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Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch reveals the two rules he tells his law clerks to follow

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In an exclusive interview, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch gave Fox News some insight into how he and his clerks handle the weight of public opinion while serving on the nation’s highest court.

Fox News host Shannon Bream had asked Gorsuch whether he let public perception influence his work.

“I tell my law clerks I have two rules — only two rules — if you follow them, you’re going to be just fine,” he said. “Rule number one: Don’t make it up — follow the law. Rule number two: when everybody else around you is yelling at you, asking you to make it up and condemning you for not making it up, refer to rule number one.”

KAVANAUGH AND GORSUCH DEFY DEM PREDICTIONS WITH INDEPENDENT STREAK

Gorsuch, an originalist, has embraced a judicial philosophy that limits Constitutional rights to those outlined during the nation’s founding and insists that additions to the document should come through the consent of the American people.

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“Originalism says the rights of the Constitution that were given in 1789 are the rights you enjoy today and they can never be taken — and if you want to add to them, we the people add to them,” Gorsuch told Bream.

Left-leaning advocates have often pushed a judicial philosophy that supposes the founders couldn’t have foreseen circumstances that might alter the meaning of the text they initially wrote.

When Bream asked Gorsuch about that argument, he called it “baloney.” “I think the Constitution is one of the greatest documents in all of human history and deserves our respect — and if you want to change it, don’t ask five people in Washington to change it for you,” he said, referring to the slim majority needed for Supreme Court decisions.

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“There’s a process — it’s called the amendment process. It’s actually there in the Constitution and you can do it — and it has been done. It’s been done 27 times.”

Gorsuch’s confirmation was especially contentious given that he was replacing former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a staunch originalist who died just before the 2016 election.

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Gorsuch, who was close with Scalia before his death, recalled how the former justice inspired him to follow that judicial philosophy.

“In law school, I never heard the word originalism from a professor,” he told Bream. “And then I remember Justice Scalia coming to speak — I was a student at [Harvard] law school — and he talked about originalism in the Constitution and it really had a profound effect on me,”

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Watch Fox News Channel’s one-hour special “Neil Gorsuch: Justice for the Republic” on Sunday, September 8 at 8 p.m. EDT hosted by “Fox News @ Night” anchor and chief legal correspondent Shannon Bream. An extended director’s cut version of the special containing additional footage will be available on FNC’s streaming service FOX Nation, beginning on Sunday, September 8th at 8:05 p.m. EDT.

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Serena Williams Misses Out On History, Falls To 19-Year-Old Bianca Andreescu In US Open Final

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Serena Williams will have to wait yet again to tie for the all-time lead in Grand Slam singles titles. Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu might just be starting her own run.

Williams fell 6-3, 7-5 to Andreescu in the US Open final on Sunday. The win is the 19-year-old Andreescu’s first career Grand Slam, and the fourth straight loss in a Grand Slam final for Williams.

Williams, owner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, is one short of Margaret Court’s 24 for a share of the all-time lead. Williams’ last Grand Slam title came at the 2017 Australian Open.

Star-making performance from Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu set the tone early by breaking Williams in the first game of the match, and never relinquished the lead in breaks during the first set.

The second set looked like it would a runaway win for Andreescu after she broke Williams twice in a row to take a commanding 5-1 game lead. Williams responded with the fire that has brought her to the brink of history and fought back to tie the set at 5-5.

And yet, it was Andreescu’s moment. The Canadian pulled it back together and won the match, completing a meteoric rise in the world of tennis this year.

Andreescu began the year ranked outside of the top 100, but put the tennis world on notice with a win at Indian Wells in the BNP Paribas Open. She eventually rose to No. 15 in the world entering the US Open, and will rise even more once the rankings are updated.

Andreescu is both the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam and the first player born in the 2000s to capture the honor. Between Andreescu, last year’s champion Naomi Osaka and plenty of other young challengers like Coco Gauff, the future of women’s tennis could be forming before our eyes.

