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You Honored Our Deal, John McCain. Ill Honor Your Legacy.

Editor's Note: John McCain died Saturday at age 81. Dear Senator McCain, the disease that is taking you from us. And yet, it still hits on my heart like a ton of bricks. Not just because of the depth of my respect, reverence and love for you. But because it is dawning on me just how much your voice, clear conscience and moral authority will be missed in the American political arena. There simply is no other John McCain to take your place. It was the honor of a lifetime…

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Trump Signs Bill Named for John McCain, Doesnt Mention or Thank Him

While President Trump was surrounded by hundreds of service-members for the signing of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, he failed to mention one name: prisoner of war for more than five years, undergoing torture and beatings from his North Vietnamese captors. While the White House did write out the full name of the bill in its fact sheets, the presidents omission of McCain seemed rather conspicuous. tweeted how the omission was disgraceful, writing: Nothing will erase for an instant the legacy John McCain has written and is…

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Steve Schmidt: Why I Quit the Vile Republican Party

Steve Schmidt, the veteran GOP strategist who worked in the George W. Bush White House and ran John McCains campaign for president, accused Republicans of complicity with the vile Trump administration and its evil policies unless they follow him and quit the party. Schmidt announced Tuesday night Republican members of Congress are cowed and fearful of Trump and they have abrogated their oaths to defend the Constitution of the United States from Trump's attacks on the rule of law; on objective truth; his defilement of important institutions; his sundering of…

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John McCain in New Book: Im Freer Now to Speak My Mind

In a new book, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) writes that his writes in his upcoming book An excerpt of the book was posted Monday on Apple News. If I hadnt admitted that to myself before this summer, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis acts as ungentle persuasion, McCain continues. Im freer than colleagues who will face the voters again. I can speak my mind without fearing the consequences much. And I can vote my conscience without worry. I dont think Im free to disregard my constituents wishes, far from it. I…

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McCain: Obama Thanked Me for My Vote to Save Obamacare

Before he cast his dramatic vote in the wee hours of the morning to kill his partys best Obamacare repeal effort, Sen. John McCain took a call from Donald Trump urging him to reconsider. By that point, the Arizona Republican had already made up his mind, and would, as he put it, politely rebuff the president. Moments later, McCain wandered on to the floor and dramatically thrust his thumb down, signaling his no vote. The moment earned McCain plaudits from Democrats along with the ire of Trump. It also got…

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Obamacare: US senate votes down ‘skinny repeal’ of health bill after revolt by John McCain

Senators argued late into the night but a partial healthcare repeal was defeated with the maverick Arizona senator proving crucial for the loss Arizona senator John McCain provided a historic and critical vote to torpedo the Obamacare repeal bill and with it Donald Trumps legislative agenda in a night of high drama on Capitol Hill. McCain, who only returned to Washington earlier this week after a diagnosis of brain cancer, joined fellow Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in voting down the so-called skinny repeal bill…

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US senate vote on ‘skinny’ repeal of Obamacare goes down to the wire

Some holdout Republicans had agreed to vote for repeal only on condition that it will trigger a congressional conference committee Senate Republican leaders unveiled their so-called skinny repeal bill denounced by conservatives as a fraud and a disaster in an eleventh-hour push to pass a pared-down repeal of the Affordable Care Act. After three days of debate and seven years of promises to repeal Barack Obamas healthcare law, Republicans introduced a far less ambitious measure that the leadership hoped would muster at least 50 votes. The bill was made public…

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John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed | Lucia Graves

There are many reasons to respect the Arizona senator, but his remarkable stoicism and service cant excuse his yes vote in the Senate John McCain often gets cast as a truth-teller to Donald Trump, but his voting record says otherwise. And nowhere was that more clear than on Tuesday when, despite his own ill health, when it came to the decision of whether to take other peoples healthcare away, he cast a decisive vote in the wrong direction. Addressing his fellow lawmakers, McCain dreamed up entirely by men. Politics appears…

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John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, spokesman says

Statement reveals brain tumor known as glioblastoma was removed along with blood clot above senators right eye during surgery last Friday John McCain, the Arizona senator and former Republican presidential candidate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. A brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was removed from McCain along with a blood clot in a surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Friday, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. McCains office had only previously announced that the blood clot had been removed from above the 80-year-olds left eye. The Mayo Clinic said…

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John McCain predicts Republican healthcare bill will fail

Unpopular bill further imperilled after senators returned to their states and faced constituents strongly opposed to it A senior US Republican senator has predicted that the bill to roll back Obamacare would probably fail, adding to strongly opposed to it. Senators return to Washington on Monday. The Senate bill keeps much of Obamacare intact but strips away most of its funding. It repeals most Obamacare taxes, overhauls the laws tax credits and ends its Medicaid expansion. It also goes beyond repealing Obamacare by cutting funding for the Medicaid program beginning…

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