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Reese Witherspoon Defends Ellen DeGeneres Amid Backlash Over Her Friendship with George W. Bush

Reese Witherspoon Defends Ellen DeGeneres Amid Backlash Over Her Friendship with George W. Bush
Ellen DeGeneres‘ famous friends are divided on the star’s friendship with former president George W. Bush.

The controversy started on Sunday when DeGeneres was spotted sitting next to Bush, 73, and his wife Laura Bush, 72, at a Dallas Cowboys football game. DeGeneres, who was joined by her wife Portia de Rossi, was shown chatting and laughing with Bush during the game’s broadcast.

After DeGeneres, 61, defended her friendship with the conservative politician on her talk show, some of her famous friends like Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell praised her for preaching kindness to others.

“Thank you for this important reminder,
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Jenna Bush Hager Debuts As ‘Today’ Co-Host: Smiles, Tears & Maybe Some First-Day Jitters

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Let’s go, y’all! Jenna Bush Hager made her permanent co-hosting debut on NBC’s Today this morning, and if her choreographed kickoff with Hoda Kotb didn’t come off exactly as planned, the rookie seemed to take it in stride.

“We’ve been trying to figure out what our little pregame is gonna be,” Kotb said early on during Episode 1 of Today with Hoda & Jenna. “I think we figured it out just now in the makeup room two seconds ago.”

When Bush Hager asked her co-host if she remembered it, Kotb said, “Yeah.” Only problem was, the newbie maybe didn’t. After they counted to three to deliver the new opening simultaneously, the first word came out right, but Bush Hager stopped as Kotb said enthusiastically, “Let go, y’all!”

“I thought it was, ‘Let’s do this, y’all?’ ” Bush Hager said, looking a little embarrassed.

.@jennabushhager
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Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani Talk ‘Little America’ at WGFestival

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Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani Talk ‘Little America’ at WGFestival
Oscar nominated screenwriters Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani kicked off the WGFestival 2019 on Saturday with an opening keynote conversation about their paths to writing and comedy.

Presented by the Writers Guild Foundation with Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs, the festival brought together top creatives and executives from the industry for panels, discussions and intimate workshops for writers. Events included mock writers’ rooms, a look inside the writers’ room with shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Jane the Virgin” and a special screening of Hulu’s “The Act” followed by a Q&A with actress Joey King and creator/showrunners Nick Antosca and Michelle Dean.

Gordon and Nanjiani, who are married in real life, parlayed their story into the film “The Big Sick,” which also landed them nominations from the WGA Awards and the best first screenplay prize from the Independent Spirit Awards. Variety’s Jenelle Riley moderated the 90-minute Q&A,
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Jenna Bush Hager Remembers Grandfather George H.W. Bush in Heartbreaking Post

Jenna Bush Hager Remembers Grandfather George H.W. Bush in Heartbreaking Post
Today show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager paid a special online tribute to her grandfather George H.W.Bush on Saturday, hours after his death was announced. The former President died at age 94 on Friday, seven months after his wife Barbara Bush passed away at age 92. Jenna, one of the former U.S. leader's son and fellow former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush's twin daughters, shared on Instagram sweet throwback photos of her and her sister, also named Barbara Bush, with their grandfather. "Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything," wrote Jenna, 37. "He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle...
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Michelle Obama Memoir ‘Becoming’ Sells 1.4 Million Copies In One Week

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Michelle Obama Memoir ‘Becoming’ Sells 1.4 Million Copies In One Week
Michelle Obama can now add best-selling author to her resume. The former First Lady’s memoir “Becoming” sold more than 1.4 million print and digital copies in the United States and Canada since it hit the shelves on November 13.

“Becoming” had one of 2018’s biggest debuts, according to the Associated Press. Crown Publishing printed over 3 million hardcover copies in North America and when it was released it became a hot title, selling more than 725,000 copies. When it comes to other memoirs from former First Ladies, Obama surpassed Hillary Clinton’s 2003 book “Living History” which sold approximately 600,000 copies in its first week.

On the international front, Crown says that Obama’s memoir is sitting in the number one spot when it comes to nonfiction in the United Kingdom, France, Holland, Spain, Denmark, Finland, and Germany — where 200,000 copies have been sold which has prompted another printing of 100,000 copies.