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Physician warns vaping teens are ‘inhaling these harmful chemicals and toxins into their lungs’

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Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, a family and emergency medicine physician, warned Saturday about the potentially harmful side effects of inhaling chemicals during vaping.

Nesheiwat told Fox News anchor Eric Shawn that she’s seen young patients with chest pain, shortness of breath, and even collapsed lungs.

“What these kids and teenagers are doing — they are inhaling these harmful chemicals and toxins into their lungs … their lungs become inflamed, they get filled with fluid, and they go into respiratory distress. They can’t breathe,” she said while appearing on “America’s News HQ” on Saturday.

Her comments came after health officials have linked several deaths and hundreds of cases of lung illness to e-cigarette products. Juul, a prominent vaping vendor, has maintained that their product is safe.

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Nesheiwat told Shawn that vaping companies specifically target teens online, pushing flavors like fruit punch and cotton candy. Because teens’ lungs are still developing, she said, vaping could be especially harmful to their age group.

It’s unclear exactly how vaping affects the body given the amount and varying combinations of chemicals involved, she said.

“Kids are getting a hold of these products — they could buy them off the streets, they are counterfeit, bootleg marijuana mixed with other chemicals. We’ve seen vitamin E has also been linked as one of the chemicals that might be causing harmful effects in the lungs,” she said.

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“But it’s not just one substance. It could be a mixture … that all together, you heat them up and it causes inflammation and severe lung damage,” she added.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar previously told Fox News that people shouldn’t vape and especially shouldn’t alter the product with THC.

“Please be very, very careful,”  he said. “This can be extremely dangerous,”

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US Open: Bianca Andreescu becomes first Canadian to win Grand Slam, denies Serena Williams

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FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. — Twenty-four thousand tennis fans and one Duchess of Sussex gathered in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a cool September Saturday in New York City, hoping to witness a coronation of Serena Williams, a player cut from unmistakable tennis royalty.

What they took in was an entirely different, and wholly unexpected, spectacle, one that was authored by an utterly fearless Canadian teenager, Bianca Andreescu.

A 19-year-old playing in her first main-draw Open and making her major final debut, Andreescu is barely half of Williams age and wasn’t even born when Williams won the first of her 23 Grand Slams – neither of which stopped her from scoring a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Andreescu’s preternatural poise in the world’s biggest tennis venue denied Williams her seventh Open title – one that would’ve tied her with Margaret Court at the top of the all-time major winner list at 24.

“It wasn’t easy at all. I tried to step on the court and not focus on who I’m playing. I’m really pround of how i dealt with everything,” Andreescu said during an on-court interveiw. 

Williams came back from facing match point at 1-5, winning four straight games to square it at 5. But Andreescu held serve and broke Williams for a sixth time to take her first Grand Slam title in her first appearance.

When asked how she handled the pressure in the second set when Williams came back, Andreescu said the toughest part was the crowd.

“I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I’m so sorry. It was expected for Serena to fight back. She started serving way, way better. Balls were going all over the place.” 

Said Williams: “I was just fighting at that point and I tried to stay out there a little bit longer, and the fans started cheering so hard, and I started playing a little bit better.”

The stunning upset makes Andreescu not merely the first Canadian to win a major tennis title, but the sport’s brightest supernova.

Andreescu, after all, finished last year ranked No. 178 and didn’t even get through Open qualifying in 2018.It was the fourth consecutive finals defeat for the 37-year-old Williams, who was the oldest finalist in the Open era, and has yet to hoist a major trophy since giving birth to her daughter two years ago.

“Bianca played an unbelievable match,” Williams said. “I’m so proud and happy for you. It was incredible tennis out there, but if anyone could win this tournament outside of Venus, I’m happy it’s Bianca.”

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Andreescu – the only player in Open annals with a perfect US Open record (7-0) – defeated Williams last month in the finals at Toronto, but Williams’ retired after just four games with back spasms. Still, the small sample size convinced Andreescu she could play with the champ. She broke Williams’ vaunted serve twice in the opening set, and four more times in the second – this after Williams had won 51 of 54 service games in the previous six rounds.  

