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Here is the latest Washington DC news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT

August 27, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Memorial services for Sen. John McCain will include tributes from his children and fellow politicians. Rick Davis, McCain’s former presidential campaign manager, says U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, former U.S. Sen. John Kyl and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will be among those who speak at services in Phoenix.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after Sen. John McCain’s death, President Donald Trump says he respects the senator’s “service to our country” and has signed a proclamation to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff until his burial. The flag atop the White House flew at half-staff over the weekend but was raised Monday and then lowered again amid criticism.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has dealt a blow to President Donald Trump’s effort to overhaul the U.S. bureaucracy, including by making it easier to fire government workers. The judge says key provisions of three executive orders Trump signed in May “undermine federal employees’ right to bargain collectively” as protected by federal law.

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said he “won’t say a word about” an 11-page text by the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States that claims the pontiff knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, but rehabilitated him anyway. The pope said Sunday that he declined to confirm or deny what was wrote by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, which read in part like a homophobic attack on Francis and his allies.

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