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•  Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who overcame severe injuries suffered in the waning days of World War II to become a revered figure in US politics - serving in the Senate for 27 years, including 11 as the GOP leader, running for president three times (and gaining the nomination once, in 1996), and despite a cutting sense of humor able to evince grace, bipartisanship and statesmanship - has passed away at age 98.  Dole had announced earlier this year that he'd been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer.