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Mayoral race: It doesn't cost millions to advertise on YouTube

By Ryan Chatelain

YouTube was an important tool in last year’s presidential campaign. Nationally televised debates fielded questions from voters asked via YouTube videos. Tech savvy candidates posted videos and messages. (OK, maybe they had their tech savvy people do it for them, but you get the point.)

This year’s mayoral election is arguably the first of the YouTube era....

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Michelle Obama is an argyle-phile

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First lady Michelle Obama loves the argyle cardigan as demonstrated most recently, top left, at a Hispanic heritage event Monday at a Washington, D.C., school. I imagine that Obama, an argyle-phile, has a extra closet just for the prep-school staple.

The top two sweaters are by J.Crew. The bottom two, a patchwork creation embellished with sequins,...

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Michelle Obama: Shoes you can't use

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First lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Capital Area Food Bank on Wednesday in D.C. Great cause, but her shoes? Not so great. Looks like she borrowed them from 10-year-old Malia or someone else in the Sketchers crowd.

Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, was also in attendance. Her more-mature Tory Burch flats are peeking into the left side of the photo....

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100 days: Obama's bold start defined by promise, pitfalls

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President Barack Obama has wrapped up his first 100 days in office by launching an ambitious and broad agenda. (AP)

By Emily Ngo

He campaigned for office on a platform of swift and sweeping change. Now, 100 days into his historic presidency, Barack Obama is pressing to fulfill that promise.

Supporters hail the nation’s first black president for acting decisively on...

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First lady to make national service fashionable

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By Emily Ngo

Slipping seamlessly — and sleevelessly — into the spotlight, first lady Michelle Obama has enjoyed high approval ratings for her gracious manner and fashionable presence.

“One has a little bit of concern that she’s being seen as a decoration, because there’s so much attention paid to what she’s wearing,” said Liza Mundy, author of “Michelle:...

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Bloomberg, Thompson, mayoral hopefuls seek thrifty image in costly election

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Incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg appears in new campaign ads without his usual suit.

By Emily Ngo

In a time of economic uncertainty, mayoral candidates this year face a new hurdle: earning votes without burning cash.

“It might make sense to appear a little less slick,” said political consultant Jerry Skurnik, of Prime New York. “There might be backlash...

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Schumer backs gay marriage

By Jason Fink

Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday he supports same-sex marriage and called for a repeal of the federal ban.

It was a reversal for Schumer (D-N.Y.), who as a congressman in 1996 voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“It’s time,” Schumer said in a statement. “Equality is something that has always been at the hallmark of America and no group...

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Dinkins and Ferrer back Weprin for comptroller

By Jason Fink

In one of the first major endorsements of the election season, former Mayor David Dinkins and former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer Sunday backed City Councilman David Weprin for comptroller.

“I’m an elder statesman, with the emphasis on elder,” joked Dinkins, 81, in discussing his decision to wade into a primary race in a citywide election.

Weprin...

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Hey, AIG!

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You just ruined capitalism! What are you going to do next?

We're going to Washington!!!

— Meg Boyle...

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Plastic Steele

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By LaShawnda Jones

In a GQ interview with Lisa DePaulo, the new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele gave some interesting insight on how he thinks about issues and what he thinks about being the GOP’s Great Black Hope. The adopted son of Roosevelt Democrats was influenced by Ronald Reagan and became a Republican. For a party with members who are...

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