Two big new analyses of the 2014 midterms are out, and it's potentially good news for the GOP. The New York Times published a research piece suggesting the GOP now has a 60% chance of taking control of the U.S. Senate. The Wall Street Journal today writes,
"With 100 days to go until the midterm election, unexpectedly strong bids by several Republican candidates and President Barack Obama's continued sagging approval ratings are boosting GOP chances of capturing a Senate majority."
We're also awaiting new polling this evening from Fox News!
We'll ask Bret Baier, Karl Rove and other politics guests for their predictions.
Carl Cameron is reporting on the 2016 potential presidential field.
After weeks of back and forth, Congress set to announce a compromise today to fix the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health program. The agreement reached by Republican Jeff Miller of Florida and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont authorized billions of dollars in new spending, hires more doctors, leases new clinics and apparently lets veterans use non-VA hospitals. Any deal has to be approved by the full House and Senate. The VA has been embroiled in a scandal over long wait times and falsified records.
The U.N.'s top human rights official is calling the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 a possible war crime. The plane was blown out of the sky on July 17 killing all 298 on board. New analysis by the Ukrainians suggests the plane was destroyed by explosive decompression after being hit with multiple shrapnel pieces. The black boxes will be further analyzed by experts in the UK.. Meantime, the crash site in Eastern Ukraine is still not secured. Fighting between Ukrainians and Russia separatists is raging. An international team has had to abandon today's attempts to investigate. There are reports some bodies still haven't been recovered.
A temporary cease fire between Hamas and Israel is over. A Hamas rocket was fired into Israel and Israel responded with targeted missile strikes at terror targets. Israel says it hit two rocket launchers and a rocket factory in Gaza.
Syria's civil war is heating up again. Human rights groups say more than 1200 Assad loyalists and soldiers have been killed in the past 10 days. More than 170,000 have died in Syria's three-year-old civil war.
Libya also deteriorating into chaos. The interim Libyan government is asking for international help as rival militias fight to control key locations in Libya.
Two Americans have tested positive for infections with the Ebola virus. The aid workers were doing humanitarian work in Liberia. Ebola has killed hundreds in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Severe storms destroyed homes in Tennessee yesterday. At least 10 homes destroyed, and shelters are open for those made homeless.
500 homes being threatened by a wildfire raging in California's foothills. It's already destroyed 13 homes and 38 other structures. CA is in the midst of a severe drought. Will Carr reporting on the financial fallout from the drought.
A 400-square-mile is still burning in Washington state.. the biggest in the state's history. The costs of fighting the terrible fire season is already $50 million for Washington state alone.
There is also a more than 600 square mile fire burning in Oregon.
There's a fascinating trial going on today in Oklahoma City. It could shed new light on the OKC bombing in 1995 that killed 168 people.
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