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(The Root) -- During a graduation speech this month at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville, Tenn., Michelle Obama told students, "When something doesn't go your way, you've just got to adjust. You've got to dig deep and work like crazy, and that's when you'll find out what you're really made of during those hard times. But you can only do that if you're willing to put yourself in a position where you might fail, and that's why so often failure is the key to success."
She used several examples of people -- including her husband, President Barack Obama, and Oprah Winfrey -- to illustrate that triumph is a natural byproduct of adversity.
See what Barack Obama, Toni Morrison and others had to say at this year's commencement ceremonies.
(The Root) -- It's commencement season! Over the weekend, President Obama headed to Morehouse College to deliver what turned out to be a controversial address, while first lady Michelle Obama went to Maryland's Bowie State University to deliver a widely lauded speech. Scandal actress Kerry Washington spoke at her alma mater, George Washington University, where she shared anecdotes from her undergrad years and told students, "The adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential."
Tuesday, May 21, 8:10 a.m. EDT: Audio experts in George Zimmerman's second-degree-murder case in the death of Trayvon Martin disagree about the source of the screams for help captured on 911 calls, the Associated Press reports. One audio expert says in a report released today that the screams came from Trayvon, while another audio expert says the shouts were a mix of Trayvon and Zimmerman.
(The Root) -- So what if Senate Democrats foiled House Republicans' repeal of Obamacare -- for the 37th time? GOP lawmakers are drawing renewed hope of blocking the law's enactment from, of all things, the IRS scandal.
What does the Internal Revenue Service have to do with the Affordable Care Act? Everything.
Since the government will demand that every American have health coverage, it has to know who can and can't afford it. The IRS is the only agency with that information.