Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (born January 17, 1964) is the wife of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama and is the first First Lady of the U. S. of African-American heritage.
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Margarita Zavala de Calderón (born Margarita Esther Zavala Gómez del Campo, July 25, 1967) is the wife of Mexican President Felipe Calderón and therefore the First Lady of Mexico. She was a PAN deputy in 2006 in the LIX Legislature of the Mexican Congress. More, HERE by Wikipedia
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Obamas report $5.5 million in income on 2009 tax return
On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama raised his hand and took the oath of office. It made him president, and it didn't hurt his book sales, either.
On Thursday, the White House posted online the 2009 tax return for the president and the first lady, offering a peek into the book royalty engine that continues to fuel their status as millionaires.
Michelle Obama, all by herself, for world's children
World stands with you, U.S. first lady tells Haiti
First lady makes a surprise stop in Haiti
Obama presses Iran, gains nuclear summit pledges
Summit deal: Secure all nuclear material by 2014
Top officials stress nuclear strength of U.S.
D.C. braces for disruptions
Bomb rattles spy HQ in N. Ireland
Officials stress nuclear strength
District preps for summit issues
Drug gangs kill nine in Honduras as violence grows
Some Hispanics wavering on Obama
Ahead of the November elections, many Hispanic voters are uninterested in politics and losing faith in the Democrats, unless immigration reform is on their agenda.
LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY
A Denver Hispanic community voices their urgent need for immigration reform
Killing of Ariz. rancher roils immigration debate
Polish leader dies in plane crash
Polish President Kaczynski was nationalist, pro-US
Vatican's PR skills found lacking
Informant in Mexican drug war freed from NY jail
Post-Copenhagen climate talks begin amid discord
Claiming Obama's school days
Netanyahu cancels trip to nuclear security summit in Washington
U.S. aircraft crashes in Afghanistan, killing four
A smoke, a joke and an international incident
Russia furious over adopted boy sent back from US
Mexico to convert reactor to low enriched uranium
Mexico: Drug violence has killed 22,700 since 2006
Drug violence scares off tourists to Mexico
Explosive device tossed at U.S. consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
Bomb damages US consulate in Mexico; no injuries
Kidnapped Mexican jounalist found with throat slit
At least 80 gunmen terrorize Mexican town, kill 4
Cuban diplomat in Mexico has defected to U.S.: report
Magnitude-4.5 quake, others shake San Diego area
After a quake, reclaiming their city
Drug gang hangs two from bridge near Mexico City
Mexican acts line up for Vive Grupero festival
Mel Gibson to donate movie sets to Mexican museum
Reality TV producer and wife always 'on the go'
The home of former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman and his wife Monica is seen in the Los Angeles suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Thursday, April 8, 2010. Bruce Beresford-Redman is a suspect in his wifes death after he reported her missing in Cancun, Mexico, where her body was found earlier Thursday, an anonymous Mexican official says. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) (Reed Saxon - AP)
A cameraman records images of the entrance of the Moon Palace resort in Cancun, Mexico, Thursday, April 8, 2010. The body of Monica Beresford-Redman, wife of TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, was found Thursday in a sewer at the resort where the family was on vacation, according to Bello Rodriguez, the attorney general for Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located. (AP Photo/Israel Leal) (Israel Leal - AP)
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Child Obesity in America
Rampant Unemployment across America: 35 Cities Suffer Unemployment Above 15%
The American Workplace: Sweatshop USA
Obama Gives Key Agriculture Post to Monsanto Man
Colin Powell Acknowledges that Iran does not Possess Nuclear Weapons
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Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel (left) and Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod are like many of Obama's aides -- millionaires -- according to financial disclosures. (Tribune photo by Nancy Stone / March 24, 2009)
New disclosure reports show that many in Barack Obama's inner circle have more than just a city in common
Net Worth: $1.3 million
Where he got itAfter Harvard Law, Obama didn't exactly rake in the big bucks. He led a voter-registration drive and then worked for a Chicago law firm that specializes in civil rights and employment discrimination.
He earned $60,000 as an Illinois state senator, plus another $32,000 as a lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Chicago.
Net Worth: $34.9 million
Where she got it
When Bill Clinton first ran for President in 1992, Hillary provided most of the couple's income working for the Rose law firm in Little Rock; he earned only $35,000 a year as governor of Arkansas.
