President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, Friday, April 6, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)As part of a White House forum on women and the economy, the Obama administration on Friday released a report addressing the unique economic issues American women face "through all stages of life."
"There's been a lot of talk about women and women's issues lately, as there should be," President Barack Obama told an audience of entrepreneurs, academics, and business leaders at the White House on Friday. "But I do think that the conversation has been oversimplified. Women are not some monolithic bloc. Women are not an interest group. You shouldn't be treated that way."
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"Women are over half this country and its workforce -- not to mention 80 percent of my household, if you count my mother-in-law. And I always count my mother-in-law," he deadpanned as the audience laughed.
The new report -- Keeping America's Women Moving Forward, The Key to an Economy Built to Last -- also points out that while women make up the majority of
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Politics – Fri, Apr 6, 2012 2:09 PM EDT
President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Women and the Economy, Friday, April 6, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)As part of a White House forum on women and the economy, the Obama administration on Friday released a report addressing the unique economic issues American women face "through all stages of life."Read More »from New Report on Women and the Economy Underscores "issues that Impact All of Us," Obama Says
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Politics – Thu, Apr 5, 2012 5:21 PM EDT
Wondering who and what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is texting in this Associated Press photo?Read More »from Texts from Hillary? Lucille and Mitt? New Blogs Poke Fun at Politicians
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton works from a desk inside a C-17 military plane en route to Libya in october 2011. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/AP/ Pool)
The folks at Texts From Hillary Clinton have a few ideas:
Who else could she be texting? Find out at textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/
And if some of the things you've heard GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney say on the campaign trail seem a little scripted, the hilarious mash-up at Lucille and Mitt may have an explanation. Take a still of Lucille Bluth from "Arrested Development," add a few words from the former Governor of Massachusetts, and there you have it -- instant fake context.
For more, check out lucilleandmitt.tumblr.com/
I Hope Rick Santorum offers up rambling deep thoughts worthy of Jack Handy, like "I hope Rick Santorum wants to catch a rare wild pokemon he found, but his starter pokemon is too strong and kills it in one move" and "I hope Rick Santorum orders Coke at a restaurant and gets asked if Pepsi is okay."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Moments Of Motherhood – Thu, Apr 5, 2012 4:08 PM EDT
Michael Testa, 7, loves hanging around his father's pizzeria in Jersey City. So it's no surprise that he picked up a few tricks of the trade, just by watching his dad make pizza after pizza.Read More »from WATCH: 7-year-old Michael Testa Tosses Pizzas like a Pro
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What's surprising, though, is how quickly the second grader mastered the dough-tossing techniques that it took his dad decades to learn. This kid can really throw the dough.
"He's an exceptional kid. If he can see it, he can pretty much do it," says his dad, Carmine, of Carmine's Pizza Factory, told Yahoo! Shine. "Pretty much my whole life of 20 years of doing it, and he was able to pick up in about two weeks of practicing."
Michael is spinning a plastic practice dough in the video, his dad says, but the he makes and throws his own homemade dough as well. The practice version has "the same weight and consistency of dough," his dad points out, "but you can't put holes in it, and if you drop it on the floor you can still pick it up and
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Politics – Wed, Apr 4, 2012 4:03 PM EDT
First lady Michelle Obama holds Eun White, 4, as his father Darnell White (left) looks on during a celebration with military families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland on April 4, 2012. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Nearly a dozen private-sector companies have agreed to offer work-from-home job opportunities to veterans and military spouses as part of the White House's Joining Forces initiative to support military families, first lady Michelle Obama told reporters on Wednesday.Read More »from Joining Forces: Companies to Offer Work-at-Home Jobs to Military Spouses
"Eleven companies are coming together to pledge more than 15,000 jobs for military spouses," she announced during a small press conference. "The vast majority of these jobs are ones that spouses can do at home, from anywhere in the country."
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Military families move 10 times as often as civilian families, according to data from Joining Forces. The initiative is already working to streamline the licensing procedure for military spouses who have jobs in fields that require a state-issued license, like nursing and teaching. Wednesday's announcement should help military spouses avoid the stress of having to find work every time they have to move.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Politics – Tue, Apr 3, 2012 5:17 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, right, talks with Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media at the Paley Center in New York on Tuesday, April 3. (Photo: Michael Priest Photography)Calling for a return to civility in politics, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday urged women to become more active in their communities, to "know your power," and to "value your experience."Read More »from Nancy Pelosi Calls for Civility, Tells Women to "know Your Power"
"There are many problems. And I think there is one answer," she told a small crowd at New York's Paley Center for Media. "Any subject you can name is enhanced by the increased participation of women. It's important to have that mix. Not to say one is better than another. It's just important to have the mix."
