Former senator to replace McCain, at least until January
PHOENIX (AP) — A former U.S. senator from Arizona who is now a lobbyist helping guide the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was named Tuesday to temporarily fill the Senate seat left open by the death of John McCain.
Republican Jon Kyl cited his sense of duty in accepting the appointment but said he's only committing to serve until the end of the congressional session next Jan. 3.
Family, friends say final goodbye to McCain
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Sen. John McCain's final journey ended on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend.
AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s
"Hope I die before I get old," the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the packaging of their virtues and vices has never really stopped.
Kelly outraises McSally in Arizona Senate race
PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Mark Kelly has again outraised Republican Sen. Martha McSally in the Arizona Senate race.
Figures released by the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday show Kelly...
McCain, Franklin tributes show 2 Americas and cultures
Two farewells, both reflecting distinct but uniquely American cultures.
In Detroit, celebrities sat alongside anonymous mourners Friday in joyous remembrance of Aretha Franklin, a funeral that brought together the black church, gospel music, civil rights activism and Detroit civic pride.
McCain Notebook: Tributes, memories, tears, civility lessons
WASHINGTON (AP) — Memories mixed with humor, grief and lessons on civility marked Sen. John McCain's memorial service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, the last event in Washington of the five-day farewell tour. A few scenes:
THE RESPECT OF RIVALS
Keep on talking, even to rivals. That was the message of two former presidents McCain asked to testify that reconciliation, even amid the knife fight of national politics, is an effort worth making.
Text of Meghan McCain’s remarks at father’s service
Text of Meghan McCain's eulogy Saturday at Washington National Cathedral for her father, Sen. John McCain, as released by his office:
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McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain's daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump's divisive politics at the late senator's memorial service Saturday in a call for a return to civility among the nation's leaders.
The nearly three-hour service at the Washington National Cathedral was a remarkable show of defiance against a president McCain openly defied in life as the antithesis of the American spirit of service to something greater than any individual.
McCain’s final statement: Americans have ‘more in common’
PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country in his final letter and implored Americans to put aside "tribal rivalries" and focus on what unites.
Rick Davis, former presidential campaign manager for McCain who is serving as a family spokesman, read the farewell message Monday at a press briefing in Phoenix.
In the statement, McCain reflected on the privilege of serving his country and said he tried to do so honorably. He also touched on today's politics.
Captivity, candor and hard votes: 9 moments that made McCain
WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain lived most of his life in the public eye, surviving war, torture, scandal, political stardom and failure, the enmity of some colleagues and the election of President Donald Trump.
Even brain cancer didn't seem to scare McCain so much as it sobered and saddened him.
Trump visits golf course while Washington mourns McCain
STERLING, Va. (AP) — For President Donald Trump, it was just like any other Saturday.
As political dignitaries gathered in Washington to memorialize Sen. John McCain, the president tweeted familiar grievances and headed to the golf course.
After cascade of criticism, Trump honors McCain’s service
WASHINGTON (AP) — Glowering in public and near-silent for two days, President Donald Trump relented under pressure by tersely recognizing Sen. John McCain's "service to our country" and re-lowering the White House flag.
John McCain through the years
Filling McCain’s seat a political balancing act for governor
PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain's death in office has handed Arizona's governor an empty Senate seat to give out — and a difficult political puzzle to solve before he does.
Arizona law requires only that Gov. Doug Ducey name a replacement who is a member of McCain's Republican Party and who will fill the seat until the next general election in 2020. But in a state with a deeply divided Republican Party, where McCain was a towering but divisive figure, the choice is far more complicated.
AP WAS THERE: John McCain released after 5½ years as a POW
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — In October 1967, John McCain was a 31-year-old Navy lieutenant commander on his 23rd bombing round over North Vietnam when he was shot out of the sky and taken prisoner. McCain, who died Saturday at age 81, was held 5½ years as a prisoner of war.
The following story was written by Associated Press photojournalist Horst Faas on March 14, 1973, when McCain was released:
‘War is wretched beyond description’: Quotes by John McCain
John McCain, with his irascible grin and fighter-pilot moxie, made a name for himself as an outspoken politician. He was at times bitingly funny, ruthlessly self-deprecating, and eloquently patriotic.
Some quotes from the former senator and U.S. presidential candidate:
WAR IS WRETCHED
"War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality." - May 6, 1999, speech to the American Red Cross.
