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"I've often observed that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I've loved my life, all of it." — Senator John McCain

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Column | My life’s journey with John McCain

From my earliest memories in life, I was surrounded by politics and politicians. My dad entered the political arena when I was 2 years old, and I have a lifetime of stories as a result. I’ve had the good fortune to meet many important politicians, including President Ronald Reagan, but it was John McCain who had the biggest political impact of my life.

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10 Things to Know for Today | August 31, 2018

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today

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Family mourns Sen. John McCain

Hundreds of people paid their respects to U.S. Sen. John McCain on Wednesday, standing for hours in the broiling Arizona sun before filing past the flag-draped casket that his tearful wife, Cindy, lovingly pressed her face against after a ceremony for the former North Vietnam prisoner of war who represented Arizona for decades.

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Hear/read full text of John McCain's farewell statement

"My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for 60 years, and especially my fellow Arizonians, thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead."