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1:29 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

President signs bipartisan debt ceiling plan into law

A screengrab of CSpan's coverage of the Senate vote.
CSpan

Originally published on Tue August 2, 2011 11:43 am

Update at 2:07 p.m. ET. President Signs Bill:

President Obama has signed into law a bi-partisan bill that raises the debt ceiling and avoids a government default that analysts as well as the White House warned could have had catastrophic effects on the American economy.

Earlier today, the Senate voted 74-26 to send the bill to the president's desk. The AP reports Obama signed the bill privately in the Oval Office.

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Politics
11:41 am
Thu July 28, 2011

St. Louis-area voters feel frozen out by debt debate

Catherine Ridgley, in St. Charles, Mo. with her daughter Carryl on July 27, says she's had "too much of government."
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Thu July 28, 2011 11:26 am

Rep. Todd Akin's constituents want to see a deal putting an end to the debt-ceiling debate, but not just any deal.

Despite party pressures, the Missouri Republican is planning to vote against Speaker John Boehner's latest proposal to lift the debt ceiling. It doesn't do enough to "address the spending problem," according to Akin's spokesman Steve Taylor.

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Missouri & The Civil War
8:50 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Missouri Hopes For Boost From Civil War Tourism

St. Louis, whose location on the Mississippi River made it a hub for the sale of slaves, marked the Civil War sesquicentennial by re-enacting a slave auction in January. Missouri officials hope the anniversary will draw more attention to the state's Civil War history.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 21, 2011 12:01 am

With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's beginning, tourists and history buffs are expected to travel to famous battle sites, such as Gettysburg and Bull Run, in record numbers. Missouri would like some of that attention — only Virginia and Tennessee contain more Civil War battle sites.

Missouri was on the western front of the Civil War. The Battle of Wilson's Creek was fought there; in total, more than 1,000 skirmishes and battles took place in the state.

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Opera / St. Louis
4:30 pm
Fri June 17, 2011

'The Death Of Klinghoffer' Returns To Face The Music - in St. Louis

Brian Mulligan as Leon Klinghoffer and Nancy Maultsby as Marilyn Klinghoffer in the 2011 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production of The Death of Klinghoffer.
Ken Howard, 2011 courtesy of Opera Theatre of St. Louis

Originally published on Fri June 17, 2011 3:22 pm

It's been nearly 20 years since the John Adams/Alice Goodman/Peter Sellars/Mark Morris opera The Death of Klinghoffer has been given a full U.S. stage production; the last was in San Francisco in 1992. Perhaps that should come as no surprise, given the rancor stirred by its 1991 American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. But it's back at Opera Theater of St. Louis for the next week. Its revival has tried to address some of the issues and concerns raised by the controversial premiere.

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Economy
1:06 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Finding A Disaster's Economic Silver Lining

Originally published on Mon June 6, 2011 4:38 am

From Montana to Missouri, thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes and businesses to escape the floodwaters of the Missouri River. Over the weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers closed nearly 200 miles of the river to boating traffic.

The flooded shops and idled vessels along the Missouri are just the latest businesses hurt by weather-related disasters across the country this spring. Violent tornadoes, widespread flooding and even droughts have taken their toll.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:52 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

The Lesson Of Britten's 'War Requiem': Don't Underestimate Younger Audiences

Coventry Cathedral in ruins, November 1940. Britten's War Requiem was written for the church's reconsecration more than 20 years after it was destroyed by German bombers.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 18, 2011 9:54 am

Soprano and Illinois native Christine Brewer — once a music teacher in a small former coal-mining town — writes about not underestimating adolescents' powers of subtle understanding.

If you were choosing repertoire to explore with this age group, what would you pick? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Osama Bin Laden Killed
12:37 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Bin Laden's Last Stand: A Fiery Raid In Pakistan

Osama bin Laden's compound is seen in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, after the U.S. military raid early Monday that ended with the death of the al-Qaida leader.
Aqeel Ahmed AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:54 am

Helicopters descended out of darkness on the most important counterterrorism mission in U.S. history. It was an operation so secret, only a select few U.S. officials knew what was about to happen.

The location was a fortified compound in an affluent area north of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The target was Osama bin Laden.

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The Two-Way
2:35 am
Mon May 2, 2011

Video And Text Of The President's Statement On Death Of Bin Laden

Here is video of President Obama's late Sunday night announcement that Osama bin Laden, leader of the al-Qaida terrorist network, was killed earlier in the day by U.S. personnel during a raid in Pakistan. The text of the president's statement follows:

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Tiny Desk Concerts
1:43 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Pokey LaFarge: Tiny Desk Concert

Erin Schwartz NPR

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 9:12 am

The first time I saw Pokey LaFarge, he was walking around the grounds of the 2010 Newport Folk Festival wearing a suit and tie, with his hair slicked down. To tell the truth, I thought, "Who is this guy?

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