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John McCain Was For Trading Taliban Prisoners For Sgt. Bergdahl Before He Was Against It

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In the days since Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Taliban captivity in exchange for five prisoners held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, one of the strongest critics of the deal has been Arizona Senator John McCain: Current and former U.S. officials welcomed the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in […]

Of Course John McCain Wants To Invade Nigeria Without Their Permission

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Hubris.

John McCain: America’s Least Popular Senator

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According to a new Public Policy Polling survey, John McCain is the least popular currently serving Senator: Sen. John McCain is the least popular senator in the country of those surveyed by Public Policy Polling, with low marks from members of his own party, independents and Democrats.six Just 30 percent of Arizona voters approve of […]

John McCain Claims People Want Him To Run For President Again

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Most people would say that John McCain is being slightly delusional: “Particularly since the shutdown, I’ve had a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls saying, ‘Run for president again,’” McCain told The Arizona Republic. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate. But I think, in the words of […]

John McCain Hints At Possible Retirement At End Of Current Term

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Could we be nearing the end of John McCain’s time in the Senate? Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hinted that he may be serving his last term in office, admitting that he does not want to become “one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off.” McCain, a 27-year veteran of the senate and former presidential […]

McCain Opposes Limited Senate Syria Resolution

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Senator John McCain said today that he opposes the limited use of force authorized that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider today: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Wednesday told NBC News that he doesn’t support Senate language authorizing President Obama’s desired military intervention in Syria because it is too limited. “In its current form, […]

John McCain: Obama’s Secret Weapon?

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The president’s 2008 rival has gone from bitter foe to go-to deal broker.

Can Senators Handle The Truth on Syria?

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Senators John McCain and Carl Levin have demanded answers from General Martin Dempsey on Syria. Can they handle the truth?

When Is A Coup Not A Coup?

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Words don’t always mean what you think they mean.

Just This Once, John McCain Is (Partly) Right

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John McCain is right that we shouldn’t send ground troops to Syria, but his idea for increased U.S. intervention in the country’s civil war is still too risky.

Biden: Without Economic Collapse, McCain Would’ve Won In 2008

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John McCain’s problems in 2008 went far beyond an economic crisis.

GOP Effort To Block Hagel Nomination Fading Away

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It may have been able to prevent a vote on the merits last week, but the Republican led effort to block Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Secretary of Defense seems to fading away fairly quickly: Two of the most outspoken Republican critics of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense indicated Sunday that they would […]

John McCain Concedes That Chuck Hagel Will Be Confirmed

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Despite the fact that it’s currently on hold thanks to a GOP filibuster, even one of the leaders of that filibuster concedes that Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Defense Secretary will ultimately be approved by the Senate: One of the leading critics of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama’s embattled nominee to become Defense secretary, […]

Senate Republicans Moving To Block John Brennan’s Nomination To Head C.I.A.

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Here we go again.

John McCain Misses Libya Briefing While Criticizing Lack Of Briefing On Libya

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Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up: While Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was leading a press conference Wednesday to condemn the administration’s lack of transparency regarding the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, it turns out he could have been attending a classified briefing on the subject. Due to what his office called a “scheduling error,” […]

John McCain, Lindsey Graham Vow To Block Susan Rice From Becoming Secretary Of State

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Fresh of the news that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is at or near the top of the list of candidate to replace Hillary Clinton at the State Department, two prominent Republican Senators are vowing to block her nomination if it’s put forward: Senior Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday made crystal-clear their opposition to […]

John McCain: Colin Powell “Got Us Into Iraq”

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Senator John McCain’s reaction to Colin Powell’s unsurprising endorsement of the President for re-election is, to say the least, extremely odd: Fairfax, Va. — Senator John McCain blasted Colin Powell this morning in an interview with National Review Online. Powell “got us into Iraq,” McCain said. That fact, he asserted, lessens Powell’s purported appeal to undecided voters, […]

Chris Christie Raises Debate Expectations As Team Romney Tries To Lower Them

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Chris Christie appeared on three Sunday morning shows today and, on each of them, he appeared to raise debate expectations for Mitt Romney: If Mitt Romney campaign’s is worried about measuring debate expectations for Wednesday night, Chris Christie hasn’t gotten the message. “This whole race is going to be turned upside down come Thursday morning,” the Republican governor […]

John McCain: Reid Is Wrong About Romney’s Taxes

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Senator John McCain, who’s vetting team reportedly saw some 23 years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns, says Harry Reid is wrong in his assertion that Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years: Arizona Sen. John McCain said today that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is wrong about his assertion that Mitt Romney did not pay […]

Michele Bachmann’s McCarthyite Crusade Against Huma Abedin And Other Muslims

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Michele Bachmann and several other Members of Congress are engaging in the despicable tactics of Joe McCarthy.

