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Michelle Obama. Photo: Steven Ferdman/WireImage via Getty Images

Michelle Obama's highly anticipated new memoir "Becoming" hit shelves on Tuesday, quickly propelling to a number one best seller on Amazon, the New York Times reports.

Driving the news: The former first lady's book was a revealing look at her life before her husband ran for president, her time in the White House and how she felt when it was time to exit after the 2016 presidential election. She also dived into personal experiences including how she conceived her daughters and insights on her marriage.

The details
  • Obama revealed she had a miscarriage and talked about her struggles with infertility. After the initial miscarriage she felt "lost and alone" and felt like she failed, Obama told Robin Roberts in an interview when talking about her struggles with childbirth.
  • She also discussed how she used in vitro fertilization to conceive her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, and had to administer hormone shots while Barack Obama was serving the state legislature.
  • Obama said she was surprised when then-candidate Trump won the 2016 presidential nomination and tried to "block it all out" after it happened. She revealed that she'd never forgive Trump for putting her family at risk and for his "birther" campaign questioning Barack's citizenship and said he ignited the campaign to rile up "wingnuts and kooks."
  • Michelle said never thought Barack Obama would win the presidency, though she supported him running. "Barack was a black man in America, after all. I didn't really think he could win."
  • She revealed the complexities of being America's first black first lady. Obama said she knew she wouldn't get the same "grace" assigned to her white counterparts previously in her role. "I'd learned through the campaign stumbles that I had to be better, faster, smarter and stronger than ever. My grace would have to be earned."

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Biden's blinking red lights: Taiwan, Ukraine and Iran

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Russia is menacing Ukraine’s borders, China is sending increasingly ominous signals over Taiwan and Iran is accelerating its uranium enrichment to unprecedented levels.

The big picture: Ukraine, Taiwan and Iran’s nuclear program always loomed large on the menu of potential crises President Biden could face. But over the last several days, the lights have been blinking red on all three fronts all at once.

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Skripal poisoning suspects linked to Czech blast, as country expels 18 Russians

Combined images released by British police in 2018 of Alexander Petrov (L) and Ruslan Boshirov, who are suspected of carrying out an attack in the in the southern English city of Salisbury using Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent, and also the2014 Czech depot explosion. Photo: Metropolitan Police via Getty Images

Czech police on Saturday connected two Russian men suspected of carrying out a poisoning attack in Salisbury, England, with a deadly ammunition depot explosion southeast of the capital, Prague, per Reuters.

Driving the news: Czech officials announced Saturday they're expelling 18 Russian diplomats they accuse of being involved in the blast in Vrbětice, AP notes. Czech police said later they're searching for two men carrying several passports — including two with the names Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.

Indianapolis mass shooting suspect legally bought 2 guns, police say

Marion County Forensic Services vehicles are parked at the site of a mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Friday. Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images

The suspected gunman in this week's mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis legally purchased two "assault rifles" believed to have been used in the attack, police said late Saturday.

Of note: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's statement that Brandon Scott Hole, 19, bought the rifles last July and September comes a day after the FBI told news outlets that a "shotgun was seized" from the suspect in March 2020 after his mother raised concerns about his mental health.