Barack Obama

Morning round-up
9:29 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, March 5, 2012

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (L) greets U.S. President Barack Obama during a memorial service for the dead and missing in Joplin,Missouri on May 29, 2011.
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Obama to speak at Joplin commencement

President Barack Obama will speak at the high school graduation ceremony in Joplin. A White House official says Obama will deliver remarks at the commencement, scheduled for May 21.

The president is going back to Joplin after visiting in the days immediately following last year's tornado. More than 160 people were killed by the tornado, the worst to hit the United States in decades. Among the dead were seven students and one staff member at the high school.

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9:39 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Republican Congressman Jim Shimkus.
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Shimkus on Obama's State of the Union address

President Barack Obama delivered an election-year message to Republicans: Game on.

The GOP - in Congress and on the campaign trail - signaled it's ready for the fight.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Obama issued a populist call for income equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement. He also challenged GOP lawmakers to work with him or move aside so he could use the power of the presidency to produce results for an electorate uncertain whether he deserves another term.

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Cardinals at the White House
4:40 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Obama: World Series-winning Cards "greatest comeback team in the history of baseball"

The St. Louis Cardinals 2011 World Series championship team poses for a photo with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Jan. 17.
(Screen Capture/WhiteHouse.gov)

Members of the St. Louis Cardinals were honored at the White House Tuesday for the team's World Series championship last year.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Chicago White Sox and Cubs fans respectively, both heaped praise on the Cardinals for their late-season comeback and their ability to beat the odds in the playoffs, defeating the Texas Rangers in the World Series.  

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2011 World Series
4:43 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Cardinals to be honored at White House for World Series win Jan. 17

St. Louis Cardinals David Freese celebrates with his teammates at home place after hitting a solo walk off homerun to win game 6 of the World Series in the 11th inning on Oct. 27, 2011. The Cardinals went on to win the series.
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Though the victory parade was held months ago, the St. Louis Cardinals get to do one more victory lap in honor of their 2011 World Series win. This time, however, the party moves to our nation's capital.

Environment
6:35 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Our environment: a conversation with President Obama's principal environmental advisor Nancy Sutley

Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
(Courtesy of the White House Council on Environmental Quality)

Nancy Sutley is President Obama’s principal environmental advisor and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

She was recently in St. Louis to speak with high school students and utility regulators.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra caught up with Sutley between speaking engagements to talk about what the Obama Administration is doing to address some of the environmental issues facing our region.

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Morning round-up
8:42 am
Thu November 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, November 17, 2011

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon reached out to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley Wednesday in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure.
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Nixon reaches out to Dooley over possible closure of county parks

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says his administration has begun discussions with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley in hopes of helping to keep open some county parks slated for closure. Dooley announced last month that up to 23 county parks could be closed due to budget constraints.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill
12:45 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

McCaskill: Republicans most concerned about denying Obama a victory on jobs

Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., is accusing Senate Republicans of playing politics when they blocked President Obama's jobs bill. Forty-six Republicans and two Democrats voted against it.
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Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo., is accusing Senate Republicans of playing politics when they blocked President Obama’s jobs bill.

The president’s plan died yesterday when all 46 Republicans and two Democrats voted against it. Republicans opposed its stimulus-style spending and the tax surcharge for the very wealthy.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, McCaskill said it’s important that Congress try to set aside the election next year and focus on improving infrastructure and creating jobs.

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Morning round-up
9:19 am
Wed October 12, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says the Senate killed Obama's jobs plan because it doesn't make economic sense.
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Sen. Blunt: Obama's plan failed because it doesn't make economic sense

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., says the Senate killed President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan because it "doesn’t make economic sense to raise taxes on job creators while Americans are looking for work and our nation is facing record debt."

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President Obama / Jobs Bill
9:46 am
Thu October 6, 2011

President Obama holds press conference on jobs bill

President Barack Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Thank you for joining us for this morning's previous on-air special coverage of President Obama's press conference.

NPR's "The Two-Way" has a full round-up of the press conference here for you to review.

Claire McCaskill
12:33 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Prior commitment kept McCaskill from Obama’s St. Louis fundraisers

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says that she wishes she could have attended President Barack Obama's fundraisers in St. Louis Tuesday night, but she had a fundraiser of her own that had been scheduled long before the president's visit.
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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says that she wishes she could have attended President’s Barack Obama’s fundraisers in St. Louis Tuesday night, but she had a fundraiser of her own that had been scheduled long before the president’s visit.

Earlier this week, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and other Republican Party officials pointed out that McCaskill and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, both democrats, would not attend. Nixon did meet the President at the airport and appeared at the downtown fundraiser with Obama.

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