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1:05 AM ET, August 26, 2018


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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81  —  John S. McCain, the proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency, died on Saturday at his home in Arizona.
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
John McCain to Lie in State at Capitols in Washington and Arizona  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain, who died on Saturday at age 81, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda and receive a full dress funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.  —  Mr. McCain, who served …
Discussion:, AOL and VICE News
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
I am grateful for John McCain  —  Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, is a member of the U.S. Senate.  —  I couldn't bring myself to write this piece until today.  It's not that I didn't try.  But something in my mind convinced my hands that if I put it off, somehow John McCain might be with us a little longer.
Discussion: Roll Call
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
You Honored Our Deal, John McCain.  I'll Honor Your Legacy. … The news of your imminent departure comes as no surprise given what we know about 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.
Discussion: ABC News, Breitbart and FiveThirtyEight
Elizabeth Chuck / NBC News:
Sen. John McCain, independent voice of the GOP establishment, dies at 81  —  “With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family,” McCain's office said in a statement.  —  John McCain, who shed a playboy image in his youth to become a fighter pilot, revered prisoner of war …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
John McCain, ‘maverick’ of the Senate and former POW, dies at 81  —  U.S. Sen. John S. McCain, the son and grandson of four-star admirals, was bred for combat.  He endured more than five years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese as a young naval officer and went on to battle foes …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
John McCain, who died at 81, explained  —  McCain was a rare Washington figure who was liked and respected — for who he was.  —  Even Sen. John McCain's adversaries admired him.  “He's a man of integrity,” Barack Obama said once on an appearance on Jay Leno's show in 2013.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
John McCain, a Last Lion of the Senate
Discussion: Hit & Run
Mark Salter / Washington Post:   John McCain spent his life serving the dignity of his fellow man
Washington Post:   Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee who was driven by a code of honor that defined …
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Sen. John McCain, American ‘maverick’ and Arizona political giant, dies at age 81
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Bad blood between McCain and Trump lingers, even as the Arizona Republican nears the end
Todd S. Purdum / The Atlantic:   John McCain and the Lost Art of Decency
Steve Turnham / ABC News:
John McCain, Arizona senator and Vietnam war hero, dies at 81
Paul Kane / Washington Post:   McCain was a force of nature in Washington with an unrivaled global stature
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Democrats Strip Superdelegates Of Power In Historic Reform Vote  —  The Democratic National Committee's changes aim to heal the lingering divisions of the 2016 presidential primary.  —  CHICAGO In a long-awaited bid to reinvigorate the Democratic Party and heal the divides of the 2016 presidential primary …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats weaken ‘superdelegates’ in effort to avoid another bitter presidential primary
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Democrats move to limit role of superdelegates in presidential nominations
Discussion: Common Dreams and IJR
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: DNC, TV networks discuss presidential debates
Adam Levy / CNN:
Democrats adopt gender nonbinary language to charter
Discussion: Daily Wire and WTVR-TV
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
'He can't get rid of any of this': Trump's wall of secrecy erodes amid growing legal challenges  —  President Trump's wall of secrecy — the work of a lifetime — is starting to crack.  —  His longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty last week to breaking campaign-finance laws …
The Hill:   Trump Org. CFO's immunity deal is new problem for Trump
Grace Segers / CBS News:
Beto O'Rourke says “nothing more American” than NFL players protesting the national anthem  —  Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the Democratic candidate challenging Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, was featured in a viral video posted to Twitter on Tuesday giving an answer at a town hall defending NFL players who kneel during the national anthem before games.
Kashana Cauley / New York Times:
Football Players Are Protesting Police Violence, Not the Anthem
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
August House Overview: The Bottom Line in the 66 Most Competitive Races  —  The most critical phase of the battle for the House isn't October; it's right now.  Republicans' only hope of defying a “Blue Wave” and saving their 23-seat House majority is to personally disqualify Democratic nominees …
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
David Pecker's DARKEST TRUMP SECRETS: A National Enquirer Insider Tells All!  —  Jerry George, a former senior editor at AMI, opens up about the company's CEO, the evolution of the Enquirer and the role it played in reshaping Trump's image.  —  By the time David Pecker arrived at American Media Inc …
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Tavis Smiley Stumbling in Lawsuit Against PBS  —  The ousted anchor can't force PBS to hand over internal documents dating back decades and two of his claims have been dismissed.  —  Tavis Smiley can't force PBS to turn over documents related to every romantic relationship a network supervisor …
Discussion: The Root
Associated Press:
Conor Daly loses Lilly Diabetes sponsorship over remark his father made over 30 years ago  —  ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Lilly Diabetes has pulled its sponsorship of Conor Daly's No. 6 car in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Road America, citing a racially insensitive remark made by the driver's father in the 1980s that surfaced this week.
Paul Sonne / Washington Post:
McMorris Rodgers says she is open to Jordan as speaker  —  The highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress said she is open to supporting a long-shot bid by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to replace House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), giving a boost to the conservative insurgency seeking to take over the House Republican caucus.
Daniel Walters / Inlander:
Cathy McMorris Rodgers regrets tone of “sex offender” attack ads against Lisa Brown
Discussion: Roll Call
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
What Will Mueller Do?  The Answer Might Lie in a By-the-Book Past  —  The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has approached law enforcement consistently for decades: leading aggressive investigations marked by adherence to precedent and higher office.  —  WASHINGTON — Long …
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
We Asked 1,000 People What Happened On Tuesday.  Here's What Some Of Them Said.  —  Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, someone's lost cat and Post Malone.  —  On Tuesday, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of federal charges, and former Trump lawyer …
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Trump's Power to Fire Federal Workers Curtailed by Judge  —  A federal district judge in Washington struck down most of the key provisions of three executive orders that President Trump signed in late May that would have made it easier to fire federal employees.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
In victory for unions, judge overturns key parts of Trump executive orders
Discussion: Politico and Splinter
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Avery Anapol / The Hill:
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