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U.S. Sanctions Senior Myanmar Generals Over Rohingya ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

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The senior Myanmar military leaders sanctioned by the U.S. include commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, shown here as he delivered a speech last year. Lynn Bo Bo/AP hide caption

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The senior Myanmar military leaders sanctioned by the U.S. include commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, shown here as he delivered a speech last year.

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The State Department said it has issued sanctions to four top military leaders in Myanmar over what it called “gross human rights violations” during the “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Targets of the sanctions include the military’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, his deputy Soe Win, Brig. Gen. Than Oo and Brig. Gen. Aung Aung. The sanctions, which were announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, mean the leaders and their immediate families are barred from entry into the United States.

“With this announcement, the United States is the first government to publicly take action with respect to the most senior leadership of the Burmese military,” Pompeo said in a statement. “We designated these individuals based on credible information of these commanders’ involvement in gross violations of human rights.”

A U.N. fact-finding mission said last year that the military “took the lead in killing thousands of Rohingya civilians, as well as forced disappearances, mass gang rape and the burning of hundreds of villages.” It recommended that Min Aung Hlaing and other top leaders be tried for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

A spokesperson for the Myanmar military, Brig. Gen. Zaw Min Tun, told The New York Times that the new travel ban won’t have much effect on the leaders.

“It doesn’t matter that they banned travel to the United States for the generals,” said the spokesperson. “But it does insult the Myanmar military’s dignity.”

Pompeo’s statement said that Min Aung Hlaing ordered the release of his men convicted of killing a group of Rohingya men in Inn Din, which was the subject of a Reuters investigation that won the Pulitzer Prize. “The Commander-in-Chief released these criminals after only months in prison, while the journalists who told the world about the killings in Inn Din were jailed for more than 500 days,” Pompeo said. He called it an “egregious example of the continued and severe lack of accountability for the military and its senior leadership.”

Fortify Rights, a human rights organization based in Southeast Asia, said the sanctions alone are “not sufficient but a step toward more justice and accountability.”

“It is the military as an institution which needs to be targeted,” Mark Farmaner, director of the advocacy group Burma Campaign UK, said in a tweet. “The military will not change its behavior because a small number of its members have reduced holiday options.”

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John Paul Stevens Took Repeated Swings At Trump In His Twilight Years

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who died on Tuesday at the age of 99, won’t just be remembered for his lengthy and influential tenure on the nation’s high court — but also the many waves he made after his retirement.

It’s rare for a justice or a former justice to speak candidly about issues that could be perceived as political, but Stevens — who retired in 2010 after 35 years on the Supreme Court — repeatedly bucked this custom in his twilight years, speaking openly on a range of political topics and explicitly criticizing President Donald Trump

Here are some of the more noteworthy ways the retired justice stuck his neck out:

He called for the repeal of the Second Amendment to “make our schoolchildren safer.” 

In an op-ed for The New York Times in 2018, Stevens described the Second Amendment — which refers to a “well regulated militia” and the “right of the people to keep and bear arms” — as a “relic of the 18th century.” Its repeal, Stevens wrote, would “make our schoolchildren safer …  and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.” 

Trump fired off a rebuttal the next day, tweeting that “despite the words” of Stevens, there’s “NO WAY” the Second Amendment would be repealed. 

“We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!” the president added.

He urged the Senate to get moving on the stalled nomination of Merrick Garland.

Speaking with National Law Journal reporter Marcia Coyle in May 2016, two months after then-President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the Supreme Court, Stevens urged the Republican-led Senate to get moving on Garland’s confirmation process.

“Go ahead and hold a hearing,” Stevens said of the Senate’s blockade on Garland’s nomination.

“I’m not aware of any confirmation process that’s been delayed to the extent that this one is,” Stevens said, adding that it was “really unfortunate” that the Supreme Court would be lacking one justice when its next term began.

Garland’s nomination was held in limbo for 293 days ― a record ― and finally expired in January 2017.

