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Josh Hawley and the Jan. 6 insurrection

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Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley was one of several Republicans to dispute President Joe Biden’s victory, despite no evidence of election fraud, and raised his fist in support of insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. One year later, the senator has faced no major political backlash in his home state.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley created one of the lasting images of the Jan. 6 insurrection when he raised his fist in support of Trump supporters outside the Capitol Building. Hawley was one of a few senators who disputed President Joe Biden’s victory, despite no evidence of election fraud.

But one year later, the Missouri senator has faced no major political recourse for his actions. Steve Vockrodt of the NPR Midwest Newsroom reports that Hawley has been able to operate in a state that’s taken a hard swing to the political right in recent years.

And, a lot of good has come out of Joplin Missouri’s long recovery from the EF5 Tornado that destroyed a third of the town a decade ago. But the lessons learned include a dark truth of disaster recovery; at some point people tend to turn on their leaders.

As Mayfield, Kentucky, and other communities start to rebuild after recent tornado disasters, they can find some insights from Joplin, Missouri. An EF5 tornado took out a third of the town a decade ago, and it's been a slow recovery since. In the second of a two-part series, KCUR’s Frank Morris reports the lessons learned since then have been applied to disasters around the world.

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