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In a Facebook post Thursday, Chelsea Clinton welcomed her dad to Twitter.  She might as well have announced that her mom will run for president in 2016.

Let's see...  Bill Clinton is on Twitter.  Chelsea, who is well known for shunning publicity and shooing away the press, has become an active participant on Facebook.  And Chelsea gives TED talks to teens that are then circulated online.

It's called early adoption of a social media strategy folks.  Of course Hillary is running.


In her recent TEDxTeen talk, Chelsea Clinton encouraged young people to step up and make a change.



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abc_ann_mr_120718_wg-300x168.jpgAnn Romney, wife of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, will test her TV hosting chops next week, when she fills in for Good Morning America host Robin Roberts. The ever popular Roberts is on medical leave, after having a bone marrow transplant earlier this month.  Mrs. Romney's GMA hosting gig will pair her with GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos, who is also known for hosting political talk show This Week and serving as Chief of Staff to President Clinton in an earlier life.

As women make up the majority of GMA viewers, the Romney campaign likely hopes that Mrs. Romney will help attract GMA's female viewership to Mitt Romney.  Mitt is no chick magnet, as current polls show that he trails President Obama with women by a wide margin. Mitt's got going to have to chase a lot of skirts to match President Obama's popularity with women. Perhaps Mrs. Romney, who has higher favorable than her husband, will help him catch some.

We look forward to watching Mrs. Romney on GMA, and more eagerly, we look forward to seeing what she will be wearing.  Her hair, makeup and dress (Oscar de la Renta, girl!)  at the RNC convention were flawless. (Think we're shallow?  Then go read The Atlantic or something.)

Being bipartisan and all, GMA has also extended a hosting invitation to First Lady Michelle Obama.  We wait with baited breath to see if the First Lady will accept, and we'll update you as soon as we know whether she too will join us in our living rooms for coffee and burnt blueberry pop pop tarts. 

Toodles.

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Journalist Cambell Brown (formerly of CNN - remember?) has a mind of her own, despite being female and married to a man who is "somebody" in the Romney campaign.  (Imagine that.)


She's so over people who discredit her journalistic pieces based on who her spouse is (i.e., "She's married to a Romney guy"), rather than possible factual and logical weaknesses in the assertions she makes.

Campbell is married to Dan Senor, a Republican strategist working for Mitt Romney.  She argues that her marriage has little impact on her ability to remain objective as a professional journalist.  

Do you agree with Campbell? Do you think her critics would be as vocal if she were a man married to someone working in a partisan job?

Watch Campbell vent on Morning Joe, and then share your opinion in the comments yo.

(And by the way, here's Campbell and Dan's wedding announcement from The New York Times, just because we LOVE reading about weddings.)





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Long time football fan and former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, makes a fashion statement for her fave team, the Cleveland Browns.

 "I never miss a game or a chance to show off my team colors," she said in an ad for NFLShop.com.  

Love it!

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Taylor Swift in Rodarte. Photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue.


Taylor Swift talks to Vogue about musicians, fashion designers, and of course, guys.  But who really makes her see stars? Political and charitable advocates Caroline and Ethel Kennedy (JFK's daughter and RFK's widow). 

"The only time in my life I have been starstruck was meeting Caroline and Ethel Kennedy," the singer songwriter tells Vogue. "I got to spend the afternoon with Ethel a couple of weeks ago. She is one of my favorites because you look back at the pictures of her and Bobby and they always look like they are having the most fun out of everybody. You know, eleven kids, all these exotic animals on their property.  I've read a lot about them."

She keeps the compliments coming. "Sometimes you see these people who are just so - God - so affected by all of [their success], where ambition has taken precedence over happiness.  But when I meet people who really embody this serenity of knowing that they have had an amazing life - James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson and Ethel Kennedy...." She smiles her twinkly-eyed smile. "They just seem to be so effervescent."

