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Opinion: A Bond Beyond Politics

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Joe Biden, speaking at a memorial service for John McCain, noted that he had given a lot of eulogies over the years. But "this one's hard," he said. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Jack McCain, son of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., touches his father's casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday in Phoenix. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Sen. John McCain, shown here speaking to supporters at an event in 2008 at the U.S. Naval Academy, will be buried at the academy's cemetery in Annapolis, Md. Gail Burton/Associated Press hide caption

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington last July. The Mayo Clinic announced that same month that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Montenegro's President Milo Djukanovic arrives for a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels earlier this month. Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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Kelly Sadler, shown in March, is no longer employed as a special assistant to President Trump. Last month, after Sen. John McCain urged senators to vote against Gina Haspel's nomination to head the CIA, Sadler reportedly said, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway." Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Sen. John McCain's upcoming memoir, The Restless Wave, discusses the partisan divide in the nation and some thoughts on how to do address it. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., receives the Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden, chairman of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees, in Philadelphia on Monday. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Sen. John McCain says defeat of the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a chance for a fresh start. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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On Tuesday on the Senate floor, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called for a return to "regular order": the traditional legislative process, with more bipartisanship. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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