The clusters of powerful tornadoes — more than 160 reported in total — combined with storms to cut a swath of destruction heading west to east over several days. In some areas, whole neighborhoods were flattened, cars flipped over and trees and power lines felled, leaving tangled wreckage.
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Note from Catherine: National emergencies give the President administrative powers to access funds in the FHA Fund and other financial and funding mechanisms in the federal government. I wonder if the banks and Fed are putting back mortgages to the government under the guise of an emergency. A covert QE3, anyone?