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Afternoon Lede Check – 6.24.14

President Clinton says ‘dead broke’ comments were ‘factually true.’ Boehner planning House lawsuit against Obama executive actions. And the DC Council votes to keep the “yoga tax.”

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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President Obama Pens Huff Post Op-Ed on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Working_families_summitCorresponding with today’s first ever White House Summit on Working FamiliesPresident Barack Obama penned “Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs” for The Huffington Post on the challenges of working parents and how the country can properly address them.

“Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills,” writes Obama. “They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.”

The all day event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park is sponsored by the Center for American Progress, The White House, and the U.S. Department of Labor and is set to include the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

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Michelle Obama Tweets #BringBackOurGirls

First Lady Michelle Obama joined the social media effort to build awareness for the 230 girls kidnapped by militant group Boko Haram from the Chibok Government Secondary School in Nigeria last month. On Tuesday, there was a rally outside the Embassy of Nigeria in support of the search.

 

 

Weekend Happenings

Clipart Illustration of a Bunch Of Floating Party Balloons WithHey Party People! What you got going on this weekend? U.S. News & World Report‘s Nikki Schwab is celebrating her 30th tonight and DC journo band Suspicious Package is performing two nights in a row at Art Soiree‘s 4th annual Political Cartoon Exhibit.

Schwab, who shares her birth date with First Lady Michelle Obama, is starting out at Baby Whale (1124 9th St. NW) tonight at 7:30pm. Stop on by and buy the girl a birthday drink!

Both Friday and Saturday night, Art Soiree is hosting a political cartoon exhibit by KAL (Kevin Kallaugher) at the Ritz in Georgetown with a performance by Suspicious Package. Comprised of reporters armed with their musical talent and rock star looks, band members include Pulitzer Prize-winning WashPost Editorial Cartoonist Tom Toles, senior government officials Christina Sevilla and Bryan Greene, former TIME/Bloomberg journo Tim Burger and Medill School of Journalism’s Josh Meyer.

Art Soiree’s a ticketed event. Get yours here.

Send us what else is goin’ on and we’ll add it in. See ya around!

Mikki Taylor: FLOTUS Brings ‘Sophistication’ to American Style

mediabistroTV bannerIn her new book Commander in Chic, Essence editor-at-large Mikki Taylor doles out fashion and beauty tips for the everyday woman based on examples from Michelle Obama.

“I love her clear cut assurance, the way she owns her style from within,” she explained in our Media Beat interview.

And one thing FLOTUS has done, according to Taylor, is inject a much needed sophistication into America’s dress code. Casual Fridays? No, thank you, she says.

“I think that we’re a little too relaxed. I think a relaxed nation creates other kinds of flexibilities that shouldn’t exist. Let’s treat each other with the respect and the honor that we are due, and so the subliminal things play into that. If we’re coming to work in sneakers, if we’re coming to work in ripped jeans and plaid shirts, who are we representing?”

Part 1:Mikki Taylor on Her 30 Years at Essence
Part 3: Mikki Taylor’s Advice for Magazine Editors: ‘Take the Leap Forward’

Behar Thinks Biden Needs Caffeine

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden appeared on a special “Red, White & View” episode of ABC’s “The View” this morning to promote their new initiative in support of military families, Joining Forces.

Though the ladies were there for a purpose, co-host Joy Behar couldn’t resist cracking a joke to Dr. Biden: “Have you been giving [Joe] decaf?” The Second Lady took the ribbing well and laughed it off.

Behar was referring to the Veep’s nap during President Obama‘s speech at GWU last Wednesday.

First and Second Lady Announce New Initiative

This adorable picture will grace the cover of Parade magazine’s April 24th issue. First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden talked to the magazine about their new initiative, Joining Forces.

The White House announced the initiative today, the purpose of which is to support military families. Parade‘s press release says Obama and Biden plan to “educate, challenge, and encourage action from all sectors of our society” in support of the families of service men and women.

Mrs. Obama told Parade about her husband’s presidential campaign: “Everywhere I went there were military spouses, and their stories took my breath away – the pain of multiple deployments, trying to keep the family afloat. I remember sitting and crying with a group of them.”

Joining Forces is Obama and Biden’s first joint project, and the cover is their first cover together.

FLOTUS Makes TV Rounds on Trip to Mexico

First Lady Michelle Obama is taking her first solo international trip to Mexico this week (after a pit stop in Haiti, sharing a tarmac with actor Ben Stiller) and she’s getting the POTUS treatment.

She’ll sit-down with CNN for an interview that will air on “The Situation Room,” Wolf Blitzer tweets. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie will also interview FLOTUS for Wednesday’s “Daily Rundown” on MSNBC.

White House Rocks, Easter Eggs Roll

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The Washington TimesJoe Curl, CBS’ Christine Delargy and ABC’s Jake Tapper were just a few of the media types FishbowlDC spotted taking in the festivities at the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll today. We also caught up with NBC’s Norah O’Donnell, hubby Geoff Geoff and all three kids on the South Lawn.

O’Donnell joked, saying that the “mile-long lines to get into the event must be part of Michelle Obama’s fitness agenda.”

While FishbowlDC didn’t recognize many of the celebrity faces in the crowd, our kid correspondent Jocelyn Luddy clued us in to Disney Channel’s Zack and Cody as well as kiddie pop sensation Justin Bieber. And though we weren’t familiar with Bieber before today, it was obvious we were alone – even Ali Wentworth and Michelle Obama grooved to the teen’s tunes, showing their “Bieber fever.”

After a hot and sweaty hour or two, we caught some South Lawn yoga and then stood next to the First Lady for a performance by Sarah Bareilles. Only in Washington! Check out those pics on Twitter @fishbowldc and more pics of the event after the jump.

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Fashion As a ‘Wedge’ Issue Between U.S. and French First Ladies

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WaPo’s fashion guru Robin Givhan takes on the so-called unspoken fashion war between FLOTUS Michelle Obama and French FLOF Carla Bruni as their husbands convene today at the White House.

Read the story here.

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