Senator John McCain Dies at Age 81

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US Senator John McCain meets with Georgian and US servicemen while visiting the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre in Krtsanisi, outside Tbilisi, on January 2, 2017 (Photo: Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images))

Arizona Senator John McCain died of brain cancer Saturday at the age of 81. McCain served on Capitol Hill for more than three decades, and became the Republican presidential nominee in 2008. A former Navy pilot, he was shot down and captured in Vietnam, spending more than five years as a prison of war. In this hour, we'll look back at McCain's life, legacy, and reputation as a political "maverick". We'll also preview the week ahead in Washington.

Mentioned on Air:
It Would Take Only a Single Senator (The Atlantic)

Guests:

Vivian Salama, White House reporter, Wall Street Journal

Dan Schnur, professor, Annenberg School of Communications at USC; national director of communications for John McCain's 2000 presidential campaign

James Fallows, national correspondent, The Atlantic

Barbara Boxer, former US Senator from California

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