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John McCain was no saint, but nor was he the monster the left believes

John McCain was no saint, but nor was he the monster the left believes

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.

Razer: seven times those hawks who called for civilian blood were totally adorable

Razer: seven times those hawks who called for civilian blood were totally adorable

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 frozen peace: why the media swooned for a Republican’s cliched US exceptionalism

McCain’s frozen peace: why the media swooned for a Republican’s cliched US exceptionalism

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.

Crikey Worm: healthcare changes mooted, Schapelle comes home, Manus class action

Crikey Worm: healthcare changes mooted, Schapelle comes home, Manus class action

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.

With no money, no running mate and few friends, Trump lumbers on

With no money, no running mate and few friends, Trump lumbers on

Prominent Republicans are running from their presidential nominee, as the Republican National Committee pulls his funding. But he is undeterred.

Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

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.

McCain’s ’embarrassed’, but Tea Party has no shutdown shame

McCain’s ’embarrassed’, but Tea Party has no shutdown shame

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.

Escalation in Syria may (or may not) be a step to peace

Escalation in Syria may (or may not) be a step to peace

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?

Media briefs: Fairfax sorry for Bernardi … Rundle on Coulter outrage …

Media briefs: Fairfax sorry for Bernardi … Rundle on Coulter outrage …

Fairfax bites the bullet and apologises to Cory Bernardi, and other media news of the day.

John McCain’s 2000 page dirt file on Mitt Romney

John McCain’s 2000 page dirt file on Mitt Romney

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.