Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether it’s large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state,…

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Michelle Obama loved fashion and the fashion world loved her

NEW YORK: The morning after Michelle Obama’s big speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, in which she argued passionately for a second term for her husband, designer Tracy Reese’s phone was ringing. And ringing. Mrs. Obama’s powerfully delivered speech had attracted much attention — but these phone calls were about her dress. A shimmering sleeveless sheath in rose and silvery gray, it was pretty universally considered a fashion slam dunk. And customers wanted it. There was only one problem, Reese recalls: “We didn’t have inventory — we had made…

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The Education of Barack Obama

What does it mean to be progressive on education issues? Eight years ago, when President Obama came into office, this was a hotly contested question. The Democratic Party was split into two camps. On one side were union allies, researchers, and policy-makers who argued that children’s academic performance would only improve with better-trained teachers, smaller class sizes, greater access to early-childhood education, and stronger antipoverty efforts. On the other side was the bipartisan education-reform movement. Its major achievement was No Child Left Behind, the law signed by George W. Bush…

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Floridians fear repeal of Obama health care under Trump

Sherry Riggs didn’t stay awake to find out who the next president would be. Her heart literally couldn’t take it. Riggs, a 55-year-old barber, has been ordered to avoid stress after a heart attack and bypass surgery last month. Last year, she had a stent put in, paid for by insurance she purchased under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. “If it wasn’t for Obamacare I really would be dead twice now,” said Riggs who recently divorced and has been staying at a friend’s house In Fort Pierce since leaving the…

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WHAT OBAMA HAS MEANT FOR FOOD

The Season 8 première of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” begins just like all of the show’s episodes do: with its amiably gruff host taking in the splendors of some lesser-travelled corner of the globe. In this case, it’s Hanoi, Vietnam, and Bourdain, as usual, is in his element, riding around on a motorbike and thrilling to the smells of fish sauce, exhaust, and incense. We watch him consume street food, chat with old friends over cold beers, and patronize a noodle stall run by a fantastically brusque woman. We follow…

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