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Obama Mourns Lawmaker but Not Tornado Victims

President Obama today stopped himself as he was about to leave the podium to end his press conference and returned to the microphone to express condolences to the family of “a friend of mine,” Rep. Donald Payne, (D-N.J.), whose death was announced today following a bout with cancer. But there was nothing in Obama’s press conference about some 40 of his countrymen who died from

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Obama Called Fluke but Said Nothing to Tornado Victims

UPDATE – 12:43 pm ET To my readers: I have regrettably decided to take this piece down. The original report said that Obama did not make any phone calls or statements until Saturday regarding the tornado disasters that swept the Midwest Thursday and Friday, when he made three calls to the governors of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. It turns out that I missed a pool

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Obama Speaks in London About Midwest Tornadoes

President Obama continued to step up his leadership on the tornado disasters in Missouri and other parts of the Midwest, taking time out as he started his day in London to talk about the calamities and scheduling a trip to Missouri Sunday. Here’s part of what he said. Before the day starts here in England I wanted to say a few words about the devastating

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Obama Shows Leadership on Missouri Tornado Disaster

The White House, have been justly burned multiple times for President Obama’s slow responses to natural disasters – starting with the Gulf Oil spill – is making sure to let us know that President Obama is on top of the horrific toll exacted by a tornado that roared through Joplin, Missouri Sunday. Dozens are reported dead. It’s good to see the president starting to lead

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Obama Tours Alabama Devastation

Here’s some video just out of Obama talking about tornado destruction he witnessed. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Obama Offers Condolences to Tornado Victims

Thank you for taking a moment to be president. After saying nearly nothing about the tornadoes last week in North Carolina and elsewhere that killed nearly four dozen people – and failing to travel to the region – President Obama released a statement tonight lamenting the loss of life in the latest phalanx of twisters to rip through the South. At least 200 people are

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Obama Skips Tornado Destruction, Heads West to Raise Money

President Obama is opting not to visit the tornado-ravaged areas of the South, choosing instead to embark today on a three day tour out West where he will try to boost his political standing by talking up his approach to the deficit and raise millions for himself and fellow Democrats. The tornadoes, part of a storm that rampaged though six states Saturday, resulted in one

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