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'Every American Should Be Alarmed': McCain on Russia

Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyberthreats, Russia underway

(Newser) - "Every American should be alarmed by Russia's attack on our nation." These words from Sen. John McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, as the panel kicked off a hearing Thursday into foreign cyberthreats, with Russia at the top of the agenda, the New York Times ... More »

McCain on Syria: Obama Did 'Nothing to Stop It'

'We must acknowledge the United States' complicity in this tragedy'

(Newser) - Syria has finally reclaimed Aleppo from rebels after four years of war, and as we reflect on the bloodshed and remember the dead, Sen. John McCain says there's one other thing at hand: "We must acknowledge the United States' complicity in this tragedy." In a Washington Post ... More »

Senate Bigwigs: Russia Hack 'Should Alarm Every American'

Bipartisan group demands investigation, says CIA report 'cannot become a partisan issue'

(Newser) - Two prominent Republicans and two prominent Democrats wasted little time in demanding a bipartisan investigation into the CIA's claim that Russian hackers worked to throw the 2016 election Donald Trump's way, reports Politico . "Democrats and Republicans must work together, and across the jurisdictional lines of the Congress,... More »

GOPers on 'Collision Course' With Trump Over Russia

He's downplaying alleged election meddling

(Newser) - Some leading Senate Republicans are on a "direct collision course" with Donald Trump over the election, according to the Washington Post . The GOP senators—including prominent Trump critics John McCain and Lindsey Graham—are planning to launch an aggressive and wide-ranging probe of alleged Russian meddling in the election... More »

John Kasich Has Voted, and It Wasn't for Trump

Ariz. Sen. John McCain got the Ohio governor's write-in vote

(Newser) - John Kasich took some time out from rooting for the Cleveland Indians in the World Series to cast his vote Monday in the presidential election, and he kept a promise he had made some time ago: "Stop Trump." The Republican governor of Ohio, who Cleveland.com says voted... More »

McCain: Trump Supreme Court Nominees Might Not Be Better

He backtracks on vow to block all Hillary Clinton nominees

(Newser) - John McCain said Monday that the GOP-controlled Senate would block every Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton would put up if she was president, but then walked those comments back. The Senate would be "united against" all Clinton nominees, McCain told Philadelphia's WPHT-AM radio in an interview supporting... More »

John McCain Easily Wins in Arizona

A day after his 80th birthday, no less

(Newser) - A day after his 80th birthday, John McCain cruised to victory in Tuesday's Arizona primary against challenger Kelli Ward, who suggested he might die in office . McCain led Ward, 47—a Trump supporter and former state lawmaker—by double digits when the race was called, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

Challenger Says John McCain Is Likely to Die in Office

Kelli Ward calls the senator 'old' and 'weak'

(Newser) - In a morbid and unusually direct line of attack, John McCain's Republican primary opponent in Arizona says the senator probably won't live to see the end of his six-year term if reelected. “I’m a doctor. The life expectancy of the American male is not 86. It’... More »

Donald Trump Refuses to Endorse Paul Ryan

He also won't be supporting John McCain in his primary election

(Newser) - In what the Washington Post calls an "extraordinary breach of political decorum," Donald Trump isn't endorsing Paul Ryan in his Wisconsin primary battle. Trump tells the Post he's "not quite there yet" when it comes to backing Ryan. Trump may be getting his revenge on... More »

Day 4 of Attacks From Both Sides in Trump-Khan Feud

John McCain weighs in, as do Trump's defenders

(Newser) - If the statement from Mike Pence lauding Humayun Khan as an "American hero" was intended to put an end to the controversy over the fallen US Muslim soldier, it hasn't done the trick. Among the developments Monday:
  • John McCain weighed in: "In recent days, Donald Trump disparaged
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Rick Perry Fails to Mention Trump While at Podium

Though he did use the campaign's slogan

(Newser) - One of Donald Trump's vanquished rivals took to the stage at the Republican National Convention Monday night, but he didn't exactly sing Trump's praises. As the Austin American-Statesman notes, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not mention Trump at all in his brief remarks. Perry's main... More »

McCain: Obama's Policies 'Directly Responsible' for Orlando Massacre

Though he quickly backtracks a bit on original comments

(Newser) - John McCain said Thursday that President Barack Obama is "directly responsible" for the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, because of the rise of the Islamic State group on the president's watch, the AP reports. The Republican senator made the comment Thursday while Obama was in Orlando visiting with... More »

McCain: Trump Still Needs to Retract POW Comments

But he thinks it's time for GOP leaders to support him

(Newser) - John McCain, unlike some other leading Republicans , can accept Donald Trump as the party's nominee—but there's still the matter of those POW comments . McCain tells CNN that he will support Trump, but before he will appear on a stage with the candidate, who joked last year that... More »

McCain Says He's Not Sure Cruz Is Eligible to Be President

And this coming from a former presidential candidate born in Panama

(Newser) - There's a surprising new skeptic on the eligibility of the Canadian-born Ted Cruz to be president: John McCain. "It came up in my race because I was born in Panama, but I was born in the Canal Zone, which is a territory," McCain said Wednesday on 550... More »

McCain Blames Russian Airstrikes on Obama

As do other Republicans

(Newser) - Russia launched airstrikes against Syria Wednesday, and John McCain was quick to blame it on Obama. "It did not have to be this way—but this is the inevitable consequence of hollow words, red lines crossed, tarnished moral influence, leading from behind, and a total lack of American leadership"... More »

McCain: Trump Should Say Sorry to POWs, Not to Me

'To denigrate that service in any way is offensive to veterans,' senator says

(Newser) - Donald Trump has been vocal in his refusal to apologize to John McCain, whose war hero status Trump mocked Saturday. Trump doubled down on that to the Today show's Matt Lauer this morning, saying, "I'm not a fan of John McCain. He's done a horrible job... More »

Trump on McCain Diss: 'I Will Say What I Want to Say'

The Donald doubles down, won't be apologizing to former POW

(Newser) - Donald Trump does what he wants, and what he apparently wants is near-universal condemnation—including that of the vast and diverse field of fellow Republican presidential contenders, which has apparently found one thing they can agree on, and that is Trump's attack on John McCain's time as a... More »

Trump Mocks POW McCain's Status as 'War Hero'

'I like people who weren't captured'

(Newser) - John McCain and Donald Trump have been sparring the last few days, with McCain telling the New Yorker that Trump "fired up the crazies" with his immigration comments. Today, Trump shot back in what can only be described as Trump fashion—by attacking the former prisoner of war's... More »

McCain: Obama, Get Over Israel 'Tantrum'

President's priorities 'so screwed up that it's unbelievable'

(Newser) - President Obama pulled no punches in his blunt assessment of Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign rhetoric, and John McCain is today taking his own jabs at Obama. Appearing this morning on CNN , he said, "The president should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President." He dismissed... More »

Ayatollah: GOP Letter to Iran Sign of US 'Disintegration'

Meanwhile, from John McCain: 'Maybe that wasn't exactly the best way to do that'

(Newser) - The 47 GOP senators who sent a letter to Iran's leadership about nuclear negotiations likely anticipated the reaction they got from President Obama. But some were taken aback by public backlash, and now they have another opinion to mull: that of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said today through Iran'... More »

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