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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain's best friend in the Senate says the ailing Arizona Republican told him the cancerous tumor doctors have found in his brain isn't his worst ordeal. South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham says he spoke to McCain by phone Wednesday evening. He says McCain told him: "Yeah, I'm going to have to stay here a little bit longer, take some treatments. I'll be back."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has some harsh words for top Justice Department officials. He tells The New York Times that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should have never recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, adding he would have chosen someone else for the job had he known. Trump also suggests that special counsel Robert Mueller, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein all have conflicts of interest that he may reveal "at some point."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Trump campaign's inner circle are being scheduled to talk to Senate committees next week. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will speak with the Senate intelligence committee on Monday. Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign manager Paul Manafort are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is disputing the characterization of a previously undisclosed conversation between Putin and President Donald Trump as secret. The White House confirmed Tuesday that Trump and Putin spoke to each other at dinner connected with the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, this month. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says, "The use of such definitions as a 'secret' or 'undisclosed' meeting raises eyebrows and causes confusion."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has decided to halt the CIA's years-long covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the regime of the nation's president Bashar al-Assad. Russia had long pushed the United States to end the program. The phasing out of the secret program was reported by The Washington Post on Wednesday.

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