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Hannity says Biden ‘sucking up’ to AOC and the party’s radicals

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity mocked Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden Tuesday for “sucking up” too Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently even though the congresswoman hasn’t spoken well of the former vice president in the past.

“[Biden] is now pandering to every corner of this new extreme socialist Democratic party.  Going so far as to describe congresswoman, the real Speaker of the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as both smart as hell and brilliant,” Hannity said on his television show.

“She’s been taking a lot of shots at him, he’s sucking up.”

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“This idea that we can go back to the good old days with Obama, with Obama’s vice president. There’s an emotional element to that, but I don’t want to go back. I want to go forward,” Ocasio-Cortez said of Biden in April while appearing on a podcast.

The Fox News host said Biden’s effort to curry favor with the freshman congresswoman and the progressive wing of the party won’t work.

“But here’s the thing, Biden can try and suck up, cozy up to the new extreme left all he wants. They’re never going to accept him. And never going to endorse him in the Democratic primary,” Hannity said.

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Hannity predicted things would get worse for Biden.

“Here’s a prediction Uncle Joe, this is only going to get worse. Remember the questions are only going to get tougher the scrutiny on Biden will only intensify. The question is just how far left is sleepy, creepy, crazy Uncle Joe willing to go to try and appease these out of touch out of control leaders of his party,” Hannity said.

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Colbert Gives Trump A Reminder Of His Own Ugly Past: ‘Racism Is Your Brand!’

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Colbert delivered a quick summary of Trump’s past, from his never-retracted calls to execute the Central Park Five, who were ultimately exonerated, to his “birther” attacks on former President Barack Obama and more. 

“Racism is your brand!” Colbert said. “It’s like Col. Sanders saying, ‘I don’t have a finger-lickin’ bone in my body.” 

Trump this weekend fired off a series of racist tweets against several women of color serving in Congress, telling them to “go back” to their own countries, even though they are U.S. citizens, then doubled down on those attacks. 

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Lara Trump: Biden praise for AOC is proof of how far left he has to move for Dems

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s praise of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and her so-called progressive “squad” shows how far left the Democratic Party has moved, according to Lara Trump.

The Democratic Party is no longer of the same ideology of the more moderate ex-Delaware senator, Trump claimed Tuesday on “Hannity.”

“If you had any questions about who the Democrats were, here’s your answer,” she said.

“Joe Biden has realized he has got to move so far to the left to fit in with this new party. So, people going to the polls in 2020 should remember this.”

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In an interview with MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, Biden complimented Ocasio-Cortez.

“AOC is brilliant, and the other three women we’re talking about are really smart, but they are the exception rather than the rule,” the Scranton, Pa. native claimed.

“I think the freshmen — particularly AOC — is smart as hell, really bright, and really a value-added to the party.”

Speaking with host Sean Hannity, Trump claimed America would be drastically changed if her father-in-law loses in 2020.

“Think, if any of these people get control of the White House, it would be a very different looking country,” she said.

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Of the Democrats, Hannity added House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is “speaker in name only,” in reference to Ocasio-Cortez’s high profile.

Earlier Tuesday, the Bronx Democrat turned her attention to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., amid her ongoing feud with President Trump over his recent controversial comments.

In the broadside, she said McConnell is “complicit in advancing racism” in the wake of the president’s remarks about four Democratic congresswomen — including Ocasio-Cortez — needing to “go back” where they came from. Three of the four women were born in America.

“The majority leader is complicit in advancing racism in America if he doesn’t even have the backbone to speak out,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC on Tuesday.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Girl, 6, dies after father accidentally hits her with golf ball on Utah course, police say

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A 6-year-old Utah girl died Monday after her father accidentally hit her with a golf ball, investigators said.

The two were at the Sleepy Ridge golf course in Orem when Aria Hill was struck by a ball in the back of her neck while sitting in a golf cart, Orem police Lt. Trent Colledge said.

She was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition and died from her injuries hours later. The girl’s uncle said Hill often went golfing with her father.

“She loved doing it and had a good time with it all,” David Smith told the Deseret News. “That was one of their things that they would do together. It was something that was really important to them and something they did all the time.”

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Police were investigating the incident but it appeared to be an accident, Colledge said.

Orem is about 40 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

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Colbert Gives Trump A Reminder Of His Own Ugly Past: ‘Racism Is Your Brand!’