Check Taylor out on the cover of Vogue's January 2012 issue, which is on news stands now.  And yep, that's her pictured above - sporting a new look with straight hair and all - in a Rodarte blue chiffon dress paired with jeans.

Actress Jennifer Garner graces the cover InStyle's January issue.  Inside, the five months pregnant actress is so stunning in a three page fashion spread that she nearly makes a baby bump the must-have fashion accessory of 2012.

In addition to movies, marriage and children, Jennifer dished a bit on politics and whether a political career is in her future.

On husband Ben Affleck, who is an outspoken Democrat: Will he run for office?

Every four years the subject seems to come up. I don't know the answer. I don't know what'll spark him, but he's really into doing what he's doing right now. Maybe if he could just be plopped into office without running? He'd be really good at it.

On whether she'll run for office herself.  Afterall, she was asked by some in her home state of West Virginia to run for the U.S. Senate when Sen. Robert Byrd retired.

 It's been made so unattractive. And it doesn't fit in with my life right now.

So nope, she has no plans to run.  She's enjoying life as an actress, producer, wife and mom-in-chief way too much for that.

 

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Left to Right: Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Five Executive Producer Kristin Hahn, and actress Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston was in Washington, D.C. Monday promoting breast cancer awareness.

Dressed in a black turtleneck and jeans, the actress met Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, in Alexandria, Virginia (my hometown!).  Together they toured the breast cancer center at iNova Alexandria Hospital (where I used to be a candystriper).

The women then headed over to the Ronald Reagan Building for a reception and screening of Five, a Lifetime anthology of five short films that chronicle the experiences of five breast cancer patients. Jennifer executive produced the movie and directed one of the short films.  (Demi Moore and Alicia Keys also directed films.) 

Later that evening, Jennifer joined boyfriend Justin Theroux, Jeanne Tripplehorne (who plays an oncologist in Five), and Patricia Clarkson (who plays a cancer patient in Five) for dinner at Fiola Da Fabio Trabocchi on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Jennifer had the white truffle pasta.

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Karl_Lagerfeld.jpgPromoting his new, affordable Macy's collection in USA Today, Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion icon best known as the man behind modern-day Chanel and Fendi, dished a bit on Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton.

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"I love Madame Obama, but not in terms of clothes," says Lagerfeld, sipping on Diet Coke, the only caffeine he drinks.  "I like her face, the cleverness of her face.  Her face is stronger than the clothes."

(Somewhere Mrs. Obama must be thinking, "Thanks.... I think.")

On Kate Middleton, now more formally known as Princess Catherine or The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton's wedding dress was "a very perfect choice for the circumstances - even if the other sister (Pippa) got more attention." 

(Indeed, Lagerfeld is a master of the backhanded compliment.)

Kate, he continues, "has a perfect figure, but she has to play 'decent' so she cannot be a wild fashion thing.  Kate Moss has more fun."




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In the August issue of Harper's Bazaar, Katherine Schwarzenegger, 21, talks about family, personal goals and her future.

Katherine opens up about coping with the very public separation of her parents, journalist Maria Shriver and actor/former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. A get away to London, retail therapy and listening to Adele got her through the hard times.

"Oh! I'm obsessed with Adele.  It's the best emotional music," she told the magazine. "These past two months, I'm like, bring it on, Adele."

A senior at the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!), Katherine is more than just a political scion and Hollywood daughter.   She is author of Rock What You've Got, a New York Times bestseller aimed at helping teens with self confidence issues.  She also gives motivational speeches to young women and helps her family organize the Special Olympics.

File under: Seriously?


During a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Senator Amy Klobuchar asked Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan how she would rule in the "famous cases" of Edward v. Jacob and the Vampire v. Werewolf, characters from the Twilight book/movie series.

Obvs Sen. Klobuchar was joking, but still.



