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McCain: ‘We Will Not Waterboard’
Former POW breaks with Trump on torture and trade

“What does it say about America if we’re going to inflict torture on people?” Arizona Sen. John McCain asked at a security conference on Saturday. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In a passionate address Saturday, Sen. John McCain promised that the U.S. would not reinstate waterboarding as an acceptable interrogation technique under any circumstance.

The Arizona Republican made it clear that any attempt by the new Trump administration to bring back waterboarding, a procedure which simulates drowning, would be immediately challenged in court, according to The Associated Press.

Ep. 17: TPP Trade Pact Drives Wedge in Democratic Party
The Big Story

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement has become a thorny issue for presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her Democratic Party, says CQ Roll Call’s trade reporter Ellyn Ferguson, who explains in detail what’s at stake. Donald Trump’s and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign rhetoric has emboldened anti-TPP activists, who have turned a usually wonky debate to a national conversation that transcends party politics.

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Obama Criticizes GOP Convention Themes on Crime, Immigration
Mexican president takes high road after delegates chanted 'build that wall'

Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto (left), and U.S. President Barack Obama meet during a North American leaders' summit last month in Canada. The duo met Friday at the White House. (Photo via Flickr)

President Barack Obama on Friday took umbrage with themes voiced during the Republican National Convention, arguing the country is not plagued by widespread violence and warning against trade wars.  

The comments came after GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump used his acceptance speech to promise Americans he would stop what he called “violence in our streets and the chaos in our communities.”  

GOP May Take Cue on TPP From Trump

Obama, Ryan Must Find Common Ground Soon

Ryan will seek the House speakership. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

There could be little President Barack Obama can do to find common ground with Paul D. Ryan, given their deep ideological differences and House conservatives’ inevitable demands for the speaker-in-waiting.  

With Ryan's announcement that he will seek the speakership, all eyes now turn to the Wisconsin Republican's ability to manage his fractious caucus and find just enough common ground with a president many conservatives revile. Ryan will have little time to settle in because of some fast-approaching fiscal deadlines. Congressional leaders must find a way in coming weeks to avoid a potentially catastrophic debt default, then see if they can strike a long-term budget deal.  

Menendez, Rubio Critical of 'Political' Human Trafficking Report

Menendez and Rubio are critical of a new human trafficking report. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two senators say politics are at play in the State Department's announcement that the human trafficking situations in Malaysia and Cuba are improving.  

On Monday, the State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report , bumping both nations from Tier 3 to Tier 2 Watch List, allowing Malaysia to stay in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.