President Obama http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-us-forces-wont-return-combat-iraq-crisis President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with the Sunni extremist group ISIS, which has won several key battles in recent days.<p>Obama said Americans won't be taking up combat roles in the conflict — and he said the U.S. won't take actions "that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another."<p>The president spoke Thursday about the situation in Iraq, where officials have been requesting American military help in the face of advances made by ISIS. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 37346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis Missouri Rodeo Apologizes For Incident Involving Clown In Obama Mask http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-rodeo-apologizes-incident-involving-clown-obama-mask <p><em>Updated at 5:31 p.m. with additional comments from Al Watkins, attorney for Mo. Rodeo Cowboy Assoc. Pres. Mark Ficken.</em></p><p><em>Updated at 3:20 p.m. with comments from Gov. Jay Nixon. Jacob McCleland contributed reporting from Cape Girardeau.</em></p><p><em>Updated at 2:50 p.m. with actions taken against the rodeo clown.</em></p><p>The Missouri State Fair has permanently banned a rodeo clown whose imitation of President Barack Obama has been widely criticized as disrespectful.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:32:40 +0000 The Associated Press, Rachel Lippmann, Marshall Griffin & KRCU 29016 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Rodeo Apologizes For Incident Involving Clown In Obama Mask