From Oprah.com:

In June 2009, married South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford went missing. Five days later, he surfaced and confessed he traveled to Argentina for a secret rendezvous with a woman he calls his soul mate. His wife, Jenny Sanford, has filed for divorce and is now telling her story in her new book, Staying True. She tells Oprah about discovering the affair, her decision to file for divorce and how this ordeal has affected her family.  Here's the vid.

 

Michelle Obama_Isaac Mizrahi.jpgAmerican designer Isaac Mizrahi is over the moon about Michelle Obama's dress choice for the State of the Union address.  Why? Because she wore his dress!

Mizrahi said in his video blog that he thinks Mrs. Obama looked "exquisitely beautiful" in the dress, and that he was "thrilled" to learn that she'd worn it. 

"It was the right dress at the right time, which is what fashion is all about," Mizrahi gushes about the First Lady's choice. It was "not left, not right; it was kind of a bipartisan dress," because it was purple, a combo of red and blue.

In the video, Mizrahi is all giddy Mrs. Obama's whole look, noting that her new bob hairstyle is "divine" and "really gorgeous."

Oh, and lookie here below.  Mizrahi isn't the only one who thinks Michelle looks hot in purple.

 

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Catch Sarah Palin on Oprah in 10 minutes (Monday at 4pm EST).  Palin will talk about the past election, Katie Couric, Levi Johnston, her family and her new book.

 

 

First Lady Michelle Obama is the epitome of holiday sparkle on the cover of Glamour's Women of the Year issue (December issue, on stands November 10th).

Mrs. Obama is pictured wearing a sleeveless, Santa red cocktail dress and a chunky, beaded necklace decorated with two large bows.  Of course, we had to know what stylist and/or designer is responsible for Mrs. Obama's fab look.  Glamour filled us in: "She styled herself and wore her own clothes!" 

Mrs. Obama appears on Glamour's cover, because the magazine is honoring her for her commitment to mentoring young women.  Mentoring is very important to the First Lady, as she told Katie Couric, Glamour's new monthly columnist: 

"I think that mentoring is such a critical part of the role I can play in this position. I see how little bits of exposure and big bits of exposure really change my girls significantly, and I want that for more girls around the country and the world."

On a fun note, the First Lady also showed that she has the chops to be a dating mentor. (Move over, Millionaire Matchmaker! )  Mrs. O's advice on men?  Don't fall for dreamy eyes and a pretty smile, 'cuz cute ain't all that:  

"Cute's good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's, Who are you as a person? Don't look at the bankbook or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul...When you're dating a man, you should always feel good...You shouldn't be in a relationship with somebody who doesn't make you completely happy and make you feel whole."

For more, read excerpts of Mrs. Obama's interview over here and then get thee to a magazine stand to pick up Glamour on November 10th.

By Quin Woodward Pu

 

Though Senator John McCain failed to clench the presidency, his run for commander-in-chief thrust his daughter, Meghan, into the national spotlight. Meghan is best known for writing the McCain Blogette, a blog recounting her experiences on the campaign trail with her father.

 

We couldn't help but notice that in addition to writing chops, Meghan's got some seriously awesome fashion ensembles too. As Meghan has pursued post-campaign endeavors, such as writing for the Daily Beast and talking politics on national television shows, she's brought her rockin' threads with her.  

 

Meghan McCain and Tila.jpgMeghan's got quite a voluptuous shape, and she likes to dress it in solids, especially black. Pictured left (blonde on the right) at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, she paired a conservative black dress with an oversized Louis Vuitton black leather handbag -- not too exciting, but certainly very classy.

 

(A more surprising match? Meghan's rumored new BFF, reality TV star Tila Tequila, pictured left with Meghan, paired a floating white pearl necklace with a fitted black mini-dress and high-heeled bondage sandals to create a sexier version of Meghan's classic get-up.)

We also think Meghan totally pulls off the Norweigan look (she "inherited" her mother's ultra-peroxided blonde locks), but we're glad she hasn't resorted to Christina Aguilera red lipstick. (Not that "Ain't No Other Man" isn't on our pre-game playlist or anything.) Meghan generally opts for subtler makeup, and in line with her classic tastes are her accessories. Behold these timeless (and recession-unfriendly $400) Chanel shades and gold hoop earrings (pictured below).

