Tornadoes ripped through the Midwest leaving at least 11 dead and destroying motels, mobile homes, and houses

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At least 11 people have died after a string of violent storms ripped through buildings across the Midwest.
Tornadoes hitting wind speeds of up to 160 mph battered cities in Oklahoma and Missouri amid other extreme weather, including rain and hail.
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At least 11 people have died after a string of violent storms swept through the Midwest.

Buildings, hotels, and homes were ripped apart in Missouri and Oklahoma. Now, emergency crews are leading clean-up and rescue missions amid flooding, hail, and major wind gusts.

El Reno, Oklahoma Mayor Matt White said the storms had left behind a “tragic scene.” See the trail of damage drawn through the region ahead of Memorial Day.

Missouri’s Jefferson City was one of the cities that was hit hardest by the string of storms that reached wind speeds of 160 mph and ripped buildings apart across the city.

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After homes and buildings were destroyed and left without power, residents braced for flooding from the Mississippi River.

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Local agencies sprung into clean-up mode amid other extreme weather, including flash flooding, golf ball-sized hail, and gusts over 70 mph.

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Authorities announced that seven people were dead after the storms ripped through the city and destroyed buildings, neighborhoods, and mobile homes.

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Two people who were found dead Friday after being trapped in a submerged car on a flooded road near St. Louis, Missouri brought the storm’s total death toll to nine.

Source: The Associated Press

The second touch down in the string of storms came over Oklahoma.

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At least two people were killed and 29 injured after a tornado leveled a motel and tore through a mobile home park near Oklahoma …read more

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Iraq War veteran harshly criticizes Fox’s call for Trump to pardon war criminals: “It’s bad for our national security. It’s bad for our troops, it’s bad for our global standing.”

BRIAN STELTER (HOST): Fox and Friends Weekend co-host Pete Hegseth is one of Trump’s biggest boosters on the air. And he also gives Trump advice off the air. The Daily Beast reported this week that Hegseth was lobbying for the president to pardon members of the military who had been accused of war crimes. And it seems like Trump is at least considering that.

Once again, the Fox-Trump feedback loop is in action here. So I spoke with the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff, now the host of the Angry Americans podcast, and asked him about this idea. I asked him if he was shocked or surprised to hear about Hegseth lobbying Trump.

PAUL RIECKHOFF (FOUNDER OF THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA): I wasn’t surprised at all. I mean Hegseth is an incredibly influential media personality. He’s definitely got Trump’s ear. He’s had dinner with him. I know him from the veterans community. We’ve actually worked together in the past on some issues. But I think this underscores the power of this influence journalism that’s coming out of the certain parts of the media, Fox in particular. It’s unprecedented. On the issue in particular, I think that’s what should alarm all Americans. I’m actually having a conversation with you about why it’s a bad idea to pardon war criminals. It’s a crazy idea. It’s bad for our national security. It’s bad for our troops, it’s bad for our global standing. But right now apparently it’s an idea that the president is considering. So I hope that you know just the same way he’s getting pressure from the media to consider this, I hope he hears the echoes of just about everybody I’ve spoken to in the media whose prior service military and everyone …read more

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Pete Buttigieg says there is ‘no question’ that Trump faked a disability to avoid fighting in Vietnam

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg – 2020 presidential candidate – said that there is “no question” that President Trump faked a disability to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.
Buttigieg, who is a veteran of Afghanistan, has been critical of Trump’s decisions related to the military.
He also criticized Trump for considering pardons for troops accused and convicted of war crimes.

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In an interview with ABC News, which aired on Sunday, 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said that there is “no question” that President Trump faked a disability to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.

“There is no question, I think, to any reasonable observer that the president found a way to falsify a disabled status, taking advantage of his privileged status in order to avoid serving,” he said.

He continued: “You have somebody who thinks it’s all right to let somebody go in his place into a deadly war and is willing to pretend to be disabled in order to do it. That is an assault on the honor of this country.”

Buttigieg first surfaced the rebuke earlier in the week when talking with The Washington Post.

Trump was exempted from Vietnam after receiving a letter from a doctor that said he had a bone spur ailment in his foot, which made him unfit for service.

Buttigieg, who is currently mayor of South Bend in Indiana previously served in the US Navy Reserve and is an Afghanistan veteran.

In the same interview, Buttigieg criticized Trump for considering pardons for troops accused and convicted of war crimes.

Read more: Retired US generals are lining up to tell Trump why pardoning troops accused or convicted of war crimes is a really bad idea

“The idea that being sent to war turns you into a murderer is exactly the kind …read more

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