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Voter ID bill runs into House opposition

Those in opposition to a voter identification bill argued in a Missouri House committee hearing Tuesday that there’s no compelling reason for the legislation.

House Republicans back away from debt fight

Unwilling to spook the markets and divided among themselves, House Republicans backed away from a battle over the government’s debt limit Tuesday and permitted President Barack Obama’s Democratic allies to drive quick passage of a measure extending Treasury’s borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House.

Mo. lawmakers urged to put minimum wage to vote

Supporters of a higher wages are urging Missouri lawmakers to let voters decide whether to increase the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

Mo. House OKs bill targeting synthetic drugs

Missouri lawmakers renewed efforts to keep pace with an evolving market of synthetic drugs, giving first-round approval Tuesday to legislation taking aim at several additional chemicals used for the substances.

Mo. House endorses prescription drug database

Missouri House members have endorsed the creation of a government database to track people's prescription drug purchases.

Criminal code proposal could lower drug penalties

Buried within a 1,100-page bill that would overhaul Missouri's criminal laws is a substantive change in how the state would handle drug offenders. It would reduce the penalties for possessing less than 35 grams of marijuana for first-time offenders.

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Obama resists pressure to act alone on immigration

For a president looking for a legacy piece of legislation, the current state of the immigration debate represents a high-wire act.

Vulnerable Democrats try straddle on health law

Hit with a multimillion-dollar barrage of televised attacks, Democrats in tough re-election races want credit for trying to fix the problematic parts of the health care law at the same time they claim bragging rights for its popular provisions and allege Republicans will reverse the crackdown on insurance company abuses.

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Lawmaker seeks to impeach Nixon

A House Republican wants to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over his order that the state accept joint tax returns from legally married same-sex couples.

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Christie going on offensive over accusation

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going on the offensive after a former loyalist said he has evidence the Republican governor knew more than he has admitted about an apparently politically motivated traffic jam ordered by one of his staffers last year.

New Orleans Mayor Landrieu declares 2nd-term win

Boosted by a drop in the city's murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared victory Saturday as voters appeared to hand him a landslide victory and a second term.

Nixon sets August vote for vacant Mo. House seats

Gov. Jay Nixon has set an Aug. 5 special election to fill three vacant Missouri House seats — a date that ensures the winners won't be around for this year's regular session but could take office in time to decide whether to override any potential gubernatorial vetoes.

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Americans react to Obama's address to nation

President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to make his pitch that the nation must address persistent problems, from unemployment to immigration to the gap between rich and poor.

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Republicans unimpressed with Obama's speech

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.

Text of Obama's State of the Union address

Text of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, as provided by the White House.