  

Meghan McCain shades.jpgAs Meghan continues to blog her way through life, we hope she adds a little more color to her wardrobe. At a recent meeting with the Log Cabin Repbulicans, she stuck with her all-black look in a fabulous brocaded suit. Chic, yes, but c'mon, Meghan. Aren't you trying to re-energize the party? You totally could have gotten away with this crazy patriot-on-crack concoction.

  


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Quin Headshot.JPGQuin Woodward Pu is an up-and-coming Washington writer who loves all things fashion and politics. Read her weekly column, Beltway Beauty Beat, for updates on the best-dressed, and sometimes, the not-so-best dressed, in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @quinwoodwardpu.

 

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We reported in the Daily Polichicks that when Hillary Clinton was asked by a Congolese student about Bill Clinton's opinion (intead of hers) on a Chinese loan to Congo, she responded, "Are you effing kidding me?! I'm Secretary of State, not Bill!"  That's not an exact quote, but whatever, close enough. 

If you're going to be a stickler for accuracy, maybe you should check out the Washington Post or some other publication that subscribes to the ethics of journalism and pays for fact checkers.  We report just enough to get by at a cocktail party.  Besides, if you were a guest at a cocktail party on your third or fourth mojito, well, then "are you effing kidding me?!" would be exactly what Hillary Clinton said. But we digress....

Anyhoo-  we can't really blame Hillary for being miffed if the questioner valued the opinion of the "man of the house" rather than that of "the little lady."  On the other hand, one never really knows why a question is being asked, so it's best not to make assumptions.  The questioner, who asked about Dikembe Mutombo's opinion as well as Bill Clinton's, may have wanted to know Bill's opinion simply out of curiosity or to see if it differed from Hillary's.  According to the Associated Press, the French speaking student who asked the question in English approached Hillary after the event was over and explained that he had actually intended to ask her for President Obama's opinion.

Here's the vid.  Watch and formulate your own opinion.

 

Follow Polichicks on Twitter at @polichicks.


 


Judge Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday.    Justice Sotomayor is the first Latina (and only the third woman, period) to sit on the high court.


Dressed in a crisp, cream skirt suit and accompanied by her mother and brother, Justice Sotomayor looked so happy, proud and eager to serve in the moments before Chief Justice John Roberts began the proceedings.  She enthusiastically hugged her mother and then her brother after the brief ceremony was completed.


Felicitaciones, Justice Sotomayor!


 

 

 

Michelle Obama haircut.jpgMichelle Obama is often revered for her wardrobe of non-elitist, relatively inexpensive clothing items from stores like Talbots, Gap and J.Crew, but recently she has decided to add civic appeal to a new aspect of her aesthetic: her hair. The first lady debuted her new short and sassy new 'do Tuesday night at a White House event featuring country music star Brad Paisley, and paired a chic white dress with pink-infused makeup and ladylike pearl earrings for a sophisticated and polished evening look.

While this bob is definitely not in the vanguard of hairstyles for the year (see: shaved heads a la Rihianna and Solange), it's definitely an improvement from Mrs. O's previous style. This look is also a little delayed given that WAG Posh and Hollywood BFF Katie Holmes both lopped off all their locks like this a few years ago. Perhaps this is what gives her hair plenty of appeal, however: while previously only stick-thin, superfit movie stars with huge bank accounts and celebrity stylists could afford this risky cut, Mrs. Obama, who has aimed many of her sartorial ensembles to the general public with their lower price tags (especially with the, ahem, recession) and fuller-framed cuts, looks like a graceful "everyday" woman. Maybe this will inspire more housewives to chop off their longer manes, even without the upper-end three digit-charging celeb haircutters.