For McCain, a life of courage, politics came down to 1 vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — For John McCain, a lifetime of courage, contradictions and contrarianism came down to one vote, in the middle of the night, in the twilight of his career.
The fate of President Donald Trump's long effort to repeal Barack Obama's health care law hung in the balance as a Senate roll call dragged on past 1 a.m. on a July night in 2017.
Former Vietnamese jailer says he respected late Sen. McCain
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Sen. John McCain's Vietnamese jailer said he respected his former inmate and felt sad about his death, as others in Vietnam paid their respects to the former U.S. Navy pilot who became a prisoner of war and later was instrumental in bringing the wartime foes together.
McCain's Skyhawk dive bomber was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 and he was taken prisoner and held in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" prison for more than five years.
Text of farewell statement from Sen. McCain before his death
Rick Davis, Sen. John McCain's former presidential campaign manager and a family spokesman, read the following farewell statement from the senator at a news conference at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on Monday:
"My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,
McCain had a ‘wicked’ wit that he often aimed at himself
WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's how John McCain made it clear he was happy to see you in the Senate hallways.
"Haven't seen you in a while. How was the Betty Ford clinic?"
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PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to require Arizona's governor to call a snap special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Martha...
PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump is formally backing Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally in one of the most hotly contested Senate races of the 2020 election.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the White House's top economist is leaving soon.
In a tweet Sunday night, Trump says the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Kevin...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making up facts about a veterans' health care program in his latest dig at late Sen. John McCain.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late U.S. Sen....
President Donald Trump and his acting defense secretary distanced themselves from an order to keep a warship rededicated in honor of the late Sen. John McCain, a frequent critic of Trump , out of...
President Donald Trump and his acting defense secretary distanced themselves Thursday from an order to keep a warship rededicated in honor of the late Sen. John McCain, a Trump thorn , out of...
Reaction to the death of Arizona Sen. John McCain
Reaction to the death of Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona:
"My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!" — President Donald Trump, on Twitter.
"Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy to the McCain Family. Thank you Senator McCain for your service to the nation." — first lady Melania Trump, on Twitter.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Navy warship named for the late Sen. John McCain (all times local):
The White House wanted the U.S. Navy to keep a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain out of President Donald Trump's view during his trip to Japan, three U.S. officials said...
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The son of U.S. Sen. John McCain will accept the Truman Public Service Award in his late father's name.
The Independence Examiner reports the city of Independence...
PHOENIX (AP) — John McCain's dog, who was always at the senator's side until his death last year, died after getting stuck in a pipe and drowning on the family's northern Arizona...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh is continuing treatments nearly a year after being diagnosed with the same type of aggressive brain cancer that killed Arizona Sen. John...
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iraq War veteran who is running for president says President Donald Trump "is not a patriot."
Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that...
PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Mark Kelly has more than $3 million in the bank for his U.S. Senate campaign, about the $1 million more than Republican incumbent Martha McSally.
Joe Biden resumes role as one of nation’s top eulogists
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — On the cusp of an expected White House run, Joe Biden is returning to a familiar role this week as the one of the nation's top eulogists.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally visited all of the state's 15 counties while making a "listening tour" during her first 90 days in office.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Mississippi's governor toured massive flooding in the state, the Trump administration said Wednesday that it is giving another look to a long-dead flood control and drainage...
Gallego declines to run for Arizona Senate seat
PHOENIX (AP) — Rep. Ruben Gallego said Monday he won't run for the U.S. Senate, likely avoiding a contentious fight for the Democratic nomination to finish John McCain's last term.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump hails an exoneration not offered
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, claiming vindication from a summary of the Mueller report...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says John McCain failed his fellow veterans, stained public policy and took anti-Trump fake news to the FBI before the 2016 election.
McSally says she spoke to Trump about McCain comments
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Sen. Martha McSally says she talked to President Donald Trump about his comments disparaging John McCain.
McSally did not disclose Trump's response but told reporters...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames media for his McCain rant
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering a distorted account of John McCain's actions in the Russia investigation and trying to blame the media for making him talk about the late...
WASHINGTON (AP) — More Republicans are urging President Donald Trump to halt his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain. But Trump is continuing to complain about the Arizona senator's health care...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's posthumous slam on Sen. John McCain flips reality on its head when it comes to who gave veterans the option to see a private doctor at public...