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Putin’s People Stage Their Bogus Vote

Sunday’s referendum about “sovereignty” in eastern Ukraine is phony from start to finish. But as we learned in Crimea, that may not matter.

First lady tells Dillard grads to stay hungry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is urging graduates of Dillard University to continue to fuel their hunger for education and use it to guide and inspire the "next generation of geniuses."

For Hillary Clinton, a re-airing of past episodes

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Hillary Rodham Clinton, the last few months might be comparable to a spring cleaning: An airing of her political past before she sets the course for her much speculated-about future.

White House to focus on road, bridge repair

WASHINGTON (AP) — With time running out, a White House official says the Obama administration will intensify its efforts to get Congress to pass legislation that pays for roads and bridge repair.

First lady's address on kidnapped Nigerian girls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Saturday decried the kidnapping of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls who have been missing for nearly a month and used their plight to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere to get an education.

Let the sun shine in _ on White House solar panels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Technicians have finished installing solar panels on the White House roof, capping a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a signal that renewable energy is feasible and environmentally shrewd.

First lady gives weekly address on Nigerian girls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Saturday criticized the kidnapping of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls as an "unconscionable act" carried out by a terrorist group she said is determined to keep them from getting an education — "or grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls."

How Monica Changed the Media

Monica Lewinsky’s ‘Vanity Fair’ article reluctantly plunges us straight back into the frothing world of ‘90s gossip. It may be painful but it answers so many questions about today’s media.

Michelle Obama 'outraged' over Nigeria kidnapped girls

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama took the rare step of delivering her husband President Barack Obama's weekly radio address on Saturday to express outrage over the kidnapping of some 200 girls in Nigeria last month. \"Like millions of people across the globe, my husband and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school dormitory in the middle of the night,\" Mrs. Obama said in the address. \"This unconscionable act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education - grown men attempting to snuff out the aspirations of young girls.\" Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday he believed the girls, abducted by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, were still in his country. The United States offered this week to send a team of experts to Nigeria to support the government's response effort, which has been criticized for being slow.

The Week in Viral Videos

From a hamster eating a tiny pizza to a genre-bending supercover of Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty,’ watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

The Tortured Genius Just Can’t Help It

Creative types can’t stop thinking, can’t stop second guessing and revising, and aren’t much fun to be around. But new studies show it’s not like they have a choice.

Princess Berlusconi

She’s already her father’s corporate successor. Now 47-year-old Marina Berlusconi appears to be moving into politics—that is, if the camera-shy introvert really wants the job.

John Conyers’ Ballot Fail

How illegal signature-gatherers might force the longest-serving African-American congressman to be a write-in candidate for his Democratic primary.

A Supreme Religious Injustice

The Roberts Court’s cultural amnesia is shocking in Greece v. Galloway, especially considering the religious discrimination the justices’ own forefathers confronted.

The Saudi Beauty Robbing Twin City Banks

A court has convicted a stunning Saudi Arabian immigrant of a bank robbery spree in the Twin Cities—and she says she did it in the name of love.

Same-sex marriage opponents invoke Justice Kennedy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pro-gay rights rulings of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy have been a key spark in the march toward legalized gay marriage. To counter the trend, same-sex marriage opponents now are seizing upon other opinions by Kennedy himself.