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Colbert delivered a quick summary of Trump’s past, from his never-retracted calls to execute the Central Park Five, who were ultimately exonerated, to his “birther” attacks on former President Barack Obama and more. 

“Racism is your brand!” Colbert said. “It’s like Col. Sanders saying, ‘I don’t have a finger-lickin’ bone in my body.” 

Trump this weekend fired off a series of racist tweets against several women of color serving in Congress, telling them to “go back” to their own countries, even though they are U.S. citizens, then doubled down on those attacks. 

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How Beyonce's 'Lion King' 'Spirit' video shut down remote Grand Canyon waterfalls

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Last week, the head of Arizona’s film office received a phone call: Would it be possible for Beyonce to shoot a video to promote new “The Lion King” movie at Havasu Falls, one of the most beautiful — and hardest to reach — places in the state?

Havasupai tribal officials quickly granted the request and a video was filmed the next day, reports The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network.

That video, “Spirit,” debuted Tuesday evening during the ABC/Disney special “The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” promoting the July 18 release of the photo-realistic remake of the animated classic movie.

Such is the power of Beyonce.

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The singer raised eyebrows on June 10 when she and a crew filmed at the base of Havasu Falls, off limits to those who don’t have nearly impossible-to-get permits, which get snapped up within hours on the day they go on sale each year.

Many complained on Havasupai Facebook groups that Beyonce’s presence likely kept permit-holding hikers from visiting the most well-known of the turquoise-green falls along Havasu Creek in the Grand Canyon.

How Beyonce’s ‘Spirit’ video shoot happened

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Perhaps they’d be shocked to realize how quickly the video shoot came together, though the falls play a small role in the video, released Tuesday on beyonce.com

On Monday, July 8, a location manager phoned Mathew Earl Jones, director of Arizona Film and Digital Media, the state agency that facilitates filming opportunities for production companies.

(If that name sounds familiar, here’s why: Matthew Earl Jones is the younger brother of James Earl Jones, who again voices Mufasa in “The Lion King.”)

The location manager asked about Havasu Falls, Jones told the Arizona Republic. The manager hoped to film as soon as possible, preferably in a day or so.

Jones broke it to him gently.

“I expressed told them that this was probably one of the most sought-after locations in the state,” Jones said. “Permits normally take a long time, and our office didn’t issue them.”

Jones said he put the location manager in touch with the Havasupai Tribal Council, hoping for the best.

To Jones’ surprise, and particularly because he said the location manager didn’t get in touch with tribal leaders until Tuesday, Beyonce’s team quickly was given permission.

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Havasupai Tribe welcomed the shoot

The tribe was “honored” to have been asked by the singer’s video production team to film “Spirit” in front of Havasu Falls, according to a statement from Muriel Uqualla, chairwoman of the Havasupai Tribal Council.

“By choosing that location, it will serve to further celebrate and honor the natural beauty of our land and the resilience and beauty of our people,” Uqualla said in the statement. “Knowing that Beyonce advocates for the preservation of water rights around the world, we were particularly pleased to be able to accommodate her request.

“Her choice to visit the Havasupai Indian Reservation as a setting for her new video and to share it worldwide is a testament to the stunning beauty of our remote homeland.”

Tribal officials offered no comment beyond the statement.

According to video footage of the filming obtained by celebrity site TMZ, Beyonce flew by helicopter to a spot near the falls (the only helicopter pad is 2 miles away in Supai Village), and Havasu Falls was off-limits to hikers for several hours.

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There’s no word on how many visitors might have been inconvenienced. The tribe generally issues 300 permits a day.

Many Facebook commenters criticized the tribe for allowing the shoot to infringe on those who paid for permits. (The tribe charges $100-$125 per night for a three-night permit). Others said tribal members had every right to use their land as they saw fit.

Havasu Falls are on camera for less than 10 seconds, though in dramatic fashion. They make their first appearance 1 minute, 7 seconds in as the music swells into the chorus. In one brief sequence Beyonce is filmed from overhead, stretched out in the turquoise water. 

Jones said he was happy that the tribe was amenable to the request to film.

“I was very surprised how quickly they turned it around,” Jones said. “Hopefully they will be open to people filming there now.”

