Senator John McCain

McCain Wages a New National Campaign, To Define His Legacy

In this May 22, 2009, file photo Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. waves as he is acknowledged by President Barack Obama at the United States Naval Academy graduation ceremony in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain is waging another national campaign — this time, to define his legacy. After two unsuccessful presidential bids, the 78-year-old former Navy pilot and Vietnam prisoner of war has rebounded as the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. The post gives the Arizona Republican a significant say on nat... more

McCain Taps Former Speech Writer to Direct Defense Panel Staff

The parlor game of where ‘will the top staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee go’ can be declared over. Peter Levine will be heading over to the Pentagon, where almost all long-time Democratic staff have headed since the Obama administration took power. He may be taking the newly created post of chief management officer, we hear. S... more

Election Could Hand McCain Armed Services Gavel

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

WASHINGTON — It may not be on the ballot, but this midterm election will decide who leads one of Congress' most important military committees. If the polling holds, the Senate will be welcoming John McCain as the new Armed Services chairman come January, along with the experience and political fireworks he is likely to bring to the dais. The p... more

McCain: Time to Ease Arms Sales Ban on Vietnam

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday in Vietnam that it's time for the United States to ease the ban on selling lethal arms to the communist country, saying it has progressed on human rights. McCain told reporters in Hanoi that the easing should happen gradually, but he hoped it could begin as early as next month. "It should be ... more

USS Forrestal Begins Final Voyage to Scrap Yard

USS Forrestal

It was like living aboard a floating city. There was recreation. Allen Polixa, a crew member on the USS Forrestal from 1980 to 1982, often took "swim breaks" miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, jumping into the water from just below the ship's top deck. There was order. Fight a colleague or steal from another crew member, said Jimmie Stewart, who... more

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