Mar 21, 2019

Trump escalates McCain attacks: I didn't get a thank-you for funeral

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The McCain Institute issued a lengthy fact sheet on John McCain Wednesday in an apparent response to President Trump's attacks on the late senator — but the commander-in-chief shows no sign of stopping.

Details: As the think-tank, which operates in partnership with Arizona State University, published the piece on McCain's record, Trump increased his attacks on the senator and his policies during a visit to the tank factory in Lima, Ohio.

What he's saying: "I endorsed him at his request, and I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as president I had to approve," he said. "I don't care about this. I didn't get a thank-you. That's OK. We sent him on the way. But I wasn't a fan of John McCain."

The other side: A a growing number of Republicans have come to the defense of McCain, including Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), chairman of the Veteran Affairs Committee, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed to McCain's former seat.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

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The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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