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  • ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has reviewed a controversial classified memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Republicans accusing the Justice Department of political bias and is expected to formally consent to its release, multiple sources tell ABC News.
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  • Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Former first lady Michelle Obama decided that Ellen Degeneres' birthday was a good time to re-enter public life. Obama made her first television appearance since leaving the White House on the talk show host's 60th birthday episode, which was filmed earlier this week but is going to air this afternoon.The two women have been friends for years, with Obama making multiple appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show during her husband's presidency."Don't you miss her?" DeGeneres said to the cheering audience when Obama sat down for the chat.  In the second, longer clip of the interview that was released in advance of the full show, Obama opened up about her post-White House life, and shared some details about the family's new house, which she said is "in the neighborhood, down the street from the White House.""We stayed in Washington because Sasha, our youngest, is a junior" in high school, she said.  "It is odd because now I have a door and a doorbell and people actually trip out when I come to my door and I open it. And the dogs, Bo and Sunny, don't know what a doorbell is so the doorbell rings and they're like 'Um, I never heard that before,'" Obama said.She said that she picked out the family's house and oversaw the unpacking and decorating because her husband "was being the president when we moved so he didn't really have time to go househunting."  He may be regretting that decision now, apparently."He still talks about this. He got so shortchanged on this whole deal. He doesn't have enough closet space -- sorry -- he's got the smallest room for his office, and Sasha actually killed in this house. She has like this two-room suite it's all decked out. She's got like a living room area and a bedroom and she designed it, so he's really hating on her," Obama said.He's not the only one. Malia, the eldest Obama daughter, is now a freshman at Harvard University, and her mom said that she has "a room up in the attic somewhere. She's away at college -- you don't waste rooms on college kids!" The first clip that was released from Obama's visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show included the former first lady recounting the awkward moment when she didn't know what to do with the gift that Melania Trump handed her ahead of the inauguration.A less confusing exchange unfolded in a preview clip. showing Obama give Degeneres her 60th birthday gift. In a nod to a past appearance that Obama made on the talk show, where she and DeGeneres went shopping at CVS, the former first lady gave her a selection of gifts from the convenience store, including boxed wine (which they drank during their shopping trip) and a Chia pet in the shape of her husband's head.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Pete Marovich/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Maxine Waters on Wednesday night issued a damning rebuttal to Donald Trump's first State of the Union address, accusing the president of dividing the country and exploiting people of color.  Trump called on Americans to come together and "bind the wounds of division" during his address on Tuesday, but Waters, D-Calif., accused him of dividing the very people he says he wants to unite."After Trump defended white supremacists, targeted Muslims with his travel ban, described Mexicans as rapists and mocked people with disabilities, it's impossible to believe him when he tries to declare that he wants to bring the country together," she said on BET's "Angela Rye's State of the Union." "He has divided Americans in ways no other modern president has done.""One speech cannot and does not make Donald Trump presidential,” she added. "He's not presidential and he never will be presidential." Waters cited the president's response to the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 and his criticism of black NFL players as proof that he is a "dangerous, unprincipled, divisive and shameful racist."  "Trump often works to convince dissatisfied elements in society that all of their problems are caused by people of color," she said. "He stokes racial animosity by referring to black NFL players as sons of b----es and demonizing immigrants from Haiti and Africa.""Whenever he appears on TV there should be a disclaimer that says 'this may not be acceptable for children,'" Waters added, referring to the president's previous use of vulgar language.Waters and other Democrats in Congress -- including Reps. John Lewis of Georgia and Al Green of Texas -- had previously announced that they would boycott the SOTU.Waters, affectionately refereed to as "Auntie Maxine" on social media, was not the only Democrat to offer an unofficial response to Trump's address.Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., lambasted Trump in a live-streamed rebuttal on Tuesday, calling him "compulsively dishonest" and a "bully." He also slammed him for avoiding issues like wage inequality and the ongoing Russia probe in his address.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Twitter/@ADCollegeOpp(WASHINGTON) -- Former first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday channeled her inner school teacher and graded -- virtually -- a third-grader's school project. "Today my 9 year old was @MichelleObama for her 3rd grade Open House project," California mom Audrey Dow tweeted Monday, along with a photo of her daughter Alexandra standing in front of her project, "Michelle Obama: First lady of the United States." Affixed on a large piece of cardboard were various photos of Obama from different stages of her life.  "She was inspired by her work to make sure more kids go to college & #ReachHigher," Dow's tweet continued, explaining Alexandra's inspiration. "She loves that Mrs Obama is brown & has hair like hers #ISawMyself."In the photo her mother tweeted, Alexandra is striking a pose that is similar to Obama in a photo behind her from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016. She's also wearing a similar blue dress.Fast forward three days and Alexandra got the shock of her life: The former first lady tweeted back at her mother."This just made my day," Obama tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "I may not be a 3rd grade teacher, but this gets an A+ in my book!"  "Alexandra is so overwhelmed with all the positive attention," Dow tweeted following Obama's response. "She got so teary-eyed when she read Mrs. Obama's reply. She couldn't believe that she would write something to her. Dreams come true baby girl! #ReachHigher #BetterMakeRoom #goals #isawmyself."A subsequent tweet by Dow read, "The class project was so empowering and Alexandra knew from day one that @michelleObama was her choice!!!" Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has made headlines on everything from immigration reform to the NFL, from Russia to the border wall.But which of these topics will come up when he gives his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night?The White House offered five agenda items the president will address: jobs and the economy, infrastructure, immigration, trade, and national security.But ABC News is looking at five other possibilities that might garner a mention or may be a silent presence in the room.The DreamersAt least 24 House members and several senators are bringing Dreamers or people with ties to immigration reform to the State of the Union. While Trump is expected to address the topic, will he take the opportunity to address the Dreamers directly? Expect TV cameras to scan the guest gallery and highlight these guests as the president speaks on the issue. Trump has said he wants a bipartisan solution to immigration reform so look to see if anything he says on the topic gets applause from both sides of the House chamber.“For many years, for many, many years they have been talking immigration and never got anything done. We're going to get something done. We hope. It has got to be bipartisan. The Republicans really don't have the votes to get it done in any other way. It has to be bipartisan. But hopefully the Democrats will join us or enough of them will join us so we can really do something great for DACA and for immigration in general,” the president said on Monday.The Supreme CourtIt’s the first speech before Congress since the president appointed Neil Gorsuch to the high court. Will Gorsuch attend and will he get a shout-out from Trump? What other justices will be there? It’s unclear if Ruth Bader Ginsburg will make it back from her event in Rhode Island on time and whether she’ll attend if she does. She, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas did not attend Trump’s February address to a joint session of Congress last year.Thomas and Alito also skipped President Obama’s speeches, saying they wanted to maintain their impartiality.Health CareThe opioid crisis is expected to get a mention. The White House announced on Monday that police officer Ryan Holets of Albuquerque, New Mexico, will sit in the first lady’s box. He and his wife adopted a baby from parents who suffered from opioid addiction.Unknown is if Trump will call for a repeal and replacement of Obamacare, which is something he did in his February speech.
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