10 Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About the Election
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To raise a global, well-informed citizen, try these ideas to engage children big and small in the United States' biggest poli…

  • Vote for Mom!

    Vote for Mom!

    Now that the 2012 presidential campaign is pretty much down to the final two candidates - President Barack Obama for the Democrats and former Governor Mitt Romney for the Republicans (sorry, Ron Paul!), we can finally turn our attention to some of the other races that are going on across the country.

    Of course, the race for the White House is the one that will have most of our attention, but while these two guys duke it out, there are a lot of moms running for various elective offices across the country who are trying to make a difference, as well.

    Of course, those are some pretty powerful moms in the photo here with Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama's most senior advisors. And I have no doubt they're making their own change in their communities (myself included!)

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    But here are 8 moms who you're going to see on the campaign trail this year in various roles - they're one's we should all be watching!

    Kirsten Gillibrand

    Kirsten Gillibrand

    1. Kirsten Gillibrand
    The junior U.S. Senat

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  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answers questions from reporters at Mississippi College in Clinton, …

    We may be ready for a woman to be Vice President on television -- witness HBO's new political comedy, "Veep,"which debuted last night -- but in real life, conservative pundits say that the chances of Mitt Romney picking a female running mate are slim to none.

    Last week, former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was the popular pick for Vice President, according to a CNN/ORC International survey. Twenty-six percent of Republicans and conservative-leaning independents said that they'd choose Rice, who also served as President George W. Bush's national security adviser, and 36 percent of Republicans who aren't in the Tea Party said she was their top choice, beating out former GOP hopeful Rick Santorum, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie by wide margins.

    "Name recognition is the key," CNN polling director Keating Holland said. "Rice and Santorum are best known and they top the overall wish list."

    But some say that the country's experience with former Al

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  • Ann Romney has been unfairly criticized for being out of touch as a stay-at-home mom.

    My sister is a stay-at-home mom. Her day starts at 6 a.m., when my nephews get up, and isn't over until the last of the two monkeys heads off to bed around 8 p.m. Every single second of her day is dedicated to my two nephews, ages two and three, and I can say without a single doubt in my mind that my sister is the hardest worker I know. She may not get up and go to an office, but if anyone ever belittled her job as a mother, I'd kick their ass for being an ignorant twit.

    Just because my sister is a stay-at-home mom, it doesn't mean her opinions on women in the workplace or issues regarding women in general should be overlooked. My sister did work before she got married (she was a first-grade teacher), but her current job - yes, it is a job - shouldn't make others lose respect for her. I'm looking at you, Hillary Rosen.

    Democratic strategist Rosen appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 recently to voice her opinions on Mitt Romney's wife Ann's position as a stay-at-home mom who has "never

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  • First Lady Michelle Obama greets participants following a women's online outlet roundtable on

    Yahoo! Shine senior editor Lylah M. Alphonse and her 7-year-old daughter, Alanna, joined first lady Michelle Obama and a handful of others for a discussion about fitness, friendship, role models and more this week. Given that it was also Bring Your Child to Work Day at the White House, the kids offered up questions of their own, and the conversation yielded some great advice on growing up. Here are the highlights.

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    Make what you do count

    Being the first lady is a surreal experience, she told Alphonse's daughter. "I feel like Michelle, like I've always felt. But now I have this work to do," she said. "So I'm just trying to make sure I do good work. Because you're not First Lady forever, you're First Lady for a short period of time -- so that when we're done, I want to make sure that the time I spent here, I helped some people, so that when it's time for me to move on and be something else, I'm f

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  • First lady Michelle Obama greets children in the East Room of the White House in Washington in celebration of the …

    What's it like to live in the White House? What would you change about being the first lady? Do you really like gardening? The Obama Administration marked Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day by inviting about 200 children to the White House for a morning filled with activities. The event was capped by a special session with Michelle Obama in the East Room, where the elementary-school aged kids peppered her with questions.

    The kids -- all of whose parents are employees of the Executive Office of the President -- started the day by taking the same Oath of Office that their parents' did when they started working with the White House. Then they toured the building, and took turns meeting with members of the Secret Service, the Council on Environmental Quality, and even official White House pastry chefs.

    Related: Who designed Michelle Obama's peach outfit?

    But one of the biggest highlights came at the end of their visit, when they trooped into the famous East Room to chat with the firs

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