Richard Wolf USA TODAY Published 8:14 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 WASHINGTON – In an era when most government officials are loved by their friends and loathed by their foes, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy departs the federal bench Tuesday virtually alone in the middle. Kennedy's retirement at month's end will leave the court, like the White House and Congress, with predictable partisans and ideologues whose opinions are almost never in doubt. The 82-year-old Californian, by contrast, remained a wild card in the nation's increasingly divided democracy. His game over 30 years on the high court was to find the center of gravity capable of winning five votes. He pulled conservative justices to the left and liberal justices to the right in his quest to "say what you want." And say it he did, authoring landmark decisions on gay rights, religious freedom, abortion, immigration, affirmative action, campaign finance and criminal procedure. On June 27, when he announced … [Read more...] about Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from Supreme Court leaves federal government even more divided
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As the world’s No1 entertainment firm, Disney is rightfully proud of being a Mickey Mouse outfit. Generations of people have loved their films, parks, resorts and merchandise. In 2017 the corporation, which also owns five film studios, a cruise liner and media franchises, had global revenues of £41billion. But creator Walt Disney himself was in no doubt about the debt owed to Mickey. He said: “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse.” This year Mickey reaches the venerable age of 90 and is still the most popular character in the world. One poll found he was more recognisable than Santa Claus. The lovable rodent has been on quite a journey – but it almost never happened. He started life as rabbit called Oswald but animator Walt, who was working at Universal Pictures, discovered that he had lost the rights to the character. Walt revealed in 1948 that Mickey appeared in his imagination when … [Read more...] about The world’s most recognisable rodent Mickey Mouse turns 90 this year
GETTING on a plane means that you’re going to see some epic views from high up in the air. But did you know that flying is banned over certain places in the world – such as Disney parks? Read on to find out the other places where flying isn’t permitted – and why.Walt Disney World, Florida and Disneyland, Anaheim, California Airspace is restricted in the 3,000 feet above two of Disney’s parks – within a three-mile radius above the Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Planes can fly higher than this, however. The restrictions were put in place after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and made permanent in 2003. A spokesperson from Disney told Sun Online Travel: “We have a comprehensive approach to security that includes measures that are visible and others that are not. “We do not broadly discuss the specifics of our security procedures to avoid compromising their effectiveness.” Tibet You won’t be able to get a glimpse of the … [Read more...] about Flying is banned over Disney and these other places – but why?