Smarts. Class. Grace.



Ariel Foxman: First Lady Michelle Obama On Style, Social Media, And The Biggest Challenges Facing Girls Today

“Sixty-two million girls around the world aren’t in school, and the first thing that comes to my mind is, ‘That could’ve been me.’ [I think about] how I would have felt at the age of 10 or 11 or 12 if somebody walked up and said, ‘That’s it. Your dreams are over! You’re going to have to leave school and get married to somebody twice your age and start having kids.'” “We can fool ourselves into thinking that everybody is still watching the evening news, but I live with Generation Z, and I know that their habits, the way they take in information in, is so different. And they’ve changed…



We’ve got to meet our constituents where they are, and they’re on Snapchat.” For more from the First Lady, pick up the October issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download Friday, September 16. Coming soon: InStyle’s super-chic designer tote collection to benefit the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund. Sign up for an email alert and be first to shop the collection when it launches on Monday.

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130 Responses to “Smarts. Class. Grace.”

  1. 1 Jazz
    March 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous inside and out!

  2. March 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Winning without having to have a run-off would be great!!!

    • 7 Betsy
      March 30, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Please, please, please, please…..we need some good things happening for Dems. It’s been GOP all the way and I’m sick and tired of it.

  3. 8 sherijr
    March 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    omgoodness, this makes the day amazingly better. Thank you, nerdy.

    I see Malia here, she has her mama’s forehead.

  4. March 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    The letter, by Senators Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, Dianne Feinstein, of California, and Ben Cardin, of Maryland, was sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and F.B.I. Director James Comey. The senators wrote that “It appears that the lack of due diligence by the Trump Organization described in the article exposed President Trump and his organization to notoriously corrupt Azerbaijani oligarchs, and may also have exposed the Trump Organization to the IRGC”—the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. “Even though the Trump Organization appears to have withdrawn from the Baku Tower deal, serious questions remain unanswered about the Trump Organization’s potential criminal liability.”

    The article reports that the Trump Organization worked in partnership with companies run by Elton and Anar Mammadov on the Baku luxury hotel and residence, a project overseen by Ivanka Trump. Anar is the son of Ziya Mammadov, who was, until recently, the transportation minister of Azerbaijan. Elton was, at the time of the deal, a member of Azerbaijan’s parliament. The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act makes it a crime for American companies to provide benefit to foreign government officials in hopes of profiting from their power.

  5. 10 Judith Fardig
    March 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Our lovely Michelle! Congrats, Jazz and thanks for the beauty Nerdy!

  6. March 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

  7. 14 whenpamelawandered
    March 30, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Oh. Just. Wow. Forever FLOTUS, never another of her stature. Thank you and bless you, Michelle Obama. ❤

  8. 15 jacquelineoboomer
    March 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Oh, Nerdy, what a breath of fresh air. She’s the epitome of a beautiful woman, as has been said, “inside and out.”

  9. March 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    MY Forever FLOTUS

    • 19 otter 44
      March 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Pamela I have been calling her and was not sure if where she stood. She is very strong on the environment.

  10. 20 jacquelineoboomer
    March 30, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Kamala Harris has the most engaging smile and gentle way to ask her questions, it’s like a trap. Ha!

    Unless she just uses that on the “good guys” like on the Senate panel today … because I’m sure she’s also excellent at questioning the bad guys!

  11. 21 whenpamelawandered
    March 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    From something friends in Lismore, northern NSW. Holy Moley.

    “As a result of a revised prediction by the Bureau of Meteorology for the Wilson River at Lismore of 11 metres early Friday morning, the NSW State Emergency Service is directing residents to evacuate immediately.

    Do not delay your evacuation. Roads will be congested or closed. You could become trapped and need rescue. Remaining in flooded areas is dangerous and may place your life at risk.

    Wherever possible, people should go and stay with family or friends, or make other accommodation arrangements. For people who need assistance an evacuation centre has been set up at Southern Cross University, Military Road, East Lismore

    As you evacuate you should:
    – Take your important documents, mementos and photos.
    – Take your spare clothing, medicines and personal hygiene supplies.
    – If you are going to the evacuation centre, take blankets/sleeping bags, pillows and sleeping mats.
    – If possible, check to see if your neighbours need help.
    – Turn off the electricity and gas.
    – Never drive ride or walk through floodwater.”
    – Continue to listen to a local radio station for updates.

  12. 26 desertflower
    March 30, 2017 at 4:21 pm

  13. 28 desertflower
    March 30, 2017 at 4:29 pm


  14. March 30, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    • March 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Cohen-Watnick and Ellis:
      (Benen) reporting on NYT: “Nunes was given the information by two White House officials: Michael Ellis,
      who used to work for the committee Nunes chairs, and Ezra Cohen-Watnick,
      who was brought into the White House by Michael Flynn (the former National Security Advisor who was forced to resign last month),
      who apparently has connections to top members of Team Trump, and whose job was saved by the president personally.”