He opposed Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Stevens made headlines last October, when he expressed his opposition to Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 

Though Kavanaugh “had the qualifications” for the job, Stevens said the judge’s behavior at a congressional hearing showed him to be unfit. Kavanaugh defended himself against allegations of sexual assault at the hearing by accusing Democrats of seeking “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.

“His performance in the hearings changed my mind,” Stevens said, according to the Palm Beach Post. “The senators should pay attention to this.”

In May, Stevens told CNN that Kavanaugh was a “good judge” who had done a good job on the Supreme Court so far. He said, however, that he stood by his criticism of Kavanaugh’s nomination. 

“No, that’s really an entirely separate issue,” Stevens said, when asked if he regretted speaking up. 

“Perhaps I shouldn’t have said what I did,” he continued. “But I think his decisions will determine how good a judge he’ll be.”

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He called for the death penalty system to be abolished. 

Stevens was once an advocate of the death penalty, voting in 1976 to reinstate the use of capital punishment. Over the course of his career, however, the justice came full circle on the issue.

In 2008, he voted to uphold the constitutionality of a particular method of lethal injection in the case of two death row inmates in Kentucky. But in his opinion, he wrote that the time had come to reconsider “the justification for the death penalty itself.” 

“I have relied on my own experience in reaching the conclusion that the imposition of the death penalty represents the pointless and needless extinction of life with only marginal contributions to any discernible social or public purposes,” he wrote. 

After his retirement, Stevens doubled down on this position, writing in a 2014 book that he believed the death penalty to be unconstitutional and called for the rewriting of the Constitution to reflect this. 

He was critical of Trump

Stevens also didn’t shy away from criticizing the president. 

“I think there are things we should be concerned about, there’s no doubt about that,” he told The Wall Street Journal in May, when asked about the state of the country.

“The president is exercising powers that do not really belong to him. I mean, he has to comply with subpoenas and things like that,” Stevens continued.

Speaking to CNN that same month, Stevens said he hoped Trump would not damage the nation’s courts “too much.” Trump, he added, was “getting advice from people who are knowledgeable about judges” ― but, he noted, Trump did not appear to understand the role of the judiciary.

“I think he often speaks about them as Obama judges and other kinds of judges,” Stevens said. “But I think [Chief Justice] John Roberts was dead right when he said that there are only one kind of judge and they’re all working for the federal government.”

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Tape shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein discussing women at 1992 party

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Leader of Angela Merkel’s party to take over German defense ministry

BERLIN (AP) — The new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party took over Germany’s defense ministry on Wednesday in a risky but potentially rewarding move, reversing her previous insistence that she wouldn’t join the Cabinet.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeded Ursula von der Leyen, who was elected Tuesday as the new head of the European Commission.

Kramp-Karrenbauer narrowly won the leadership of Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union in December. She has concentrated so far on trying to renew the party, among other things seeking to heal divisions with conservatives who were irked by Merkel’s welcoming approach to migrants in 2015 and other moves.

However, she has seen her poll ratings drop sharply following several gaffes, and has struggled to raise her profile given that she lacks a seat in parliament and also wasn’t in the Cabinet. Kramp-Karrenbauer had insisted in recent days that she would continue to concentrate on the party, but has now changed tack abruptly.

ANGELA MERKEL SITS DURING WELCOMING CEREMONY FOLLOWING THIRD PUBLIC SHAKING INCIDENT

Merkel says she won’t seek a fifth term as chancellor. It isn’t yet clear who will run as the CDU’s candidate for chancellor in Germany’s next election, which is due in 2021 but could come earlier if her fractious coalition with the struggling center-left Social Democrats collapses.

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From right, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, new elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, von der Leyen’s successor as German Defense Minister, attend an office over ceremony at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP)

ANGELA MERKEL SEEN SHAKING AT EVENT IN BERLIN, SECOND TIME IN JUST OVER A WEEK

The defense ministry offers Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, who has served as governor of Saarland state but not in the federal government, a chance to gain foreign and security policy experience.

