FROM Missy Shelton
Tornado Devastates Joplin, Missouri People took refuge in bathrooms, hallways or wherever they could, including in a convenience store freezer as the City of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by a tornado with winds up to 165mph. At least 90 people are dead, and bad weather is making the search for survivors a difficult and dangerous enterprise. Missy Shelton, news director at public radio station KSMU in Springfield, toured Joplin this morning.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
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