Be sure to tune in to the newly branded This Week with Christiane Amanpour on Sunday, which will feature an exclusive interview with Speaker Pelosi and Secretary of Defence, Robert Gates. A GMA interview with Amanpour can be viewed here.
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I was fortunate to attend the reception celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in Statuary Hall earlier today. Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer were joined by Rep. Jim Langevin (D:RI) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R:WI) to honour the historic legislation. Earlier today, Rep. Langevin was the first disabled member of Congress to preside over the House due to the installation of a mechanical lift which can reach the Speaker's rostrum.
The Speaker of the House signs the unemployment insurance extension legislation in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol Building, July 22nd 2010. After the President signs the bill, the legislation will restore unemployment benefits to people who have been out of work for six months or more.
The First Lady christened the National Security Cutter Stratton at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding yesterday. I particularly love these two photographs showing her reaction to the exploding bottle of champagne!
The President officially signed the financial reform bill at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center earlier today. The bill will create a consumer protection agency, lay out a blueprint for disassembling financial entities considered too big to fail and other reforms.
The First Lady was in Baltimore earlier today, joining local members of the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program. Mrs O wore white pants with a blue printed top and grey Converse.
The First Lady welcomed students from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Joy of Motion Dance Center to the White House earlier today. Mrs O debuted a fantastic yellow/beige new pant suit with a jeweled belt, notably seen on the campaign trail.
The First Lady and Dr Biden attended an event regarding the Affordable Healthcare Act at George Washington University Hospital earlier this week. Mrs Obama highlighted the benefits of the Act, including it will require new health plans to cover the costs of preventative screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. For the event, Mrs O wore a summery white and yellow dress, and Dr B a powdery blue suit.
The Daily Telegraph has a fantastic retrospective of Mary Portas' fabulous looks from her latest TV series. Check out the photo gallery for autumn's key trends as well as ways to spice up your wardrobe!
The First Lady spoke at the NAACP Annual Convention in Missouri yesterday, focusing on the work of her Let's Move initiative. Politico reports on the event here. For the event, Mrs O wore a black and white polka dot ensemble.
Later in the day, Mrs O traveled to Panama City Beach, Florida where she met business and tourism leaders to discuss the ongoing Gulf oil spill. She changed in to white pants and a white and black floral top for this stop on her mini one day tour.
Joanna Lumley and London Mayor Boris Johnson launched an exciting new project outside City Hall today, encouraging Londoners to reuse and recycle old pieces of furniture.
With £8 million funding from the London Waste and Recycling Board, the scheme will rehouse unwanted items. The scheme will collect, refurbish, and sell furniture, books, carpets and bikes through to cookers and fridges. It aims to divert 17,000 tonnes of reusable products from landfill over the next two years, saving over 80,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. The scheme will begin to serve the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Kensington and Chelsea before growing to the rest of the city.
Regular readers and visitors to Political Style are aware of my passionate interest in photography. I recently purchased my first DSLR, a big step for me in making my sometime hobby in to a professional venture. I photograph something everyday, always learning and viewing the world through a different type of lens.
I use Flickr to display my efforts, and would love if you would take just two minutes to look at some of my photographs. Images from my travels in Sydney to London, New Zealand to the USA and of course, some images a little closer to home are amongst the postings on my page.
Please leave a comment, whether it be on Flickr or on here- I'm always eager to hear what people think!!
The First Lady visited the Treasury Department yesterday, thanking employees for their service. On one of the hottest days of the year, Mrs O wore a floral skirt, silver belt and a simple white camisole and cropped cardigan. A pair of purple pumps completed the look.
I bought a pair of these stylish FitFlops today! The Pietra style cost me £50, but for the health and exercise benefits it claims to offer I am certainly willing to try. I will be doing alot of walking this summer, and shall report back on the success and improvements when I see them!!
I spent two days in London last week, meeting up with a friend and soaking up some local culture. The weather, as you can see in my photographs, was glorious albeit a little too hot for me.
We strolled around Holland Park and South Kensington, familiar stomping grounds for me and had lunch at Laduree in Harrods. I looked at fabulous dresses in Betty Jackson, and picked out several items in the Conran Shop in the Bibendum building for my dream future home. I was particularly impressed with Hermes' latest window displays- they embrace old fashioned photography equipment, draping reels of film alongside Kelly bags, and vintage cameras on bright orange tripods next to gorgeous silk scarves. I'll take all of them please!
For more of photography, please visit my Flickr page.
Politico has an interesting article today, suggesting all the places in Washington DC you should visit to be like the Obama family. Ben's Chilli Bowl, the International Spy Museum and Proof are just three places listed.
The Vice President and Dr Biden visited US troops in Baghdad over the July 4th weekend. Landing in Baghdad Air Force Base on Saturday, the Bidens were accompanied by Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Joe Lieberman.
Dr Biden visited female US troops, as well as a naturalisation ceremony with the Vice President.