- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Women Who Shine | Tue, Nov 6, 2012 1:14 PM EST | CommentsGalicia Malone's contractions were five minutes apart when she arrived at her polling place in Cook County, Illinois, this morning, but that didn't stop her from studying the ballot carefully and making sure her vote counted.
Galicia Malone was in labor when she cast her vote Tuesday morning. (Photo: Cook County Clerks Office)
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"I was just trying to read and breathe, read and breathe," the 21-year-old mom-to-be told WBBM Newsradio. "That's what I kept telling myself, 'Read and breathe, read and breathe'."
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Pregnant with her first child, Malone went into labor four days early. Her water had already broken when she arrived at the aptly named New Life Celebration Church near Chicago around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. But even hard labor wasn't enough to stop her from voting in her first presidential election.
"I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life," she told WBBM Newsradio. "And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money | Wed, Nov 7, 2012 3:22 AM EST | CommentsMinutes after polls on the West Coast had closed Tuesday night -- and even before votes in Florida, Ohio, and Virginia had been counted -- news outlets declared President Barack Obama the winner of the 2012 election.
Jessica Clark, center, reacts after watching election results in Times Square in New York City on Nov. 6, 2012. …
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"Today we congratulate President Obama on his re-election," Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, the executive director and co-founder of MomsRising, said in a statement. "We're ready to move forward with him to ensure that we close the gender wage gap, to see health care reform fully implemented so that all our families get the health care they need, and to secure earned sick days for all workers."
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In Boston, Mitt Romney supporters were subdued as they handed out American flags and waited for their candidate to appear on stage. Once he did, he was sure to thank his supporters, his running mate Paul Ryan, his sons, and his wife, Ann, whom he called "the love of my life."
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion And Beauty Editor | Style Crush | Wed, Nov 7, 2012 2:57 AM EST | Comments
Late Tuesday night President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term in the White House, beating out former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney by securing the swing state of Ohio. Both men had their beautiful wives on hand for support, and -- forgive us for being a little shallow -- we were dying to see what each woman was wearing....Read More »
In four quick years, First Lady Michelle Obama has become one of the most influential women in fashion, catapulting small name designers like Rachel Roy, Jason Wu, Thakoon, and Prabal Gurung to fame, and putting mall brands like J.Crew and the Gap back on the map. President Barack Obama took the stage with his family and was greeted by thunderous applause from his supporters as he signed on for four more years as commander-in-chief.
The first lady always keeps us guessing when it comes to clothes, but one quick glimpse at her outfit and we knew exactly what she was wearing: A red brocade Michael Kors shift dress she's worn publically at least twice
- Bridal Guide | Love + Sex | Tue, Nov 6, 2012 12:57 PM EST | Comments
Today, we face one of the most polarizing elections in recent history. While President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may not agree on much, one thing these candidates have in common is their devotion to their families.
Let's take a look back at how these couples met and fell in love.
Michelle and Barack Obama
Michelle and Barack Obama on their wedding day.
How they met: The President first met Michelle working at the Sidley & Austin law firm in 1989. The pair spent their first date at the Art Institute of Chicago and walking down Michigan Avenue, followed by a Spike Lee movie and drinks on the 99th floor of the John Hancock Center. "We clicked right away... by the end of the date, it was over... I was sold," Michelle told CNN.
How he proposed: While out to dinner to celebrate Barack passing the bar exam, he secretly coordinated with the maitre'd for an engagement ring to be served along with Michelle's dessert.
Wedding date: October 3, 1992. In their vows, "Barack didn't pledge riches, only a life that woul...Read More »
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting | Fri, Nov 9, 2012 5:20 PM EST | CommentsSophia Bailey-Klugh had already written to President Barack Obama once before, to invite him to dinner at her house. He didn't RSVP, so when the 10-year-old with two dads decided to send him a note thanking him for his support of gay marriage, she wasn't expecting a reply.
Sophia's letter to the President, which her dad posted on Facebook. (Photo: Jonathan Bailey/Facebook)
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"Dear Barack Obama," she wrote. "It's Sophia Bailey Klugh, your friend who invited you to dinner. You don't remember okay that's fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other, because I have two dads and they love each other, but at school kids think that it's gross and weird."
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"Totally unprompted, our amazing 10 year old decided to write this letter to Barack Obama," her dad, Jonathan Bailey, wrote when he posted her note on Facebook. He and is partner, Triton Klugh (whom Sophia calls Papa) ...Read More »