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Screengrab via 60 Minutes

Sen. John McCain kicked off 60 Minutes' 50th anniversary season Sunday night with a candid interview about his brain cancer, his career and his relationship with President Trump. Here are 6 key quotes from the senator:

The big one: "I want, when I leave, that the ceremony is at the Naval Academy. And we just have a couple of people that stand up and say, 'This guy, he served his country.'"

  • On working after his diagnosis: "I am more energetic and more engaged as a result of this because I know that I've got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can."
  • On speaking with doctors about his brain cancer: "They said that it's very serious ... Some say 3%, some say 14%. You know, it's — it's a very poor prognosis. So I just said, 'I understand. Now we're going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can.'"
  • On Trump's attacks against him: "If I took offense at everybody who has said something about me, or disparaged me or something like that — life is too short. You've got to move on."
  • On Trump's fitness for office: "The American people selected Donald Trump to be President of the United States. We have to respect that ... He has a very strong national security team around him who I know has significant influence over him."
  • On late Sen. Ted Kennedy, who also had brain cancer: "I think about Ted a lot. Ted stayed at his job, kept working. Kept going even when he was in a wheelchair."

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2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

GOP senator calls for senility test for aging leaders

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Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a physician, told me during an "Axios on HBO" interview that he favors cognition tests for aging leaders of all three branches of government.

Why it matters: Wisdom comes with age. But science also shows that we lose something. And much of the world is now run by old people — including President Biden, 78 ... Speaker Pelosi, 81 ...  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, 70 ... and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 79.

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO blames predecessors for manufacturing woes

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When it comes to Intel's recent manufacturing problems, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger places the blame squarely on his predecessors — many of whom he notes were not engineers deeply steeped in chip technology, as he is.

Why it matters: Gelsinger has announced a broad plan to reinvigorate Intel by doubling down on manufacturing. However, the strategy depends on the venerable semiconductor giant recovering from recent stumbles.

Marketing to Generation Alpha

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Marketers are pouring money into figuring out the tastes and habits of Generation Alpha — kids born from 2010 through 2024 — who are unprecedented in the extent they're growing up online.

Why it matters: They're weaned on TikTok, Amazon and in-app purchases. They're learning from their millennial parents to hold brands accountable for causes like social justice and sustainability. And no prior age cohort will be as large in size or marketing power.