But Jones said he was less thrilled that the filming, supposed to be very hush-hush, apparently was captured by a passer-by with a cellphone.

“The location manager was very protective of their star,” Jones said. “It had to be handled with the utmost discretion. I think he was relieved when he asked me (about any relation to James Earl Jones), knowing I have a background sensitivity to a celebrity’s privacy.”

And that is the Hollywood version of the circle of life.

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Here Are the Republicans Who Voted to Condemn as Racist Trump’s Remarks (and Other Things to Know)

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WASHINGTON — The House, in a stunning rebuke of a sitting president, voted on Tuesday to “strongly condemn” President Trump’s suggestion that four freshman Democratic women of color “go home” — a Twitter broadside described in a Democratic resolution as “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans.”

The extraordinary vote came after an afternoon of vitriolic debate that erupted into a floor fight over remarks by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which were “taken down” — ruled out of order by her No. 2 Democrat, Representative Steny H. Hoyer.

Here are six takeaways:

Only four Republicans — Representatives Will Hurd of Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Susan W. Brooks of Indiana — broke with their party to vote against Mr. Trump. They were joined by Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, a Trump critic who recently abandoned the Republican Party to become an independent. Each had his or her reasons.

Mr. Hurd, a former C.I.A. agent and the only black Republican in the House, barely hung onto his seat. Mr. Fitzpatrick squeaked past his Democratic opponent last year and often votes with Democrats. (He has also signed a congressional pledge to civility.) Mr. Upton, a centrist and House veteran who also advocates civility, is retiring, and thus not beholden to Mr. Trump.

“If we’re going to bring civility back to the center of our politics, we must speak out against inflammatory rhetoric from anyone in any party anytime it happens,” Mr. Upton wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

Ms. Brooks is retiring, too. She is one of the few Republicans to criticize Mr. Trump’s “go home” remarks, which she said were “inappropriate and do not reflect American values.”

Mr. Amash, though, is in a class by himself. He was the only Republican to say Mr. Trump’s conduct reached the threshold of impeachment — until, that is, he left the party. Now he is the lone independent in the House.

Official rebukes of the president by Congress are exceedingly rare — and difficult to track because the language of House and Senate resolutions varies.

Beyond the two presidents who were impeached — Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, neither of whom was removed from office — there have been only four congressional votes to approve resolutions aimed at censuring or condemning a president, according to a 2018 report by the Congressional Research Service. The most recent involved President William Howard Taft, who was accused in 1912 of trying to influence a disputed Senate election. But the resolution that stated he “ought to be severely condemned” was eventually watered down, and that phrase was struck from the final version. Three years earlier, in 1909, the House voted to reprimand President Theodore Roosevelt, who had aroused lawmakers’ ire with remarks in his annual message to Congress.

The decision to take down Ms. Pelosi’s words was historic, as well. However, a vote to strike her comments from the record failed along party lines. The last speaker who had his words taken down is believed to be Tip O’Neill, the legendary Democrat from Massachusetts. (A 1990 analysis of such episodes by the Congressional Research Service does not appear to have been updated.) That happened in 1984, when Representative Newt Gingrich, the firebrand Georgia Republican (and future speaker), baited Mr. O’Neill into attacking him.

Before the fracas over Mr. Trump’s tweets, the four Democratic congresswomen — Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts — were on the outs with Ms. Pelosi. (It should be noted that three of the four, who are known collectively as the Squad, were born in this country.)

After they crossed Ms. Pelosi by voting against a border aid package, she put the Squad in its place, telling the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that despite “their public whatever and their Twitter world,” they “didn’t have any following” where it mattered: on the House floor. “They’re four people,” Ms. Pelosi said, “and that’s how many votes they got.”

That created a predictable furor, prompting a spate of “Democrats in disarray” coverage about liberals who defended the women, and centrists defending Ms. Pelosi. But Mr. Trump’s Twitter attacks have united Democrats against a common enemy: the president.

Tuesday’s debate gave liberal Democrats, who are itching to move ahead with impeachment proceedings against Mr. Trump, an opportunity to blow off some steam. Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who oversees the House Progressive Caucus and was born in India, was particularly animated. “Yes, I am a proud naturalized citizen born in India, a proud patriot,” she thundered on the House floor. “It’s not the first time I’ve heard, ‘go back to your country,’ but it’s the first time I heard it from the White House!”