The memoir, which has gotten positive reviews,
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Michelle Obama Reveals To Jimmy Kimmel Things She Could Not Say As First Lady

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Michelle Obama Reveals To Jimmy Kimmel Things She Could Not Say As First Lady
Updated with additional video: “You picked a great night to show up,” Jimmy Kimmel assured his Hollywood studio audience Thursday night when his guests were Lin Manuel Miranda and former First Lady Michelle Obama. [You can watch full Michelle Obama interview below]

“You remember Mrs. Obama? From when we had a United States?” Kimmel asked.

“Our former First Lady is here to share stories from her new autobiography, Becoming. As in, ‘What the hell is this country Becoming?’”

The former First Lady, during her time in the White House, had to be careful about what she said. But now that she is no longer there, she can basically say whatever she wants, Kimmel said. So, he asked her to read things he’d written for her, that he knew she wanted to say as Flotus, but could not, so long as her husband was Potus.

“The whole eight years we were in the White
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Jimmy Kimmel Lands Michelle Obama’s First Late-Night Stop On ‘Becoming’ Book Tour

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ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! has landed Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s first late-night stop in promotion of her new book, Becoming.

Kimmel gets first chance to get the late-night TV take on Obama’s book remark about not forgiving President Donald Trump for having put her family in danger with his birther movement. Back when Trump was a reality TV star on NBC, he also headed the birther movement, claiming President Barack Obama held the office illegally because he was not born in this country.

In Becoming, Michelle Obama called the birther movement “crazy,” “mean-spirited” and “dangerous” because it was intended to “stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”

Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk,” she wrote. “And for this I’d never forgive him.”

Kimmel is likely ask her response to Trump’s rebuttal. Heading to Paris late last week,
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In Rare TV Interview, Melania Trump Defies Narrative

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In Rare TV Interview, Melania Trump Defies Narrative
Something about Melania Trump keeps people hopeful — insistently so, despite so much contrary evidence — that there’s a bigger story at work.

Maybe it’s simply her circumstance, existing as the immigrant wife of a President whose misogyny and xenophobia are such pronounced parts of his personal brand. Maybe it’s the occasional glimmer of seeming independence, gestures that are read as part of an endless symbolic code; it would be poetic justice, the thinking seems to go, if the #resistance were coming from inside the house. And one line of thought is rooted less in politics than in fundamentals of narrative. Recent First Ladies like Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and (of course) Hillary Clinton have been endlessly engaging media figures with evidently strong points-of-view all their own, and First Ladies have used television to transmit their pet causes since Jackie Kennedy opened the White House to America. We’re
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Barbara Pierce Bush Marries Craig Coyne In Secret Wedding Ceremony — See The Pics!

Wedding bells are ringing for Barbara Pierce Bush! Just 20 members of the 36-year-old former First Daughter's family gathered on Sunday, Oct. 7 to watch her tie the knot with her fiancé of five weeks, screenwriter Craig Coyne, in a secret wedding ceremony The "very short, sweet ceremony," as Barbara described it to People, took place at the Bush estate in Kennebunkport, Me. "We’ve been excited to do such a small wedding with just our family," she added. In attendance was her father, former President George W. Bush (who walked her down the aisle), her mother, Laura Bush, her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, her twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager (who was the Matron of Honor), and her daughters, Margaret, 5, and Poppy, 3, as flower girls. The bride's aunt Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch officiated. The groom's family, parents Darlene and Edward James Coyne, Jr, brother Edward Coyne III, and sister
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Melania Trump Continues Cyberbullying Campaign: Social Media ‘Destructive and Harmful’

Melania Trump Continues Cyberbullying Campaign: Social Media ‘Destructive and Harmful’
Melania Trump is continuing her personal crusade against cyberbullying. During remarks at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (Fpbp) Cyberbullying Prevention Summit in Washington D.C., the first lady warned about the harm that can be caused by using social media.

“I launched my Be Best campaign in May, with a focus on the many issues facing children today – one of them being the safe and responsible use of social media,” she said. “Social media is an inevitable part of our children’s daily lives. It can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly.”

