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Meghan McCain tweets photo of hike with father after brain cancer diagnosis

Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan tweeted an update on her father’s battle with brain cancer as the two enjoyed a hike while in Arizona on Saturday.  Amazing hike with Dad @SenJohnMcCain this morning. Thank you all for your best wishes! pic.twitter.com/P9RR2v91HB — Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 22, 2017 “Amazing hike with Dad this morning. Thank you all for your best wishes!” tweeted McCain, along with a photo of the two dressed in hiking gear, overlooking a lush landscape with a furry friend. McCain stunned the political world last week when…

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Trump’s Team of Rivals? President taps past critics, as loyalists get tough treatment

Nine months ago, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race over the bombshell “Access Hollywood” video. Fast-forward to this week and Trump, now president, has nominated Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia. Back in 2015, one Anthony Scaramucci called Trump a “hack politician.” On Friday, he was hired to lead the White House communications team. Related Image Expand / Collapse In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, announces he is ending his campaign for…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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The Shift: As Self-Driving Cars Near, Washington Plays Catch-Up

Self-driving cars would obviate those problems, even if they would introduce new fears. (One well-publicized accident, a fatal 2016 crash involving a Tesla that was set to “autopilot” mode by its owner, sparked worries among regulators, who later concluded that Tesla’s driver-assistance system was not to blame for the accident.) Graphic There are increasing signs that autonomous cars have arrived — and may be driving on our city streets sooner than we think. OPEN Graphic Representative Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who supports the House’s self-driving car bill, told me…

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As O.J. Simpson Wins Parole, a Quick, and Divided, Reaction

Charles Edgar, 68, a maintenance worker in South Los Angeles, watched the entire hearing on television. He said that Mr. Simpson had once been a hero to him. “So now I see my hero who’s a fallen comrade now,” Mr. Edgar said. “O.J. didn’t think he was a black person until he got arrested,” he added. “He thought he was above certain laws, but the law doesn’t really change for us.” A few miles away, in the Fairfax neighborhood, a white bartender, Tammy Reinemann, was less sympathetic. When one of…

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On Washington: Eerie Parallels Between John McCain and Edward Kennedy

Mr. McCain sought to reinforce that view on Twitter on Thursday, weighing in after Democrats and Republicans shared thoughts and well wishes that he might have thought sounded too much like they were saying goodbye. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so standby!” he wrote. But he is gone for the moment for treatment of the brain cancer, diagnosed as a glioblastoma, and his absence will create a void in both the spirit of the Senate and…

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Congressional Memo: In a Cruel Summer for the G.O.P., ‘Things Are Starting to Feel Incoherent’

Some Republican senators, like Dean Heller of Nevada, should be gearing up for fights with Democratic challengers next year, but instead are trying to duck primary threats inspired at least in part by a president of their own party. The professional deficits have been topped with dejecting personal tragedies. Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has spent the better part of the last six months racing around the world defending a generation of American international positions, announced Wednesday night that he had brain cancer. The third-most powerful House Republican,…

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Lindsey Graham meets with Kushner on Capitol Hill

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday he had a walk-and-talk meeting with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, to discuss immigration and health care. The South Carolina Republican said the two did not talk about anything related to Russia, even as Kushner is scheduled to testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Graham is a member of that committee. Kushner — who was previously at the forefront of major policy issues — has kept a lower profile recently, as questions about his involvement with Russians swirl.  “I was…

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Graham tells GOP “moment of reckoning” is coming on immigration

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, responds during a TV news interview to a question about President Donald Trump’s administration and ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  J. Scott Applewhite, AP Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, had a blistering message for members of his own party in a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday as he and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, pushed their bill Thursday to grant legal status and a path to…

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McCain: “I’ll be back soon”

Sen. John McCain on Twitter Thursday announced he will be “back soon” in Congress, after his brain tumor diagnosis shook Washington, D.C., Wednesday night. I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support – unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by! — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 20, 2017 The announcement from the Arizona Republican’s office, family and the Mayo Clinic Wednesday that he has glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, devastated many of his colleagues, including members of the opposite party. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)…

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