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This was an earlier live event. Thanks for joining us, the event has now concluded. Updated 10:45 a.m.

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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Updated 10:04 p.m. following address and response.

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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This live event has concluded. Thank you for joining us.

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.

Obama Calls On Congress To Raise Debt Ceiling

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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.

Look at this map, and notice that deep, deep in the Republican South, there's a thin blue band stretching from the Carolinas through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. These are the counties that went for Obama in the last election. A blue crescent in a sea of red.

President Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, engaged Thursday night in a sometimes spirited, but always cordial, debate that got very technical at times.

It was the "corporate executive" (Romney) vs. the "government professor" (Obama) and the GOP nominee appeared to be "full of confidence and full of sales pitch," NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving says, while Obama put pressure on the Republican to explain what he would do as president.

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A federal judge in St. Louis has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the contraception mandate of the federal health care law.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings LLC of St. Louis, was one of nearly three dozen cases nationally challenging the constitutionality of regulations in the health care law. Among other things, O'Brien, a devout Catholic, claimed the requirement to pay for birth control infringes on his religious beliefs.

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Updated 9:55 a.m. with recap, link to full remarks

President Obama addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly today and touched on the Iran nuclear dispute and addressing the root causes of turmoil in the Middle East, among other topics.

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Thank you for joining us here for this earlier live event. Archive video of Obama's remarks are below.

Will be updated.

President Obama spoke this morning about the events in Libya that left the US Ambassador to Libya dead along with three other Americans.

"We heard some facts being spun" Thursday night when President Obama and Vice President Biden gave their acceptance speeches at the Democratic National Convention, report the watchdogs at FactCheck.org.

They and other independent fact checkers have compiled, just as they did at last week's Republican National Convention, a list of those things said by the two parties' standard bearers that don't quite add up or may give misleading impressions.

There's a little-known part of the White House website that allows average citizens to create online petitions. And in amongst the weighty requests to end police brutality and allow prescription drugs to be imported, a little item caught our eye: "Release the recipe for the Honey Ale home brewed at the White House."

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Missouri bishops urge voters to approve proposed public prayer amendment

The proposed amendment will appear on Missouri's Aug. 7 statewide ballot. It asserts the right in Missouri to pray in public places as long as doing so does not disturb the peace. It also says that students may express their religious beliefs and cannot be compelled to participate in assignments that violate those beliefs. 

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Updated 5:06 p.m. with comments from Mo. House Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller and from Planned Parenthood.

Updated 12:38 p.m. with response from Archdiocese of St. Louis

Updated 11:58 a.m. with full remarks from Nixon.

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has vetoed a bill designed to thwart President Obama’s contraceptive mandate in Missouri.

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Missouri officials are both praising and condemning President Obama’s executive order today that halts deportation of teenage and young adult illegal immigrants.

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KSMU's Missy Shelton contributed reporting for this story.

A commencement address from President Barack Obama capped a difficult year for the Joplin High School class of 2012.

An EF-5 tornado struck the southwestern Missouri town a year ago today, killing 161 people and injuring hundreds more. The storm destroyed five school buildings, including the high school. Students attended their senior year classes in a converted big box store.

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Missouri senators have passed legislation specifically allowing employers to refuse, on religious ground, to provide health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization or abortion.

The Senate's 28-6 vote Friday moved the bill to the Missouri House, where it was passed during mid-afternoon.

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Thank you for joining us this evening for this previously scheduled event.

See NPR's The Two-Way for a live blog of the address.

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