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Joe Biden takes shots at Trump and Washington political culture in eulogy for McCain

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Joe Biden speaks at John McCain's funeral

Former Vice-President Joe Biden delivered a moving and often humorous eulogy at the funeral of John McCain, who died of the same form of brain cancer that took Biden’s son Beau.

“My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat”, Biden said, joking about his political affiliation. “And I loved John McCain.”

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Biden shared a few warm anecdotes about his relationship with the veteran senator, including a trip to Greece where McCain and Jill Biden wound up “dancing on top of a cement table drinking Ouzo.”

But it wasn’t long before Biden grew serious, taking digs at both an unnamed President Trump and the toxic political culture in Washington D.C.

Noting that many acted as if “John came from a different age, lived by an ancient antiquated code where honor, courage, character integrity, duty — were obvious because that’s how John lived his life. The truth is John’s code was ageless, is ageless.”

“It wasn’t about politics” for McCain, Biden said. “He could disagree on substance, but it was the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything he was. You could come to a different conclusion, but where he’d part company with you is if you lacked the basic values of decency, respect.”

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McCain’s story was “the American story, grounded in respect and decency. Basic fairness. The intolerance for the abuse of power.” Biden said. As if making a direct comparison to President Trump, Biden repeated that McCain “could not stand the abuse of power. Wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country.”

Biden also called out the tribalism of American politics and the current lack of civility in Washington. In the 1990s, Biden said, “it was always appropriate to challenge another senator’s judgment, but never appropriate to challenge their motive.”

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“If I say you’re doing this because you are being paid off, if I say you’re doing this because you are not a good Christian, if I say you’re doing this because you are this, that, or the other thing, it’s impossible to reach consensus,” the former VP said, as he remembered both his friend and a different time in the nation’s history.

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Lawmaker Rashida Tlaib calls for boycott of Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ over Israel comments

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., suggested a boycott against HBO host Bill Maher after he denounced the international movement to boycott Israel as a "bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class."

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"Maybe folks should boycott his show," Tlaib wrote in a tweet on Saturday. "I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now."

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In a video that appeared to be from Saturday's protests in Portland, a man can be seen walking into a group of right-wing demonstrators.

"F*ck you," the man says, pointing at an apparent Proud Boys member.

"F*ck you," the man says again as he points at another member of the group.

The man then repeats the process over and over, pointing out a member of the Proud Boys each time. He did make an exception for a dog, which he described as "cool."

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