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Mrs. Obama: Tired of ‘angry black woman’ stereotype

First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she’s forcefully imposed her will on White House aides, saying she’s tired of people portraying her as “some kind of angry black woman.”

Mrs. Obama tells CBS News she hasn’t read New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor’s new book, which characterizes her as a behind-the-scenes force in the Executive Mansion whose strong views often draw her into conflict with President Obama’s top advisers.

She says she cares deeply about her husband and is “one of his biggest confidantes.” But Mrs. Obama also says she doesn’t read books about “other people’s impressions of people.”


Buffett offers to match GOP debt-reducing gifts

OMAHA — Billionaire Warren Buffett says he’s willing to match any contributions to reduce the national debt that Republican members of Congress make.

Mr. Buffett told Time magazine about his offer as part of a conversation about why he’s optimistic about the nation’s future.

Mr. Buffett, who is chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has been criticized by Republicans for his suggestion that Congress increase taxes on the “mega-rich,” such as him. Several Republicans suggested Mr. Buffett consider donating money to help the nation balance its books.

Mr. Buffett tells Time that he doesn’t think many Republicans will be willing to take him up on his offer to match their contributions. Mr. Buffett says he’d even triple anything Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gave.


Committee continues review of Hastings

The House ethics committee has extended its review of sexual-harassment allegations against Rep. Alcee Hastings, Florida Democrat, opting not to launch a full-scale investigation for now.

A staffer at the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe leveled the allegations against Mr. Hastings, who formerly headed the congressional agency. The aide, Winsome Packer, accused Mr. Hastings of repeatedly making improper comments and touching her inappropriately. She is being represented by the conservative group Judicial Watch and has filed a civil lawsuit against Mr. Hastings, who hired her for the commission job.

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