PHOENIX -- During an emotional eulogy at Sen. John McCain's funeral, former Vice President Joe Biden reflected on losing his longtime friends, McCain and Sen. Ted Kennedy, and his son, Beau, all to the same disease."There are times when life can be so cruel, pain so blinding, it is hard to see anything else," Biden started, days after McCain died following a yearlong battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. McCain passed nine years to the day after then-Massachusetts Sen. Kennedy died of glioblastoma and three years after Biden's son. "It is brutal, it is relentless, it is unforgiving. And it takes so much from those we love and the families who love them that, in order to survive, we have to remember how they lived, not how they died," Biden continued. McCain and Biden have known each other for decades. The pair met when Biden was an early career senator and McCain was the Navy's Senate liaison, and they went on to serve together in Congress for three decades. … [Read more...] about ‘Remember how they lived, not how they died’: Joe Biden on losing friend John McCain, son Beau to same disease
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In a new memoir, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., offers a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump’s leadership, asserting that his “reality show facsimile of toughness” seems to matter more to him than the nation’s values. In the book, McCain, who is battling brain cancer and says he feels freer to speak out because he isn’t seeking re-election, writes that he has sometimes heatedly disagreed with all six of the presidents who have held office during his 36 years on Capitol Hill. McCain takes particular aim at Trump, a real estate developer and former reality TV star, writing that he “has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones.” “The appearance of toughness, or a reality show facsimile of toughness, seems to matter more than any of our values,” McCain says. The assessment is included in excerpts of McCain’s forthcoming book, “The Restless Wave,” published on Monday by … [Read more...] about Sen. John McCain lambastes president in new memoir
Arizona Sen. John McCain's son-in-law tweeted that the ailing Republican asked him to "take care" of his daughter as he continues to battle an aggressive form of brain cancer. According to azcentral.com, Ben Domenech, a conservative writer who recently married McCain's daughter Meghan, had tweeted late Saturday "John hugged me tonight. He asked me to take care of Meghan. I said I would." The tweet has since been deleted. The Republican was diagnosed last year with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer following a procedure to remove a blood clot. He has remained in the Senate for the duration of his radiation and chemotherapy as part of his cancer treatment. Following his diagnosis, Domenech told CBS' "Face the Nation" that his father-in-law was "doing well" and was in "good spirits" after being hospitalized for side effects of chemotherapy treatments for his brain cancer diagnosis. McCain's family, including Meghan, has regularly updated supporters … [Read more...] about Report: Son-in-law says John McCain told him to “take care” of his daughter
POLITICS 04/29/2018 09:13 pm ET The six-term senator is back home after his latest surgery. By Mary Papenfuss An emotional Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hugged son-in-law Ben Domenech and told him to “take care” of his daughter Meghan, The Arizona Republic reported. “John hugged me tonight,” conservative writer Domenech said Saturday night in a tweet that he later deleted, according to the newspaper. “He asked me to take care of Meghan. I said I would.” Domenech, founder and publisher of The Federalist, also lashed out in the tweet, apparently at critics of the senator, who was diagnosed with brain cancer last July. “F―k you soulless crazies,” Domenech wrote. “F―k you all the way to hell.” The six-term senator was released earlier this month from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, following surgery for an intestinal infection. He is currently at his home near Sedona, his wife, Cindy, … [Read more...] about Report: John McCain Tells Son-In-Law To ‘Take Care Of Meghan’
WASHINGTON — Activists seeking to derail President Donald Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the CIA are looking to Sen. John McCain to cast the deciding vote against her — assuming he is well enough to return to Washington.The 81-year-old Republican was diagnosed with brain cancer in July and last cast a vote in the Senate on early December before he returned home to Arizona for treatment. He underwent surgery in Phoenix for an intestinal infection on April 15.Haspel’s critics are counting on McCain to speak out against her nomination, even if he can’t cast a vote on the Senate floor, cementing his legacy as the country’s most prominent critic of torture as he faces the twilight of his career.“Sen. McCain is essential,” said Matt Hawthorne, policy director for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. “He has more moral leadership on the issue of torture than anyone.”McCain was tortured as a prisoner of war … [Read more...] about Will former POW John McCain help sink CIA nominee implicated in torture program?