Barack Obama

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.
(Screen capture via YouTube user thomasstout25)

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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Obama declares state of emergency in Missouri
3:03 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Obama declares state of emergency in Mo.

A worker clears snow at the Missouri State Capitol building after three inches of snow blanketed the city.
via flickr/Bill Greenblatt

President Obama declared a state of disaster in 59  Missouri counties today as a result of severe winter storms that struck the state between late January and early February. Federal aid has been made available to supplement state and local cleanup efforts.

Federal assistance and funding will be available to state and local governments on a cost-sharing basis in order to help with snow removal, emergency work and repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

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Health rebates in Illinois
2:03 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

More health rebates for Illinois residents

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

Today is the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s health care reform law. Despite threats to repeal the law, Illinois’ top insurance regulator said people are better protected and covered under the law.

After one year of being in effect the law has managed to round up plenty of support but also plenty of disdain.

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Claire McCaskill
2:19 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

McCaskill: Obama's budget a "starting point" for conversation between Democrats, Republicans

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is calling President Obama's budget a starting point to begin the conversation between Democrats and Republicans.

The Democratic senator says she is anxious to see the Republicans' budget plan in the House. But McCaskill is also criticizing the GOP for focusing on the discretionary domestic budget, which, she says, is only 18 percent of the budget.

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Musial Awarded Medal of Freedom
9:43 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Cardinals great Musial awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Stan Musial is presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama at the White House on Feb. 15, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 1:32 p.m. Feb. 15, 2011 with post-ceremony comments

Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in Washington.

The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and first baseman received the medal from President Barack Obama today in a ceremony at the White House.

"This is the top honor that I'm ever going to receive," Musial told the St. Louis Beacon in his hotel room before the ceremony.

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2011 State of the Union
12:13 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

McCaskill, Blunt weigh in on State of the Union, freeze in spending

President Barack Obama in 2008. Last night during his State of the Union Address, Obama proposed a freeze in spending that Missouri's senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt say doesn't go far enough. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri's Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt agree that the president's proposal to cut the deficit does not go far enough.

President Barack Obama proposed a freeze in spending in his State of the Union speech last night.

McCaskill, a Democrat, says the president's spending cuts don't go far enough:

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