    • 32 Judith Fardig
      March 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      My daughter went to Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD with Michael Ellis. He was a bit conservative but raised in a progressive Jewish family. Started to go far-right at Dartmouth and was groomed by Karl Rove on GWB re-election campaign who taught him the ends justify the means. I distinctly recall a chilling statement he made then that they “knew” they were going to win Ohio because they had something failsafe cooked up (vote tally flipping?) Michael has taken calculated steps to be a GOP political star someday. If the Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoena powers to interview him under oath, I’ll bet he would not want his whole future ruined over this Trump Russia scandal and would talk. Of course, I have not seen him since he was 18 and really don’t understand how someone so intelligent could sell his soul to the devil like that.

      • March 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm

        WOW, Judith. That’s fascinating. I expect we’ll be hearing more from him, probably under oath…..

        • 34 Judith Fardig
          March 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

          I hope so! I tried calling Wyden’s office to talk to one of their legislative point people about his background. Will have to try again tomorrow.

      • 36 Believe Again
        March 31, 2017 at 5:30 pm

        Hello Judith, other 45 surrogates were saying the same things in key battleground states which tipped me off to voting machine tampering.. They were just too sure of the outcome to suspect otherwise. Even Senator Obama was not too sure during his own 2008 election until it was announced and he was a superstar which 45 cannot claim. I know everyone think the American people actually voted for that man in the White house, but I still believe they did not. The statistics, we read are all from the tainted data after the tampering.

        If Comey had not done what he did before the election, people would not have believed the results at all and it would have been more difficult to justify the win. Comey was cover for the crime that was about to be committed against US democracy, he was not the reason for the outcome but he and the suppression of votes were used to make the results believable.

        Had paper ballots been used, I still firmly believe Mrs Clinton would have been President today not 45.

  15. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    March 30, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Works for me.

    See ya later!

  16. March 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Manchin and Heitkamp will vote YES to confirm Gorsuch.


  17. 45 JER
    March 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

  18. 46 Bill R.
    March 30, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Michelle Obama, such a beautiful, wise, grace-filled woman.

  19. 47 sherijr
    March 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Heidi Heitkamp, who I voted for before leaving ND- is voting for Gorsach. Now I just read on Twitter that Claire McCaskill is voting for him. She who emails nearly daily seeking $ to fight the “rightwingers who’re after her”.

    If democrats vote for this crap choice after everything.. I kid you not, I’m done. Saving democracy so we can be betrayed time and again? They pulled this weak BS on President Obama for 8 effing years. Now they are literally up against a filthy tyrant- and they’re going to vote in his LIFETIME SCOTUS pick. Are they effing crazy?

    I’m so enraged right now. Break time. peace ya’ll

    • March 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      Anyone voting for ANY Trump SCOTUS pick before a vote on a Garland, gives the OK to the stolen seat.

    • 50 CEB
      March 30, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      It is because of things like this that we should not look to democrats in congress to mount a sustained resistance to this cretin and his puppeteers. Grass roots groups will get it done; they will only attach themselves after the fact to the things that activists to in an attempt to keep their seats. We should primary anyone who cooperates with him to the detriment of the rest of us. I always keep in mind that PBO did not come from establishment democrats and the DNC. He was elected twice without any meaningful support from them. They were questioning PBO to the end (remember when they over-rode his veto then realized that they had set themselves up to be sued by foreign powers and individuals?).

  20. March 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Dems owe nothing whatsoever to GOP/Gorsuch. My reaction to him was YUCK! Imagine working with somebody like that until the end of your life. All four Supreme Court Justices disagreed with him on the following: http://time.com/4709234/neil-gorsuch-confirmation-hearing-supreme-court-decision/

  21. March 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm


  22. March 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    • 59 No Child Left Behind
      March 30, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      No wonder I couldn’t stomach the Berniebros. Same for their savior.

    • 60 CEB
      March 30, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      I knew it; and they fulfilled their role of poison pill and helped to land us where we are. I despise them more than I despise the Trumpsters.

      • March 30, 2017 at 9:16 pm

        Well sorry but that was obvious. What would be nice is some details and exposure so that Bernie nuts can see for themselves how they were played by our Media as well as Russia.

  23. March 30, 2017 at 6:53 pm


  24. March 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    The CEO of General Electric Co. on Wednesday slammed President Trump’s executive order rolling back former President Obama’s climate change efforts in an internal memo, pledging his company will continue its efforts to combat climate change.

    “Companies must be resilient and learn to adjust to political volatility all over the world,” Jeff Immelt wrote in the company blog post, according to Politico. ”Companies must have their own ‘foreign policy’ and create technology and solutions that address local needs for our customers and society.”