“I think she’s going to be No. 1 soon,” said Patrick Mouratoglou of Andreescu, a day before the championship match. “She has the whole package – the physical, the athleticism and the mental. She looks incredibly confident. She feels like she’s where she belongs.”

Mourataglou was probably may more right-on than he wanted to be. Andreescu never showed more nerve than after Williams broke her for the first time in the third game of the second set, breaking right back when Williams knocked a forehand wide.

In a match that showcased players with the biggest age gap in the 51 years of the Open era – 18 years and 263 days – youth was not only served.

Youth ruled.

“She’s a warrior and she’s a street fighter,” said her coach, Sylvain Bruneau, on Friday. “She’s as tough as it gets as a competitor. She’s not scared. She goes for it.”

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Ashley Graham Stuns In Chic Black Feathered Dress At Harper’s Bazaar Party

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Ashley Graham was a vision on the red carpet Friday night at the Harper’s Bazaar annual Icons party, where she stepped out in a black feathered sleeveless dress.

The supermodel, who announced that she’s pregnant with her first child last month, posed for cameras in a custom ensemble by 16Arlington. Her dress, with sheer material, featured a slit and a black feathery trim. Graham also opted for a black jeweled headband. 

Graham posted photos on Instagram of her preparing for the event, dishing on details about her accessories.

“I now understand the headband trend,” she wrote.

Last month, Graham and her husband, director and cinematographer Justin Ervin, announced in a sweet video posted to social media that they’re expecting their first child together.

The couple was celebrating their ninth anniversary on the day they announced the news.

“Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life,” Graham wrote. “It has been the best journey with my favorite person in the world! Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY!”

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Bianca Andreescu defeats Serena Williams in US Open final for first major title

This time, there was no controversy.

For the second year in a row, Serena Williams’ quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title was denied in Saturday’s U.S. Open final by a much younger opponent.

This time, it was 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu who won her first major title, defeating the 37-year-old Williams 6-3, 7-5.

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Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, reacts after scoring a point against Serena Williams, of the United States, during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Andreescu appeared to be cruising to a routine straight-sets win before Williams fought off a match point at 5-1 in the second set, then ripped off the next five games to make Andreescu earn the title in front of a partisan, pro-Williams crowd in Flushing Meadows.

Andreescu stopped the bleeding with a service hold to go ahead 6-5, then broke Williams’ serve to clinch the victory.

The final was hard-fought, but was blessedly free of incidents like the dispute between Williams and chair umpire Carlos Ramos that marred her 2018 final loss to Naomi Osaka.

This is a developing story, check back for more updates.

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Trump Admin Humiliated as Federal Court Rules Several Deported Parents Can Return to U.S.

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Antonio Brown signs with New England Patriots hours after Raiders cut him

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Wide receiver Antonio Brown signed with the New England Patriots Saturday, hours after he was cut by the Oakland Raiders before ever playing a game for the team.

Official terms of the deal were not disclosed, but ESPN reported that the agreement was for one year, included a $9 million signing bonus and could be worth up to $15 million.

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NOAA Slammed For Backing Trump Over Scientists In Dorian-Alabama Feud

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump’s statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

They say NOAA’s action risks the credibility of the nation’s weather and science agency and may even risk lives.

Dismay came those who served under Republican and Democratic presidents alike as leaders in meteorology and disaster response sized up a sustained effort by Trump and his aides to justify his warning that Alabama, among other states, was “most likely” to be hit hard by Dorian, contrary to forecasts showing Alabama was clear.

That effort led NOAA to repudiate a tweet from the National Weather Service the previous weekend assuring Alabamans — accurately — that they had nothing to fear from the hurricane. The weather service is part of NOAA and the tweet came from its Birmingham, Alabama, office.

