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“Yeah, you got it,” Mr. McCain said after a reporter answered “Heathcliff” (though, to be fair, not in the form of a question). “And I missed it.

“And I lost it,” he continued. “And you know what I wrote down? I wrote down ‘Wuthering Heights.’ And the answer was ‘Heathcliff.’”

“How close!” offered a reporter.

“Loser again,” Mr. McCain quipped.


Leahy replaces Inouye, moves up in succession

Democratic Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont was sworn in Tuesday as president pro tempore of the Senate.

As the longest-serving Democrat now in the Senate, Mr. Leahy moved to third in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joseph R. Biden and House Speaker John A. Boehner.

Mr. Biden swore Mr. Leahy in as the successor to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii in the Senate post. Mr. Inouye, who also helmed the Senate Appropriations Committee, died Monday at age 88. A vase of white roses was on Mr. Inouye’s desk on the Senate floor.

“I can’t tell you how much it pains me,” Mr. Leahy said before being sworn in. “He was one of the greatest members of this body ever to have served, and a dear friend to so many of us.”

Mr. Leahy also is in line to succeed Mr. Inouye as chairman of the appropriations panel. The 72-year-old Mr. Leahy is the current chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Leahy was elected in 1974 and is serving his seventh term. He was the youngest senator to be elected in Vermont, at age 34, and is the state’s longest-serving senator.


General faces charges of sexual misconduct

An Army general will face court-martial in connection with a series of sexual misconduct charges, but the Army refused to say Tuesday what crimes he is being charged with as he awaits arraignment next month.

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