But the condemnation resolution is unlikely to serve as a substitute for impeachment. As soon as the vote was over, the Democrats’ leading advocate of impeachment — Representative Al Green of Texas — took to the House floor to call, once again, for Mr. Trump to be impeached.

One reason Ms. Pelosi does not want to push ahead with impeachment proceedings is that doing so could jeopardize the so-called majority makers — centrist Democrats who are running for re-election in districts carried by Mr. Trump in 2016. While Democrats voted unanimously in favor of the condemnation resolution, it will be worth watching how the vote goes over in these Democrats’ home districts.

Even before Tuesday’s vote, the House Republicans’ campaign arm was preparing news releases calling those centrist Democrats “deranged,” which they later blasted into reporter’s email inboxes.

For all of the hellfire and brimstone surrounding it, the resolution itself is symbolic. Then again, in politics, symbolism matters. When the history of the 116th Congress is written, Democrats will be recorded as having condemned a United States president for the first time in more than 100 years.

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John Paul Stevens remembered as ‘judge’s judge,’ with original approach to law

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“Independent-minded” may best describe the life and judicial career of Justice John Paul Stevens, nominated by a Republican President to sit on the Supreme Court, but who in his three-plus decades on the bench staked out generally liberal views on the law and Constitution.

Stevens died Tuesday in Florida after a brief illness. He was 99, and earlier this year released a memoir of his years on the bench.

The oldest member of the Court before he retired in 2010, Stevens had been a difficult justice to peg, almost from the day he was first nominated 35 years earlier.

“He’s not someone who’s historically been a champion of either political camp,” said Eduardo Peñalver, a former Stevens law clerk. “He was a humble person who despite his position and stature, was at ease with all kinds of people, and able to bring them together.”

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On the bench, Stevens is remembered for taking out of a case only what was presented to him, refusing to issue sweeping pronouncements on judicial philosophy. This minimalist approach earned him both praise and criticism, but colleagues say he never swayed. “It is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written,” he once said.

“Stevens was probably one of the least known justices publicly, and it’s ironic because he has had as big an impact of the Supreme Court and on American society as any justice,” said Clifford Sloan, a 1985 law clerk and now a private attorney. “But his niceness and his unassuming manner should not be mistaken for any kind of softness. He has the sharpest mind I’ve ever encountered.”

John Paul Stevens grew up in Chicago, and was raised quite literally in a hotel. Built by his father, Ernest, and promoted as the largest and finest of its kind, the Stevens Hotel was the product of the Roaring Twenties, of brash optimism and unlimited potential. A photo from the Chicago Daily News, shortly after the Stevens opened in 1927, shows a giggling young John and two of his brothers in a hotel playroom, dressed uncomfortably in suit and ties, working a jigsaw puzzle.

“I’m very proud of the Stevens Hotel,” he once said. “It’s one of my dad’s contributions to the city.”

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The Jazz Age splendor came to an end with the Great Depression, and so too did the fortunes of the brand new Stevens Hotel. It went bankrupt in 1934, and things soon got worse for the Stevens family. John’s father, grandfather, and uncle were indicted by the state, accused of illegally embezzling money from the family insurance company to make payments on the building. Ernest Stevens was convicted but it was later overturned on appeal.

John moved on with his life, rarely speaking publicly about the bankruptcy. He attended the University of Chicago, where his generally moderate views stuck out on what was then a very liberal campus.

He later became an intelligence officer in World War II, earning a Bronze Star. At war’s end, following his brother’s advice, Stevens enrolled in law school at Northwestern University.

“At the time, I was trying to decide what to do, and it seemed like a sensible move,” Stevens told me in 2009, with his characteristic Midwestern modesty.

His stellar academic performance earned him a prestigious Supreme Court clerkship for Justice Wiley Rutledge in 1947-48. Afterward, Stevens settled into comfortable, familiar surroundings as a private attorney in Chicago, specializing in antitrust law.

JOINING THE BENCH

Stevens’ judicial career began in 1970 when President Richard Nixon nominated him to the federal appeals court in Chicago. He earned a reputation as a judge who put a pragmatic eye on cases, without rigid ideology. He was a registered Republican, but never active in local or national politics.