John McCain: Mitt Romney Should Pick Sarah Palin As His Running Mate

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John McCain has a suggestion for Mitt Romney as his campaign begins focusing on picking a running mate: Sen. John McCain says Rick Santorum should recognize “it’s time for a graceful exit” from the Republican presidential campaign in the wake of Mitt Romney’s sweep of primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. McCain […]

John McCain Advocates Unprovoked War Against Syria

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Arizona’s senior Senator want’s to bomb Syria.

McCain To Endorse Romney At New Hampshire Event

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With the Iowa battle over, the Romney campaign is bringing out its big guns in New Hampshire, and that includes the guy who beat Romney in the Granite State four years ago: DES MOINES — Senator John McCain of Arizona is expected to endorse Mitt Romney Wednesday in New Hampshire, giving the former Massachusetts governor […]

Republicans Bash Obama For Doing What Bush Wanted To Do In Iraq

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President Obama is being attacking from the right for following through on a policy decision made by his Republican predecessor.

House GOP Not Persuaded By John McCain’s Effort To Authorize Libyan Involvement

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It looks like House Republicans will be taking a much different path in the debate over the war in Libya than the one being called for by Senator John McCain and some other Senate Republicans: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) isn’t swayed by movement in the Senate to back U.S. military involvement in Libya, saying Wednesday […]

Opposing Dumb, Unnecessary Wars Is Not “Isolationism”

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Contrary to what Senator McCain, seeking realism in military policy does not make one an isolationist.

John McCain Thinks Sarah Palin Can Beat Obama

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Well, I guess you have to give John McCain some credit for loyalty, if not common sense: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said he thinks Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in next year’s presidential election, but he’s far from certain that she will actually jump into the race. The GOP’s standard-bearer in 2008 also […]

Rick Santorum: John McCain “Doesn’t Understand” Torture

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Rick Santorum, may have made the dumbest comment of the Presidential campaign so far: Here’s Santorum: HH: Now your former colleague, John McCain, said look, there’s no record, there’s no evidence here that these methods actually led to the capture or the killing of bin Laden. Do you disagree with that? Or do you think […]

John McCain: Neither Waterboarding Nor Any Other Form Of Torture Led To Bin Laden

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John McCain thoroughly dismantles the argument that Osama bin Laden’s capture vindicates the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Dear Senator McCain: What Happens On Twitter, Stays On Twitter

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This tweet from Senator John McCain back in August 2009 came across my timeline this afternoon thanks to someone’s ReTweet: How times have changed.  

John McCain and DADT

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Despite the Defense Department releasing its study showing that the effects of allowing gays to serve openly would be minimal, Senator John McCain isn’t convinced.

John McCain: I Won’t Run For President Again

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John McCain announced yesterday that he would not be running for President again: NASHUA, N.H. — If John McCain hadn’t made it clear before, he’s leaving no doubt that the presidency is a dream gone by. Addressing a veterans rally for a Republican Senate candidate in Nashua on Saturday, the Arizona senator was reminiscing about […]

McCain Filibuster Threat Puts “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal In Doubt

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The prospect of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before the November elections is in doubt thanks to a threatened filibuster led by Arizona’s John McCain.

McCain Wins Convincingly & Other AZ Results

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On a night where high-profile establishment candidates in Alaska and Florida, John McCain cruised to victory over challenger J.D. Hayworth, 56.4% to 31.8% (source). Meanwhile, Governor Jan Brewer crushed all comers in a 4-way race, winning 81.8% of the vote. Also in AZ, son of Vice President Dan Quayle, Ben Quayle, leads a crowded field […]

John McCain Poised To Crush J.D. Hayworth In Arizona Primary

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After surviving the worst of a hard-fought primary campaign against J.D. Hayworth, Senator John McCain is probably pretty pleased with himself right now.

