Barack Obama

Reagan Mattison, Christina Yepez, Julianna Jones, Sindhu Bala and Sydney Gralike, stand with their project at the White House Science Fair.
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Prickly-tongue. Sweaty palms. Stomach butterflies. Shaking. Anxiety. Relief.  These are some of the feelings and symptoms that Sindhu Bala and Christina Yepez, two members of local Girl Scout Troop 1484, remember about their meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in April. They were presenting their own groundbreaking research and sustainability/robotics project, which turns Styrofoam into a recyclable glue.

Locally-based security researcher Charlie Miller is internationally-known for his hacking capabilities.
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Updated Feb. 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with quotes about encryption, Apple news – Yesterday, a federal court ordered Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the people involved in the San Bernadino shooting as a means to obtain evidence against the suspected shooter. Apple is refusing to unlock the phone, as CEO Tim Cook reaffirmed in a letter addressing the security of its customers.

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While U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., clearly has his philosophical and political differences with the president, last night he praised Barack Obama’s plan to embark on a major effort to cure cancer and boost medical research. The president is putting Vice President Joe Biden in charge of what he calls “mission control” of that effort.

Last year, after losing his son Beau to brain cancer, the vice president said that with a “new moonshot” America could cure cancer. The president agrees and made boosting medical research one of the biggest proposals in his speech.  

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When President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address earlier this week, reaction was pretty predictable: Most Democrats liked the speech, while Republicans were generally less favorable. 

But in the flurry of emailed statements from politicians that flooded reporters’ in boxes, one stood out: Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel, a Democrat, criticized part of the president’s proposal to streamline higher education incentives.

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Tuesday night, for the first time in his presidency, President Barack Obama delivered his state of the union address to a GOP-controlled Congress. It was a speech in which Obama went back to Democratic basics -- what Obama called "middle-class economics" -- and ended with a sweeping call to a "better politics," one  "where we appeal to each other’s basic decency instead of our basest fears."

President Barack Obama took to Facebook and Vine last week to announce his free community college proposal.

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President Obama held his final press conference of the year on Friday. 

He addressed several topics, including relations with Cuba, the Sony hacks  and more.

NPR's The Two-Way has a live blog recap of the press conference.

(The press conference will will preempted Cityscape on 90.7 FM but you can see a recap of its segments).

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President Barack Obama spent most of Monday talking to officials about law enforcement and civil rights issues that are gaining traction following events in Ferguson.

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President Barack Obama says he has asked Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to create a plan for a “careful and appropriate response to any potential violence” that may occur after the grand jury decision in the Darren Wilson case is made public.

Speaking Sunday on ABC’s This Week, the president said he doesn’t want a repeat of this past August.

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On the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, and after the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists, President Barack Obama told the American people in a televised address that the United States would "degrade, and ultimately destroy" the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, "through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy."

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President Obama addressed the nation tonight on his administration's strategy for fighting the militant group ISIS, also known as ISIL or Islamic State.

As NPR reports, "President Obama said the United States plans to 'take out' the Islamic State "wherever they exist.'"

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Last week, people all over St. Louis – and all over the Midwest and East Coast, probably – celebrated the official start of spring. They celebrated because the winter has been unusually long and cold and, somehow, darker than usual. And they celebrated with a tinge of worry that the brutal winter could give way to an equally brutal, hot summer.

If that does happen, be prepared for a lot of talk about climate change. 

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President Obama held a press conference this afternoon covering a variety of issues, including on the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Obama said about the rollout, "I'm in charge. We screwed it up." For a full recap, see NPR's live blog.

We broadcast the press conference live on our air at 1 p.m. CT. 

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President Obama held a press conference today focused on the federal government shutdown and the debt ceiling. 

NPR's Live Blog The Two-Way has a full round-up and context for the press conference, which lasted over an hour. 

The live event has now ended, so we've removed the live video we provided here. 

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 Speaking outside of Kansas City Friday, President Barack Obama called out House Republicans for their vote on a plan to avoid a partial government shutdown. Obama was in Ford Motor's new stamping plant in Liberty, which is located near the company's assembly in Claycomo.

The House voted to keep the federal government running beyond the end of the month. The catch? It also defunds the Affordable Care Act.

In Missouri, the vote fell across party lines with all GOP members voting for it.

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President Obama held his first "full" press conference since April today.

NPR has a full recap of Obama's remarks on The Two-Way.

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During the State of the Union Address in February, President Obama announced a plan for "Preschool for All," which would provide federal funding to states to expand early childhood education. On a recent trip to St. Louis, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan reiterated that early childhood education is a priority for the president.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s message in Missouri and Illinois on Wednesday for lawmakers to put aside partisanship and help middle class Americans was met mostly by – no surprise – political partisanship.

As new polls indicated growing public discontent with both the White House and Congress, Obama told students and others in Galesburg, Ill., and Warrensburg, Mo., that congressional Republicans – especially in the GOP-led U.S. House – had slowed the nation’s economic recovery by opposing his initiatives, which he said would help the middle class rather than the wealthy.

President Barack Obama speaks at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In his second speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., President Barack Obama told an enthusiastic audience that Congress must work together to help grow the economy from the middle out, not the top down, and that he would make economic policy the focusing for his remaining time in office.

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President Barack Obama has signed legislation designating the new Interstate 70 bridge connecting St. Louis and southwestern Illinois over the Mississippi River as the "Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge."

The name is a compromise between Missouri lawmakers who wanted to honor the late St. Louis Cardinals great and Illinois lawmakers who wanted to name the bridge in honor of military veterans.

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David Axelrod, the former senior advisor to President Obama spoke at Webster University Friday, speaking on a variety of topics, including the Affordable Care Act.

Axelrod was a key advisor to the president during the passage of the Affordable Care Act.Axelrod used his time to take a swipe at states (like Missouri) doing their best to not implement parts of the law.

“There are still many snipers on rooftops trying to make it not work, in the form of Governors and Congressmen," Axelrod said. "But I think it’s important for the country that it succeeds.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: David Axelrod, the top adviser to President Barack Obama during his two successful bids for White House, is confident that decades from now, historians will view Obama as more than just the first African-American president.

But even if he is wrong, Axelrod said there’s no doubt that Obama’s stature as a ground-breaking political figure is significant.

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President Obama took questions from reporters this morning and touched on a variety of topics including Syria, immigration, the Boston bombings and health care. For more details, check out NPR's  live blog.

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President Obama's delivery of the annual State of the Union address has concluded. For a full breakdown of his remarks, and those of the Republican response, given by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, check out this post from NPR.

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President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address tonight and we'd love for you to join us. 

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President Obama made a statement on the nation's finances today.

Here's more information from NPR's live blog The Two-Way.

Earlier, we provided live video of the president's remarks. We've since removed the live feed following the conclusion of the president's statement.

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President Barack Obama is inaugurated for his second term today and we have a variety of ways for you to join in wherever you are.

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In what will could be the final news conference of his first term, President Obama called on Congress to increase the debt ceiling.

Obama used harsh language to describe the tactics Republicans are using to bring about spending cuts, saying that they are "holding a gun to the head of the American people."

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President Obama made announcements today on two new members of his cabinet:

President Obama announced this afternoon that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be his next secretary of state.

Kerry's long experience in the Senate (he was first elected in 1984) and especially in foreign affairs (he chairs the Foreign Relations Committee) mean the senator's "not going to need a lot of on-the-job training," Obama said.

We followed the short appearance at the White House by the president and Kerry and posted some highlights.