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August 16, 2018

Retired Navy Adm. William H. McRaven is standing in solidarity with former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked by President Trump on Wednesday.

As commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014, McRaven oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In an open letter to Trump published Thursday in The Washington Post, McRaven called Brennan "one of the finest public servants I have ever known," a man of "unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him."

McRaven said he would consider it "an honor" if Trump would revoke his security clearance as well, "so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency." McRaven said he was hopeful Trump would "rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs," but his actions have instead "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage, and worst of all, divided us as a nation. If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be." Catherine Garcia

May 11, 2018

After a White House staffer on Thursday joked about Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) grim cancer prognosis, others were quick to rush to the ailing senator's defense — including the White House, McCain's daughter Meghan, and, most recently, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Communications aide Kelly Sadler dismissed McCain's disapproval of CIA director nominee Gina Haspel on the grounds that "he's dying anyway." McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer last summer.

Sadler issued apologies to McCain's family, but that didn't stop Biden from releasing a strong statement on the matter, accusing the Trump administration of hitting "rock bottom" with their "trail of disrespect" towards the senator.

Biden went on to praise McCain for being "a genuine hero," and asserted that future generations would learn from the senator's example. Biden also visited McCain in Arizona during his recovery last weekend, The Hill reported. Read Biden's full statement below. Shivani Ishwar

February 22, 2016

In a sign of solidarity, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to assist the singer during her legal battle against producer Dr. Luke.

Swift's spokesperson, Tree Paine, confirmed the gift to USA Today on Sunday, saying it was offered to "help with any of her financial needs during this trying time." In 2014, Kesha (born Kesha Rose Sebert) filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, accusing him of "sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally" abusing her for almost 10 years, starting at the age of 18, when she signed onto his record label.

Kesha filed a preliminary injunction to release her from her contract and allow her to record other music, but on Friday, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled against the singer, saying: "You're asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry." Several musicians have expressed their support for Kesha on social media, including Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, and Lorde, who tweeted on Friday she was standing with Kesha "through this traumatic, deeply unfair time." Catherine Garcia

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