last week's presidential debate, but First Lady Michelle Obama prefers to look at the bigger picture.
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"You know, I'm biased," she told Yahoo! Shine on Tuesday during a small roundtable discussion before a rally in Leesburg, Virginia. "I think my husband has done a phenomenal job, not just in the debates, but over these last three and a half years, and I continue to just be in awe at how poised and consistent and honest he is, his ability to lay out a detailed, common-sense plan."
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Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation with the first lady:
What did you think about the President's performance during the debate?
I don't feel the horse-race of it. We just don't spend a lot of time talking about it. I'm so proud of him, and I make sure that he
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"If this debate had been a boxing match, it would have been called in the first hour," senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom told reporters in Denver. "I would imagine the heels on the president's shoes are worn down after having leaned back on them for 90 minutes."
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"I think you had millions of Americans watching Gov. Romney, seeing him, many of them for the first time, and a chance to look at him without 30-second attack ads and 12-second snippets on the news," Romney adviser Ed Gillespie said on NBC's "Today" show. "We didn't hear much, frankly, from President Obama about any second-term agenda, and he didn't have a very credible defense of his first term agenda. And I think the American people saw that last night."
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In the first-ever controlled study, Dr. M. Axel Wollmer and other researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland found that paralyzing the glabellar frown region -- that space between your eyebrows where vertical creases develop -- reduced symptoms of depression in some severe cases.
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"Now those of us in the media get a healthy dose of critiques from our viewers throughout the year, and we realize that it comes with having a job in the public eye," she said. "But this email was more than that."
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It was from a local man who took issue with the fact that Livingston is overweight, trying to make her feel ashamed about how she looked. Her husband, the station's evening news anchor, Mike Thompson, was so upset by the email that he posted it on his official WKTB Facebook page.
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Only 287 votes separated the two recipes -- the smallest margin ever, according to the magazine's editors. Out of the more than 9,000 readers who weighted in, 51.5 percent chose the first lady's White and Dark Chocolate Chip cookies over Ann Romney's M&M's cookies, which won 48.5 percent of the vote.
"If we want to splurge, these White and Dark Chocolate Chip cookies, created by the girls' godmother, are the perfect special treat," Obama said when she submitted her recipe in June.
But readers -- who baked, tasted, and voted from June 27 through August 15 -- also loved Romney's recipe, which she said is a family favorite.
"They smell delicious coming out of the oven," Romney told Family Circle. "Our grandkids can't resist them!"
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