| Nov 28, 2011
| 7:36 AM
Michelle Obama was among the mourners at the funeral of former Chicago first lady Maggie Daley.
The first indications that Obama would attend the funeral came early this morning when an order was issued restricting air space around O'Hare...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 3:00 AM
Earlier this month, the left-wing magazine The Nation highlighted Joe Therrien as a symbol of the Occupy Wall Street movement. A New York City public-school drama teacher, Therrien was frustrated with the shortcomings of the school system. So he quit...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 2:41 PM
"Shine, Give, Share" is the theme for Christmas at the White House, whose doors were flung open Wednesday to the first wave of guests given the chance to ogle its fragrant, fanciful holiday finery, including no fewer than 37 trees.
Before the fun stuff,...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 8:41 AM
WASHINGTON—First lady Michelle Obama arrived Thursday morning in Chicago for a memorial service for James Bowman, the father of Valerie Jarrett, a top aide to President Barack Obama.
Bowman, an expert in inherited blood diseases and population...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 11:10 AM
President Obama celebrated the soldiers who fought the Iraq war on Wednesday, marking the fulfillment of a campaign promise to bring home all U.S. forces following a nearly nine-year conflict that killed more than 4,400 U.S. soldiers.
"So as your...
| Dec 15, 2011
A delightfully useful and versatile term has been floating around a lot lately: "hot mess." Usually it refers to a person, often (but not always) a woman, whose behavior is exceedingly self-destructive but who remains exceedingly compelling nonetheless....
| Dec 16, 2011
| 1:36 PM
Imagine asking your boss' wife out on a date. Now imagine your boss is the commander in chief of the most powerful military in the world.
None of that deterred Marine Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks, who asked First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday if she would...
| Dec 22, 2011
| 12:28 PM
We live in a world of conspiracy theories -- where nothing is as it seems, where even a politician's benign photo op might have a titillating back story.
Which brings us to the Obama family dog, Bo.
Bo was last seen in the company of the president, who...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 10:46 AM
If 2011 doesn't rank as the best time of Neil Diamond's 50-year career, it surely must be close.
Just consider the major awards the enduring, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter behind "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," "I Am ... I Said," "Song Sung Blue"...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 2:33 PM
Is there any wonder why some want to see this as a presidential ticket next year? President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton were named the Most Admired Man and woman in the world in 2011, according to a Gallup survey.
Seventeen percent of Americans...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 11:51 AM
In large swaths of the nation, life expectancy has stopped increasing and even declined slightly over the decade that ended in 2007, particularly among women. This historic reversal of a long-time trend toward longer life expectancies in the world's...