“One of the things that was said about him repeatedly was that he was a ‘judge’s judge,'” said Peñalver. “Especially in a day and age when both parties jockey — certainly more on the right — to nominate judges who they see as transforming the law and embracing fairly strong ideological positions. Justice Stevens was the opposite of that, someone who was very skeptical of that style of judging.”

That reputation for even-handed jurisprudence and “clean” reputation was just what President Ford was looking for in 1975 when Justice William Douglas retired after a debilitating stroke.

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The Watergate scandal had left a nation angry and divided. Ford hoped a moderate, non-political judge would inspire greater public confidence in the government. Public reaction was one of initial confusion, as the press and pundits struggled to categorize Stevens. An ideological conservative? A doctrinaire liberal? A “centrist” seemed to fit.

“When people look at the Supreme Court, they try to put people in factions– liberals or conservatives,” said Sloan. “Justice Stevens, from his first day on the Supreme Court, has defied labels. He approached cases on his own terms and he frequently comes up with original ways of approaching cases and the issues that have carried the day.”

“THE COURT HAS CHANGED UNDER US”

Stevens’ early years on the high court found him in agreement with many of his fellow conservatives. In his first year, he wrote opinions that reinstated the death penalty, after a four-year moratorium.

These important rulings, however, imposed new legal standards, upholding the use of so-called “discretionary” guidelines for juries when deciding life or death — such as mitigating or aggravating factors — in a separate sentencing phase of a trial. And the Court threw out “mandatory” death sentences for certain crimes, like murder or rape, which disregarded aspects of the offense that might favor the defendant.

Another early opinion by Stevens gained him instant public renown. In FCC v. Pacifica Foundation (1978), the justices upheld the government’s authority to regulate “indecent” speech, which Stevens famously defined as any depiction or description of “sexual or excretory activities or organs” in a manner that it deems “patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium.”

The offending speech was an infamous monologue by comedian George Carlin, who spoke about society’s taboo surrounding “seven dirty words.” But Stevens steered clear of a philosophical discourse on the First Amendment, choosing instead what became a Stevens trademark, the practical effect of Court rulings. His justification for suppressing “dirty” speech: protecting young children, who might be watching or listening.

In later years, however, Stevens led the Court away from restrictive government censorship of risqué speech or content. Beginning in 1997, he was the driving force striking down several attempts by Congress to protect children from pornography on the Internet, saying it violated the free speech rights of adults.

Other cases in Stevens’ early years reflected his more conservative roots: upholding federal funding restrictions for abortions, and limiting affirmative action programs.

But with the elevation of William Rehnquist to chief justice in 1986, and the addition of more conservative justices, Stevens came be viewed by many political observers as a “transformed” liberal.

Yet the body of legal scholars disagrees with that label. “He was thought to be what I call an ‘Establishment’ Republican– not an ideologue” when he joined the Court, said Edward Lazarus, a onetime Supreme Court law clerk and author of “Closed Chambers.” “Whether that label was true or not, whoever John Paul Stevens was in 1975 is pretty much what you see today. So ironically, an ‘Establishment’ Republican became the leader of the liberal wing of the Court, and that says a lot about how far this Court has drifted to the right over the last 30 some years.”

And Stevens never thought he had evolved. Justice Harry Blackmun, who joined the Court six years before Stevens, once recalled the two of them talking about their ideology. “John Stevens and I were joking the other day,” said Blackmun, “the fact he being appointed by Ford and I being one of the original Nixon appointees, we’re now the liberals among the court. Each of us steadfastly adhered to the proposition that neither of us had changed, the court has changed under us.”

Nearly every important social issue before the Court in recent years has had Stevens’ imprint, including the 1985 opinion striking down Alabama’s “moment of silence” for prayer or meditation in public schools.

A year later he dissented in an opinion upholding anti-sodomy laws. “When I clerked for him, the Supreme Court ruled it was okay to have criminal penalties for gay, consensual sex, something he disagreed with,” recalled Sloan. “Seventeen years later [in 2003] the Supreme Court reversed that position and said Justice Stevens was right.”

In 1989, Stevens dissented in a case upholding state laws allowing the execution of juvenile killers. That case, too, was overturned in recent years, again led by Stevens.

And in 1992, he joined a divided Court in upholding the essential right to an abortion, saying states can place “no undue burden” on women seeking the procedure.

