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A key pillar of President Barack Obama's foreign policy has been the attempted "pivot to Asia."

The idea was that under President Bush, the U.S. expended enormous resources fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That focus was a detriment to American relationships with the surging economies of the Asia-Pacific region - an area expected to account for half of the world economy by the middle of this century.

Obama’s goal was to put new heft to the political, economic and military relations in places like China, Indonesia and Thailand – and avoid getting pulled into more conflicts in the Middle East or problems in Europe. As Obama prepares to leave office, this edition of Global Journalist examines whether this policy has succeeded – or amounted to little more than talk. 

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Missouri's Republican legislative leaders and more than 100 others say they oppose the Obama administration's directive on transgender student bathroom access.

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Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he has no plans to meet with President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, though nearly 20 other Republican senators have said they are willing to do so.

Blunt told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he sees no need to meet with appeals Judge Merrick Garland because he doesn't believe Garland should be confirmed.

Obama nominated Garland last month after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill wants a hearing and Sen. Roy Blunt says he won't vote for President Barack Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

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President Barack Obama has approved a major disaster declaration for 33 Missouri counties damaged by severe weather and flooding in late December and early January.

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt was at Kansas City-based MRIGlobal Tuesday to talk about the importance of increased funding for the National Institutes of Health.

NIH received an additional $2 billion in the omnibus spending bill that passed last month, a funding increase of 6.6 percent.

That’s the biggest increase in a decade, although Blunt pointed out that wasn’t hard to accomplish “because there hadn’t been an increase in NIH funding since 2003,” when Congress made a commitment to double funding for health research.

I've rarely seen President Obama speak in such definite terms on a thorny issue as he did yesterday about the nuclear agreement with Iran.

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A central Missouri man is facing a federal charge for allegedly threatening to shoot President Barack Obama.

Twenty-four-year-old Cameron Stout, of Stover, was charged Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City with making threats against the president.

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President Obama, speaking in Selma, Ala., at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march that witnessed hundreds of demonstrators attacked and beaten by police, said the nation was much closer to racial equality, but that the march is not over yet.

"There are places, and moments in America where this nation's destiny has been decided," the president said at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where Alabama state troopers converged on protesters on March 7, 1965.

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President Barack Obama says he wants to make sure that federal programs that provide Pentagon equipment to police departments "aren't building a militarized culture."

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  Spurred by the Ferguson shooting, President Barack Obama is calling for $75 million in federal spending to get 50,000 more police to wear body cameras that record their interactions with civilians.

However, Obama is not seeking to pull back federal programs that provide military-style equipment to local law enforcement.

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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President Obama woke up in Kansas City on Wednesday, rallying support for a growing economy, dreaming of equal pay for his daughters and touting what he called “economic patriotism.”

With just four months before the mid-term elections, Obama called out Congress for fighting him on help for the middle class in a rousing appearance at the Uptown Theatre and later, in a walk down Parkville’s Main Street.

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President Barack Obama plans to use his visit to Kansas City to prod Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him.

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President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Kansas City, where he's expected to speak about the economy.

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The White House has announced President Barack Obama will be in Missouri next week to deliver a speech on the economy.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that three appointments President Obama made in 2012 to the National Labor Relations Board are not valid because they were not approved by the Senate, which was in pro forma session at the time.

In a unanimous decision, the justices said the Constitution's recess-appointments clause gave Congress the power to decide when it is in recess, and that there was no recess when Obama acted. The case is National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning.

President Barack Obama has appointed St. Louis attorney Kevin O'Malley as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

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A new report says more than 150,000 Missouri residents signed up for health insurance policies through a federally run website.

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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

The film Bronx Obama has the danger of becoming a novelty act – much like the subject of the film. Louis Ortiz was unemployed when someone at a bar in 2008 told them he looked a lot like that Senator, Barack Obama. When that Senator became President, Ortiz’s life changed.

Ortiz decides to try to turn his look into cash, and then into a career, at least while it lasts. The film Bronx Obama goes beyond the “gee whiz” aspect of Ortiz’s story. Director Ryan Murdock shows how Ortiz’s re-invention of himself affects his life, his family and his psyche.

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President Barack Obama is praising University of Missouri football player Michael Sam for announcing he is gay before the NFL draft.

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President Barak Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.

With farm equipment, hay bales and crates of apples setting the stage, the president told the crowd that this farm bill – officially called the Agriculture Act of 2014 – will save taxpayer dollars while also offering support to farmers and ranchers. And he says that helps the whole country.

Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ronnie White has been nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court.

White's nomination Thursday by President Barack Obama marks a third chance for him to become a federal judge.

White was twice nominated by President Bill Clinton for a federal judgeship in the 1990s. But the Senate rejected White's nomination after it was opposed by then-U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft of Missouri.

White later testified against the nomination of Ashcroft to become U.S. attorney general.

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More than 366,000 people attended the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia this year, an increase of over 3 percent compared to last year.  

President Obama spoke with NPR in the Oval Office on Monday, as a visiting group of young people in suits got a tour of the Rose Garden outside the windows. The most striking part of our encounter in this moment of crisis was how familiar the atmosphere seemed.

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President Barack Obama is pressing his case in America's heartland that Congress mustn't jeopardize fragile economic progress with threats of a government shutdown.

Obama was traveling to an auto plant near Kansas City, Mo., on Friday. He'll tour the plant and argue that the U.S. economy is primed to thrive, if only Congress will let it.

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  • State Sen. Kurt Schaefer to run for Attorney General
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Missouri's automotive industry will be getting renewed attention this week when President Barack Obama visits a Ford Motor Co. plant near Kansas City.

Obama is scheduled to travel Friday to Ford's new stamping plant in Liberty, located next to the auto maker's Claycomo assembly plant, to illustrate the comeback of the nation's auto industry.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to attend the event. McCaskill says the plant is a good place to highlight the turnaround of automotive manufacturing.

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The man who posted a video on his Facebook page of a Missouri State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama says he's been the target of hateful comments for the last two weeks.

Perry Beam, of Higginsville, told The Kansas City Star that if he had known that the video would attract national attention and criticism, he would have left it on his cell phone.