President Obama endorses higher taxes on soda to help fund food stamps. (Kansas City Star)New FDA rule and reporting systems aims for contaminated food to be reported faster. (The Boston Globe)September 21 issue of The Nation focuses on food, with writings by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan ... More >>
Following a speech yesterday billed as an effort to brainwash the youth of this nation, but turned out to be nothing more than a harmless pep talk (how shocking!), President Barack Obama took time to answer questions from high school students in Arlington, Virginia. One of those questions came from ... More >>
Former First Lady Laura Bush sat down yesterday with CNN to discuss her husband's presidency and to comment on the first nine months of the Obama administration. Asked about all the fuss over the President Barack Obama's televised speech today to school children, Bush told CNN: "I think there i ... More >>
toddalbert.comChina may be cheaper, but Mexico is closer...Ahh, it's a beautiful sunny day and all is well and good in the anti-health-care heartland that is St. Louis. It seems like just yesterday that a few ass clowns were inciting a near-riot at a town hall meeting on health care and today com ... More >>
Earlier this week we speculated on which brew President Barack Obama would enjoy at today's "Beer Summit" called to diffuse the tiff between Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge police officer James Crowley.Gates is said to be partial to the Jamaican beer Red Stripe. While Crowley prefers microbre ... More >>
Last week we posted a short article asking readers their opinion on which of President Barack Obama's fashion statements was worse at the All-Star Game: his White Sox jacket or his creased, obamama jeans? Did the POTUS catch wind of our blog post? Perhaps. This week, Obama told an NBC reporter "I he ... More >>
So apparently we can all blame Barack Obama for the crappy non-tribute to Stan the Man. Due to the increased scheduling pressure Obama's appearance to throw out the first pitch put on everyone, it simply wasn't possible to fit in anything better for Musial. I've said it before, and I'll say it ... More >>
You make the call! More photos of Obama's denim here.
Did the sweeping music of the All-Star game's opening ceremonies lull you to sleep? Did the "All-Stars Among Us" video bore you to tears, or just cause you to change the channel? Did all that talking by MC Joe Buck aggravate you? If so -- but you still want to catch up on a bit o' baseball history t ... More >>
Because they just haven't fussed enough this year, the St. Louis Tea Party -- the folks who brought you a rally at the Arch in February, an April protest at Kiener Plaza and the picketing of President Barack Obama's "100 Day" speech in Arnold -- now plan to bring their tear parade to the All-Star Ga ... More >>
strictlyfitteds.comWe know who President Obama will be pulling for -- the American League. This just in from Major League Baseball: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH AT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAMEObama to Become the Fourth U.S. President to Throw Out First Pitch at MLB All-Star ... More >>
Margaret Hamburg, the Obama administration's nominee to head the FDA, has a positive reception before a Senate committee. (New York Times) The number of people facing hunger in the world will number one billion this year, according to a new report. (Bloomberg) KFC suspends its free chicken promotio ... More >>
10:25: Hello everybody! Have a seat10:26: It's good to be out of Washington and back in the Midwest! Yes. I love you, too!10:27: Obama gives shouts out to Senator Claire McCaskill, Governor Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, State Auditor Susan Montee, and everyone at Fox High School. Tha ... More >>
They're back!!!! So said the little girl in Poltergeist II.And just like ghosts, it seems these days you just can't keep conservative malcontents down. The St. Louis Tea Party Coalition, the group that organized a rally earlier this month in downtown's Kiener Plaza, now says it will take its party t ... More >>
CNN's John King visits North County's Afroworld hair and fashion boutique in an article on the network's Web site today. CNN reports that Afroworld owner Sheila Forrest continues to see a spike in business thanks to the sundry Barack Obama merchandise she has up for sale at her store -- including sh ... More >>
They're back! Representatives with the St. Louis Cardinals and developer Cordish Co. were in Jefferson City yesterday pitching their latest proposal for Ballpark Village to the Missouri Development Finance Board. Last week the team unveiled temporary plans to turn the site into a softball field. But ... More >>
The Obama administration has selected former New York City health comissioner Margaret A. Hamburg to lead the FDA. (Washington Post)Why do we love salt? A new study suggests a new reason: It's an antidepressant. (BBC News)London renowned Fat Duck reopens after a mystery illness sickened 400 diners. ... More >>
Cattle feedlots are feeling the pinch as Americans choose cheaper burgers over steaks. (Reuters)Speaking of cattle: The beef industry continues to question the Obama administration's approach to country-of-origin labeling. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)Thanks to frequent commenter Dan D. for passing alo ... More >>
A few months ago, presidential hopeful Barack Obama drew 100,000 supporters to the Gateway Arch. On Friday morning, President Obama's opponents followed suit, drawing a few hundred critics of the federal government's economic stimulus package.At the rally, the president was referred to as a terroris ... More >>
Today, the brainy pundits at Slate tackled this interesting topic: "How will Obama's presidency change hip-hop?"Beyond mentioning that Obama has dusted off his shoulders like Jay-Z, author Jonah Weiner does an admirable job breaking down the history of hip-hop's hatred for the establishment (i.e. P ... More >>
In today's news: Obama on the peanut-butter recall, caterpillars in Liberia and misdiagnosed food allergies.