 

Although her hairstyle here may be some updo-hairpin-slickback trickery, she definitely looks more president's wife than soccer mom with this elegant appearance. Mrs. Obama's hair would have more personality if she made the decision to go long or short, instead of her mid-length, shoulder-skimming shag she has been sporting previously. We hope to see more of Mrs. Obama carrying off this top-to-toe prim and proper look! 

 

- Quin Woodward Pu

 

Quin Woodward Pu is an up-and-coming Washington writer who loves all things fashion and politics. Read her weekly column, Beltway Beauty Beat, for updates on the best-dressed, and sometimes, the not-so-best dressed, in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @quinwoodwardpu.

 

 

 

Desiree Rogers Valerie Jarrett Capitol File.jpgWhite House Social Secretary, Desiree Rogers, and Special Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, are featured on the cover of the June issue of Capitol File.  Read the cover story over here.


 


First Lady Michelle Obama was a hit at the Kennedy Center Spring Gala, receiving a standing ovation even though she never appeared on stage.  She enjoyed the event with her mother and longtime girlfriends Valerie Jarrett (Special Advisor to President Obama)  and Desiree Rogers (White House Social Secretary).  Gala guests included Vera Wang and Paris Hilton.

 

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Desiree Rogers in the East Room of the White House.  She is wearing Cartier earrings (We want, want WANT!) and a trench coat by Viktor & Rolf.

We've got some interesting dish on White house Social Secretary Desiree Rogers.  Like, when she plans a White House party, she has a lot more on her mind than just seating charts, what to wear and whether to go with cloth or paper napkins - she's thinking of how each event might extend the Obama presidency as a brand.  (Smart!) She has an after Weight Watchers figure (hate her!), impeccable taste, and - get this!- an ancestor who was a Creole voodoo priestess! (No, seriously.) 

How are we so smart?  Where do we get our secrets?  Why, from WSJ Magazine, of course!  Ms. Rogers is featured in the May issue.  So either pick up a copy or click on the links below to take a peek inside the magazine and her fabulous life.

You can read the WSJ magazine article about Desiree here.

You can view a slide show of Desiree-produced White House events here.

You can see who Desiree has friended here

You can check out Polichicks last profile on Desiree (including a CNN video interview with her) here

 

Meghan McCain shades.jpgMeghan McCain just signed a six figure book deal for her second book.  Her first book was a children's book about her father, former presidential candidate John McCain.

Meghan's publisher-to-be, Hyperion, released a statement saying that Meghan's book will "touch on topics ranging from what the party needs to do to attract others like her, to the importance of technology in reaching out to younger voters, to what needs to be done to keep young people passionate and involved in politics in the future." 

You can pick up Meghan's new book in the spring of 2010.

 

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Sarah Brown, left, wearing a fabulous (and presumably rented) Graeme Black jacket with her husband and the Obamas.  Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

What does British First Lady Sarah Brown have in common with Carrie Bradshaw's assistant Louise?  She rents her fashion, girlfriend!

When Mrs. Brown wore a $13,000 blouse to an event during the G-20 summit, tongues wagged about how she could afford such a piece.  Well, she couldn't.  Mrs. Brown has no income and is not allowed to accept gifts or loans of clothing as First Lady, so she simply rented a few fabulous outfits. 

So now the secret is out of the closet - just not hers.  And we're not mad at her either.  She's just doing what any fashionista in a bind (and a bad economy) would do.

Fabulous and fierce, Silda Wall Spitzer is back.

But don't call it a comeback, because she's not the one who did anything wrong.  In the March issue of Vogue (the one with Michelle Obama on the cover), Silda  breaks her silence for the first time since her husband, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, resigned after getting caught up in a prostitution scandal.  Silda talks briefly about the scandal, but on a more interesting note, chats about her new job as a fund manager and her work with Children for Children, a charity that she founded. 

For more, pick up the March Vogue on news stands now. 

