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John McCain being presented with a medal. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senator John McCain has been one of the most influential political voices for decades. The Arizona senator partnered with HBO to give that voice a new platform in an illuminating profile about McCain's political life through the new documentary "For Whom the Bell Tolls."

The bottom line: As McCain continues to fight brain cancer, this documentary shows us his triumphs and mistakes as a senator as well as a glimpse into his thinking while living with his diagnosis.

McCain talked about his cancer diagnosis in the documentary and wanting to know how long he has to live.

"These doctors keep talking to me about people, if you tell them the truth, then they give up and die...I keep saying to them, just tell me. Just tell me. That's all I want to know."
"I talk to other doctor friends of mine and they say that's not what most people want to hear. Why wouldn't they want to hear? Why wouldn't they want to spend a few more days here."

He tells the story of when he was captured and held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"A missile took the wing off the airplane. The army came and took me to the prison camp. And one of the interrogators, he said 'things will be very bad for you now, McCain.'"

McCain talks about doing what he believes is right in government and the state of the government today giving a slight rebuke of how things are being run currently, without mentioning President Trump by name.

"We need to give the American people what they deserve. And right now, they're not getting it."

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CNN suspends Chris Cuomo indefinitely

Chris Cuomo in 2019. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for THR

CNN announced Tuesday evening that it has suspended anchor Chris Cuomo indefinitely following new revelations about his involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Driving the news: New documents released Monday showed that Cuomo used his contacts to garner information about the women accusing his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment, as well as of emerging media coverage relating to the scandal.

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FDA panel backs Merck's antiviral COVID pill

The Merck Cherokee Plant in Riverside, Pa. Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

An FDA advisory panel on Tuesday voted 13-10 to endorse an antiviral pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to treat adults at high risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19, despite concerns over its effectiveness and safety.

Why it matters: Oral antiviral drugs designed to prevent or treat COVID-19 could be key pandemic-fighting tools, if proven effective, especially as new variants emerge. If authorized, the Merck drug, known as molnupiravir, would be the first treatment of its kind to be made available in the United States.

Shooting at Michigan high school leaves 3 dead, 6 wounded

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Three people dead and six others are wounded after a shooting at a high school in Michigan according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Driving the news: The alleged shooter was a 15-year-old sophomore at Oxford High School and has been arrested, per police.