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Footage shows massive tornado touching down in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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In what may be one of the most damaging outbreaks of tornado in U.S. history, over 250 people are said to have died in the devastating storms that have ripped across the south and mid-west this month.

The video below, captured in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is especially harrowing: as a massive tornado — estimated to be up to a mile wide — passes by, the only sounds viewers can hear is a distant rumbling and the breathing of one very scared camera operator.

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At least 128 people died in that state alone. In all, fatalities occurred in five states: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas.

This video was published to Vimeo by user Crimson Tide Productions on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo.


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Trump’s hopes for a rapid economic recovery are likely a pipe dream: economists

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President Donald Trump is hoping to reopen the American economy in May and quickly get back to the low unemployment rates that he used to justify his claim that he'd created the "best economy" in history.

However, economists who spoke with Vox think that Trump's vision of a rapid V-shaped economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic are simply a pipe dream.

"The very best case scenario is we rapidly bounce back and we get close to something where we were before," said Jesse Edgerton, an economist at JPMorgan. "Personally, I think that’s highly unlikely. The shock from the virus is going to trigger a broader economy-wide recession."

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Trump tells 10,000 religious leaders they ‘have to’ help him get re-elected: ‘We have to have victory’

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President Donald Trump in a private conference call on Wednesday with 10,000 leaders from his most-devoted base, the religious right, in the middle of a global pandemic, urged them to help him win re-election.

“We have a very, very powerful year coming up because you know what lies ahead,” Trump told the faith leaders, as NBC News reported. “And we have to do it. People of faith have to do it. We have to have victory.”

Rev. Johnnie Moore, a member of Trump’s religious right inner circle, says both the President and Vice President were on the call, which presumably was made from the Oval Office.

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Republicans admit they lose when elections are fair and free

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ANNOUNCER: Welcome to Moyers on Democracy.

Bill’s guest in this episode is the journalist David Daley, whose reporting and advocacy have fired up a generation of activists fighting for free and fair elections.

His best-selling first book, RATF*CKED-WHY YOUR VOTE DOESN’T COUNT  showed how Republicans used gerrymandering to lock up control of many state and local government for years, possibly   decades – and remains their  strategy.  In his  most recent book – UNRIGGED –HOW AMERICANS ARE BATTLING BACK TO SAVE DEMOCRACY he travels  America to report on the grassroots activists devoted to voting rights for all citizens.

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