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Megyn Kelly from America Live with Megyn Kelly
Megyn Kelly from America Live with Megyn Kelly / Alex Kroke

Megyn’s Headlines:

Most admired news anchor: Diane Sawyer. “If I could have the career she’s had, I’d be a happy camper. She’s the model of grace on television.”

Person(s) you’d most like to see run for president: If we had Palin on the Republican side and Hillary in the Democratic primary challenge, it would make the race much more interesting from a reporter’s perspective. But it doesn’t look like either of those things is going to happen.”

Toughest recent interview: John Green, the father of 9-year old Christina Green who was shot and killed in the Tucson [where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot] massacre. “He came on within hours of learning his daughter had been murdered, and offered an incredibly heart-wrenching account of their last moments together... My heart still aches for that family.”

Dream interview: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Judy. “Preferably together, who wouldn’t tune in for that?”

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Monday, Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly returns from maternity leave to resume anchoring the daytime news show America Live (daily, 1-3 p.m. ET). We caught up with the sleep-deprived new mom of two (daughter Yardley, 4 months, and son Yates, almost 2) while she was still camped out with the kids in the Hamptons, New York. On this 40-year-old working mother’s mind:

Motherhood reality check. “Nobody really tells you that maternity leave, especially the first couple of weeks, may not be all joy and bliss,” says Kelly, who adds that her son was easier than her new daughter. “It may be really damn hard.”

The good working mother. “I don’t know if I’d be a very good mother if I was there [at home] full time. I’d worry that I’d get stale because I’d be missing my old life.”

Sympathy for a friend. Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner “sent me a nice note after Yardley was born. I feel sorry for his family. His wife doesn’t deserve this. I have been in the position, not with my current marriage, where I’ve been betrayed. In the beginning, the instinct is very powerful to hang on.”

Her “hot” image. “I hope it continues. I’m like every other woman. With every day and year that passes, I have to fight harder to look the same as before. But I can honestly tell you my self-worth is not connected to my outward appearance.”

Her blue roots. “I was raised the daughter of a college professor and a nurse in a very blue part of New York state [Delmar],” Kelly says. “Having said that, I’m open-minded and can usually understand both sides of an issue. My 10 years as a lawyer really helps with that.”

Two is trouble. “When you have two children, it’s shell shock when you first start.”

Girl power. “It’s great,” Kelly says of congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s run for president. “The more women, the better. When I was in college [the early ’90s], there were three female senators in the U.S. Senate, and I remember thinking how wrong that was. I’d love to see more.”

Congresswomen Kelly? “It’s not going to happen. Ever. It’s an odd thing to say given my job but I am a private person and I wouldn’t want to reveal myself. ...To the extent I want to drive the debate on the issues I can do that from the anchor chair. I can ask questions of people I don’t have to be the person proposing legislation that’s for sure.

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