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  • Senator John McCain, one of the most ardent and vocal supporters of a United States military strike in Syria, was caught playing video poker on his phone during a Senate hearing on President Obama's request to use military force in Syria. Senator McCain has been front and center calling for the US to respond with force to send Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a strong message after it was determined that his government used chemical weapons against its own citizens, but seems to have been unconcerned about the witness testimony from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, along with Secretaries Kerry and Hagel.
  • Senator McCain unknowingly posed for a photograph with a known rebel kidnapper during his unannounced visit to Syria. Mr. McCain was shown standing next to Mohammad Nour, the chief spokesman and photographer for the Northern Storm Brigade, which is the group that is responsible for kidnapping eleven Lebanese Shiite pilgrims just over one year ago. Senator McCain's spokesman claimed ignorance and said that the man introduced himself as Anwar Ibrahim.

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