Here are the six must-read links for your morning:
1- CNN’s report on the tornado destruction in the Midwest, “Massive storm system claims at least 12,” in which the network’s team details the deaths, injuries and damage that ravaged the mid-Atlantic states. Thankfully, the National Weather Service’sStormPredictionCenter says there is only a 5% probability of tornadoes through this morning.
2- The Chicago Tribune’s report “6 dead after tornado hits southern Illinois: ‘Like a bomb went off,’ which describes the devastation in the area hit hardest by yesterday’s storm,Harrisburg,Illinois. Early Start’s Asleigh Banfield and Starting Point’s Soledad O’Brien are reporting live from this location this morning andSoledad will speak with Darrell Osman, one of the survivors featured in the article who lost his mother in the storm.
3- Politico’s article about the abrupt departure of Republican moderate Olympia Snowe, “Olympia Snowe departure exposes GOP rift.” The outlet’s reporters write that Snowe’s announcement “brought into focus the fault line within GOP ranks: Conservatives are demanding a sharper focus on bedrock principles, and party strategists are more concerned with courting swing voters.”
4- The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that one of America’s largest banks is working on a new plan to raise fee revenue in their article “Bank of America Weighs New Set of Fees.” The changes would “require many users of basic checking accounts to pay a monthly fee unless they agree to bank online, buy more products or maintain certain balances.”
6- The New York Times describes the implications of North Korea’s surprise announcement yesterday in their article, “North Korea Agrees to Suspend Its Nuclear Program.” As part of the agreement, theUnited States has said it will send 265,000 tons of food to the country in monthly shipments over the next year.
Watch “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” for more on these top stories this morning at 7am Eastern.