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Pomp, grandeur and bipartisan tributes at farewell for McCain, as an uninvited president looms

Pomp, grandeur and bipartisan tributes at farewell for McCain, as an uninvited president looms

Sen. John McCain never attained the American presidency he twice sought, yet official Washington gathered for a farewell memorial on Saturday that had all the splendor and solemnity of a state funeral, marked by bipartisan tributes that doubled as implicit but extraordinarily powerful rebukes of the divisive incumbent president.

Under the soaring Neo-Gothic arches of Washington National Cathedral, two former presidents who thwarted McCain’s aspirations to that office delivered back-to-back eulogies, joining current and former members of Congress, Cabinet officials, diplomats and military officers to honor a man hailed as a war hero and statesman, yet acknowledged as a flawed and...

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