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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Senator John Sidney McCain III, after a lifetime of service to America, died Saturday at age 81 in his beloved Arizona. For a man with many finest hours, here are a few.

McCain's thumbs-down on health care

In July 2017, the senator said he could not vote for his party's health care bill "in good conscience" after it didn't receive the proper hearings or input from Senate members. His cancer diagnosis had been announced just days before the early-morning vote.

McCain defends Barack Obama

In October 2008, while running against Barack Obama, McCain defended his opponent and called him a "decent family man" after one of McCain's supporters called him an "Arab."

McCain talks regret on Confederate flag
I feared that if I answered honestly, I could not win the South Carolina primary. So I chose to compromise my principles.

In April 2000, McCain apologized after not condemning the Confederate flag while campaigning in South Carolina. He vowed to always tell the truth, but said he broke his promise and principles in that moment.

McCain calls out Trump after meeting with Russia
Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Last month, McCain criticized President Trump for his summit with Vladimir Putin, saying "no prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant."

McCain accepts Liberty Medal from Biden
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In October 2017, McCain was awarded the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal for his lifetime of sacrifice for the nation. In his acceptance speech, he warned the audience about the rise of "half-baked, spurious nationalism."

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Democrats fail to change Senate rules to pass voting rights bill

Senate Majority Leader during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats failed Wednesday night to change Senate filibuster rules to pass the voting rights bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voting with Republicans.

The big picture: The failed effort came after Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights measure from coming to a final vote earlier Wednesday.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

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The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Biden says Russia likely to invade Ukraine

President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."