How McCain’s faith sustained him and allowed him to forgive himself:
He rarely showed it in his public life, but John McCain spent a lot of time thinking about this moment — when he would face his final judgment before God.
As his closest friends have often noted this week, he was a man of great contradictions: a playboy fighter pilot turned hero, a romantic and cynic, and as South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said, a man who came to accept that his honor and his imperfections would always be in conflict.
Through all of his internal struggles with his mistakes or regrets, it was his quiet faith that sustained him. Few knew that the Episcopalian, who refused to flaunt his faith on the campaign trail, could quote Scripture at length and served as the “room chaplain” to his fellow prisoners of war in North Vietnam.
His own religious awakening began in that prison and the path ended here in Phoenix at his wife’s Baptist church, where McCain developed a deep belief in forgiveness and God’s grace.
Sessions and McGahn each stood up to Trump. Now, McGahn heads for the exits:
Six months ago, President Donald Trump told a crowd of reporters he was nearing a point “where we’re getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want.”
The upcoming departure of White House counsel Don McGahn, which Trump announced without fanfare on Twitter, will deprive the West Wing of a rare official who has defied a President known to prefer pliant aides. In one instance, McGahn refused Trump’s order to instruct the Justice Department to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Instead, McGahn threatened to quit.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has similarly flouted Trump’s demands to un-recuse himself from Russia-related matters. In recent days, Trump has dialed up his insults. Lawmakers who used to voice support for their former colleague now say it’s likely Sessions is gone by winter.
Texas ex-officer is sentenced to 15 years for killing an unarmed teen:
A Texas jury sentenced a former police officer to 15 years in prison Wednesday night for the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teen in a Dallas suburb.
The jury deliberated for 12 hours before deciding the fate of former Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver. In addition to the prison term, it imposed a fine of $10,000.
Oliver was convicted of murder Tuesday by the same jury for the killing of high school freshman Jordan Edwards, 15. He fired into a car full of teens on April 29 last year, saying he believed it was moving aggressively toward his partne
A lung transplant gave her hope for a longer life; now her family prays for ‘another miracle’:
The double-lung transplant surgery, by all measures, appeared to be a great success. Claire Wineland, who has lived an extraordinary life with cystic fibrosis, needed it to be if she hoped to live much longer.
But while recovering in the ICU Monday night, Claire had a “massive stroke,” according to an update posted late Tuesday by her mom on Claire’s Facebook page and on Instagram.
“She had a blood clot that cut off blood flow to the right side of her brain and had to undergo emergency brain surgery to relieve the pressure building and save her life,” Melissa Nordquist Yeager wrote.
Kanye West apologizes for how slavery comment ‘made people feel’:
Kanye West is trying to make amends for comments about slavery that found him at the center of controversy earlier this summer.
“I don’t know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel,” West told Chicago’s WGCI-FM in a interview on Wednesday. “So I want to take this moment right now to say … I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment.”
West stirred up controversy in May after calling slavery “a choice” in a baffling interview with TMZ.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” West said at the time. “You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”