When Stevens became second in seniority in 1994, his powers of persuasion made him a key player on the Court, particularly with the more liberal and moderate justices. His quiet influence became evident as he came to be author of some of the most important rulings of the 2000s.

In the 2005 term, he wrote opinions striking down federal sentencing guidelines and state laws allowing use of “medical marijuana.” He also permitted local governments to use eminent domain laws to take private homes and give them to private developers to build shopping malls and factories. In that case, Kelo v. City of New London, Stevens again took a practical position, saying, “The city has carefully formulated an economic development plan that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including — but by no means limited to — new jobs and increased tax revenue.”

A year earlier, Stevens led the way in upholding sweeping federal election reform and held states liable when they fail to accommodate disabled persons from gaining access to public buildings. And in the first terrorism case to arise from the 9/11 attacks, Stevens said foreign-born terror suspects captured abroad and held at a Navy-run prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have a right to challenge their detention in U.S. courts. For him, the issue was simple: “What is presently at stake is only whether the federal courts have jurisdiction to determine the legality of the executive’s potentially indefinite detention of individuals who claim to be wholly innocent of wrongdoing.”

He also authored the 2002 landmark appeal that banned the execution of the mentally disabled. This was one area of law where Stevens’ views changed dramatically over the years, as he consistently voted to block the use of the death penalty.

In a 2005 speech, he issued a biting critique of capital punishment, stopping just short of calling for its abolition. “With the benefit of DNA evidence, we have learned that a substantial number of death sentences have been imposed erroneously,” he said. “That evidence is profoundly significant. Not only because of it’s relevance to the debate about the wisdom of continuing to administer capital punishment, but also because it indicates that there must be serious flaws in our administration of criminal justice.”

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A 1997 ruling written by Stevens began a chain of dramatic political events. The justices concluded the President enjoyed no executive immunity from civil claims while in office. That allowed a lawsuit by Paula Jones against President Bill Clinton to go forward. She had accused him of improper sexual advances while he was Arkansas government. That case led to disclosures Clinton was having an affair while President with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.

But where individual rights collided with the power of states, Stevens was likely to side with the independence of the individual, but not always. In 1989, he authored a dissent in Texas v. Johnson, which ruled that flag-burning was protected by the First Amendment. The war veteran disagreed, arguing that the case “has nothing to do with ‘disagreeable ideas.’ It involves disagreeable conduct that, in my opinion, diminishes the value of an important national asset.”

“That case just caught an emotional streak in him, and he read his dissent in that case from the bench,” recalled Lazarus, “And I don’t think anybody who heard him read that dissent– the passion with which he looked at the flag and what it meant for him– could really ever think about the American flag the same way when you look at it, whatever you thought about the legal issue. There’s a deep steak of patriotism in Justice Stevens and it was wonderful to see it on display in the court that morning.”

Stevens became viewed by many conservatives as a traitor of sorts, having become the leader of the Court’s liberal wing after being nominated by a Republican president. Anti-abortion groups in particular criticized his rulings on that hot-button issue.

Operation Rescue was one of many groups demanding he step down from the bench, saying in February 2006, “Our nation is weary of your brand of judicial activism… For the good of the nation, please announce your retirement as soon as possible.”

Part of the Stevens mystique is a certain “I didn’t know that” quality surrounding his life off the bench. He was nationally recognized bridge player, piloted his own small airplane for years, and played in golf and tennis well into his eighties. In recent years, Stevens stayed out of the spotlight, rarely granting interviews, even preventing cameras from covering his occasional speeches. He spent much of his free time at his Florida vacation home, reading.

On the bench, he was known for his thick-rimmed glasses, bow ties, and friendly manner toward the often nervous lawyers arguing before the justices. His questioning was gentle but firm. However, he was not shy with tossing sharply worded barbs at fellow justices with whom he disagreed.

Stevens became more critical of the growing conservative strength of the Supreme Court beginning in President Ronald Reagan’s first term. In a 1984 speech, he made unusually harsh remarks aimed at some recent cases. In one, the Court upheld federal aid to schools that might discriminate against women. “The Court went out of its way to announce that the statute did not forbid sex discrimination throughout the associated institution,” said Stevens, “even though neither party had argued that it did.”

And during the 2000 Florida presidential recount, when the high court ultimately ruled in George W. Bush’s favor, Stevens could barely contain his frustration at the outcome.