The public is ready for a woman president, she said, and her pick for 2016 is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. "She would be a fabulous president," she said. "She's brilliant. She's talented. She has knowledge and judgement. She's a strategic thinker, she attracts people to her -- and she has stamina. She would be absolutely great."
Pelosi -- a Catholic mother of five, a 25-year veteran of Congress, and the first female speaker of the House of Representatives -- has
Voice of Choice: Landlord Counters Harassment from Abortion Protesters by Turning the Tables on ThemBy Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Politics – Mon, Apr 2, 2012 2:52 PM EDT
Pro-life activists protest at the March for Life rally in January in Washington, DC. (Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.)Todd Stave understands why protesters target the clinic he leases to a late-term abortion provider in Germantown, Maryland. He owns the building, not the business inside it, but still: Even though the protesters' signs are graphic and disturbing, and even though does not agree with the point they're trying to make, he acknowledges that they should be able to protest his tenant's work.Read More »from Voice of Choice: Landlord Counters Harassment from Abortion Protesters by Turning the Tables on Them
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"Totally appropriate. It's their right," he told Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak. "They are protected by the First Amendment. And outside the clinic is probably the most appropriate place for them to express their views."
But when the protesters showed up at his daughter's middle school in Rockville, Maryland, last September, they took things too far.
One large banner featured his photo, his name, his phone number, and the words "Please STOP the Child Killing" -- even though he's the clinic's landlord, not the
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Mar 30, 2012 4:00 PM EDT
What would you do if you won the lottery?With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot up to a whopping $640 million by mid-afternoon Friday -- a gain of more than $100 million in less than 24 hours -- people who might usually avoid the game are rushing to plunk money down for a chance to win.Read More »from Mega Million Jackpot Tops $640 Million. What Would You Do If You Won the Lottery?
What would you do if you won?
It's the largest lottery prize in history, and it'll probably continue to grow as people buy more $1 tickets on their way home from work.
"As of noon, Pennsylvania Lottery Mega Millions tickets were selling at about $500 per second, or $30,000 per minute," Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci told NBC News.
If one person ends up with all six winning numbers, he or she can choose between equal payments spread out over 26 years, or one lump sum payment of $462 million after taxes. (Getting five winning numbers but missing the all-important Mega Ball gets you just $250,00.) If no one wins when the numbers are drawn Friday night, the jackpot will grow to nearly $975 million.
But don't get your hopes
On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., cities around the world will mark Earth Hour by leaving their landmarks in darkness. Launched in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund, it's intended to be a call to action on climate change and clean energy. Here's a look at some Earth Hour images from years past.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Thu, Mar 29, 2012 5:54 PM EDTThen 19-year-old Claudia Schiffer in her iconic Guess ad from 1989.In 1989, chic clothing company Guess ran a series of sexy, edgy black-and-white ads featuring an unknown German model who looked like a young Brigitte Bardot. Posing in a lace bustier and gold hoop earrings, her hair swept into a tousled up-do, 19-year-old Claudia Schiffer became an instant icon and the Guess brand became popular around the world.
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Now 41-years-old, the seemingly ageless supermodel is the face of Guess once again. And, judging by the pictures taken by Ellen von Unwerth -- who has been the photographer on all six of Schiffer's previous Guess campaigns -- she doesn't look like time has touched her.
"Guess will always have a soft spot in my heart, and I'm excited that 23 years later we can still work together so successfully," Schiffer told Women's Wear Daily
"[Schiffer] was a turning point of Guess, she was a turning point of Ellen's career, Guess was a turning point of a life for Claudia," Guess CEO Paul Marciano
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Politics – Thu, Mar 29, 2012 5:34 PM EDT
Michele Bachmann speaks to a Tea Party crowd protesting at the Supreme Court on Tuesday.Republican congressman Steve King of Iowa supports banning federal funding for Planned Parenthood, is in favor of mandatory ultrasounds before abortion for any reason, and says that states should be able to ban birth control. But on Tuesday he stood in front of the Supreme Court, where justices are debating the constitutionality of parts of the Obama administration's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and told them to "Keep your law off my body!"Read More »from Irony Alert: Conservative Congressman Steve King Wants the Government to Leave His Body Alone
"I don't want my body commandeered," he told the crowd, ignoring his own well-documented positions on women's health issues and reproductive rights. "You are the one that must be able to manage that health. Nobody else should be sticking their nose in it."