Although she takes in $165,200 a year as a senator, these days Bill is breadwinner-in-chief. His presidential pension is $201,000 a year, and he grabbed a $12 million advance for his 2001 memoir, "My Life." (Her "Living History" won an advance of $8 million and $7 million in royalties.)
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Rush Limbaugh, the talk radio host, ran with rumours circulating on the internet that she had ranted against "whitey" at the pulpit of her former church in Chicago. The Conservative magazine the National Review said she was "America's unhappiest millionaire" and dubbed her "Mrs Grievance".
- When her husband first raised the possibility of running for the White House her reaction was: "No! No! Please don't do that." She hadn't even wanted him to enter politics in the first place "because I knew it was a mean business".
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First Lady Says Mexico Still Safe for Travel
Michelle Obama Says U.S., Mexican Governments Can do More to Tackle Drug Issue
.. "Our embassies are not discouraging American visitors. I think that they are encouraging them to be aware and to be smart as they travel," she said in an interview with ABC News today. "I think that's good advice anywhere in the world, you have to be smart, conscientious, particularly young people who are taking their spring breaks and their minds are elsewhere."
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FLOTUS: All Things Michelle Obama
My sincerest apologies for the lack of coverage prior to the date above. The 44 Diaries was launched on August 20, 2009. For stories earlier than 09/03/09, I highly recommend visiting
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Obamas to Hold State Dinner for Mexico in May: Read More
Recognizing Service~First Lady Michelle Obama Visits the Department of Defense: Read More
First Lady Michelle Obama Graces the Cover of Condé Nast Traveler: Read More
First Lady Michelle Obama Graces the Cover of Good Housekeeping’s 125th Anniversary Issue in May: Read More
The Obamas Will Hold In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement: Read More
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Michelle Obama Debuts Solo Diplomacy in Mexico City
First Lady Michelle Obama flies to Mexico City on Tuesday for her first solo international trip, which will include events with youths, women, and dinner with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala.
That dinner will be at Los Pinos, the official Mexican presidential residence. President Obama and Mrs. Obama will reciprocate on a grand scale when they host a state dinner for Calderon and Mrs. Zavala at the White House on May 19..
The following is Mrs. Obama's public schedule including pooled and open press events:
Tuesday, April 13 -- First Lady Michelle Obama will arrive at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City. Mrs. Obama's evening arrival will be open press, however space is limited.
Wednesday, April 14 -- Mrs. Obama will start her day by traveling to Los Pinos -- the residence of President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala -- where she will meet privately with Mrs. Zavala. This event will be closed press.
Gruesome Details Emerge on Death of Reality TV Producer's Wife
How Safe is Your Plane?
Are the Media Engaged in Catholic-Bashing With Scandal Reports?
Lawmakers Grapple with Booming Medical Marijuana Business
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Mexican Relative of U.S. Representative Silvestre Reyes Kidnapped in Ciudad Juárez, MEXICO.
By Bill Conroy - June 25, 2008
U.S. helps ransom Reyes' kin
Relative of congressman's wife whisked out of Mexico
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The view from an unoccupied luxury condo at the Palacio del Mar development south of Rosarito Beach includes the half-completed shell of an adjacent high-rise project. (Zach Winnick / March 25, 2010)
.. News of narco killings involving Mexican drug gangs in Baja is also keeping buyers and renters away.
"It's a double whammy: Mexico is tied to the U.S. economy, then you have the added fear factor of what people read about the drug war," said Brian Flock of Flock Dream Homes, which sells real estate in San Diego and Baja.
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times: A man was chased and beaten during the rally
Arizona passes strict illegal immigration act
U.S. lawmaker denies ransom for kidnapped Mexican family member
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US bank accounting 'masks true debt levels’
Major Wall Street banks are using accounting techniques similar to those utilised by Lehman Brothers in its final days to mask the size of their balance sheets at the end of reporting periods.
By James Quinn, US Business Editor, 10 Apr 2010
The Debt Bomb is Real: The U.S. dollar is a ticking time bomb and we have the countdown
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Cruise ship passengers told: Keep your lights off to avoid attracting pirates
By Daily Mail Reporter, 10th April 2010
Warning: The Aurora, one of the world's largest cruise ships, is having to make sure passengers keep their lights off while sailing through waters off the Somali coast
Kidnapped: Paul and Rachel Chandler went missing when sailing from the Seychelles to Tanzania
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Michelle Obama to head to Mexico
Michelle Obama is scheduled to arrive in Mexico on Tuesday evening on her first solo official trip as first lady.
