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1:10 PM ET, August 26, 2018


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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / KARE-TV:
Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward suggests John McCain statement on ending treatment timed to hurt her campaign  —  Kelli Ward: McCain health statement timed to hurt her … Sen. John McCain poses at the Republic Media building in downtown Phoenix on Thursday, August 3, 2017.  —  Sen. John McCain.
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 …
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
GOP Arizona Senate candidate suggested McCain family statement on cancer treatment was meant to hurt her campaign  —  Arizona GOP Senate candidate Kelli Ward suggested Saturday that the Friday statement issued by Sen. John McCain  —  's (R-Ariz.) family about ending medical treatment for brain cancer was intended to hurt her campaign.
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.
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Who could be appointed to John McCain's Senate seat?  —  Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is required by law to fill vacancies in the state's U.S. Senate delegation.  With Sen. John McCain's death Saturday after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, Arizonans are naturally asking whom Ducey might appoint to replace McCain.
Russell Feingold / New York Times:
Russ Feingold: John McCain Was a Committed Leader.  He Was Also Really Fun.  —  Being with John McCain, who died Saturday afternoon, could be a lot of work but was almost always fun.  There were many often heroic chapters in this exciting man's life to which others can better speak.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Keeping up with John McCain
Discussion: Voice of America and The Atlantic
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
I am grateful for John McCain
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Remembering John McCain
Mark Salter / Washington Post:
John McCain spent his life serving the dignity of his fellow man
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
John McCain, the irreplaceable American
Discussion: BloombergQuint, Q & A, Hosted and Vox
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
John McCain, ‘maverick’ of the Senate and former POW, dies at 81
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
John McCain, a Last Lion of the Senate
Discussion: Refinery29
Steve Turnham / ABC News:
John McCain, Arizona senator and Vietnam war hero, dies at 81
Washington Post:
Former Vatican ambassador says Pope Francis, Benedict knew of sexual misconduct allegations against McCarrick for years  —  DUBLIN — A former Vatican ambassador to the United States has alleged in an 11-page letter that Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis — among other top Catholic Church officials …
Edward Pentin / National Catholic Register …:
Ex-Nuncio Accuses Pope Francis of Failing to Act on McCarrick's Abuse  —  In a written testimony, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò claims Pope Francis withdrew sanctions against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.  —  In an extraordinary 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio …
NBC News:
NBC/WSJ poll: Trump approval ‘remarkably stable’ after a stormy week of bad news  —  But 56 percent of voters say Trump has not been honest and truthful about the Mueller probe.  —  WASHINGTON — After a week that saw President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman convicted on eight counts …
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
The Prosecutors Who Have Declared War on the President  —  The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York isn't done digging into the Trump Organization.  —  In the span of one week, we learned that the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
'He can't get rid of any of this': Trump's wall of secrecy erodes amid growing legal challenges
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Neil Simon, Broadway's long-reigning king of comedy, dies at 91  —  Neil Simon, the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning author of plays such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Lost in Yonkers,” who died Aug. 26 at 91, was often called the world's most popular playwright after Shakespeare.
Discussion: Mediaite
Charles Isherwood / New York Times:
Neil Simon, a Master of Comedy on Broadway and Beyond, Is Dead at 91
Discussion: Raw Story and The Blast
David French / The Atlantic:
America Soured on My Multiracial Family  —  There are three fundamental, complicating truths about adoption.  First, every single adoption begins with profound loss.  Through death, abandonment, or even loving surrender, a child suffers the loss of his or her mother and father.
Bob Bauer / The Atlantic:
Trump's Contempt for the Law Will Be His Downfall  —  Michael Cohen's guilty plea this week, on charges including campaign-finance violations, brought the investigations directly to the president.  It has also, however, supplied Trump and his allies with new material with which to cry “witch hunt.”
Endorsement: Democrats should choose Ayanna Pressley for the Seventh District  —  Change happens in the trenches.  Five years ago, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley set out to overhaul the way Boston hands out liquor licenses, the golden tickets that allow restaurants to serve booze.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
DNC votes to limit influence of superdelegates in presidential nominating process  —  Poll shows enthusiasm among Democrats ahead of 2018 midterm elections; Democratic strategist Robin Biro weighs in.  —  The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to limit the influence of superdelegates …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Democrats move to limit role of superdelegates in presidential nominations
Discussion: Common Dreams and IJR
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrats weaken ‘superdelegates’ in effort to avoid another bitter presidential primary
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
New Mexico compound suspects allegedly planned to attack Atlanta's Grady Hospital  —  (CNN)A handwritten document titled “Phases of a Terrorist Attack.”  Talk of confronting and attacking “corrupt” institutions, including Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital.  Jokes about dying in jihad.
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