“This rewriting history to satisfy an ego diminishes NOAA,” Elbert “Joe” Friday, former Republican-appointed director of the National Weather Service, said on Facebook. He told The Associated Press on Saturday: “We don’t want to get the point where science is determined by politics rather than science and facts. And I’m afraid this is an example where this is beginning to occur.”

Alabama had never been included in hurricane advisories and Trump’s information, based on less authoritative graphics than an official forecast, was outdated even at the time.

In the tempestuous aftermath, some meteorologists spoke on social media of protesting when the acting NOAA chief, Neil Jacobs , is scheduled to speak at a National Weather Association meeting Tuesday — in Huntsville, Alabama.

Former officials saw a political hand at work in NOAA’s statement disavowing the Birmingham tweet. The statement was issued by an anonymous “spokesperson,” a departure from the norm for federal agencies that employ people to speak for them by name.

“This falls into such uncharted territory,” said W. Craig Fugate, who was Florida emergency management chief under Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under Democratic President Barack Obama. “You have science organizations putting out statements against their own offices. For the life of me I don’t think I would have ever faced this under President Obama or Governor Bush.”

Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator during the Obama administration said: “It is truly sad to see political appointees undermining the superb, life-saving work of NOAA’s talented and dedicated career servants. Scientific integrity at a science agency matters.”

The White House declined to comment Saturday when asked if it had directed NOAA to release the statement. The president spent the morning at his Virginia golf club. NOAA officials also didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Retired Adm. David Titley, former NOAA operations chief during the Obama administration and a former meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University said NOAA’s leadership is showing “moral cowardice” and officials should have resigned instead of issuing the statement chastising the Birmingham office. Joe Friday said he would have quit had he been in top officials’ shoes.

Titley said the episode might feed distrust of forecasts that help people make life-or-death decisions whether to evacuate.

“For people who look for excuses not to take action when their lives or property are threatened … I think this can potentially feed that,” Titley said.

Former NOAA deputy administration Monica Medina, who served in the Obama and Clinton administrations, said “it will make us less safe as a country.”

And Justin Kenney, who headed the agency’s communications in the Obama administration, said “by politicizing weather forecasts, the president … puts more people — including first responders — in harm’s way.”

Bill Read, who became director of the National Hurricane Center director during the Republican George W. Bush administration, said on Facebook the NOAA statement showed either an embarrassing lack of understanding of forecasting or “a lack of courage on their part by not supporting the people in the field who are actually doing the work. Heartbreaking.”

A retired chief of the center’s hurricane forecasting desk, James Franklin, said on Twitter that the NOAA statement had thrown the Birmingham office “under the bus” — a phrase several ex-officials used. He said the Birmingham office’s tweet was “spot-on and an appropriate response to the President’s misleading tweet that morning.”

Last Sunday, Trump tweeted : “In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5.”

At the time, the hurricane center’s forecast path — including a large cone of uncertainty — did not go farther west than the eastern third of Georgia.

The weather service in Birmingham quickly followed up with its tweet, which one meteorologist there said was prompted by residents’ concerns about what to do. It said: “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”

NOAA verified that day that the “current forecast path of Dorian does not include Alabama” and an agency spokesman, Christopher Vaccaro, put his name to that.

NOAA’s disavowal of the Birmingham tweet came late Friday. It said its forecasters “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

The highest percentage that tropical force storm winds — not stronger hurricane-force winds — would hit somewhere in Alabama was 11%, according to hurricane center charts, and the chances were briefly between 20% and 30% according to a graphic that was not a forecast and that was outdated by the time of Trump’s warning.

Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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NOAA Slammed For Backing Trump Over Scientists In Dorian-Alabama Feud

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump’s statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama.

They say NOAA’s action risks the credibility of the nation’s weather and science agency and may even risk lives.

Dismay came those who served under Republican and Democratic presidents alike as leaders in meteorology and disaster response sized up a sustained effort by Trump and his aides to justify his warning that Alabama, among other states, was “most likely” to be hit hard by Dorian, contrary to forecasts showing Alabama was clear.