John McCain (R., Twitter)

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According to a new study, John McCain wins the title of “Twitter Genius:” (CNN) – At nearly 74 years old, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, might not be the first person to come to mind when you’re asked to name a social media “genius.” But according to a new joint study, he is just that–the U.S. […]

Dick Armey: J.D. Hayworth Had A Fairly Undistinguished Career In Congress

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Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey was interviewed on CNBC today and someone asked him about his former colleague J.D. Hayworth, who is running against John McCain for the Senate: Ouch, that one’s gotta sting. Incidentally, despite initially looking to be in a good position to beat McCain in next Tuesday’s primary, it now seems […]

McCain Opens Up Large Lead In Arizona Senate Primary

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For much of the summer, it seemed like John McCain might be in for the battle of his life in the Republican primary against former Congressman J.D. Hayworth. With less than a month to go before the vote, it looks like McCain has nothing to worry about: Senator John McCain has opened a 20-point lead […]

A Return to AZ Crime Levels

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Let’s revisit the question of crime levels in Arizona.

Jon Kyl Walks Back Claim That Obama Is Holding Border Security “Hostage”

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Senator Jon Kyl is distancing himself from earlier comments that he made accusing the President of holding border security “hostage.”

Republicans Threaten DADT Repeal Filibuster, Byrd Backs Compromise Of Compromise

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As the political battle over the repeat of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell goes down to the wire, two Republican Senators threatened last night to filibuster the military spending bill that the repeal is attached to: Armed Services Republicans threatened Wednesday to filibuster the defense authorization bill if it comes to the floor with Democrat-backed language […]

Joint Chiefs: Wait on DADT Repeal

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In a surprising 11th hour development, the Joint Chiefs are insisting Congress hold its horses on allowing gays to serve openly in the U.S. military.  The Hill‘s Eric Zimmerman (“Joint Chiefs, McCain oppose ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ compromise“): Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is circulating a letter from the Joint Chiefs of Staff opposing the plan […]

Obama Militarizes Mexico Border

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President Obama is sending an additional 1200 soldiers to the Mexican border, a dangerous and token effort to placate Americans frustrated over illegal immigration. Randal Archibald, NYT (“Obama to Send Up to 1,200 Troops to Border“): President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and seek increased spending on […]

John McCain May Not Be An Endangered Incumbent Anymore

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A new poll in the Arizona Senate GOP primary seems to indicate that John McCain may not have as much trouble in 2010 as previously believed: The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters in Arizona finds McCain with 52% of the vote to challenger J.D. Hayworth’s 40%. Two percent (2%) prefer […]

Mirandize Shahzad? Of Course!

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Two prominent Republican Congressmen have come out against reading Miranda rights to American citizens suspected of terrorism. Congressional Republicans want to know whether the Pakistani-born American arrested in the Times Square car bombing plot was read his Miranda rights, with Sen. John McCain saying it would be a “serious mistake” if the suspect was reminded […]

Chris Matthews Compares Republicans to Stalin

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“Hardball” host Chris Matthews likened the Republican Party’s quest to nominate more conservative politicians to Josef Stalin’s murder of twenty million innocent people. Geoffrey Dickens has the transcript: MATTHEWS: Coming up what happens to Republicans who don’t march to the right wing tune? Well they’re getting purged. This is Stalinesque, this stuff. [...] MATTHEWS: Chris […]

Scott Brown and Buyer’s Remorse

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Scott Brown was elected to be the final vote against ObamaCare but he never got the chance.  Now, some of his erstwhile supporters are having second thoughts. Republican folk hero Sen. Scott Brown is being taunted by triumphant Democrats – and slammed by irked conservatives – after the historic health-care bill he was elected to […]

Health Care Summit: Seven Hours and a Cloud of Dust

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When President Obama invited Republican Congressional leaders to join him for a televised health care summit, they reasonably feared it was “a trap” in which the contrast between the contrast between a smooth talking Commander-in-Chief and Podunk legislators would make them look small.   Clearly, Obama intended it as a PR gambit that would showcase him […]

Ron Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

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Ron Paul beat out Mitt Romney in the 2010 CPAC straw poll, with Sarah Palin finishing a distant third. Jonathan Martin and Jessica Taylor of Politico note that the reaction to the announcement was less than polite. Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas Republican who ran a quixotic bid for the Republican presidential nomination in […]

CPAC Straw Poll

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Matt Lewis notes that “the Conservative Political Action Conference is coming up this week” (tomorrow, in fact) and declares “As always, it will be interesting to see who wins this year’s coveted CPAC Straw Poll.”  Apparently, Taegan Goddard agrees in that he’s holding a straw poll on the straw poll. I’m not sure why.   The […]

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