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Mitch McConnell freezes up, abandons press conference

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The incident highlights growing concerns over the age of many of the country’s leaders

Top U.S. Senate Republican, Mitch McConnell, had a concerning incident during a regular press conference, where he froze up for 21 seconds, prompting his colleagues to inquire about his well-being.

After briefly walking away with the help of Senator John Barrasso, a physician, McConnell returned 12 minutes later, stating that he was “fine” and proceeded to address other topics.

A McConnell aide mentioned that the senator felt light-headed. This incident raised concerns, especially given McConnell’s age of 81, and his previous medical issues, including a concussion, minor rib fracture, and rehabilitation earlier in the year.

The incident shed light on the age of prominent figures in Washington, with President Joe Biden running for reelection at 80 and the average age in the Senate being above 64.

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s prolonged absence due to health issues added to the growing awareness of the challenges faced by ageing politicians.

A majority of Americans expressed concerns about elected officials being too old to effectively represent the American people, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer extended well-wishes to McConnell.

Given the age of key political figures and the impact of health issues on their ability to fulfill their duties, there is growing attention on the need for contingency plans and potential successors to leadership positions.

 

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Trump & Biden prepare for the earliest debate in modern U.S. history

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The first debate of the year between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump will take place this week in Atlanta.

This debate marks a milestone as the earliest presidential debate in modern U.S. history, and will prove to be a critical event for both candidates.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in national opinion polls, with a considerable slice of the electorate still undecided five months before the Nov. 5 vote. #featured #trending

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Ferrari’s debut high-performance electric vehicle will be priced above $500,000

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Ferrari has unveiled details about its inaugural electric car, slated to be priced upwards of $500,000, as first reported by Reuters.

This announcement comes amidst growing global interest and competition in electric vehicles, with Ferrari aiming to blend its iconic design prowess with sustainable technology.

The Italian automaker, renowned for its high-performance sports cars, is expected to maintain its commitment to superior craftsmanship and engineering excellence in its electric offering.

Following the EV announcement, Ferrari also confirmed plans to establish a new manufacturing plant aimed at enhancing production flexibility and significantly reducing car development times.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss the latest in EVs. #featured #trending

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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