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Missouri Republican Martin behind controversial attack ad

Oct 29, 2017

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 -  Missouri Repubican Ed Martin has been identified as the person behind an ad that tries to link Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to Bil Ayers and terror.

No privacy for Obama's prayer

Sep 24, 2017

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: July 25, 2008 - On Thursday at dawn, Sen. Barack Obama wrote a letter to God. He sandwiched it between the ancient beige stones of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. Shortly after he left, a seminary student rummaged through the Wall, which contains the detritus of worshipers' dreams, and managed to pull out the senator's note.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 10, 2008 - Barack Obama ended his campaign swing through St. Louis on Tuesday after attending a fundraiser in downtown and visiting a hospital. The visit was part of a Midwestern trip that is expected to take him to Wisconsin on Thursday. A trip to Iowa on Wednesday was canceled due to flooding.

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.

President Obama's Final News Conference Of 2014

Dec 19, 2014
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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.

President Obama Speaks On Ferguson, Police Training

Nov 23, 2014
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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."

President Obama Addresses Nation About Islamic State

Sep 10, 2014
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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. 

President Obama Makes Statement, Answers Questions

Oct 8, 2013
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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. 

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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.

President Obama Holds Press Conference

Aug 9, 2013
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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.