First Lady Melania Trump's remarks on cyberbullying. (via @katierogers) pic.twitter.com/4ldeIu1yUq

— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) August 20, 2018

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It’s traditional for a first lady to select an issue to champion during her time in office.
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Michelle Obama Rolls Deep for Lunch in Venice

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Michelle Obama Rolls Deep for Lunch in Venice
Michelle Obama might be from the Midwest and live on the East Coast, but no one needs to school her on nailing the business cas' look in L.A. The former First Lady joined some of her colleagues for lunch at the ritzy Gjelina restaurant in Venice ... easily pulling off the beachy business meeting look thanks to those shades, sandals and soft colors. It was also easy to figure out a big shot was in
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Ann Coulter Claims Detention Camp Kids Are Actors Pulling 'Political Stunt'

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Ann Coulter Claims Detention Camp Kids Are Actors Pulling 'Political Stunt'
Ann Coulter's spewing a wild new theory about kids in detention camps ... claiming the kids are all part of a huge "political stunt" designed to destroy America. Coulter was out in NYC Tuesday when we asked her if she's seen the latest pictures of kids being held in cages while their parents are criminally prosecuted under the Trump administration's strict new policies. Coulter's adamant the kids are actors ... though she offers Zero proof. In
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George Takei Compares His Internment To Trump Policy: “We Were Not Pulled Screaming From Our Mothers’ Arms”

George Takei Compares His Internment To Trump Policy: “We Were Not Pulled Screaming From Our Mothers’ Arms”
Actor George Takei, who was placed in Japanese-American internment camp during World War II at age 5, has written a scathing indictment of the Donald Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that separates children from parents in the prosecution of all people crossing the U.S.’s southern border illegally.

“At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans,” writes the former Star Trek actor in today’s op-ed column for Foreign Policy magazine, “I and other children were not stripped from our parents. We were not pulled screaming from our mothers’ arms. We were not left to change the diapers of younger children by ourselves.”

In 1942, Takei’s family was forced to live in Arkansas’s Rohwer War Relocation Center for internment and, later, the Tule Lake War Relocation Center in California. Takei starred in the 2015 Broadway production Allegiance, based on his family’s experience in the internment camps.

“At least during the internment,” Takei writes today, “we remained a family, and I credit that alone for keeping the scars of our unjust imprisonment from deepening on my soul. I cannot for a moment imagine what my childhood would have been like had I been thrown into a camp without my parents. That this is happening today fills me with both rage and grief: rage toward a failed political leadership who appear to have lost even their most basic humanity, and a profound grief for the families affected.”

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— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 19, 2018

Comparisons between the internment camps and the Trump zero tolerance policy were also made by former first lady Laura Bush, who wrote in the Washington Post Sunday that the images from our southern border “are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in Us history.”

Writes Takei, “My family was sent to a racetrack for several weeks to live in a horse stall, but at least we had each other. At least during the internment, my parents were able to place themselves between the horror of what we were facing and my own childish understanding of our circumstances. They told us we were ‘going on a vacation to live with the horsies.’ And when we got to Rohwer camp, they again put themselves between us and the horror, so that we would never fully appreciate the grim reality of the mosquito-infested swamp into which we had been thrown. At least during the internment, we remained a family, and I credit that alone for keeping the scars of our unjust imprisonment from deepening on my soul.”

“When a government acts capriciously, especially against a powerless and much-reviled group,” Takei continues, “it is hard to describe the terror and anxiety. There is nowhere to turn, because the only people with the power to help have trained their guns and dogs upon you. You are without rights, held without charge or trial. The world is upside down, information-less, and indifferent or even hostile to your plight.”

Read Takei’s column here.
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Lauren Bush Lauren Gives Birth to Second Baby Two Days After Grandma Barbara Bush's Death

Just two days after Lauren Bush Lauren lost her beloved grandmother Barbara Bush, the philanthropist and her husband, David Lauren, have welcomed their second baby. David, 46, took to Instagram on Friday, April 20 to announce the birth of baby Max Lauren. "We feel lucky and blessed to introduce our son Max Walker Lauren! He was born yesterday (April 19) at 5:33 a.m. weighing 7lbs [and] 8oz. He is happy and healthy and enjoying his new world!" the proud dad captioned the first photo of the family's new bundle of joy. Lauren, 33, and David — who tied the knot in September 2011 — are already parents to a two-year-old son named James Richard Lauren. A post shared by @davidlauren on Apr 20, 2018 at 9:11am Pdt Baby Max is Barbara Bush's eighth great-grandchild. The former First Lady — who sadly passed away at age 92 on April 17 — was also a great-grandmother to granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager's two daughters, Mila and Poppy,
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Jane Seymour To Be Honored At 30th Annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon

The 30th Annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon will honor Jane Seymour with The Colleagues Champion of Children Award and Oscar de la Renta’s (Odlr) Co-Creative Directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for their contribution to American design.