But it also is notoriously difficult to run, with concerns including the poor state of the German military’s equipment and managing a transition from conscription to a professional force.

While von der Leyen’s unexpected elevation to the European Union’s top job after 5½ years as defense minister suggests that the post can be a springboard to promotion, it has left most recent occupants as diminished figures in domestic politics. Von der Leyen herself was long considered a potential successor to Merkel but faded out of contention while at the defense ministry.

An ambitious younger conservative who also ran in last year’s CDU leadership election, Health Minister Jens Spahn, had been considered favorite to become defense minister. Kramp-Karrenbauer’s move to take the job avoids giving a potential rival more exposure.

Kramp-Karrenbauer didn’t address the reasons for her choice in brief remarks to reporters at the defense ministry, and took no questions.

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She said she was taking on the job “with great respect, whole-heartedly and full of conviction,” and is “very much looking forward to this task.”

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'Legitimized fear and hatred': What the House resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets says

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President Donald Trump dug in Tuesday on his comments directed at four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color, insisting they can “go wherever they want or they can stay,” adding, “They shouldn’t hate our country.” AP, AP

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives plans to vote later Tuesday on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racist tweets telling four progressive freshmen lawmakers to “go back” to other countries. 

Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J., who was born in Poland before immigrating to the United States, introduced the resolution on July 15. In the debate over the resolution on the House floor.

Trump has urged Republicans not to vote for the resolution, calling it a “Democrat con game.”

“The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game,” Trump tweeted. “Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap.”

The resolution uses quotations from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy, as well as Benjamin Franklin, among other famous American historical figures, to condemn Trump’s tweets. 

More: Mitch McConnell declines to single out Trump over racist tweets; says ‘all of us’ should tone down rhetoric

More: Donald Trump to GOP: Don’t show ‘weakness’ by siding with Democrats on condemnation of tweets

Here’s what’s in H.Res. 489 “Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress”:

A quote from a Founding Father

Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention said, “When foreigners after looking about for some other Country in which they can obtain more happiness, give a preference to ours, it is a proof of attachment which ought to excite our confidence and affection”;

Quotes from former presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy 

Speaking to the Daughters of the Revolution Convention in 1938, Roosevelt said, “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

The resolution notes that Kennedy’s family originally immigrated from Ireland and quotes Kennedy’s 1958 book “A Nation of Immigrants.” where Kennedy wrote,

“The contribution of immigrants can be seen in every aspect of our national life. We see it in religion, in politics, in business, in the arts, in education, even in athletics and entertainment. There is no part of our nation that has not been touched by our immigrant background. Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”

More: House GOP leaders refuse to condemn Donald Trump’s racist tweets, say the uproar is ‘all about politics’

Quotes from Ronald Reagan’s last speech as president

In Reagan’s last speech as president, he alluded to the “strength” America draws from “every corner of the world.” 

“One of the most important sources of America’s greatness: we lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people — our strength — from every country and every corner of the world, and by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation… thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge”, always leading the world to the next frontier…if we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost”

More: Pence aide defends Trump’s ‘go back’ tweets by citing Elaine Chao’s presence in Trump administration

‘Legitimized fear and hatred’

The resolution argues that “President Donald Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

What the resolution does

The resolution says the House of Representatives:

  1. “Believes that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger, and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations”
  2. “Is committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from violence and oppression, and those who are willing to work hard to live the American Dream, no matter their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin”
  3. “Strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color”

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Nuclear Agency Considers Reducing Inspections Of Power Plant Reactors

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country’s nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.

The recommendations, made public Tuesday, include reducing the time and scope of some annual inspections at the nation’s 90-plus nuclear power plants. Some other inspections would be cut from every two years to every three years.

Some of the staff’s recommendations would require a vote by the commission, which has a majority of members appointed or reappointed by President Donald Trump, who has urged agencies to reduce regulatory requirements for industries.

