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John Mccain who was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2008  and who was a United States Senator from Arizona since 1987 has died.
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October 26, 1967 – March 14, 1973
During the Vietnam War, McCain is shot down and captured by North Vietnamese forces. He is held as a POW for more than five years.
1977-1981 Navy liaison to the US Senate.
1981 Retires from the US Navy.
1983-1987 US Representative from Arizona’s 1st District.
November 4, 1986 Wins the US Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Barry Goldwater.
1989-1991 Is investigated as being one of five senators, called the Keating Five, who interfered with regulators on behalf of Charles Keating, a financier accused of financial violations and is convicted of securities fraud. McCain is cleared, but the Senate Ethics Committee decides that McCain showed poor judgment in his efforts for Keating, who was a large contributor to McCain’s campaign.
1990s As part of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, McCain works with Democrats, including John Kerry, on normalizing relations and increasing trade with Vietnam.
November 3, 1992 Is re-elected to the Senate.
1993 – McCain has a melanoma lesion removed from his left shoulder. It is declared Stage 0, of little long-term concern.
November 3, 1998 Is re-elected to the Senate.
1999 – McCain’s memoir, “Faith of My Fathers,” is published.
September 27, 1999 Formally announces his presidential candidacy, while in New Hampshire.
March 9, 2000 Suspends his campaign for president.
May 9, 2000 Endorses George W. Bush for president.
August 19, 2000 – Undergoes more than five hours of surgery to remove two cancerous skin lesions on his temple and upper arm. The melanoma on his left arm is declared Stage 0, but the melanoma removed from McCain’s left lower temple proves invasive, though later dissection of dozens of lymph nodes shows no evidence that the cancer had spread.
February 4, 2002 – McCain undergoes surgery to remove a skin lesion from the left side of his nose that doctors later say is a low-risk, early stage or “in situ” melanoma.
September 2002 “Worth the Fighting for: A Memoir,” is published.
November 2, 2004 Is re-elected to the Senate for a fourth term.
February 28, 2007 – Appears on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and confirms that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination.
April 25, 2007 – While in New Hampshire, McCain announces he is running for president.
August 29, 2008 Announces that he has selected Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska to be his vice presidential running mate.
September 4, 2008 Accepts the Republican nomination for president at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.
November 4, 2008 – Loses the presidential election to Senator Barack Obama.
November 2, 2010 Is re-elected to the Senate for a fifth term.
August 29, 2012 Speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on his 76th birthday.
May 27, 2013 – Meets with rebels in Syria, making him the highest ranking elected official from the United States to visit since the conflict began in March 2011.
August 5, 2013 – At President Obama’s request, US Senators McCain and Lindsey Graham arrive in Cairo to meet with Egyptian interim leaders and separately, with the Muslim Brotherhood leadership.
December 14, 2013 – McCain meets with opposition leaders in Kiev, Ukraine, during protests in the country.
April 6, 2015 – Tells NBC News that he has decided to run for re-election in 2016.
November 8, 2016 – Wins his sixth term in the US Senate, defeating Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick.
February 2017 – Makes an official but unannounced trip to northern Syria to visit US forces.
July 15, 2017 – Mayo Clinic releases a statement that McCain had a blood clot removed from his left eye on July 14.
July 19, 2017 – Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator’s care tell CNN McCain has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor. Lab results from last week’s surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot.
July 25, 2017 – Returns to the Senate to cast his vote on a procedural step to advance Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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“More children over a longer period of time” were separated at the border than commonly known, an investigator with the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general’s office told reporters Thursday morning.

“How many more children were separated is unknown, by us and HHS” because of failures to track families as they were being separated, he said.

HHS officials involved in caring for the separated children and reunifying families estimated “thousands” of additional children are separated at the border, the inspector general said.

The report sheds new light on the Trump administration’s efforts to deter border crossings by separating migrant families. House Democrats who’ve condemned the separations as inhumane have vowed to investigate the administration’s handling of the policy and its health effects on separated children, and the inspector general said additional investigations are in the works.

The inspector general report said some family separations continued, even after President Donald Trump in June 2018 ended the policy amid uproar and a federal court ordered his administration to reunify the families. The June 2018 court order called on the administration to reunify about 2,500 separated children in government custody. Most of those families were reunited within 30 days.

However, HHS received at least 118 separated children between July and early November, according to the report. DHS provided “limited” information about the reason for those separations. In slightly more than half of those cases, border officials cited the parent’s criminal history as a reason to separate the families, although they did not always provide details. The court order requiring reunifications said family separations should only occur if border officials could specify when parents posed possible dangers to children or were otherwise unfit to care for them, the inspector general noted.

Federal investigators said they had no details about how many of the “thousands of separated children” who entered the care of HHS before the June 2018 court order had been reunited.

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