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Steeped in experience covering John McCain, our political team will get you ready for the Republican Convention

The best politicians tend to be complex people. But most of them camouflage their complexity because voters--especially presidential voters--are not usually enamored of nuance. John McCain is a complex man--ironic and earnest, driven and fun-loving, self-assured and self-deprecating--but his concern with honor is like a golden thread woven through his remarkable life of service. In the cover story of our special Republican Convention issue, McCain's abiding concern with honor is the prism through which James Carney and Michael Grunwald look at the Republican presidential nominee. Carney, our Washington bureau chief, has covered both of McCain's presidential campaigns. He first encountered McCain...

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