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Savvy prognosticators agree: the Republicans are favored to take back the US Senate in next month’s elections. But the GOP is divided—both between and within the houses of Congress—which creates uncertainty over what’s next. There could be filibusters and other parliamentary maneuvers—met by presidential vetoes on health care, immigration reform, taxes and spending. Can the Republicans seize the moment to gain the approval of a skeptical public as the parties try to position themselves for 2016?

Also, shootings at the Canadian Parliament. Plus, a crisis in fast-food: McDonald’s is changing its menu.

Banner Image: Republican candidate for the United States Senate Scott Brown (L) is joined by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at a campaign stop in Derry, New Hampshire October 7, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Claire Martin

Shootings In and Around Canadian Parliament 6 MIN, 30 SEC

After gunshots rang out this morning, the Canadian Parliament went into lockdown, along with other government buildings in downtown Ottawa. At least one soldier was killed and another was injured. Police shot and killed one suspect and are looking for possible other suspects. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other political leaders are reported safe.

Chris Fournier is an editor for Bloomberg News in Ottawa.

Guests:
Chris Fournier, Bloomberg News (@brightweestar)

The Republicans Are Ready to Win… Are They Ready to Govern? 36 MIN, 13 SEC

The Republican Party is even less popular with American voters than President Obama, but the GOP is poised to win back control of the Senate in next month’s elections. Of course, nothing is certain in politics, as the cliché goes, until the votes are in.

Guests:
Charles Babington, Associated Press (@cbabington)
Bill Scher, Campaign for America's Future / Politico (@billscher)
James Taranto, Wall Street Journal (@jamestaranto‎)
Jane Kleeb, Bold Nebraska (@janekleeb)
Matt Wald, New York Times (@MattWaldNYT)

More:
GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits
Good News, Democrats, You’re Going to Lose!
Why Republicans Must Win the Senate in 2014
Why Loss of Senate Would Carry Silver Linings for Obama

McDonald's Profits Drop 30% in Last Quarter 9 MIN, 18 SEC

Fast food is out, fast casual is in, and Ronald McDonald is taking notice. Profits are down at McDonald’s by 30%, and the company is offering something it’s never come up with before: instead of just super-sizing, now you can “customize.”

“Create Your Taste” means that McDonald’s customers will be able to build their own burgers with toppings and buns that won’t all be the same, and restaurants in different parts of the country will offer different menus.

Lisa Baertlein covers the food industry for Reuters.

Guests:
Lisa Baertlein, Reuters (@LisaBaertlein)

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