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President Donald Trump TAX REFORM SPEECH in Springfield, Missouri (photo credit / Youtube)

Late Thursday, Senate Republicans took the first step toward passing tax reform and fulfilling a longstanding campaign promise. After an hours-long debate on the Senate floor, they voted 51-49 to pass the Senate version of the fiscal 2018 budget. Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky joined every Democrat and independent voting against the bill.

Passage was key to Republicans' efforts on tax reform because it includes instructions that will allow the plan to avoid a Democratic filibuster. The budget still requires final approval by the House of Representatives.

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Senator John McCain receives the 2017 Liberty Medal from Vice President Joe Biden at Constitution Center (Photo credit John McCain / Twitter)

On Monday night in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center honored Senator John McCain with their 2017 Liberty Medal. Vice President Joe Biden made the official presentation to the longtime senator.

Afterward came his acceptance speech. Senator McCain, a decorated war veteran and former P.O.W., took the opportunity to speak on patriotism.

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At 5:24PM ET Sunday afternoon, the USS John S. McCain, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, collided with a Liberian merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore.

According to a statement by the U.S. Navy, ten sailors on board are still missing, and search and rescue efforts are underway. Five sailors were injured in the collision, four of whom were medically evacuated to a Singapore hospital.

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Late last night, the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare came to an end in a dramatic 49-51 vote, with three Republican Senators, including Senator John McCain who cast the deciding vote, joining Democrats in opposition to McConnell's controversial "skinny repeal" bill.

Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who had been stalwart opponents of various incarnations of repeal throughout the legislative process, were the other two Nay votes.

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Last Wednesday, Senator John McCain revealed he's been diagnosed with a deadly and aggressive brain cancer after surgery on a blood clot in his brain revealed a malignant tumor. McCain's absence from Washington as he recovered from surgery was seen as an obstacle to Republicans' goal of moving forward on healthcare. Today, however, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brings a motion to proceed vote to the floor of the Senate, John McCain is returning to Washington to cast what is seen as a pivotal vote.

McCain released a statement and tweet saying he was "looking forward" to returning to Washington.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers his speech titled "America's Enduring Commitment to Security and Prosperity in Asia" at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Distinguished Public Lecture on Friday, June 3, 2016 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle put aside months of partisan gridlock to send their good wishes to Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his family after he announced that doctors had diagnosed him with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

President Donald Trump––whose often adversarial relationship with McCain became a Washington staple after he slammed the veteran senator for having been "captured" in Vietnam––tweeted a message from the official @POTUS Twitter account.

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New York Times report yesterday revealed that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to halt the criminal investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who provided false information about his communications with the Russian government.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to a memo Comey wrote immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Flynn resigned. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

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