The nuclear power industry has prodded regulators to cut inspections, saying the nuclear facilities are operating well and that the inspections are a financial burden for power providers. Nuclear power, like coal-fired power, has been struggling in market completion against cheaper natural gas and rising renewable energy.

While Tuesday’s report made clear that there was considerable disagreement among the nuclear agency’s staff on the cuts, it contended the inspection reduction “improves efficiency while still helping to ensure reasonable assurance of adequate protection to the public.”

Commission member Jeff Baran criticized the proposed changes Tuesday, saying reducing oversight of the nuclear power industry “would take us in the wrong direction.”

“NRC shouldn’t perform fewer inspections or weaken its safety oversight to save money,” Baran said.

The release comes a day after Democratic lawmakers faulted the NRC’s deliberations, saying they had failed to adequately inform the public of the changes under consideration.

“Cutting corners on such critical safety measures may eventually lead to a disaster that could be detrimental to the future of the domestic nuclear industry,” Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and other House Democrats said in a letter Monday to NRC Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki.

Asked for comment Tuesday, NRC spokespeople pointed to the staff arguments for the changes in the report. Trimming overall inspections “will improve effectiveness because inspectors again will be focused on issues of greater safety significance,” staffers told commission members in the recommendations.

Edwin Lyman, a nuclear-power expert at the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists, faulted the reasoning of commission staff that the good performance of much of the nuclear power industry warranted cutting back on agency inspections for problems and potential problems.

“That completely ignores the cause-and-effect relationship between inspections and good performances,” Lyman said.

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Poll: Most Americans call Trump's tweets targeting 4 congresswomen 'un-American'

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A dramatic controversy erupted on the House floor Tuesday over Republican objections to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks criticizing President Donald Trump’s tweets, resulting in a lawmaker abandoning the chair and storming off. (July 16) AP, AP

WASHINGTON – A clear majority of Americans say President Trump’s tweets targeting four minority congresswomen were “un-American,” according to a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll. But most Republicans say they agreed with his comments, an illustration of the nation’s sharp partisan divide on issues of patriotism and race.  

More than two-thirds of those aware of the controversy, 68%, called Trump’s tweets offensive. Among Republicans alone, however, 57% said they agreed with tweets that told the congresswomen to go back to their “original” countries, and a third “strongly” agreed with them. All four lawmakers are American citizens; three were born in the United States.

That finding may help explain the reluctance of GOP leaders and most GOP members of Congress to castigate the president for tweets and comments in recent days targeting the congresswomen, outspoken progressives who are among his sharpest critics on Capitol Hill. Only four Republicans joined House Democrats Tuesday in passing a resolution condemning Trump’s comments as “racist.”  

What we know: Trump triples down on his controversial tweets about ‘The Squad.’

Partisan rebuke: House votes to condemn Trump’s tweets with support from only 4 Republicans

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That said, the dispute could be costly for Trump among some key voters in his bid for a second term in next year’s presidential election. Independents by more than 2-1 said his tweets were “un-American.” Three-fourths of the women polled called them offensive. 

The furor began Sunday morning with a string of presidential tweets aimed at freshwomen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachuetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Trump’s disparaging comments and the fierce responses from the four congresswomen and other Democrats have overwhelmed attention to other pressing issues, including fundamental changes in asylum policy, the treatment of undocumented migrants at the border, and a looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling and reach a budget deal.

That could presage a 2020 presidential campaign that is ignited more by cultural conflicts than by economic concerns or foreign policy issues. 

The USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll of 1,005 people, taken online Monday and Tuesday, has a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points.

“A majority see President Trump’s tweets as un-American,” said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos Public Affairs. “However, there’s a huge partisan difference in how we interpret what’s racist in this country.”

Defending Trump:Mitch McConnell says ‘all of us’ should tone down rhetoric

Analysis: Tweet, outrage, double-down: Will the furor over Trump’s tweets be any different?

