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Michelle Obama is quietly planning her next act

Source: Washington Post

As Michelle Obama prepares to leave the White House, she’s been talking publicly about how eager she is to return to normal life. “I want to open my front door without discussing it with anyone — and just walk,” she told Oprah Winfrey in an interview last year.

She has also said she wants to sit in a yard, stroll through a big-box store and open a window in her house, all things she has not been able to do for eight years.

Yet a team is already laying the groundwork for what’s likely to be a somewhat busier post-White House schedule for a popular first lady who has signaled her eagerness to continue her advocacy work of recent years — and has proven to be a compelling voice in American politics.

After a long break, Michelle Obama plans to get to work with a small staff that will move into office space in Washington. The group will be led by Melissa Winter, the first lady’s longtime deputy chief of staff. A veteran Capitol Hill aide, Winter was the first lady’s first hire during her husband’s 2007 campaign.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/michelle-obama-is-quietly-planning-her-next-act/2017/01/14/45848920-d9c0-11e6-9f9f-5cdb4b7f8dd7_story.html

Was President Obama good for Michigan?

Source: Freep

President Barack Obama carried Michigan twice by easy margins and remains popular in the state in the waning days of his administration.

So how should he be remembered here?

"From start to finish, this administration has been a real champion for the auto industry," said Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. "Things would have turned out very differently for us if we didn't have a president who understood that we need to make things in America."

As the president prepares to leave office this week, here's a look at some of his policies and the effects they've had on Michigan:

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/01/15/obama-michigan/96494140/

Michael Franti spreads "Sunshine" (for my fellow DUers who may need a little sunshine)

The Chiefs drafted an abuser, who turned out to be a star. How should fans feel?

Source: The Washington Post


Eight months ago, Struby began her workday at the Rose Brooks shelter. Colleagues were talking about the player the Chiefs had drafted a night earlier, the things he could do on a football field being weighed against the things he had done in Oklahoma.

She thought about it, trying to balance these two powerful forces in her life. Eventually she realized that, no, it was not possible to a support a team with Hill on it. Anything else, she would say much later, would feel disloyal to those who confided in and relied on her.

That day she went home and braced for a complicated discussion with her son. Her husband, though, had reached the boy first, carefully explaining Hill’s background in contrast to the women Mommy helps.

When she reached her son’s bedroom door, Struby said, she saw his hand-drawn sign: a Chiefs logo with lines crossing it out.


This was a 22-year-old athlete who, a little more than a year earlier, had pleaded guilty to putting his girlfriend in a headlock and compressing her airway, striking her in the face and slamming her head against a wall, punching her in the abdomen while she was eight weeks pregnant. Hill, who was sentenced to three years’ probation, would say he was sorry and that he understood why fans were angry. The Chiefs’ general manager, John Dorsey, asked for the trust of the organization and community, still wounded from the morning in 2012 when linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide on team property in front of the former coach and general manager.


“I think that’s part of the hard part: I fear people — and maybe this is cynical — I feel like people would’ve been more concerned about Tyreek Hill, in particular, if he wasn’t so good.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/the-chiefs-drafted-an-abuser-who-turned-out-to-be-star-how-should-fans-feel/2017/01/13/7c322810-d911-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html

Trump didn't drain the swamp, he created these swamp monsters

Source: Mashable

When he was running for President, Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp. As his inauguration approaches, it appears that Trump's plan was less about "draining the swamp" and more about clogging it with swamp monsters.

The list is long and dark, and includes a Dancing with the Stars reject who is now poised to be in charge of America's nuclear arsenal. The man responsible for helping to guide our economy was the one who sparked the mortgage crisis in the first place. These aren't do-gooder public servants but muddy corporate swamp monsters whose total net worth is $14 billion — the richest cabinet in presidential history.

Below is a brief, incomplete list of Trump's swamp monsters, as well as the mysterious powers they hold in Trump's new kingdom:

More: http://mashable.com/2017/01/13/donald-trumps-swamp-monsters/?utm_cid=hp-r-5

All the celebrities who'll be performing at the inauguration vs. protesting it in one beautiful grap

Via: http://mashable.com/2017/01/13/protesting-performing-inauguration-matrix/?utm_cid=hp-h-2

Krauthammer: Trump honeymoon officially over

Source: The Hill


"Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not been sworn in, and the honeymoon has already come and gone.”


“(Trump’s) need to dominate every news cycle feeds an almost compulsive tweet habit,” he said. "It has placed him just about continuously at the center of the national conversation, and not always to his benefit.”

Krauthammer added Trump had not improved some of the flaws from his at times wild 2016 presidential bid.

“Nothing negative goes unanswered because, for Trump, an unanswered slight has the air of concession or surrender,” he said.

“Finally, it’s his chronic indiscipline, his jumping randomly from one subject to another without rhyme, reason or larger strategy.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/314142-krauthammer-trump-honeymoon-officially-over

Oh, my!

President Obamas Farewell Address is starting soon.

How are you watching?

I will be watching via YouTube (The official White House channel):

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios is not a big fan of Trump, to say the least.


Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has made a strong political statement heading into the Australian Open, wearing an anti-Donald Trump t-shirt after his Fast4 victory over Rafael Nadal in Sydney.

Kyrgios, who was forced to scramble through his bag for a shirt after his laundry didn't arrive following his match against Nadal, is clearly no admirer of the US President-elect.
Kyrigios sports anti-Trump shirt

The world No.14 had just strapped ice on his injured knee when he was summoned to the post-match press opportunity, grabbing the eye-catching shirt so he could fulfil his media obligations.

The 21-year-old wore a shirt that had Trump's face covered with devil-like illustrations and the words "F--- Donald Trump" down the bottom.

Asked about the decision to wear the shirt, Kyrgios said: "It's pretty explanatory".

Meryl Streep @ The Golden Globes

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