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Senator, Vietnam War Hero & Presidential Candidate, John McCain Dies; His Daughter, ‘The View’s’ Meghan McCain Writes Heartfelt Tribute

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As we write this o Saturday, the media, celebrities,, the public, and politicians are learning of the passing at 4:30PM today Arizona time of Senator John McCain who died at 81 of brain cancer.  He died surrounded by his wife and family.  McCain who was often called “The Maverick” was known for his service to his country both as a Vietnam war hero, and for his years of service to the public in the political arena.

 

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His daughter, Meghan McCain is currently the co-host of ABC’s morning talker, The View.  She took to social media with this heartbreaking and heartfelt tribute to her father on his passing:

In addition, some of your favorite soap stars are posting on social media upon learning the news of McCain’s passing.

Eileen Davidson took to Twitter and expressed: “One of the greats. RIP John McCain thank you for your valiant service. Our world is better because of your example. God bless your family. ❤❤❤ A TRUE LEADER. A TRUE HERO!!!!!”

Share your thoughts on the passing of Senator John McCain, and Meghan’s message in the comment section below.

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John McCain was a perfect example of how to handle political disagreement with class, dignity, and respect for the people he represented. That classic moment in the 2008 campaign when he defended Barack Obama to a misinformed voter was beyond brilliant. It’s sad that we’ve seen so little of that behavior since; I dare say we may never see it again.

Shay
Shay

Respect for those he purportedly “represented?” Since when? Given that two of the most desired recent items on the GOP voters’ agenda were to repeal Obamacare and pass immigration measures to stem the overwhelming tide of illegal aliens pouring into our country, I saw absolutely no indication of either acknowledgment for our wishes or willingness to support these measures legislatively by this petty, bitter, vindictive little man who always thought he knew better than the Republicans he claimed to serve. In fact, he was an obstinate, steadfast obstacle to getting this done because he couldn’t abide giving our president a victory on either score. That indicates neither class nor dignity to me.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Beautifully said, Soaphound. I agree. Class, dignity and respect. He will be missed by even those on the opposing side.

Harry
Harry

Always fighting the good fight and even when one disagreed with him, one respected him. We don’t see his like again. “Honor and Beauty in the Owner’s Arms, are Weakly Fortress’d in a World of Harms.”

William Shakespeare. The Rape of Lucrece.

su000
su000

John McCain the politician the Senator, I rarely agreed with his policies. Not a fan.
John McCain the man. I have great respect and honor for the man. I Salute.

May your soul be blessed on its’ journey, John McCain.
be it going to Nirvana? Heaven? Hell? Purgatory? Reincarnation? Who knows. I Wish a blessed journey.
But, Never RIP- it’s to cease the journey and enter into Eternal Slumber.

John Sidney McCain III, Atma ko Sadgati Prapt ho..

rebecca1
rebecca1

Beautiful tribute from a daughter to her father. What a life he lived! And through it all, from what I’ve read, witnessed, he always stayed true to his convictions. His vote against that heartless attempted repeal of the healthcare act was one of bravery and conscience. In the midst of his own devastating diagnosis he had the compassion to realize that not all could afford the medical treatment he could; that many would suffer if that bill had passed.

Another good person has exited. RIP John McCain. I say that with respect and gratitude for your service both in and out of the military.

Timmm
Timmm

I agree with a lot of what president Trump has done in his nearly two years in office BUT the one black mark I cannot forgive him for is saying that John Mccain was not a hero. MCCain went through hell and back and THEN became a politician and managed to keep a good name on both sides of the political fence. God bless you John and you’re loving family!

rebecca1
rebecca1

If a funeral can be considered “amazing” then that’s how I’d describe what I watched today. The speeches, the tributes, the music…what a beautiful, spectacular service to a man who gave so much of his time to serving. The evidence of his humanity and ability to see “across the aisle” was evident in the diversity of party, religion and race, and the two presidents who beat him to The House who he considered friends.. Instead of obsessing on who drew a bigger crowd or who won the race, he developed friendships with those he didn’t always see eye to eye with, yet strove to work with them for the greater good and in so doing saw the person behind he differences.

I loved how he planned much of his own funeral while he was still able to do so; still able to get his points across, leave his final words of wisdom in such a poignant fashion through his daughter and the speakers who spoke of him and for him. In the midst of such a solemn occasion he delivered through his choice of speakers a powerful message that all men/women of good conscience will hopefully heed.

RIP John McCain.

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As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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