Michelle Obama’s fashion legacy and the style tips we’ve learned from her over the past eight years

Michelle Obama isn’t the only first lady since Jackie O to use fashion to define her public persona. But she’s indisputably the master and showed her class as she left the White House in an understated Jason Wu dress which left new First Lady Melania Trump to take centre stage – even if that Tiffany gift left her a little flustered. Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton all knew the importance of style when it came to establishing substance. Nancy used her signature ‘Reagan Red’ to show her patriotism,…

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The exit interview: Ag Secretary Vilsack on Obama’s food legacy

Even before the election, food luminaries had started brawling over Obama’s legacy. In a New York Times Magazine cover story, author Michael Pollan accused the administration of bowing to the demands of corporate agribusiness. “They went wobbly in the knees,” former Sen. Tom Harkin said in the piece. Sam Kass, the former White House chef and food czar, fired back, saying that people like Pollan dismiss steps forward because they fall short of their “idyllic” vision of farming. “We are so good at turning our wins into losses, it’s stunning,”…

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What Trump Can Learn From Obama’s Rough Ride on Health Care

President Barack Obama took on the problems of a lack of access to health care and high cost, but he and Democrats paid a political price. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to undo much of what Obama put in place, and pledged to make the system better. Although Trump is lacking in specifics, he seems to want to make costs his priority. States, insurers, businesses, and individuals would get more leeway to sort out access. Health care keenly reflects the country’s deep political divide. A look at some lessons Trump…

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