The Fix: John McCain

The five best tidbits from Mark Leibovich’s profile of John McCain

The five best tidbits from Mark Leibovich’s profile of John McCain

Few politicians have been given such a broad array of labels (maverick, immigration reformer, immigration hard-liner, dealmaker, to name a few) as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) throughout his career.

In a new profile of the former presidential contender, Mark Leibovich of the New York Times looks at the various McCain monikers (the senator denies that he matched his persona to fit the political vogue du jour), and what the Republican is up to these days.

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An unlikely union: John McCain and Rand Paul agree about Egypt aid

An unlikely union: John McCain and Rand Paul agree about Egypt aid

It's not often that Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) are on the same page when it comes to foreign policy. But the crisis in Egypt has aligned them on at least one issue. Both favor suspending foreign aid to the most populous Arab country.

Here's a key part of McCain's joint statement with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.):

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John McCain's new (old) niche: Senate dealmaker

John McCain's new (old) niche: Senate dealmaker

Did John McCain just help save the Senate from a showdown over a dramatic rule change that could have reverberated for years?

Yes, it seems he did. It's the latest example of the Arizona Republican senator as consensus builder, a far cry from McCain the fire-thrower who was warding off Republican primary challengers in 2008 and 2010.

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Sunday show roundup: Should the U.S. suspend aid to Egypt?

In the aftermath of the ouster of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency in Egypt, lawmakers appearing on the Sunday shows debated whether the United States should suspend aid to Egypt. In one corner stood Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who said yes. In the other, several lawmakers -- both Democrat and Republican -- who did not agree.

Read about it all and more over on Post Politics:

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How the immigration bill explains the Senate, in 10 anecdotes

How the immigration bill explains the Senate, in 10 anecdotes

A sweeping immigration bill months in the making is in the midst of its most crucial test yet, with the full Senate set to launch its second full week of debate over the matter and Majority Leader promising a vote on final passage by the July 4 recess.

In a terrific story out Monday (which you can read here) the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza takes a look at the genesis of the bill, which was crafted by a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators. Lizza looks at the unlikely alliances, near-breaking points, and complex web of interests that led to the present debate. It's about the immigration bill but it's also a window into how -- and why -- things do and don't get done in Washington.

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Ted Cruz vs. John McCain: Welcome to the new normal in the Senate

Ted Cruz vs. John McCain: Welcome to the new normal in the Senate

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) feuded this week. Then they feuded some more. It wasn't the first time tensions between the longtime senator and the freshman tea party favorite flared up. And it's a pretty safe bet that it won't be the last.

The dispute between McCain and his allies and Cruz and his cohort lays bare a new fault line in the Senate GOP Conference -- one that threatens to further stall movement in a legislative chamber already seized by partisan gridlock.

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Sen. John McCain: 'Shame on Ray LaHood'

Sen. John McCain: 'Shame on Ray LaHood'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pushed back sharply Sunday against Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who argued Republicans have yet to come forth with a deal to avoid deep federal spending cuts set to kick in this week. McCain blamed the White House for coming up with the idea of the cuts in the first place.

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McCain: Background check package can likely win support of most senators

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed optimism Sunday that a measure to expand background checks on gun purchases could win support from most senators.

"There [are] some senators, bipartisan again, Sen. [Tom] Coburn (R-Okla.) and Sen. [Joe] Manchin (D-W.Va.) and some others who are working on package that I think that most of us will be able to support," McCain said on NBC News' "Meet The Press."

The group McCain referred to has been working to develop a proposal to expand background check requirements on gun purchases. Under current law, transactions involving licensed gun dealers require background checks, while others do not.

There is a growing consensus on Capitol Hill that a law requiring universal background checks stands a better chance of winning passage than a proposed ban on assault-style weapons.

Lindsey Graham: Obama's worst enemy and best friend

Lindsey Graham: Obama's worst enemy  and best friend

Nobody is a bigger thorn in President Obama's side right now than Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).And nothing could be better for Graham's political prospects in 2014.

Graham has been such an outspoken critic of Obama on Libya that the president called him out by name at last week's press conference. "If Sen. (John) McCain and Sen. Graham, and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me," Obama said after Graham and McCain criticized U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

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How Obama vs. McCain/Graham poisons the bipartisan well

The most striking moment of President Obama's press conference Wednesday was when he went after Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) in no uncertainterms.

Graham and McCain have made clear in recent days that they wouldn't vote to confirm U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as Secretary of State due to a lingering controversy about what Rice said in the days after the attack on Benghazi, Libya. Rice suggested at the time that the deaths were due to a spontaneous demonstration sparked by an anti-Islam video, but it soon came out that it was a planned attack.

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McCain says Obama’s Libya handling either a ‘massive coverup’ or gross incompetence

McCain says Obama’s Libya handling either a ‘massive coverup’ or gross incompetence

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the Obama administration’s handling of the situation in Libya is either the worst cover-up he has ever seen or the kind of incompetence that should disqualify the president from serving as commander in chief.

“This tragedy turned into a debacle and massive coverup or massive incompetence in Libya is having an effect on the voters because of their view of the commander in chief,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And it is now the worst coverup or incompetence that I have ever observed in my life.”

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What the Republican convention speakers say about the GOP

Republicans have added four names to Monday’s initial list of seven speakers who will address the party’s national convention in Tampa, Florida later this month. Each of the 11 picks says something about the party — and the image GOP nominee Mitt Romney wants to convey as he seeks to introduce (or reintroduce) himself to a national audience.

Of the 11 announced speakers, four are women, five are current governors and three are men Romney has run against for president.


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left, accompanied by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday Oct. 13, 2011, to discuss the introduction of a Republican alternative jobs bill. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Below is a rundown of the names and why they were chosen.

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Republican presidential endorsements not (much) slower than usual

Republican presidential endorsements not (much) slower than usual

It’s conventional wisdom this campaign cycle that few prominent Republicans are endorsing candidates — a reluctance seen by some as a sign that the GOP field is weak. But that Johnny-come-lately perception has been a bit overstated.

Of the 50 influential Republicans on our endorsement tracker (it’s also a game!), only eight have committed to a candidate. Twenty have said they definitely or likely won’t endorse at all in the GOP primary. But only a handful of kingmakers who endorsed early in the 2008 process have declined to back a candidate this time around.

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No Republican consensus on waterboarding

No Republican consensus on waterboarding

On Twitter this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) castigated his party’s presidential candidates for embracing waterboarding at this weekend’s CBS News debate.

“Very disappointed by statements at SC GOP debate supporting waterboarding,” the 2008 presidential candidate wrote. “Waterboarding is torture.” (President Obama offered a similar rebuke on Sunday.)

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