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Cookie Campaign Over: Michelle Obama Wins White House Bake-Off

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- The cookie bakers have spoken: Michelle Obama will not be relinquishing over her White House kitchen garden or her first lady status any time soon. And she has her White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to thank for it.

The current first lady was crowned the champion of Family Circle’s Presidential Cookie Bake-Off today after 4,844 bakers across the country gave her cookie recipe the seal of approval. Ann Romney’s M&M Cookies won the taste buds of 4,557 voters.

Family Circle’s cookie poll has accurately predicted who will be the next first lady in four out of the past five elections. The only time the poll was wrong was in 2008, when readers picked Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies over Michelle Obama’s shortbread cookies months before Barack Obama’s victory at the polls.

Nine thousand readers voted in the cookie poll this year, with 51.5 percent picking Obama’s recipe and 48.5 percent choosing Romney’s. Only 287 votes separated the two women, the smallest margin in first lady cookie contest history.

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Cookiegate: Sarah Palin Takes on ‘Nanny State' Nutrition Guidelines

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DOYLESTOWN, Pa.) -- Sarah Palin is baking up some controversy over proposed school nutrition guidelines in Pennsylvania. At a fundraising event at a Buck’s County school Tuesday, the former Alaska governor served students cookies to make a point about “laissez-faire” government.

Pennsylvania’s proposed school nutrition guidelines would limit the number of sweets in classroom parties and encourage parents to serve more healthy snacks. The proposal, which will be voted on this spring, would also slash the number of birthday and holiday parties allowed in classrooms.

Monday Palin tweeted that, in addition to her fundraising power, she “may bring cookies” to the Plumstead Christian School to protest the guidelines.

“Hmm...may bring cookies to my PA school speech tmrw to make a pt ‘PA mulls ban on cake/cookies/candy@ school parties,’” Palin posted, linking to an article from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review about the guidelines.

Tuesday Palin took it further saying Pennsylvania was a “nanny state run amok.”

“2 PA school speech; I'll intro kids 2 beauty of laissez-faire via serving them cookies amidst school cookie ban debate;Nanny state run amok!” the 2008 vice presidential candidate posted on Twitter.

While Palin’s comments may be tongue-in-cheek, the debate over government intervention in school nutrition programs continues to be a point of contention in Congress.

In August, the Senate passed the $4.5 billion "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act," which would expand children's access to federal nutrition programs and give schools more money to spend per meal. Supporters say the bill would significantly improve the nutritional quality of school lunches by upgrading menus and banning certain junk food from lunch lines.

The legislation, which awaits approval in the House, would mark the largest investment in child nutrition programs since their inception.

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