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Behind every successful man ...

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By LaShawnda Jones

Michelle Obama has inspired a nation of women. Before her husband even took his oath of office on Jan. 20, three books were published about her exclusively. Liza Mundy, staff writer for the Washington Post, penned "Michelle: A Biography," released in October 2008.

Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram compiled and edited a collection of letters...

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Gridlock We Can Believe In: Barack to the Future

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And so, like all good things, my trip to DC for the inauguration of President Obama has come to an end. I'm back in NYC. It is COLD.

To thank you for taking this trip with me, Politirazzi, I'd like to share with you the funniest things I overheard in D.C.:

— "Oh my God, is that Obama in there?"

"No, it's like Tina Fey or something."

— "Daddy, I'm cold."


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Gridlock We Can Believe In: Yes, We Can (Cash In)!

I think I've lost about five pounds this week. I must have walked this city about 10 times over. One thing I've learned in my travels: D.C. is ready to cash in! There is someone selling Obama stuff on every single street corner.

Obama on a shirt! Obama on a hat! Look, there's a framed print of Michelle! Malia and Sasha salt-and-pepper shakers! Flags! Buttons! Yes, We Can! Si, se Puente! Even...

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I pledge ...

By Bragg Van Antwerp

Tuesday we inaugurated Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. It was wonderful moment for our nation. I am sincerely proud of our country, and of our new president.

And while I hate to be negative during such an overwhelmingly positive week, something was brought to my attention the other day that I simply cannot ignore. This is not the fault of...

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Gridlock We Can Believe In: Watching the Neighborhood Ball

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Guys, Shakira is playing the harmonica. Shakira is playing the harmonica! She is singing Van Morrison without any irony and she is playing the harmonica. How is this happening? As an American of Irish descent, I cannot abide.

Jenny had a good point: These songs are all oddly personal. People dedicating love songs to Barack Obama makes us uncomfortable. But anything that makes Obama dance...

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The experience in person

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By Meg Boyle

Special to amNewYork

Barack Hussein Obama made history on Tuesday when he became the first black president of the United States, calling on all Americans to reject fear and embrace a renewed sense of personal responsibility.

Freezing temperatures did not stop nearly 2 million people from traveling to the National Mall to witness history, many entering...

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Gridlock We Can Believe In: Living history

We're in a good spot. I can see the Capitol and the Jumbotron. It's cold, kids.

Just picked up a voicemail message from my friend Sarah: "Enjoy living history. Not witnessing but actually living it."

It's good to be here.

— MB...

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New era begins with 44th president Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States....

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Gridlock We Can Believe In: This Is Gonna Suck

Rise and shine! I'm wearing, oh, about 25 layers of clothing in preparation for the four mile walk to the Mall (yes, four). I've already received two text messages about the weather and congestion. Subtext of each: You've gotta be crazy to do this.

— Meg Boyle...

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Gridlock We Can Believe In: Maneuvering the inauguration

Right now, three of us are huddled around Jenny and her laptop, trying to figure out the best way to get to the inauguration on foot Tuesday. It's like an episode of CSI ("Zoom in on that, please?" "But if you look at it from this angle ...")

I signed up for helpful hints via text message (too funny to pass up), and apparently Obama thinks we should approach from the south. I guess he knows...

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