John McCain, influential US senator and presidential candidate, dies aged 81

McCain, who had brain cancer, was known for his heroism in Vietnam, his independent-mindedness and recently his rebukes of Trump

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Trump State of the Union address promised unity but emphasized discord

The president’s ‘new American moment’ speech stirred Republican applause while Democrats showed thinly disguised contempt

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How Trump’s political playbook evolved since he first ran for president in 2000

His bid for the Reform party was a preview of threats and paranoia that would characterize his successful 2016 run – but some key elements were different

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