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First Lady Michelle Obama Receives the 2012 White House Christmas Tree

The official White House Christmas tree, a 19-foot Fraser Fir, arrives in a horse-drawn carriage at the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 23, 2012. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.

First Lady Michelle Obama greeted the official White House Christmas Tree, which arrived via horse-drawn carriage. Daughters Sasha and Malia and First Dog Bo also helped welcome the tree.

Gov. Nixon presents agricultural achievement award to Charlie Schlottach of White Mule Winery

OWENSVILLE, Mo. - Gov. Jay Nixon was in Gasconade County to recognize Charlie Schlottach and White Mule Winery with the Governor's Award for Agricultural Achievement, which honors outstanding farmers, growers and processors for their work with agricultural commodities and their communities.

Viewers May Receive Greatest Benefit in Presidential Town Hall Debate‏

COLUMBIA, Mo. – On Tuesday night, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will meet on the debate stage for their second presidential debate, but this time they will not be alone.


The candidates will be joined by dozens of “undecided” citizens eager to interrogate the two men.

Gerald receives $75,000 in federal recreation grant

Gov. Jay Nixon announced that six Missouri communities have been approved by the National Park Service to receive more than $275,000 in federal grants to assist with park and recreation needs.

White House Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The North Portico exterior of the White House is illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

The White House was illuminated pink last night to mark the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During October, President Obama wrote in a Presidential Proclamation, “we honor those we have lost, lend our strength to those who carry on the fight, and pledge to educate ourselves and our loved ones about this tragic disease.”

Coming Together to Remember September 11th

The White House - President Obama marks the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks by remembering the innocent lives lost, and honoring the first responders and men and women in uniform who have served and sacrificed to keep our country safe.

Presidential Proclamation - National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2012

Official White House photo
The White House

Eleven years ago, America confronted one of our darkest days. The events of September 11, 2001, brought collapsing towers in Manhattan and billowing smoke at the Pentagon, wreckage on a Pennsylvania field, and deep ache to the soul of our Nation.

Presidential Proclamation - National Grandparents Day, 2012

The White House - National Grandparents Day, 2012


Throughout our history, grandparents have guided their children and grandchildren through trial and triumph.

Meeting with Victims of Hurricane Isaac

President Barack Obama talks with a resident as he tours a neighborhood in LaPlace, La., with local and federal officials to view damage and the ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac, Sept. 3, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Matt Compton, The White House - President Obama made his way to St. John's Parish in Louisiana to take in the damage from Hurricane Isaac and meet with officials responding to the disaster yesterday.

Celebrating Labor Day

According to, "Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events."

Women's Equality Day - Celebrating the right to vote

Proclaimed each year by the President of the United States, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the day the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified, giving women the right to vote. 


Republicans want Akin to rethink Senate bid

Missouri News Horizon
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing mounting pressure from national Republicans to rethink his candidacy, after a string of public blunders that was capped during an interview over the weekend.

Leaders are outraged over comments he made during an interview with KTVI on Sunday in which he was asked whether he supported abortion rights in cases of rape. He responded that doctors have told him "if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

Akin “legitimate rape” comment draws criticism from own party

Missouri News Horizon
Todd Akin’s U.S. Senate campaign is on lock down today, after a week of public statements that have drawn opposition from fellow Republicans that was capped on Sunday by his comments about rape.

In an interview with KTVI on Sunday, Akin was asked whether he supported abortion rights in cases of rape. He responded that doctors have told him if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

The comments drew immediate outrage from his Democratic opponent, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

A Banner Year for the U.S. Wind Industry

David Danielson, Washington D.C. - The Energy Department and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a new report highlighting strong growth in America’s wind energy market in 2011 and underscoring the importance of continued policy support and clean energy tax credits to ensure that the U.S. remains a leading producer and manufacturer in this booming global industry.

Progress Toward a World Without Violence Against Women and Girls

Valerie Jarrett, Washington D.C. -  Eqlima is a young girl from Afghanistan. She lived with an abusive father and stepmother who often beat her. They even set her hair on fire. She escaped to a U.S. State Department-supported women’s shelter.

The staff helped move her away from her father and stepmother, and now is helping her move in with her older brother.

Mitt Romney announces Paul Ryan as VP Running Mate

Official House of Representatives Photo

Boston, MA
- Mitt Romney today announced Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate.

An Administration-Wide Response to the Drought

President Barack Obama meets with the White House Rural Council to discuss ongoing efforts in response to the drought, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 7, 2012. Among those attending with the President were, from left, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Karen Mills, Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Washington D.C. -
Throughout much of the country, communities are struggling with one of the worst droughts to strike the U.S. in decades. The lack of rain and high temperatures have done considerable damage to crops -- particularly those in the Midwest.

President Obama on the Shooting in Wisconsin

Wade Michael Page wears a white power T-shirt in front of white power and Nazi flags on a Myspace page.

Not Your Usual Olympic Event‏...

First Lady Michelle Obama is picked up by U.S. Olympic wrestler Elena Pirozhkova during a greet with Team USA Olympic athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Facility at University of East London in London, England, July 27, 2012.

Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

This past week, First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to London as the head of the Presidential delegation. The First Lady met with American athletes, hosted 2,000 American military kids at Let's Move! London, and helped cheer on Team USA at the opening ceremony.

Behind the Scenes with Team USA Basketball - The White House

Matt Compton, The White House - In the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics, the USA men's basketball team last night played an exhibition game against Brazil at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.

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