In one fabulous little op-ed, writer Jeanne McManus sums up the point of Polichicks: a woman's ability to be both mentally and fashionably fierce should be covered by the press.  Some readers, us Polichicks included, like to read about a woman's (or a man's) smart fashion choices just as much as her intelligent policy decisions.   "I enjoy reading about Michelle Obama's clothes," McManus writes. "I like to know what she's wearing, appreciate details about her shoes and gloves, wonder where she got her necklace."

We're so on the same page.  Do we care to hear Michelle Obama's message? Yes. Do we want to know what she's wearing when she delivers it? Hells yes!

McNamus implores the press to give us more of what she wore: "I think we have an opportunity for another kind of change in the coverage of a woman who thinks smart, talks smart and looks smart. Why can't we readers be allowed to see the whole picture?"

 

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Outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice played the piano for Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace Monday.  Secretary Rice is in London on what is expected to be her final visit to Britain before President elect Barack Obama takes office on January 20, 2009.

Here's a bit of Condi's performance:

 

There's been a lot of controversy about shady robocalls lately, but it turns out that John McCain isn't behind all of them...

 

In case you missed it, here's Michelle Obama on Jay Leno.  Yellow outfit purchased online at J.Crew.

 

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck introduced Sarah Palin at a rally in Tampa this weekend. 

"As you can see, Sarah Palin sure is a woman who knows how to dress," Hasselbeck said. "I'm actually personally most impressed, you know, by her accessories, like the flag pin that she wears...."

We noticed that Hasselbeck's speech style, intonation and mannerisms  are almost identical to Sarah Palin's.  Shared speech coach, perhaps? If we weren't watching Hasselbeck, we would think Palin was speaking.  Just an observation...


Anyway, Hasselbeck did well, looked great and got a warm reception from the crowd.  Here's a clip of her speech.


 


 

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Rev. Leah D. Daughtry

"No kicking, no screaming, no shoving, no hairpulling..."  As CEO of the DNC Convention Committee, Leah Daughtry likely invokes these words every now and again to control the hoards of people lining up for DNC Convention credentials.  With a history making candidate expected to accept the Democratic nomination, an outstanding speaker line up and star studded events, Rev. Daughtry is managing the hottest ticket in town.  A town called Denver, to be exact.

So who is Leah Daughtry anyway?  Keep reading, cuz we're gonna tell it all, girl! (You know how we do.)

·         Rev. Daughtry is the CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee.  That means she is in charge of the whole shebang.

 

·         Rev. Daughtry is Chief of Staff to DNC Chairman Howard Dean, and she keeps him on the straight and narrow.  She fines him every time he uses a swear word, and donates the money to her church.

 

·         She could totally brag about her family history if she weren't so humble.  Her great-great grandfather was a slave and a preacher in the slave community.  She is the granddaughter of the founder of The House of the Lord Church (Pentecostal) and the daughter of Herbert Daughtry, the current pastor of the church.

 

·         She is pastor of The House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C.  "When I'm in the pulpit, it really isn't me," she said in an interview.  "Sometimes I pray, 'Decrease me and increase you, Lord."

 

·         She directs the DNC's Faith in Action Committee, which oversees the party's outreach to religious voters.

 

·         Her resume makes you wanna shout! Past positions include senior posts at the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton administration, a post on the Clinton-Gore transition team in 1992, managing director of the 1992 DNC Convention, and Legislative Assistant to Congressman Ed Towns.  She also founded a mentoring program for girls with HIV infected mothers, while serving as Executive Director of Man-to-Man/Sister-to-Sister (a nonprofit human service agency in Brooklyn that helps improve quality of life for families).

 

·         She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1984.

Michelle Obama The View.jpgMichelle Obama is fast becoming one of the fashion icons of our day.  When Michelle wore a  Maria Pinto purple sheath dress  with a black Azzedine Alaia belt to her husband's "I am the likely nominee" speech, everybody and their momma wanted one the next day.  When she sported a black and white print dress by Donna Riccio on The View, the dress immediately sold out and Riccio had to make 3,000 more to meet demand.  And now, Vanity Fair has named Michelle to its International Best Dressed List

Will Michelle officially become America's First Fashionista?  We'll find out on Novermber 4th.