The governor wasn't exactly Perry Mason there in his closing arguments this morning before the Illinois Senate. Unfortunately, I could only catch bits and pieces of the speech on KTRS (550 AM), which annoyingly kept cutting to commercials every five minutes, but what I did hear wasn't good. The gove ... More >>
Unreal could not help but notice that the number of inaugural parties here last night far exceeded that of National Day of Service work sites on Monday. And who are we to complain? Apologies to our new President, but who would want to celebrate his glorious, glorious inauguration by working?And so w ... More >>
After blanketing its pages with inauguration coverage for the past week and sending its very own reporters to Washington D.C., the Post-Dispatch is ready to cash in. Hey, if dildo makers can get rich off Obama, why not the newspaper? To wit, the following offers made their way into my e-mail today. ... More >>
Your token food news on this historic day:The latest on the salmonella outbreak in peanut butter, including news of a Kellogg peanut-butter cracker being tainted. (USA Today)Wine enthusiasts are hopeful that Barack Obama's enjoyment of wine will influence wine drinkers nationwide. (Reuters)Kenya cel ... More >>
Any of you hang out at the Moolah today to watch the inauguration ceremonies? It was an event to behold. First of all, pimping, er, parking, wasn't easy. The lot was full a good 20 minutes before the swearing in and it quickly became a no exit situation (the booth was empt ... More >>
In today's news: Tom Vilsack before the Senate, more on the peanut-butter salmonella scare and a no to beer named for Obama.
Roland Burris, the man appointed by Blago to fill Obama's vacant Illinois senate seat, was officially sworn in this morning by Dick Cheney. Appropriate, no?
Page A19 of today's New York Times features a quirky story about the madness over Obama merchandise: POTUS yo-yos and piggy banks, T-shirts and designer tote bags, even hot sauce and toilet paper, per the Times, are apparently flying out of hawkers' hands. But the old gray lady buried the lede, for ... More >>
A 2001 video of Barack Obama reviewing a Southern soul-food restaurant.
The ongoing effort to designate portions of Delmar Boulevard as "Barack Obama Boulevard" got a mention last week in Economist magazine.
The top 20 blog posts here on the Stlog, chosen by a few of us here at the RFT. Highlights include radio broadcaster Kevin Slaten blowing his top at our managing editor, a photo essay of President-elect Barack Obama, a curious e-mail from the American Apparel and a live blog of that debate that h ... More >>
Barack Obama has not had his finest week, what with having to weather the political stink smelling up Illinois -- not to mention learning that its madcap governor recently called him a "motherfucker."
www.amazon.com The election of Barack Obama has apparently turned us into a nation of twelve-year-old girls, with Newsweek, the New York Times and 60 Minutes our Tiger Beat, YM and TRL (RIP). Here at Gut Check, we follow the reports on the new cabinet with interest -- OMG, is he really g ... More >>
This morning, President-elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle visited with President Bush and wife Laura at the White House, where the Illinois senator apparently got his first look inside the Oval Office. Obama greets supporters in St. Louis in October (Lyle Whitworth) While Obama was familiariz ... More >>
Barack Obama delivered a massive shot in the arm to the beleaguered newspaper industry yesterday. The Illinois senator's win caused post-election day sellouts at newsstands around the country, and a spokeswoman for the Post-Dispatch tells me the local daily was no exception: All 300,000 copies w ... More >>
Although Missouri's reputation as a bellwether could be a thing of the past if President-elect Barack Obama loses the vote here, the Illinois Senator won big-time last night in other states across the country. Here's a look back at election night and the final 75 days of each candidate's long -- al ... More >>
One way to predict the outcome of the presidential election is to check in with poll-number-crunching sites like pollster.com and fivethirtyeight.com. That stuff's for the gearheads. Unreal would rather follow the money -- i.e., to take a look at the thinking of folks who are wagering on the electi ... More >>
Before he suspends his campaign for two days to visit his ailing grandmother in Hawaii, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will appear on KATZ-AM (1600 AM) and KMJM-FM (104.9 FM) at 1 p.m. today.
If you wait long enough, he will come. When he comes, you will get to see him. Repeat these lines over and over and you get the sense what it was like waiting two and a half hours last night to see Bill Clinton at Kirkwood High School.
Barack Obama's speech Saturday under the Gateway Arch included a humorous anecdote about the senator and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland stopping for a slice of pie. "Some people like cake," Obama deadpanned. "I like pie." (For the record, Obama's favorite kind of pie is sweet-potato. Second is pecan ... More >>
Sen. Barack Obama shortly after taking the stage before a crowd of as many as 100,000 beneath the Gateway Arch on Saturday, October 18. The crowd was the largest domestic audience Obama has had -- second only to his rally in Berlin, Germany. Plenty more, after the jump...
8:01 p.m. Here we go, the final presidential debate. The carpet's red, the walls are blue and Bob Scheiffer's silver head is telling us the subject is domestic policy. Scheiffer's just introduced the candidates. 8:04 p.m. McCain just blundered -- "Fannie and Freddie May." John looks sleepy, blinkin ... More >>
Update posted 10/19/08: For a photoessay of Barack Obama's rally underneath the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, click here. Various news outlets are reporting that Barack Obama will hold a campaign rally Saturday on the grounds of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Via KSDK-TV: Senator Barack Obama will ... More >>