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Trump's Pardons Are the Talk of the Town

White House is preparing paperwork for at least 30 more pardons

(Newser) - After Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump to plead the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandma jailed for life over a first-time, non-violent drug offense, Trump commuted Johnson's life sentence. Now, Kardashian will meet Johnson for the first time as early as this week, reports TMZ . Getting... More »

White House Aide Out After 'Unforgivable' McCain Remark

Spokesman confirms Kelly Sadler departure

(Newser) - The White House communications aide who made a flippant remark about Sen. John McCain's terminal illness is no longer part of the administration. Spokesman Raj Shah confirmed Tuesday that Kelly Sadler—who allegedly said McCain's rejection of CIA nominee Gina Haspel didn't matter because "he's... More »

Sanders: 'Crude and Stupid' Is One Thing. This Is Just 'Beyond'

Staffer's joke about John McCain gets airtime on Sunday

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders didn't mince words Sunday when discussing the White House reaction to a staffer who made fun of John McCain's brain cancer , reports CNN . "It is one thing in the White House for somebody to say something crude and stupid and disrespectful about an American hero,... More »

Sanders Blasts Leak of 'He's Dying' Comment

Press secretary says leak was selfish and distracting

(Newser) - White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told staffers Friday that an aide's recent comment about Sen. John McCain was inappropriate but shouldn't have been leaked to the media, the AP reports. Sanders told communications' staffers in a private meeting that it was inappropriate for aide Kelly Sadler... More »

White House Declines to Apologize for McCain Remark

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she wouldn't validate a leak

(Newser) - White House aide Kelly Sadler reportedly called Meghan McCain Thursday to apologize for an insensitive remark she'd made about McCain's seriously ill father—but the apology wasn't followed up by one from the White House. The New York Times has White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders'... More »

They Ran in 2008 Together. Now, McCain's 'Gut Punch' to Palin

She says it's painful to hear that he regrets picking her as a running mate

(Newser) - John McCain promised he'd be speaking his mind more as he faces down his terminal brain cancer, and he has offered one such blunt insight in his new memoir: that when he ran for president in 2008, he should've ignored advisers' advice and picked independent Sen. Joe Lieberman... More »

Meghan McCain: 'These People Are Nothing Burgers'

Senator's daughter wonders why Kelly Sadler, who insulted her dad, still has a job

(Newser) - White House aide Kelly Sadler reportedly called Meghan McCain Thursday to apologize for an insensitive remark she'd made about McCain's seriously ill father, Sen. John McCain, at an internal meeting of communications staffers earlier that day. Sadler's original comment, in response to John McCain saying he opposes... More »

White House Aide on McCain: 'He's Dying Anyway'

Insiders say staffer Kelly Sadler mocked his illness

(Newser) - There was "discomfort" during a closed-door White House meeting of communications staffers Thursday when special assistant Kelly Sadler made light of Sen. John McCain's terminal illness, sources tell the Hill. Sadler, discussing the Republican senator's opposition to Gina Haspel becoming CIA director , said: "It doesn't... More »

McCain Throws Possible Wrench Into CIA Vote

Former POW opposes Gina Haspel over her support of harsh interrogation

(Newser) - Gina Haspel's path to becoming the next CIA director must now overcome a late new hurdle from John McCain. The Arizona senator issued a statement Wednesday night urging his fellow senators to reject her because of her role in the agency's interrogation tactics under George W. Bush, reports... More »

John McCain Is Blocking Trump From Funeral

It's 'ridiculous,' says Sen. Orrin Hatch

(Newser) - As Arizona Sen. John McCain gets his affairs in order , focus has moved to the 81-year-old's funeral. NBC News reports that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have each been asked to deliver eulogies at the event at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, while President Trump... More »

McCain: I Regret Not Picking Someone Else in 2008

Ailing senator says he should have ignored advice and picked Joe Lieberman as VP running mate

(Newser) - As John McCain debated his choice for vice presidential running mate in 2008, advisers warned him against the optics of picking Joe Lieberman, a pro-choice Independent senator who caucused on the other side of the aisle. "It was sound advice that I could reason for myself," he writes.... More »

John McCain: 'This Is My Last Term'

Senator faces down own mortality, state of politics in forthcoming book

(Newser) - Facing down an aggressive brain tumor that's kept him out of Washington for months, John McCain appears to be taking a hard look at his own mortality vis-a-vis his forthcoming book, The Restless Wave . "This is my last term," he writes in excerpts out now , via NPR... More »

McCain's Heartbreaking Request: 'Take Care of Meghan'

McCain's son-in-law tweeted about the request Saturday then deleted the post

(Newser) - John McCain's son-in-law said Saturday that the ailing US senator has asked him to "take care" of his daughter. In a Twitter post that he subsequently took down, conservative pundit Ben Domenech said McCain embraced him as he made the request. Per AZCentral.com , the post read: "... More »

John McCain Is Recovering From a New Malady

GOP senator, away from DC since December, underwent intestinal surgery amid cancer treatment

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain's office says he's had intestinal surgery needed to stem an infection and is in stable condition at a Phoenix hospital.The longtime Republican senator has been undergoing physical therapy related to brain cancer treatment at his family home near Sedona, Arizona, since December. He previously... More »

McCain Likely to Miss Crucial Vote on Tax Bill

Senator has returned to Arizona for treatment

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain has gone home to Arizona to recover from the side effects of chemotherapy, meaning he's likely to miss a vote on the Republican tax reform plan expected this week. After days of speculation about the 81-year-old senator's health, daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday that he'... More »

Rubio Deals Blow to Hopes of Passing Tax Overhaul

Senator demands change to child tax credit

(Newser) - President Trump's hopes of passing a tax overhaul before Christmas have taken a big hit from the man he used to call "Little Marco Rubio." In what Politico describes as a surprise move, the Republican senator announced Thursday that he won't support the legislation. Rubio said... More »

Biden Offers Apology to One Woman, Comfort to Another

Former VP says he's sorry he didn't shield Anita Hill more from attacks, consoles Meghan McCain

(Newser) - When law professor Anita Hill faced the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 to testify about the sexual harassment she said she endured from then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, she also faced down attacks on her character and credibility—and many (including Hill herself ) still blame Joe Biden, the senator... More »

McCain Says He's a Thumbs-Up on Tax Bill

A decision he came to 'after careful thought and consideration'

(Newser) - There will be no thumbs-down moment coming : Sen. John McCain on Thursday announced that he's in the "yes" camp on the GOP tax bill, a decision he says he came to "after careful thought and consideration." In a statement, McCain described the legislation as "far... More »

McCain Could Have Another Thumbs-Down Moment

Senate vote on tax bill might be a close one

(Newser) - Perhaps not for the first time , President Trump may be regretting his digs at John McCain, given that the Arizona senator could decide the fate of the GOP tax bill. In order to pass the Senate, all GOP senators but two need to vote yes. Though vocal critics Bob Corker... More »

A Marriage, a Split, a Baby

It's a big week for Hollywood romance news

(Newser) - A big week in Hollywood couple news, with one pair breaking up, another getting hitched, and a third announcing their family is expanding:
  • Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky are together no more after a year of dating . The actress, 27, and director, 48, kept their relationship pretty quiet, and so
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