Two-thirds of those surveyed, 65%, said that telling minority Americans to “go back where they came from” was a racist statement. Nearly three-fourths of Democrats strongly agreed with that. Republicans were inclined to agree that the comment was racist, but only by a narrow margin, 45% to 34%.

Republicans were much more skeptical of charges of racism generally. Seventy percent agreed that “people who call others ‘racist’ usually do so in bad faith.” On that question, Democrats were split: 31% agreed; 35% disagreed.

When it came to patriotism, an overwhelming majority — 72% of Democrats, 93% of Republicans — said they were proud to be an American. While 75% of Republicans also said they were “proud of America right now,” however, just 29% of Democrats agreed on that.

There was a broad consensus among those surveyed that it was patriotic “to point out where America falls short and try to do better.”

But in response to a separate question, 52% of Republicans said that those who criticize America are “un-American.” Just 17% of Democrats felt that way.

The poll showed the degree to which the United States remains a nation of immigrants. Forty-one percent said that they had a parent or grandparent who had immigrated from another country, or that they himself had done so. There was virtually no partisan difference on that question: 45% of Democrats, 43% of Republicans.

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Georgia leads growing SEC pack chasing powerhouse Alabama

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Kirby Smart talks about Georgia taking “that next step.” Quarterback Jake Fromm wants the Bulldogs “to get over the hump.”

In the Southeastern Conference, that step — or hump — is beating Alabama. Georgia has pushed the Crimson Tide to the brink in a Southeastern Conference championship game and a national championship game the past two seasons, only to lose both times.

It’s close enough to stamp the Bulldogs as national title contenders once again. Despite 24 wins and one SEC title in the past two seasons, the team’s offseason catchphrase says it all: “Do more.”

“We want to do more at the University of Georgia,” Smart said Tuesday at SEC media days. “We’re not complacent in what we’ve done, and we know we need to take that next step.”

While Georgia and Alabama remain the teams to beat in the SEC, there are other teams that showed signs of mounting challenges by the end of last season.

The Bulldogs and Tide both ended with losses, including ‘Bama’s 44-16 national title game humbling by Clemson. LSU and Florida both finished on high notes to secure final top 10 rankings with Kentucky not far behind at No. 12. Jimbo Fisher appears to have Texas A&M on the rise also.

No program in the SEC has come closer to catching up with Alabama than Georgia. The Bulldogs lost the national title game two seasons ago on Tua Tagovailoa’s touchdown pass in overtime and blew a two-touchdown lead over the Tide in the SEC title game last December.

“We’re just trying to get over the hump,” Fromm said. “Trying to do more. That’s what our motto has been this offseason. How can we get better at winter workouts? How can we get better during the summer? How can we condition ourselves better, be bigger, faster and stronger? How can we prepare better? We’ll figure it all out a little more during camp and then get ready for the season.”

The Bulldogs lost their final two games, closing with a 28-21 loss to Texas in the Sugar Bowl. Both coordinators left for other jobs, but Smart brought in the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Other teams that are hoping to take the next step and get over the hump finished stronger.

Florida and Texas A&M ended with four-game winning streaks and lopsided bowl wins under first-year head coaches. LSU won three of its last four, with a 74-72, seven-overtime loss to Texas A&M the only blemish. The Tigers beat UCF in the Fiesta Bowl.

Texas A&M faces a schedule that includes defending national champion Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. Fisher was asked if he would find being called a potential spoiler “encouraging or condescending.”

“Condescending. We don’t want to spoil anything,” Fisher said. “We want to take care of our own, and they are great teams. But we expect to play with them and compete with them and win those games. That’s why we’re here. We are not looking to spoil anything.

“We’re looking to win something and go about our business and do the things we have to do. They are great programs, but Texas A&M can be the same way. We have to go play and prove ourselves and do the things we have to do, but I definitely think we’re on that track.”

Meanwhile, Mullen’s Gators routed Michigan in the Peach Bowl, appearing to close the gap with Georgia and Alabama.

