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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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CDC prepares tougher testing rules for international travelers

Travelers with their luggage arrive at a COVID-19 testing location at the airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 23, 2021. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday night that it is working to impose stricter testing requirements for international travelers due to the spread of the new Omicron variant.

The big picture: The new rules would require all international travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to show a negative test taken a day before their flight to the U.S. Currently, the CDC says fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to show a test taken no more than three days before their departure, AP reports.

Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.