoke, at all, in any capacity. Before 2013, the two nations’ heads of state hadn’t directly communicated with one another at all. Indeed, just a decade ago, U.S. foreign policy dictated that Iran was part of an “axis of evil.”

    But today is a new, very different day. President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, leading U.S. allies, and international negotiating partners were able to overcome decades of history, animosity, and distrust to announce a provisional nuclear agreement.
    President Obama on Thursday announced a “historic understanding” with Iran that he said would prevent that country from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Moments before the president spoke from the White House, top diplomatic officials in Lausanne, Switzerland, announced the framework for a final agreement on the future of the Iranian nuclear program.

    “It is a good deal,” Obama said, adding, “If this framework leads to a final comprehensive deal, it will make our country, our allies and our world safer.”
    The agreement is not yet complete. What the negotiators agreed to is a framework – a blueprint of sorts – that will serve as the basis for additional talks in which participants will hammer out details. The P5+1 process, led by negotiators from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, Russia, and Iran, will continue for an additional three months.

    But don’t mistake this for a routine or unimportant development. On the contrary, today’s announcement is a historic diplomatic breakthrough, which could have fallen apart any number of times, and which faced long odds from the start.

    And yet, here we are.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Loretta Lynch secures majority support in Senate
    04/02/15 04:49 PM
    By Steve Benen

    As the week got underway, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, who was nominated 145 days ago, seemed to have enough votes to be confirmed, but there was some lingering uncertainty. As of Monday, most head-counts put Lynch at 50 votes – 46 Democrats and four Republicans – which would put Vice President Biden in a position to break the tie.

    But such a narrow margin left no room for error. When Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), facing federal corruption allegations, said he might abstain from voting on Lynch altogether, it raised eyebrows – if he followed through on this, the A.G. nominee would fail.

    But today Lynch’s path to confirmation appears clearer. For one thing, Menendez is now on board, his criminal indictment notwithstanding.
    Aides to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who was indicted Wednesday on federal corruption charges here, said the senator plans to support Lynch’s confirmation when it comes to the Senate floor in the coming weeks.
    For another, this afternoon Lynch picked up one additional Republican supporter.
    Senator Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, announced Thursday that he would vote to confirm Loretta E. Lynch as the next attorney general, meaning she almost certainly has the votes needed for confirmation.
    Kirk, who’s facing a difficult re-election bid in a blue state next year, joins Sens. Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, and Jeff Flake as the only GOP members publicly committed to backing Lynch’s nomination.

  8. rikyrah says:

    What $225,000 Buys You in 10 Cities
    All across the country, homes with modern conveniences, stylish updates and at least three bedrooms await the budget-conscious home buyer.

    When house shopping on a budget, finding well-designed 1-bedroom homes located in metropolitan areas can be fairly easy. But what about homes that can accommodate a growing family?

    Folks searching for such homes need not sacrifice affordability or design. The following homes, located in 10 metropolitan cities across the country, all have 3 or more bedrooms and are priced at approximately $225,000.

    • Kathleen says:

      Malia has her father’s piercing wit (“Oh, Dad, you’re so detached”). That is hilarious. I think she was the one riffing with PBO when they saw Chuck Todd’s book about PBO in the book store (“Oh, he looks so sad. Why does he look so sad”).

    • eliihass says:

      That’s our brilliant and ravishing First Lady. That’s a 51 year old mother of 2. God, she’s divine…

  9. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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