Photo: Michelle Obama in Donna Riccio with co-hosts of The View.

 

 

 

MichelleObama Ebony.jpgMichelle Obama is on the cover of Ebony this month.  She talked to the magazine about her style, getting in some me time, her husband and kids, and of course, politics.  You can listen to excerpts of her interview over here.

Also in this issue is an interview with Michelle's mother, Marian Robinson.  Mrs. Robinson talks about Michelle's childhood and the road to The White House.

 

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Barack and Michelle Obama attend the NAACP Image Awards.  Photo from AOL's BlackVoices.com.

AOL's BlackVoices website says that Michelle Obama is "hotter than July."  If they mean hotter than July in Washington D.C., well then let us tell you, that's hotter than hell

The site named Mrs. Obama one of the "20 Sexiest Black Women Over 40," noting:

US magazine recently gave the hottest couple in politics their cover, emblazoned with the headline "Why He Loves Her." Apparently featuring Michelle paid off, as sales of the issue outpaced those for usual tabloid offerings like Jessica Simpson and Heidi Montag. At 44, it seems that America agrees: Mrs. Obama is hotter than July.

Other sexy women on the list include Halle Berry (duh!), Jennifer Beals, Vanessa Williams (she ain't no Ugly Betty), Stacey Dash and Angela Bassett.

Hat Tip: BlackSuperwomen.com

 

Michelle Obama guest co-hosted The View yesterday.  Can we be the first to say that she looked FAB?  She debuted a new, softer look: sweeping bangs, flawless makeup  and a feminine flower print dress with a flower pin. Tres elegante!  And her best accessory?  Her brain. 

Bobby Kennedys daughters and granddaughters.jpgRobert F. "Bobby" Kennedy, kid brother of President John F. Kennedy, was killed 40 years ago, while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Bobby was a crusader for racial and economic justice, and when he died, many thought the "dream" died too.

Not so, say the women he left behind.  Glamour talked to Bobby's daughters and granddaughters - yep, all 14 of 'em - to get full scoop on how they keep their father and grandfather's dreams alive through continued public service.

Read up over here and view their family photo album here.

 

bhutto_rally_1227.jpgPakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, 54, was killed today at a campaign rally where she spoke before thousands of supporters.  A sucide bomber shot her in the neck and chest before blowing himself up.  At least 20 others were killed.

Bhutto, a former prime minister of Pakistan, returned to the country from exile on October 18th.  That same day, she was almost injured in a suicide bomber attack that killed 140 people at her homecoming parade.

No one has claimed responsibility for Bhutto's asassination, but some of her supporters believe that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was behind it.  Musharaff was well known as her main political opponent.

Bhutto's party, which is Pakistan's largest political party, is left without her leadership just days before Pakistan's parliamentary election.  Her party had been expected to do well.

In photo above, Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto waves to supporters at a campaign rally shortly before she was gunned down.  Photo credtit: Mian Khursheed/Reuters

 

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Meghan McCain and dad John McCain on the campaign trail.  Photo credit: McCainBlogette.com.

Meghan McCain (John McCain's daughter) was on Fox News last week talking about her blog, McCainBlogette.com.  Watch it here.

George Clooney insists that he's never getting married.  Whatever. Aren't you the girl who will change his mind and totally sweep him off his feet? Of course you are!  So start planning that wedding, girl!

(And for the record, you are so not a stalker.  This is love.)

Marriage plans create many questions.  Like, who will pay all of the bills? (Duh, him!) Which BFF will be your maid of honor? Can you find white Manolos that don't hurt?  And will anyone snicker or text ROFLMAO to their friends when they see you in white?  These questions are easily answered. But -

To change your name or not change your name, that is the (really tough) question.  

