A Q&A with Peter Slevin, Author of Michelle Obama's New Biography


Before Michelle Obama was the First Lady, a position defined by partnership and parenting, she was a career woman with twenty successful years under her belt before her husband dreamed of running the country. In fact, when Barack pitched her the idea, he had to enlist her family to convince her. Peter Slevin, author… » 4/15/15 5:00pm Wednesday 5:00pm

Obama Will Support Efforts to End Conversion Therapy for Gay Youth 

White House officials announced that President Obama will call for an end to conversion or reparative therapies designed to “fix” LGTBQ youth. Though conversion therapy is supported by some religious organizations, the practice has long been condemned by the American Psychiatric Association. » 4/08/15 9:45pm 4/08/15 9:45pm

Chris Christie Says Vaccinating Your Kids Should Be a Choice

In remarks that may be too much even for the political party that consistently denies the existence of climate change, Chris Christie says that it's important to strike a "balance" when it comes to vaccinations. Damn, I knew Republicans like to harken back to the 1950s, but bringing back measles as a rite of passage… » 2/02/15 9:50am 2/02/15 9:50am

Michelle Obama's Bare Hair in Saudi Arabia Isn't a Real Controversy 

President Obama and the First Lady visited Saudi Arabia this week to pay their respects after the death of King Abdullah. Predictably, that ignited controversy: Abdullah presided over some tentative human rights reforms, but Saudia Arabia also has a brutal history of executing homosexuals, abusing migrant workers,… » 1/28/15 12:10pm 1/28/15 12:10pm

Shade Court: Ex-Girlfriends, Petty Pols, and the President

Welcome back to Shade Court. I do this work because I want to make the world better and a small part of me feels like I already have. It's encouraging to see so many Shade Court readers out in the wild correcting egregious uses of shade. You're all learning, and I so appreciate seeing it. Now, if only everyone else… » 1/23/15 4:10pm 1/23/15 4:10pm

Mike Huckabee Thinks Somebody Gives a Shit About His Beyoncé Opinions 

Smell that? It's the pile of crap we're currently bearing down upon—otherwise known as an election year. And the bottle fly of the day is Mike Huckabee, who just doesn't understand how the Obamas, "exemplary parents in many ways," can expose their daughters to the walking scandal that is Beyonce. » 1/13/15 2:15pm 1/13/15 2:15pm

Obama Breaks All the Rules, Wears a Tiara With the Girl Scouts

So much for "not putting things on your head if you're president." Obama broke his own rules (but not the rules of fashion, which demand a tiara on all occasions) by putting on a Tiara to pose with the girl scouts. I don't know, I'd put on a tiara too — if they weren't already required here — for a couple of Samoas. » 12/25/14 2:30pm 12/25/14 2:30pm

Obama Takes Control of The Colbert Report, Delivers 'The Word'

With just two weeks left on the clock for the Colbert Report, the show is cramming in a few more splashy segments. Like for instance last night's visitor: U.S. president Barack Obama, who dropped by for an interview and temporary commandeered Colbert's desk. Welcome to the "fuck it" stage of the Obama presidency! » 12/09/14 9:30am 12/09/14 9:30am

​The Invisible President: How Obama's Ignored Military Sexual Assault

One year ago this month, I was invited to meet with the White House about the crisis of sexual assault in the military. The meeting was rushed, and had the feeling of a pre-Christmas publicity stunt. The President was nowhere to be seen. His senior advisors insisted that the Commander in Chief cared about the issue… » 12/08/14 3:10pm 12/08/14 3:10pm

Barack and Michelle Obama's Love Story Will Be Made Into a Movie 

Sometime in the near-ish future you will be able to see Barack and Michelle Obama's love story unfold on the big screen. Southside with You will be an entire movie about the couple's first date in Chicago, because, well, I have no idea why. But at least we'll get to see some black people in a movie. » 12/05/14 7:15pm 12/05/14 7:15pm

Secret US-China Climate Deal Sounds Romantic As Hell

The United States and China have just committed to work together on reducing carbon emissions. Which is majorit's pretty much impossible to make meaningful progress on climate change without the two nations presenting a united front, and if we don't make meaningful progress on climate change, humanity is pretty much… » 11/12/14 11:40am 11/12/14 11:40am

Malala Yousafzai Tells Obama to Do Diplomacy with Books, Not Guns

In a talk with Ronan Farrow, living inspiration and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai discussed the many encounters she's had with world leaders, including President Barack Obama. "It's very important to reach those people and [tell] them that it is their responsibility to contribute to education and… » 10/22/14 6:15pm 10/22/14 6:15pm