John McCain had the most literal-minded notion of American virtues and loved bombing people as part of it, but the seething hatred of him from parts of the left is tiresome.
In an era where the formally debased are redeemed by Trump's vulgarity, most of our effort goes to inventing a peaceful, prosperous past that never, ever was.
McCain's rhetoric leant heavily on the idea of the "bully". “Bullying” has come, rather craftily, to signify anything one doesn’t like, from the stuff I write in Crikey to the PRC’s economic growth, writes Helen Razer.
Good morning, early birds. The government is considering radical changes to the health system, Schapelle Corby has returned to Australia, and a class action brought by detainees on Manus Island will begin this week. It's the news you need to know, by Cassidy Knowlton and Max Chalmers.
Prominent Republicans are running from their presidential nominee, as the Republican National Committee pulls his funding. But he is undeterred.
The chaos in Iraq is another chance for neoconservatives to push for Western intervention -- a course that will again make us less safe from terrorism.
It was supposed to be about healthcare, but as the US government shutdown rolls on Republicans now want to talk about debt. Crikey reports from Florida where Obamacare has stalled.
The Syrian conflict is beginning to look a lot like a proxy war between Russia and the West. Is this a return to the Cold War?
Fairfax bites the bullet and apologises to Cory Bernardi, and other media news of the day.
A massive leaked document widely reported to have been created by John McCain's team during the '08 US campaign trail is the mother of all dirt files on Mitt Romney, reports David Martosko.