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Drop-off locations open for Baja quake donations
Border authorities arrested a man trying to cross the border with two mowers stuffed with the type of grass not usually found in machinery
Killings hit hard on street that watched feud
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AP Exclusive: Sinaloa cartel wins Juarez turf war
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — After a two-year battle that has killed more than 5,000 people, Mexico's most powerful kingpin now controls the coveted trafficking routes through Ciudad Juarez. That conclusion by U.S. intelligence adds to evidence that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's Sinaloa cartel is winning Mexico's drug war.
The assessment was made based on information from confidential informants with direct ties to Mexican drug gangs and other intelligence, said a U.S. federal agent who sometimes works undercover, insisting on anonymity because of his role in ongoing drug investigations.
Associated Press Writer Alexandra Olson in Mexico City contributed to this report.
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CRS Report - International Terrorism and Transnational Crime (2010)
El Semanario SIN LIMITES
El Mayo, Operación Maquillaje
8 Abril, 2010, por Delia Estévez
La insólita entrevista que Ismael El Mayo Zambada concedió a Proceso anuncia el inicio de una campaña de relaciones públicas a través de la cual el cártel de Sinaloa buscaría maquillar su imagen con intenciones de posicionarse ante la eventualidad de una negociación política con Felipe Calderón. Después de todo, voceros del Presidente han admitido que la organización que comanda El Chapo Guzmán, aliado de El Mayo, es demasiado poderosa como para confrontarla con fuego. “Es lo mismo que hicieron los colombianos través de los medios, decir que son seres humanos y no monstruos, que se puede hablar con ellos, que también sienten miedo y sufren por sus hijos. Buscaban ablandar a la opinión pública y cambiar la manera en que eran vistos, especialmente cuando estaban en plan de negociar con el gobierno”, dice Douglas Farah, quien como corresponsal de The Washington Post en Colombia en los años 90 cubrió el auge y caída del cártel de Medellín y su líder Pablo Escobar.
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RECONSTRUYEN LA ESCENA: LEO MORALES. El secretario de Gobernación, Fernando Gómez Mont, afirmó que el incremento de ataques contra personal y sedes diplomáticas de Estados Unidos en México puede ser un "intento de calentar la plaza" | Ver nota
Cae operador de "La Familia" en Guanajuato
Ataques a consulados, para 'calentar la plaza'
EU activa alerta por ataque a consulado en Tamaulipas
Vázquez Mota llama delincuente a Maciel
MIGUEL ESPINOSA: DIA DE LA CARIDAD. Durante una misa dominical en la Catedral Metropolitana, el cardenal Norberto Rivera llama a los católicos a practicar la caridad organizada | Ver nota
Ejecutan a 9 personas en Tamaulipas
Marchan alumnos del Tec contra inseguridad
Primeras damas de EU dejan huella en México
JORGE ALVARADO: CITA. Lisette Farah, madre de la niña Paulette, acudió ayer en compañía de su abogado, a las instalaciones de la Procuraduría de Justicia del estado de México para ampliar su declaración | Ver nota
Comando mató a cuatro en pueblo de Sonora
Megacomando libera a reo en Durango
FBI aborda investigación de caso Paulette
Comando roba 37 mdp en Secretaría de Puebla
PARA NO VARIAR: Jorge Alvarado. Roberto Ayala (d), amigo de Lisette Farah y quien fue señalado por la PGJEM como su amante, acudió voluntariamente a rendir su declaración por el caso Paulette pero no hubo quien lo atendiera | Ver nota
Ejecutan a 2 en Cuernavaca; los cuelgan de puente
EU registra más de 2 mil réplicas en Mexicali
Cancelación de líneas depende de telefónicas
AP: SSP AL MANDO DE JUAREZ. Inicia el despliegue de 5 mil agentes, cuatro aeronaves, 510 patrullas, vehículos blindados y motocicletas, y la puesta en marcha de un Centro de Mando, con analistas tácticos que procesarán información para evitar delitos | Ver nota
Hallan a seis jóvenes ejecutados sobre la autopista de El Sol
Acribillan a dos policías en Guanajuato
Genera intranquilidad en gabinete de seguridad nacional encuentro Scherer- Zambada
Explosivo destruye cajero automático en el DF; dejan mensaje religioso
Informe en Washington: fracasa la guerra de Calderón
Todo Tamaulipas, zona de guerra
Hidalgo: la red “zeta” de funcionarios y exfuncionarios
Caso Paulette: El reality show salpica para todos lados…