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With the midterm elections fast approaching, Mitch McConnell believes Republicans have a 50-50 chance of taking back control of the Senate

U.S. Republican leader Mitch McConnell says his party has a 50-50 chance of taking control of the Senate as midterm elections fast approach.

Speaking at an event in Georgetown, Kentucky, McConnell conceded that the battle is going to come down to the wire.”Flipping the Senate, what are the chances? It’s a 50-50 proposition. We’ve got a 50-50 Senate right now. We’ve got a 50-50 nation,” McConnell said.

Whatever the outcome, McConnell believes the chamber will remain closely divided, making the prospect of passing legislation difficult for either side.

Meanwhile, if the conservative party is successful in winning both the Senate and the House, McConnell has vowed to find ways to work alongside Democratic President, Joe Biden.

If this happens and both the House and the Senate fall in favour of the Republicans, McConnell believes Biden won’t have any choice other than being “a moderate” leader.

“If both the House and the Senate flip, I think the President will be a moderate. He won’t have any choice. And so, we’ll try to find ways to make some progress for the country during the last two years of his term… but not big dramatic change.”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, stands for a photo at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 9, 2020 via REUTERS

This all follows some off the cuff comments McConnell made just last week, suggesting flipping the Senate requires significant candidate quality.

As election day approaches, McConnell also urged his audience not to be concerned about election fraud.

“Election fraud, there is some. It happens occasionally. But our democracy is solid. And of the things we need to worry about, I wouldn’t be worried about that one,” McConnell said.

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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Black box from Nepal plane disaster to be sent to Singapore

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The black box recovered from the January 15 Nepal plane crash in Nepal is being sent to Singapore for analysis

The aim will be to identify the cause of the Yeti Airlines crash that killed all 72 people on board.

Both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder will be examined by experts at Singapore’s Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau.

A government committee is still looking into the cause of the plane disaster.

It was initially suggested the black box be taken to France where the aircraft was manufactured, but Nepalese authorities decided to send it to Singapore.

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