That effort led NOAA to repudiate a tweet from the National Weather Service the previous weekend assuring Alabamans — accurately — that they had nothing to fear from the hurricane. The weather service is part of NOAA and the tweet came from its Birmingham, Alabama, office.

“This rewriting history to satisfy an ego diminishes NOAA,” Elbert “Joe” Friday, former Republican-appointed director of the National Weather Service, said on Facebook. He told The Associated Press on Saturday: “We don’t want to get the point where science is determined by politics rather than science and facts. And I’m afraid this is an example where this is beginning to occur.”

Alabama had never been included in hurricane advisories and Trump’s information, based on less authoritative graphics than an official forecast, was outdated even at the time.

In the tempestuous aftermath, some meteorologists spoke on social media of protesting when the acting NOAA chief, Neil Jacobs , is scheduled to speak at a National Weather Association meeting Tuesday — in Huntsville, Alabama.

Former officials saw a political hand at work in NOAA’s statement disavowing the Birmingham tweet. The statement was issued by an anonymous “spokesperson,” a departure from the norm for federal agencies that employ people to speak for them by name.

“This falls into such uncharted territory,” said W. Craig Fugate, who was Florida emergency management chief under Republican Gov. Jeb Bush and director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under Democratic President Barack Obama. “You have science organizations putting out statements against their own offices. For the life of me I don’t think I would have ever faced this under President Obama or Governor Bush.”

Jane Lubchenco, NOAA administrator during the Obama administration said: “It is truly sad to see political appointees undermining the superb, life-saving work of NOAA’s talented and dedicated career servants. Scientific integrity at a science agency matters.”

The White House declined to comment Saturday when asked if it had directed NOAA to release the statement. The president spent the morning at his Virginia golf club. NOAA officials also didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Retired Adm. David Titley, former NOAA operations chief during the Obama administration and a former meteorology professor at Pennsylvania State University said NOAA’s leadership is showing “moral cowardice” and officials should have resigned instead of issuing the statement chastising the Birmingham office. Joe Friday said he would have quit had he been in top officials’ shoes.

Titley said the episode might feed distrust of forecasts that help people make life-or-death decisions whether to evacuate.

“For people who look for excuses not to take action when their lives or property are threatened … I think this can potentially feed that,” Titley said.

Former NOAA deputy administration Monica Medina, who served in the Obama and Clinton administrations, said “it will make us less safe as a country.”

And Justin Kenney, who headed the agency’s communications in the Obama administration, said “by politicizing weather forecasts, the president … puts more people — including first responders — in harm’s way.”

Bill Read, who became director of the National Hurricane Center director during the Republican George W. Bush administration, said on Facebook the NOAA statement showed either an embarrassing lack of understanding of forecasting or “a lack of courage on their part by not supporting the people in the field who are actually doing the work. Heartbreaking.”

A retired chief of the center’s hurricane forecasting desk, James Franklin, said on Twitter that the NOAA statement had thrown the Birmingham office “under the bus” — a phrase several ex-officials used. He said the Birmingham office’s tweet was “spot-on and an appropriate response to the President’s misleading tweet that morning.”

Last Sunday, Trump tweeted : “In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5.”

At the time, the hurricane center’s forecast path — including a large cone of uncertainty — did not go farther west than the eastern third of Georgia.

The weather service in Birmingham quickly followed up with its tweet, which one meteorologist there said was prompted by residents’ concerns about what to do. It said: “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east.”

NOAA verified that day that the “current forecast path of Dorian does not include Alabama” and an agency spokesman, Christopher Vaccaro, put his name to that.

NOAA’s disavowal of the Birmingham tweet came late Friday. It said its forecasters “spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time.”

The highest percentage that tropical force storm winds — not stronger hurricane-force winds — would hit somewhere in Alabama was 11%, according to hurricane center charts, and the chances were briefly between 20% and 30% according to a graphic that was not a forecast and that was outdated by the time of Trump’s warning.

Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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