Actor Joe Lando will be presenting Seymour with her award which honors her lasting impact on the lives of children. Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild will be presenting Kim & Garcia with their award to salute their continued contributions to American design, the world of fashion and recognize the House of Oscar De La Renta for their longstanding partnership with the Los Angeles Colleagues and their tradition of philanthropy through fashion. Kim and Garcia were an essential part of Oscars legacy and are now managing the future of one of the most revered international design houses and launching their own complex and utterly original design house at the same time.

The luncheon will
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Jenna Bush Hager Went From Working as a Teacher's Aide to a 'Today' Correspondent Worth $4 Million

Nowadays, most people know Jenna Bush Hager as a Today show correspondent who occasionally fills in for Kathie Lee Gifford or Hoda Kotb. Others first think of her as a former First Daughter when her dad, George W. Bush was president. But did you know Jenna actually started her career working as a teacher's aide? Scroll down to find out Jenna's salary, meet her daughters, and learn more interesting facts about the star! She was a teacher's aide in Washington DC Jenna worked at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School for a year and a half back in the mid-2000s before taking a leave of absence in the summer of 2006 to participate in an internship for Unicef's Educational Policy Department in Latin America, during which she worked in a shelter. "It's the most important job there is other an being a parent," Jenna recently said of being a teacher.
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George W. Bush Proves He's Still Got the Best Dance Moves at Age 71 — Watch!

He's certainly not letting his age slow him down! Former president George W. Bush attended his nephew Pierce Bush's wedding over the weekend — and even at 71 years old, he took to the dance floor to show off his dancing skills. Check out the video above to see his adorable moves! Pierce tied the knot with new wife Sarahbeth Melton at the Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs, Co on Saturday, March 24, before celebrating the nuptials during a lively reception. Lucky for us, one of the guests, Shiree Nelson, took to Instagram to share the sweet video of George dancing with the bride. Many members of the Bush family were in attendance, including George's daughter Jenna Bush Hager and Pierce's sister Lauren Bush Lauren. Pierce's parents are Neil Bush and his ex-wife Sharon Smith, making him a grandson of former President George H.W. Bush. Beyond happy for my
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Michelle Obama Had a Successful Career as a Lawyer Long Before She Became the Flotus

Think you know everything about Michelle Obama? Think again! Fans of the former First Lady have often posed questions about everything from her upbringing to her education — so, we've rounded up the answers! Scroll down to read a few fascinating facts about Michelle! What is Michelle Obama's net worth? According to Celebrity Net Worth, Michelle has amassed a fortune of around $11.8 million. Interestingly, her husband Barack Obama's net worth is thought to be just slightly more at $12.2 million. While Barack was reportedly paid around $400,000 per year when he was president, the Flotus allegedly does not earn an annual salary because she wasn't elected into the position. So how did Michelle earn her fortune, exactly? By previously working as a lawyer, by authoring books, and being paid for speeches and other public appearances. Where did Michelle Obama get her education? After attending Chicago's Whitney Young High School, the future Flotus
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Michelle Obama Announces A New Memoir Her Publisher Calls ‘Unusually Intimate’

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama announced the title of her hotly anticipated first memoir, Becoming, and it’s Nov. 13 release date—when it will be simultaneously published in 24 languages worldwide—in a statement to People on Sunday. “Writing Becoming has been a deeply personal experience,” Obama says. “It has allowed me, for the very first time, the space to honestly reflect on the unexpected trajectory of my life … how a little girl from the South Side of Chicago found her voice and developed the strength to use it to empower others.”

The yet-unreleased book jacket portrait of the author, whose first book,
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Laura Bush To Speak At Nafsa 2018 International Education Conference In Philadelphia

Best-selling author, philanthropist, educator and former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush will speak at the 2018 Nafsa Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Bush is a powerful advocate for literacy, education and human rights, and she will address the conference on Tuesday, May 29.

As First Lady, Mrs. Bush advocated for the importance of literacy and education to advance opportunity for America’s young people and to foster healthy families and communities. She highlighted the importance of preparing children to become lifelong learners, convening in 2001 a White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development and creating the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Today, as Chair of the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative, Mrs. Bush promotes access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women and girls around the world. The Women’s Initiative programs are preparing and empowering the next generation of women leaders in
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