“I think that case was devastating to Justice Stevens as well as some of the other more liberal justices on the court,” said Lazarus. “They could not understand how the conservatives could conceivably reach the result they did in that case and I think that has hardened the feelings of Justice Stevens a bit. It has brought out a little more of an acid tongue in some of his opinions than you would have seen in the late ’80s and early ’90s.”

In his dissenting opinion, Stevens slammed the conservative majority, writing, “Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.

Friends and colleagues admit Stevens was something of an enigma, hard to figure personally and professionally. He was one of the few justices who has publicly supported bringing cameras into the Supreme Court during oral arguments. Currently, only sketch artists hired by the media are allowed to make a visual record. But during an exhibition of court sketches over the decades, sponsored by the Court’s historical society, Stevens insisted all sketches with his likeness be removed. No reason was given.

“He really savors his anonymity,” said former clerk Peñalver, “and he isn’t really out for personal glory and shies away from opportunities to claim it.”

The Midwestern-born justice mostly avoided the Washington social scene, which he found uncomfortable, but occasionally rewarding. He recently recalled his first year on the Court, when he initially turned down an invitation to a fancy white-tie event. Justice William Brennan persuaded him to attend, even lending him his tuxedo, complete with tails.

“The fit was not exactly perfect,” he remembered, “but I accepted and have been eternally grateful for a generous act that made it possible for me to spend an evening with the still-gorgeous and charming Ginger Rogers as my dinner partner.”

The paradox of John Paul Stevens will leave many historians scratching their heads over his three-plus decade influence on the Supreme Court. Most will agree he was an intellectually gifted jurist with an aversion for public recognition; a personally friendly man not afraid to hit back professionally with his pen.

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His emergence in those last years on the high court as a profound, influential voice had, in many ways, come to dominate a fractured Court.

“He really strove for a kind of fairness in his jurisprudence,” said Peñalver, “a nuance that resists ideological characterizations. He wasn’t a hero of the right like [Antonin] Scalia, or a hero of the left like Brennan or [Thurgood] Marshall. “He’s done his own thing and that idiosyncrasy has in some ways kept him from the limelight.”

And that probably suited the ever-cordial, ever-vigilant Justice Stevens just fine.

Fox News Chief Legal Correspondent Shannon Bream contributed to this report.

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Rep. Cheney: Dems’ actions ‘really shameful’

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wy., called the actions of House Democrats “shameful” during a brief appearance Tuesday on “Hannity.”

“What we watched happen today and what we’ve watched happened since Democrats have been in charge of the House of Representatives is really shameful. You know you’ve had Democratic leadership completely unwilling to condemn their own members particularly for really vile anti-Semitic remarks,” Cheney told Sean Hannity, referring to the past response to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comments about Israel.

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“And then today you watched as Nancy Pelosi showed total utter contempt … for what is really the heart of our constitutional republic.”

The House passed a resolution Tuesday evening condemning Trump’s “racist” remarks this past weekend.

A dramatic floor fight earlier ended with House Speaker Pelosi ruled out of order for a breach of decorum.

The events briefly resulted in the revocation of Pelosi’s speaking privileges on the House floor.

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Cheney criticized Pelosi’s actions and the Democrats’ agenda.

“You know she’s acting as though she thinks this is Nancy Pelosi’s House when it is the people’s house. And it’s really important for us to focus on what they stand for and what they stand for as a socialist agenda that would be devastating for this nation,” Cheney said.

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Small plane lands on water near Maryland beach in front of onlookers

A pilot of a small plane landed the aircraft on the waters off a Maryland beach Tuesday but was not hurt, police said.

Trevor H. Deihl, 23, of Reedville, Va., told officials he’d been flying his single-engine Cessna 172RG when the plane started having engine problems, Maryland State Police said.

Deihl brought the aircraft down toward the water and skidded for several feet before it stopped off an Ocean City beach.

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A small plane crash-landed on the waters off Ocean City, Md., Tuesday.  (Twitter: @a_k_a_alexis)

Deihl was the only person inside and managed to get out. Paramedics treated and released him.

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He reportedly had been flying from Reedville to the Ocean City Airport when the engine trouble began. The plane has been recovered, and the Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident.

Ocean City is about 140 miles southeast of Washington, D.C.

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