Barack Obama

Missouri Disaster Declaration
5:31 am
Tue July 26, 2011

Nixon asks Obama for disaster declaration

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is asking President Obama for a major disaster declaration for 23 counties in Missouri hit by severe storms and flooding after June 1.
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Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon is asking President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration for 23 northern counties hit by severe storms and flooding along the Missouri River. He announced the request Monday.

The disaster request would cover events since June 1. If approved, it would allow government aid to flow to families and public agencies that have suffered losses. The counties included in the request are:

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President Obama
10:10 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Obama briefs press on deficit-deal

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

Thank you for joining us this morning for NPR's special live coverage of this event.

From NPR's "The Two-Way":

"Saying he is prepared 'to take significant heat' from members of his own party in order to achieve meaningful debt and deficit reduction, President Obama this morning again pushed for a big, long-term budget deal with Republicans.

And he heaped praise on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for his efforts to strike such a grand bargain, even though the Republican leader has said that he probably can't get such a plan approved by members of his party. The president said that both he and Boehner need to convince skeptics in their parties' ranks of the need for action.

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Obama's News Conference On Debt Ceiling
10:26 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Obama's news conference on debt ceiling

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

During a press conference today, the president addressed negotiations over the federal budget deficit and debt ceiling, the economy and the military campaigns in Afghanistan and Libya.

So you can catch up or review, here's a live blog from NPR's The Two Way that breaks down the President's remarks.

President Obama
6:30 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

President Obama on Afghanistan troop drawdown

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

This evening, at approximately 7 p.m. CT, President Obama announced a reduction in troop levels in Afghanistan.

For more, see this live blog of the speech from NPR's "The Two Way."

Join us in listening live to the speech and commentary here:

Morning round-up
9:25 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, May 30, 2011

An American flag blows in the wind, attached to a downed limb, near a home that has been destroyed in Joplin, Missouri on May 23, 2011. A massive tornado hit the small southwestern Missouri town on May 22, 2011.
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Obama Visits Joplin

Exactly a week after Joplin was hit by the deadliest tornado to strike the U.S in decades, President Barack Obama visited the Missouri city to offer hope to survivors and promises of help. Obama took to the stage during the Joplin Community Memorial Service, delivering a message of hope and support.

Along with promises to help rebuild the devastated community, Obama honored some of Joplin’s “heroes,” whom he says acted swiftly – often at the expense of their own lives – to save those around them.

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Joplin Tornado
5:19 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Nixon to set aside $25M for Joplin tornado, will speak with Obama at memorial

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at a press conference on May 27 when he announced that $25 million will be set aside in next year's state budget to help pay for damage following the tornado in Joplin on May 22.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will shift $25 million from next year’s state budget to help pay for damage in Joplin caused by last weekend’s deadly tornado.

Nixon says he doesn’t yet know which areas of the FY 2012 budget he’ll use to help offset tornado expenses.

“What decisions we have to make because of that to trim the budget and to balance, we’ll make over the coming weeks…if the demands for dollars continue to move up, we clearly have other sources, other ways to get resources,” Nixon said.

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Morning round-up
9:12 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, during Obama's visit to Dublin May 23. The President and Gov. Nixon discussed the deadly tornado that touched down in Joplin, Mo., Sunday night. Obama will visit Joplin May 29.
(Official White House

Obama to Visit Joplin

Speaking from London, President Barack Obama says he plans to travel to Missouri on Sunday to meet with victims of the "devastating and heartbreaking" tornadoes that hit the state this weekend.

The president says he wants Midwesterners whose lives were disrupted by the deadly storms to be assured that the federal government will use all resources possible to help them recover and rebuild. Obama spoke in London, the second stop on his four-country, six-day tour of Europe. The president is due back in Washington Saturday night.

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Morning round-up
9:26 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Morning Headlines: Monday, May 23, 2011

A screen capture of a video taken of the destruction following a tornado in Joplin, Mo. Dozens of fatalities resulting from the storm have already been confirmed in the area.
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Devastation in Joplin Following Tornado

Rescue workers are searching for survivors following a massive tornado that blasted a four-mile path across southwestern Missouri slamming into the city of Joplin with cataclysmic force. The tornado last night ripped into a hospital, destroyed neighborhoods and upended cars.

Eighty-nine people have been confirmed dead.

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President Obama
11:11 am
Wed May 18, 2011

President Obama at the State Department: Middle East & North Africa

(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

Today President Obama addresses the U.S. State Department on the events in the Middle East and North Africa and U.S. policy in the region. 

You can listen to the President's speech live below via NPR beginning at 10:20 a.m.:

Potential presidential candidate visits Missouri
4:20 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Potential GOP presidential candidate Cain speaks at Mo. Capitol

Business executive-turned-radio talk show host Herman Cain addresses a "Tax Day" rally at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A potential Republican candidate for president made a stop today at the Missouri Capitol.

Business executive-turned-radio talk show host Herman Cain met with state lawmakers and addressed a Tea Party rally on the South Lawn of the Capitol.

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