Be traditional and take his name?  Independent and keep your name? Hyphenate? Pull a Bennifer and create a combo name? 

Hard questions.  Here's how Congresswoman Mary Bono and other women in politics answered them. 


We've gotten a whole lot of requests from polichicks to post the video of the first lady wannabes' panel discussion at the 2007 Women's Conference..  Five fabulously smart and beautiful wives of presidential candidates participated.  Okay, only four seemed smart, but we're not saying who we think was lacking. 


Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Jeri Thompson, Elizabeth Edwards and Cindy McCain talked about life on the campaign trail, balancing their campaign and family obligations, raising kids, supporting their husbands, and who supports them while they support their men.  California First Lady Maria Shriver moderated. 

 

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Ashley Judd, actress and YouthAIDS Global Ambasador, with YouthAIDS founder Kate Roberts

Actress and activist Ashley Judd will hit the political talk show circuit today to drum up support for programs that fight youth AIDS.  She will talk about the youth AIDS problem on Fox News Sunday and This Week.

More than 12 million people under the age of 25 are infected with HIV and more than 50 percent of all new infections occur among 15- to 24-year-olds.  "There is an extraordinary, compelling, urgent problem," Ashley told CNN.

Ashley is a Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, a nonprofit organization that uses pop culture to market safe sex practices to youth.  YouthAIDS programs promoting AIDS prevention have reached more than 60 million youth in 60 countries.

Ashley has traveled to 10 countries in her role as Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS. She told CNN, "I have the opportunity to visit the everyday, unsung, unheralded heroes around the world, who are working in public health in extreme conditions, grossly underfunded, and celebrate them.  And then go to governmental bodies and heads of state and to the media and say, 'Oh my gosh! Wait until you hear about this amazing grassroots program that I just saw in Cambodia.'" 

You can watch Ashley discuss her work with YouthAIDS here .  Watch her and other celebrities (Christina Aguilera, Cindy Crawford, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LL Cool J and Salma Hayek) participate in an ALDO/YouthAIDS awareness campaign at the end of this entry.

In addition to her work promoting AIDS prevention, Ashley is very politically active. She is a pro-choice advocate and gives speeches and attends rallies in support of the cause. She has made financial contributions to Democratic candidates, and she supported former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., by appearing at a  "Women for Ford" event during his U.S. Senate campaign.

 

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Argentina's first lady and president-elect senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner celebrates at her campaign headquarters in Buenos Aires, October 28, 2007. (Andres Stapff/Reuters)

Argentina elected its first woman president on Sunday!

From Reuters:

First Lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will become Argentina's first elected female president after taking victory in Sunday's election.

A center-leftist senator, she is expected to continue the policies of her husband, President Nestor Kirchner, who has overseen an economic boom following a deep crisis in 2001-02.

See also:

First lady claims victory in Argentina [AP]

Argentina's first lady crusies to victory [Reuters]

FACTBOX: Policies of Argentina's President Elect [Reuters]

Argentina's first lady wins top job [Reuters]

Randi Rhodes.jpgWe have some sad news, polichicks.  Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes was mugged Sunday in New York City while walking her dog Simon.  The assailants beat her up badly and knocked out several of her teeth. 

Randi was not wearing jewelry or carrying a purse at the time of the attack, so there is speculation that Randi was not mugged, but was the victim of a "hate crime" because of her liberal views.

We polichicks, red and blue, all wish Randi a full and speedy recovery.  Hang in there, girl!

$75 Million Woman

Julianna Smoot_Obama Finance Dir_Credit Ricky Carioti for Washington Post.jpgPolichicks, check out this Washington Post profile of a woman in politics doing her thingJulianna Smoot took Barack Obama's fundraising plan from just a hope and a prayer to a lean, mean money machine.

Julianna Smoot wearing her best accessory, a smile. Photo credit: Rick Carioti, The Washington Post.

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