    Immelt stressed the importance of sticking with the Paris agreement, the landmark international climate deal reached in 2015 that Trump opposes.

    • March 30, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Immelt built a good relationship with President Obama and was utilized in a number of ways to move the President’s jobs, econ and climate agenda forward. I’m very happy to see him standing up for the importance of climate change. Hopefully he’ll influence others to take a stand.

  25. March 30, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    • 68 Believe Again
      March 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Good Advice to any Western Democracy today. I will also add that perhaps stand alone voting machines can be used too, provided it is not connected to the World Wide Web and subject to tampering!

      • April 1, 2017 at 7:14 pm

        They can all be hacked remotely, and the software inside can record the opposite of what you think your choice is…. the screen will show your choice, but the machine records your vote otherwise….. it’s a hidden switch inside the code. When I worked for Xerox, we used to put them in the software all the time for clients – certain switches for certain classifications of employees….No machines. Paper. Hand counted. No other way to prevent cheating.

  26. 70 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Hello TOD.
    So Now this:

  27. 73 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 7:42 pm

  28. 75 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 7:43 pm

  29. 81 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    • 82 arapaho415
      March 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      GE Nena.

      Now that Twitter has changed its “reply” function, not sure how these tweets will appear here, but will give it a try:

      • March 30, 2017 at 10:13 pm

        U.S.A. has a shortage of medical professionals. We’re fortunate that many Indian-Americans are highly educated and trained in these areas. And beyond fortunate that Indian medical professionals are willing to move to the USA and help us out – when they could stay home and not be discriminated against.
        Trump is a walking apology for a human being.

        • 84 arapaho415
          March 31, 2017 at 9:45 am

          GM BRP.

          Thankfully you agree with me that DJT, his family, GOP leaders and assorted hangers-on are sub-human.

          Besides the huge danger to Americans of DJT’s foreign policy, every. single. action by DJT and the newly empowered Congress (still obstructing, but now with majorities in both houses of Congress and in the exec branch) benefits corporations at the expense of anyone who isn’t an elite, white American.

  30. 85 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

  31. 86 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

  32. 88 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 7:55 pm

  33. 89 Nerdy Wonka
    March 30, 2017 at 8:03 pm

  34. 90 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 8:13 pm

  35. March 30, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Dratted paywall…

  36. March 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm

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  38. March 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I miss these people so much………

    • 95 jacquelineoboomer
      March 31, 2017 at 12:18 am

      I love Pete’s “and I may have taken a picture of her mishap,” like it was accidental!

      And, as we all know, Pete misses ALL of it, too.

  39. March 30, 2017 at 8:57 pm

  40. 97 Nena20409
    March 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm

  41. 98 amk for obama
    March 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Does voting for supremes affect in any way the senate critters in their reelection? Do the voters in their states even know or give a fuck about their vote for supremes?

    Fuck you, munchin & heitkamp.

  42. March 30, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Another one:

  43. 104 desertflower
    March 30, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    I’m just going to leave this here. They all owe her an apology and all of us a damn new election.

  44. 105 desertflower
    March 30, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    They might find out for sure he has no fucking earthly idea what he’s doing….If they ever got to talk to him. Corral these lying POS and throw them all in jail. Who DOES this???!!

  45. 109 desertflower
    March 30, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    OMG..This thread. No one should have to go through this terror

  46. 110 desertflower
    March 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    But the jackass is willing to spend BILLIONS more in military spending we don’t need….and some damn wall…we also don’t need….BUT WE DO NEED THIS!!


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  51. 118 Anjo
    March 31, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Good morning all, may your day be wonderfully blessed

  52. March 31, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Hey, Universe. Are you listening? You owe us one. PLEASE.

  53. 120 Allison
    March 31, 2017 at 8:11 am


  54. 122 desertflower
    March 31, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Morning everyone.

  55. 123 desertflower
    March 31, 2017 at 8:52 am

  56. 126 desertflower
    March 31, 2017 at 9:10 am

    A virtual cesspool of lies and corruption…from top to bottom.

  57. 127 desertflower
    March 31, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I need more coffee. And the Senate thinks that this guy gets a SCOTUS pick? Fuck that!

  58. 128 desertflower
    March 31, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Or put another way….

    • 129 arapaho415
      March 31, 2017 at 9:39 am

      GM DF.

      Obviously this is from someone (a stage writer IIRC) who has assumed Dick Nixon’s personae, but he’s accurate in his details… (and Dean was WH counsel, similar [but not exact] role as those involved with Nunes now):

      Something that the youngun’s who have the WH plumbers role have no clue about:

      To DJT/Nunes criminal lawyers, Watergate is just a footnote in history:

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