First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines. The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has largely stayed away from policy fights since she lobbied for congressional passage of a child nutrition law in 2010. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Count on singing and dancing, maybe even a few magic tricks, when the curtain goes up Tuesday on the very first White House talent show.
Michelle Obama on Saturday decried the kidnapping of scores of Nigerian schoolgirls who have been missing for nearly a month and used their plight to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere to get an education. Continue reading
Some schools say new health lunch guidelines have been expensive and difficult to put in place, and school officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the requirements. Their main concerns: finding enough whole grain-rich foods that kids like, lowering sodium levels and keeping fruits and vegetables from ending up in the trash. Continue reading
Even the scoreboards in high school gyms will have to advertise only healthy foods under new rules announced Tuesday by the Obama administration. Promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day will be phased out under the rules, intended to ensure that such marketing is brought in line with health standards that already apply to school foods. Continue reading
In Tanzania’s capital, President Barack Obama was joined by former President George W. Bush in paying tribute to the victims of the 1998 al-Qaida bombing of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. Gwen Ifill reports on the final leg of the president’s trip, including events focused on energy initiatives and fighting HIV/AIDS. Continue reading
Although the United States is the largest producer of food per capita in the world, that food is not reaching the plates of millions of children in America. Hunger is the subject of the new documentary, "A Place at the Table." Ray Suarez talks with co-director Lori Silverbush about our homegrown problem. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks talk to Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about the “two exceptional nights” at the Democratic National Convention, and the very high bar set by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton going into President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech. Continue reading