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First Lady Michelle Obama and Toys for Tots Spread Holiday Cheer

First Lady Michelle Obama helps sort through toys at the Toys for Tots Distribution Center at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2012. Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

The White House - First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by a Toys for Tots service project at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling -- a naval installation along the Potomac River in Washington DC -- with “boxes and boxes” of gifts that were donated by White House staffers, American CEOs, and even First Daughters Malia and Sasha.

Tax increases on middle class - the wealthy - budget cuts - Congress can't decide as "fiscal cliff" nears

By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
ST. LOUIS — Tick tock goes the fiscal clock, and when the alarm sounds taxes will rise.

The nation will fall off the so-called “fiscal cliff” in less than three weeks unless Congress can reach an agreement on a combination of budget cuts and tax increases.

But as the days draw nearer to 2013, when Bush-era tax cuts expire and rates stand to go up, Missouri’s congressional delegation seems as divided on the issue as the rest of the nation.

“The clock is ticking, no question about that,” said Steve Walsh, Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s press secretary.

If nothing is done the average American family’s tax bill stands to go up between about $3,000 to $4,000, depending on which study you believe. The Heritage Foundation said the average Missourian would pay $2,634 more in taxes next year.

McCaskill's own party puts pressure on entitlement programs and Nations looming fiscal cliff

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Missouri News Horizon
Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is facing pressure from her own Democratic base as national leaders continue to search for a fix to the nation’s looming fiscal cliff.

On Friday, a group of Democratic organizations — including ASFCME, SEIU, and the National Educators Association — launched a new television ad in Missouri urging McCaskill to oppose “any cuts” to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

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.

Presidential Debates Will Likely Influence Outcome of 2012 Presidential Election

With polls showing presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney locked in a tight race, many are predicting that the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 could be a turning point in the election.

Evangelical conservatives tout support as Akin public schedule intensifies

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s campaign is slowly getting its groove back.

Akin has slowly revamped his campaign against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, taking on a more public schedule that places him in front of more voters and more reporters.

After a national firestorm erupted around his incendiary statement last month that pregnancies can somehow be shut down in cases of “legitimate rape,” Akin disappeared from the campaign trail for more than a week, when he hunkered down with strategists to plan how his campaign would move forward, despite calls from much of the Republican establishment to step out of the race.

Team USA Visits the White House‏

The White House
- The President and First Lady welcomed the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House to honor their participation and success in this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes

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- President Obama spoke about the tragic loss of four of our fellow Americans who were serving in our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
These Americans represented the best of our country; without people like them, we could not sustain our freedoms or security, or provide the leadership that the entire world depends on.

Statement by the President on the Attack in Benghazi

The White House -  I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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

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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.

Update on Hurricane Isaac from The White House

President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press on Tropical Storm Isaac, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Aug. 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Matt Compton, The White House - Late last night, as Hurricane Isaac made landfall along the Gulf Coast, FEMA provided another update about the ongoing efforts from federal officials to respond to the storm.

Mitt Romney announces Paul Ryan as VP Running Mate

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

Blunt, McCaskill urge action on Farm Bill

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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said he wants the U.S House of Representatives pass a farm bill before a September first deadline.

Speaking with reporters Thursday morning, Blunt said passing the bill is a better idea than letting the deadline go by and voting for a stop gap measure that will continue the current policies.

Supreme Court upholds ‘individual mandate’ in health care law

Missouri News Horizon
Washington D.C.
- The United States Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care law Thursday, ruling that the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine is constitutional as a tax.

Akin: Food stamp program should be “phased out”

Rep. Todd Akin (Official photo)
Missouri News Horizon

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — U.S. Rep. Todd Akin said Tuesday he believes a federal program that aimes to help lower income individuals buy food should be eventually phased out.

Speaking at a primary debate in St. Charles, the Republican U.S. Senate hopeful decried millions in federal spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

“The food stamp budget had gone up,” Akin said, “while we’re cutting defense. There’s something wrong with that.”

Steelman defends activist who made ‘kill the Claire bear’ remark about McCaskill

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Sarah Steelman is defending a Tea Party activist under fire for comments that have led law enforcement to increase security for Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Blunt and McCaskill joined forces getting Obama to back away from farmers

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Obama administration is backing away from a proposal to prevent children from working on farms owned by anyone other than their parents.

Tax deadline approaching - April 17

Missouri News Horizon
- It’s right down to the wire for last minute tax filers.

All federal and state tax returns are due by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, and Ted Farnen, a spokesperson with the Missouri Department of Revenue, warns last minute-filers to be wary of simple mistakes.

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