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John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81

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John McCain, the Senate’s Most Influential Hawk, is Dead 

John McCain, the last great active American political figure of the 20th century, has lost his battle with cancer at age 81. McCain helped shape the purpose and application of Washington’s considerable power for nearly half a century. His passing leaves as an open question what kind of future that McCain-style politics—with its robust, moralistic interventionism both at home but especially abroad—has in a political party and country that elected his rhetorical tormentor, Donald Trump. A former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate, McCain was a man whose irascible restlessness and sense of patriotic honor propelled him to defy his Vietnamese captors, tackle unusual legislative crusades, and wage periodic battles with his own party’s leadership. As the Cold War gave way to a U.S.-led new world order, McCain shook off his hard-earned Vietnam Syndrome to become a pivotal figure behind some of the most interventionist foreign policies in modern American history. Produced by Todd Krainin. Written and narrated by Matt Welch.

220px-John_McCain_official_portrait_2009John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81 by Stephen Collinson, CNN

Whenever America was in a fight during his long lifetime, John McCain was in the thick of it.

McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye.
The Arizonan warrior politician, who survived plane crashes, several bouts of skin cancer and brushes with political oblivion, often seemed to be perpetually waging a race against time and his own mortality while striving to ensure that his five-and-a-half years as a Vietnam prisoner of war did not stand as the defining experience of his life.
He spent his last few months out of the public eye in his adopted home state of Arizona, reflecting on the meaning of his life and accepting visits from a stream of friends and old political combatants. In a memoir published in May, McCain wrote that he hated to leave the world, but had no complaints. To read more go to the link below:
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