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The congressional recess could not come soon enough for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

During the past few weeks, McCain's comprehensive tobacco legislation went up in smoke; he had to apologize for an off-color joke he told at a GOP fund-raiser about Chelsea Clinton and Janet Reno; and the Supreme Court struck down the line-item-veto law that Congress passed in 1996. McCain was one of its original sponsors.McCain told reporters Thursday: "I would like to point out that this has been a wonderful two weeks for me personally. I really haven't had quite so much fun since my last interrogation in Hanoi." McCain, a former Navy pilot, spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.