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Even in his absence, McCain’s influence is strongly felt

Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in December. He has been absent from Washington while receiving treatment in his home state. But his influence remains strong in the nation's capital. Source: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Republican Sen. John McCain may be thousands of miles from Washington, receiving cancer treatment at home in Arizona. But his influence in the nation’s capital has hardly diminished.

This week, Senator McCain, along with fellow Sen. Chris Coons (D) of Delaware, unveiled a new bipartisan attempt at an immigration compromise that would protect so-called “Dreamers” from being deported while beefing up border security.

Last week, as Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee prepared to release a memo detailing alleged abuses in the surveillance of a Trump campaign official, McCain weighed in with a sharply critical statement, saying: “The latest attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice serve no American interests – no party’s, no president’s, only Putin’s.”

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