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For­mer first lady Michelle Obama writes that she felt alone af­ter a mis­car­riage 20 years ago, and she and Barack

Obama un­der­went fer­til­ity treat­ments to con­ceive their two daugh­ters, ac­cord­ing to her com­ing me­moir. In some of her most ex­ten­sive pub­lic com­ments on her

White House years, the for­mer first lady also lets her fury fly over Pres­i­dent

Don­ald Trump’s “big­otry and xeno­pho­bia” — dan­ger­ous, de­lib­er­ate rhetoric, she wrote, that risked her fam­ily’s safety.

“For this,” she writes, “I’d never for­give him.” In a deeply per­sonal ac­count of her mar­riage to the fu­ture pres­i­dent, Obama sheds light on the Ivy League-ed­u­cated cou­ple’s early strug­gle with is­sues of fam­ily, am­bi­tion and pub­lic life. “We were try­ing to get preg­nant, and it wasn’t go­ing well,” Mrs. Obama, 54, writes in Be­com­ing, set for re­lease Tues­day. “We had one preg­nancy test come back pos­i­tive, which caused us both to for­get every worry and swoon with joy, but a cou­ple of weeks later I had a mis­car­riage, which left me phys­i­cally un­com­fort­able and cratered any op­ti­mism we felt.” In an in­ter­view broad­cast Fri­day on ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica, Mrs. Obama said she felt like she had failed be­cause peo­ple don’t talk about mis­car­riages. “We sit in our own pain, think­ing that some­how we’re bro­ken.” Mrs. Obama said they went through fer­til­ity treat­ments to con­ceive daugh­ters Sasha and Malia, now 17 and 20.

A Philip­pine court found for­mer first lady Imelda Mar­cos guilty of graft and or­dered her ar­rest Fri­day in a rare con­vic­tion among many cor­rup­tion cases that she plans to ap­peal to avoid jail and los­ing her seat in Congress. The spe­cial anti-graft Sandi­gan­bayan court sen­tenced Mar­cos, 89, to serve 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts of vi­o­lat­ing an anti-cor­rup­tion law when she il­le­gally fun­neled about $200 mil­lion to Swiss foun­da­tions in the 1970s as met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila’s gover­nor. Mar­cos said in a state­ment that the rul­ing was be­ing stud­ied by one of her lawyers who has no­ti­fied the Mar­cos fam­ily that he in­tends to ap­peal the de­ci­sion. Anti-Mar­cos ac­tivists and hu­man rights vic­tims wel­comed the con­vic­tion as long over­due. The court dis­qual­i­fied Mar­cos from hold­ing pub­lic of­fice, but she can re­main a mem­ber of the coun­try’s House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives while ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion. Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos, Imelda Mar­cos’ hus­band, de­clared mar­tial law in the Philip­pines in 1972. He was ousted by an army-backed “peo­ple power” re­volt in 1986 and died in self-ex­ile in Hawaii in 1989. How­ever, his widow and chil­dren re­turned to the Philip­pines with sev­eral mak­ing a po­lit­i­cal come­back by win­ning elec­tion to pub­lic of­fices.



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