This file photo taken on March 14, 2017 shows US Senator John McCain during the Senate Armed Services Committee on information surrounding the Marines United Website in Washington, DC. / AFP / TASOS KATOPODIS
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U.S. Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee known for political independence during more than three decades in the Senate, has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, his office said on Wednesday.McCain has had non-invasive melanomas removed at least three times.McCain found himself to be a brief side issue in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination when he criticized Trump, who responded by saying McCain was not a war hero because he had been captured by the Vietnamese.One of McCain's proudest moments as a U.S. senator was working to pass legislation banning torture in 2015 .When he was offered release because of his father's rank, McCain refused to be freed before those who had been held captive longer. McCain's absence from Washington makes it difficult for McConnell to gather the 50 votes he needs in a chamber where the party holds only a 52-48-seat margin.
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