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McCain Slams 'Bone Spur' That Kept Trump Out of War

Senator doesn't mention president by name, but faults Vietnam deferments by wealthy

(Newser) - He didn't mention President Trump by name, but John McCain seems to have taken a swipe at the president over his Vietnam War deferment. In an interview with C-SPAN for the 50th anniversary of the war, McCain took issue with how easy it was for wealthy men to get... More »

McCain May Turn to Subpoena to Get Info on Niger Ambush

Meanwhile, the Pentagon has sent team to Niger to investigate deadly attack

(Newser) - The Pentagon has dispatched a team to Niger to figure out exactly what happened in an attack two weeks ago that left four US soldiers dead and two others injured, the New York Daily News reports. Despite the deadly attack happening Oct. 4, officials tell NBC News they still have... More »

Trump Warns McCain, Who Shrugs It Off

President says if he fights back, 'it won't be pretty'

(Newser) - John McCain took a not-so-subtle jab at Trump Nation on Monday when he criticized "half-baked, spurious nationalism." President Trump, famous for his counterpunches, has responded with a not-so-subtle statement of his own. "People have to [be] careful, because at some point I fight back," he told... More »

McCain Rebukes 'Half-Baked' Nationalism

In speech, senator seems to take aim at movement that lifted Trump

(Newser) - John McCain didn't mention President Trump by name, but a speech he gave on Monday sounded very much like a rebuke to what NPR calls the "Age of Trump." In particular, McCain warned against "half-baked, spurious nationalism" during his speech in Philadelphia, where he received the... More »

McCain on Trump's POW Slight: We're 'Very Different People'

Senator speaks on '60 Minutes,' including his reaction on hearing 'serious' cancer diagnosis

(Newser) - "They said that … the prognosis is very, very serious," John McCain said Sunday night on 60 Minutes as he talked about his brain cancer diagnosis, which came right after he'd had a regular checkup and was on his way back home. Per USA Today , the 81-year-old... More »

Wary Democrats: 'Bill Is Not Dead Yet'

No celebrations after McCain announces opposition to ObamaCare repeal

(Newser) - John McCain's opposition to the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare didn't quite kill the legislation's chances, though it came pretty close. Still, Democrats are taking pains not to declare victory in public or do anything that smacks of gloating, reports Politico . As Democratic Hawaii Sen. Brian... More »

McCain May Have Just Saved ObamaCare. Again

Senator says he can't vote for the newest GOP repeal bill

(Newser) - The latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act may very well be dead after Sen. John McCain announced his opposition to it Friday, the AP reports. "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," CNN quotes McCain as saying in a statement. "I... More »

Suddenly, GOP Has Real Chance to Torpedo ObamaCare

Graham-Cassidy bill has only one firm 'no' so far

(Newser) - Republicans have about two weeks left if they hope to fundamentally change ObamaCare, and the chances of that happening have suddenly risen. In fact, NBC News declares in a headline that the Affordable Care Act is in "grave danger," and the reason is a new bill from GOP... More »

McCain on His Gaffe at Comey Hearing: 'Colossal Screw-up'

Tells 'Esquire' he miscommunicated Lindsey Graham question from phone

(Newser) - John McCain is shaking his head after admitting he messed up a line of questioning during James Comey's testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. On June 8, the Arizona senator offered what the Arizona Republic called a "distracted and listless line of questioning" toward the ex-FBI... More »

McCain to Congress: We're Not Trump's 'Subordinates'

'We answer to the American people,' senator says in call for compromise

(Newser) - Despite the troubling instances of white supremacy recently on display in the US, John McCain reminds us that we still remain a country with "shared values [that] define us more than our differences." And in an op-ed for the Washington Post , the Arizona senator implores the American people... More »

McCain Slams Trump Over Sheriff Joe's Pardon

Fellow Arizona senator Jeff Flake is also critical

(Newser) - President Trump's relations with Arizona's Republican senators were testy even before Friday, but the president's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio seems sure to increase the animosity. John McCain and Jeff Flake each criticized Trump's decision about Maricopa County's former ex-lawman. The pardon "undermines... More »

GOP Senator Backtracks After Odd Comments on McCain's Tumor

Ron Johnson implied tumor might have been factor in McCain's repeal vote

(Newser) - A GOP senator is backtracking after controversial comments about John McCain Tuesday. Speaking about the Senate's failure to pass a bill repealing ObamaCare on the AM560 radio show Chicago's Morning Answer, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said, "I'm not gonna speak for John McCain—he has... More »

Guam on Edge After North Korea Threat

Pastor says God is on Trump's side

(Newser) - North Korea has threatened to use missiles to create "enveloping fire" around Guam —and while residents of the American territory are used to hearing Pyongyang mention Guam, they are understandably a little on edge. Residents tell the AP that they are worried about being caught in the middle... More »

US Hits Venezuelan 'Dictator' President With Sanctions

Move comes after weekend election that will give ruling party virtually unlimited power

(Newser) - The Trump administration has hit Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with financial sanctions. The move comes after Venezuela held a weekend election that will give Maduro's ruling party virtually unlimited power in the South American country, reports the AP . The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced the... More »

John McCain Is Not Your Health Care Hero

McCain gets the headlines, but others made those headlines possible

(Newser) - Democrats need to take the right lesson from Friday's dramatic rescue of the Affordable Care Act: You can be grateful for Sen. John McCain's vote, but he's not your hero. The Atlantic reports McCain is a man of principle, but those principles are "process, decorum, and... More »

The Gasp-Inducing Moment When McCain Voted 'No'

He'd left room when his name was called for repeal vote; re-entrance was dramatic

(Newser) - Anyone watching Senate proceedings on the GOP health care bill in the wee hours of Friday morning got a master class in the study of body language. CNN notes the tense activity in the chamber in the minutes before the 49-51 vote that Hot Air says brought to a "... More »

McCain 'No' Vote Sends GOP Back to Square One

'Skinny' repeal fails with 49-51 vote

(Newser) - The Republican "skinny" ObamaCare repeal plan was defeated in a dramatic late-night Senate hearing early Friday, with Sen. John McCain and two other Republicans voting against it. With Vice President Mike Pence on hand to cast a deciding vote if necessary, the bill failed in a 49 to 51... More »

There's a Flaw in McCain's Logic

Op-ed: By saving the health bill, he undermined his whole argument

(Newser) - John McCain got a hero's welcome on Tuesday when he returned to the floor of the Senate to cast a crucial vote to allow Republicans to take up health care reform. His colleagues gave him a standing ovation, given that he'd received a diagnosis of brain cancer less... More »

Alaska Senator Is Latest to Incur Trump's Wrath

Trump disappointed with Lisa Murkowski's 'no' votes Tuesday

(Newser) - President Trump scored a victory Tuesday when a motion to proceed on the healthcare debate passed the Senate 51-50, but that doesn't mean he's willing to overlook the two votes from Republicans in opposition. In a tweet Wednesday, Trump singled out Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska—who cast... More »

Not Everyone Has Well Wishes for John McCain

Professor 'annoyed,' RNC member shares post cheering his approaching death

(Newser) - After John McCain's brain tumor was revealed, well wishes poured in . Politics aside, "you have to respect the life of this man," who "fought so you would not be forced into philosophical slavery and compliance," wrote Christine Flowers in one example at the Philadelphia Daily ... More »

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