McCain and Mother Russia?

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August 19, 2008 2:59 p.m.

As you probably know, there’s been a lot of chatter over the last couple days about whether or not John McCain’s cross in the dirt story may have been lifted from the life of Alexander Solzenitsyn, the famous Russian novelist and dissident who died earlier this month. Well, whatever the origin of McCain’s story, it didn’t come from Solzenitsyn because it never happened to him either. The whole thing turns out to be an urban legend, apparently cooked up by Watergate felon Chuck Colson.

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