Newsweek December 10, 2012

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rumor has it...

NATIONAL NOTEBOOK: Chatting with a group backstage on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October, Michelle Obama made it clear that she wasn't thinking about what she might do in the future. "I'm just looking ahead to getting Barack back in office and continuing the work he's been doing," she said. "Supporting him is my focus." But others think the first lady-who spent the past four years seeking to better the lives of military families and fighting to end childhood obesity before becoming one of the stars of her husband's reelection effort this fall-could have bigger things ahead of her, if she so chooses. "Michelle is Superwoman. What can't she do?" Samuel L. Jackson recently told Newsweek. "That's why people love her. She can be on the Supreme Court and…

chris chocola

AS PRESIDENT of the tax-hating, freemarket-loving Club for Growth-currently enforcing ideological purity on congressional Republicans tempted to spritz the rich to avoid fiscal Armageddon-Chris Chocola is the last guy to be praising President Obama. The 50-year-old Chocola-a plainspoken, silver-haired former two-term House member from Bristol, Ind., who was defeated in the Democratic landslide of 2006-wants to stop nearly every policy initiative Obama favors. And yet: "One thing no one has ever accused Barack Obama of is flip-flopping. Mitt Romney never bridged the sincerity gap. Voters reward conviction." Sounds like a lovely pro-Obama ad. "I have an even better ad," Chocola says. "I have great respect for Nancy Pelosi because she passed health care knowing that her majority would be at risk. But she believed in it so strongly that she stiffarmed the…

la grande feminisme debate

HACKED OFF No one in the U.K. expected the report of an official inquiry into press standards to be a breezy read, and Sir Brian Henry Leveson-whose name the report bears-did not disappoint. The judge, by all evidence an earnest, decent man, served up a 2,000-page tome that should have taken several days to plow through. And yet thanks, no doubt, to the executive summary-political reaction was almost instantaneous, with Prime Minister David Cameron opposing the report and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg embracing it. Although it was not his intention to put Britain's coalition government under strain, this rift between the P.M. and his number two would appear to be the report's most eye-catching achievement. Its main recommendation, the setting up by statute of an independent panel to regulate the…

angels in the wings

WHEN THE notoriously conservative U.S. Catholic bishops threw their support behind the sainthood of Dorothy Day a famous socialist activist, eyebrows shot up at what some interpreted as a political move. But Day's cause isn't a sudden trick by the bishops to soften their image after high-profile clashes with the Obama administration. Day's sainthood was a nobrainer to Catholics left and right, and her cause has been in the works for decades. The path to canonization begins at the grassroots level, when members of a parish or Catholic order agree that someone of unusual virtue lived among them. They start to build their case, usually by investigating the possible saint's life and writings. When Cardinal Timothy Dolan called Day "a saint for our times" at the bishops' vote, he was echoing…

paparazzi with drones

THIS WEEK, celebrity gossip site TMZ was put in the unusual position of defending itself against a rumor. A misreported claim that the notoriously shameless site was in the market for a drone caused widespread Internet panic. Even after TMZ and the Federal Aviation Administration both denied the report, the image of paparazzi-manned drones flying around Beverly Hills backyards, snapping photos of unsuspecting celebrities in their swimsuits, remained a tough one to shake. Lost in Translation China's state paper printed an Onion article proclaiming Kim Jong-un "the sexiest man alive." It wasn't the first to miss the paper's satire. Iran's news agency reprinted an Onion poll that claimed rural white voters would rather have a beer with Ahmadinejad than Obama. Louisiana Rep. John Fleming decried an $8 billion Planned Parenthood "Abortionplex" he read about…