“I really don’t worry about the gap too much,” quarterback Feleipe Franks said. “I focus more on our team and what we need to accomplish to get to that point and win it. That’s one of our goals right now, is to get there and win it and get to the playoffs.”

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Venus Williams to play San Jose for second straight year

Venus Williams has committed to play in San Jose later this month, her second straight appearance in the event.

She will play her opening match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in the night session July 30 after reaching the 2018 quarterfinals. The seven-time Grand Slam champion is in the field for the 15th time, though the tournament moved from Stanford to San Jose last year.

The 39-year-old Williams will be a wild-card entry in the tournament.

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The Best Pie Filling Ever Has A Juicy Secret

What if there was one ingredient you could add to a fruit pie to give it a nice, thick filling and make it taste like it was from a bakery? What if it took no professional skills or talent? What if it was as simple as boiling water?

I learned about this technique while reading through an old Southern cookbook and my mind was blown. It was such an “aha” moment. What hadn’t I thought if this before?

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See how nice and thick this filling is?

For someone who isn’t a professional baker and gets anxious about baking, this method is right up my alley. I’m all for minimal effort with maximum results. It doesn’t require any fancy tools or gadgets, just a burner and sauce pan. Are you curious yet?

The trick to irresistible pies is … juice. Or more specifically, juice syrup. You gently reduce fruit juice over a low simmer until it becomes thick and syrupy, then add the syrup to your filling, creating the antidote to sad, runny pies. Pretty easy, right?

The reduction also adds concentrated flavor, intensifies the fruitiness of the pie, and helps to bind the filling together, requiring less sugar and cornstarch. This method works for whatever type of fruit pie you’re making ― apple, blueberry, strawberry, pear, peach or cherry. Just simply use the same type of juice as its fresh counterpart.

When reducing the juice, be sure to check on it often, especially toward the end of the process. If it’s reduced too much, it can burn and taste bitter. The consistency should be like maple syrup, not molasses.

Below you’ll find a recipe for a quintessential cherry pie. It’s a no-fuss recipe that will still impress even the snobbiest eaters. If making your own pie dough scares you, feel free to substitute store-bought dough. This is a no judgement zone. Now get baking!

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Classic Cherry Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cherry juice

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh cherries, pitted and halved (about 5 1/2 cups after pitting and halving)

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons butter, diced into 1/4-inch cubes

  • 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash)

  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar (like turbinado)

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water, plus more as needed

Directions

Make dough: Place flour, salt and sugar in bowl of food processor. Pulse a few times until combined. Add butter and pulse again until butter is the size of large blueberries. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time and pulse until dough starts to come together. Transfer dough to cutting board and form into ball. Divide in half and make 2 equal disks. Wrap in plastic and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Make syrup: Place cherry juice in small saucepan over medium heat. Allow mixture to come to a low boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes until liquid has reduced to 1/4 cup. Watch carefully to prevent burning.

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make filling: Combine cherries, vanilla, lemon juice and zest, sugar, cornstarch and reduced cherry juice in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Set aside until ready to use.

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Roll out dough: On a lightly floured surface, roll out one of the pie discs to roughly 12 inches in diameter. Fit into bottom of 9-inch pie dish and place in fridge for 20 minutes. Roll out the remaining disc until it is roughly 11 inches in diameter. Place in fridge until ready to use.

Add filling: Add filling to prepared pie dish. Scatter diced butter over top. Brush edges with egg wash and add top crust over the pie. Trim the edges and leave 1/2-inch overhang. Fold top crust under bottom crust, sealing them together. Use the tip of a knife to cut 3 or 4 slits in top of pie. (If you’re feeling fancy, you can make a lattice pattern with the top crust instead, like below.) Use a pastry brush to coat entire pie with egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

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Bake pie: Add assembled pie to foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling and thick. If dough is getting brown before the inside is done, cover with foil and continue cooking. Let rest 1 hour before eating. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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