Alice Stewart, CNN political commentator, dead at 58

Alice Stewart, a veteran CNN commentator and a political adviser who has worked on many Republican campaigns, is dead at 58, the network announced Saturday. 

Her body was found outdoors in a neighborhood in northern Virginia on Saturday, law enforcement told the outlet. Officers said no foul play occurred and said her death was likely due to a medical emergency, CNN reported.

Stewart, who kicked off her career as a local reporter, joined CNN as a contributor in 2016.

She worked for a variety of Republican politicians, from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) to more recently being a communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) 2016 presidential campaign. 

“Alice was a very dear friend and colleague to all of us at CNN,” CNN CEO Mark Thompson told the network’s staff on Saturday, per the outlet.

“A political veteran and an Emmy Award-winning journalist who brought an incomparable spark to CNN’s coverage, known across our bureaus not only for her political savvy, but for her unwavering kindness,” Thompson added. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn such an extraordinary loss.”

Stewart, who was born in Atlanta in 1966, was on the senior advisory committee at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. She also co-hosted a podcast called “Hot Mics from Left to Right” with CNN commentator Maria Cardona. 

The last time she appeared on the network was Friday on “The Situation Room” with anchor Wolf Blitzer.

“We always invited her to come on my show because we knew we would be a little bit smarter at the end of that conversation,” Blitzer told Jessica Dean Saturday on “CNN Newsroom.” “She helped our viewers better appreciate what was going on and that’s why we will miss her so much.”

CNN anchor Jake Tapper took to social media platform X to give his condolences after the news broke.

“Unbelievably kind, smart, astute, Alice was beloved by everyone at CNN,” he wrote. “I am so sorry for her family. What a loss.”

Fellow commentator David Axelrod, who also serves on the Harvard committee, said he was “devastated” by the news of her untimely passing.

“You’d be hard put to find a nicer, kinder person,” he posted on X . “She will be missed by all who knew her.”

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Trump demands drug test for Biden ahead of first debate

Former President Trump said he wants President Biden to be drug-tested before their first debate.

“I’m gonna demand a drug test too, by the way,” Trump said at the Minnesota Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner Friday. “I am, no I really am. I don’t want him coming in like the State of the Union, he was high as a kite.”

Trump has previously stated in a radio interview that Biden was “all jacked up” at the beginning of his State of the Union address, as well as “higher than a kite.” 

The former president and Biden rapidly agreed to two presidential debates in June and September on CNN and ABC on Wednesday. Biden and Trump now have just a little over a month before they participate in their first debate.

“They gotta be fair, I think they gotta be fair, and if they’re not, you know, you have to deal with it. Right? You have to deal with it,” Trump said at the dinner.

Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.) suggested Thursday that Biden “must’ve been jacked up” when he gave the State of the Union address in March.

“I was in the State of the Union address and Joe Biden must have been jacked up on something that day. I absolutely believe that from a medical viewpoint and actually have a little bit of good knowledge that happened,” Murphy said. “He can’t stand, and he can’t stand under the lights for that long, and I don’t think he can keep a concept in his brain that long.”

The Hill has reached out to the Biden campaign.

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Raskin calls Greene House Oversight brawl ‘a failure of leadership’

House Oversight and Accountability Committee Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (R-Md.) called the recent verbal battle in his committee sparked by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) words “a failure of leadership.”

“So, this was a failure of leadership,” Raskin said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” Friday. “When the chairman of the committee declined simply to rule her words out of order, and to have them taken down, as [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)] immediately moved to do, when he refused to do that, at that point, it unleashed the chaos in the committee.”

On Thursday night, lawmakers traded barbs during a House Oversight Committee hearing after Greene commented on the appearance of fellow committee member Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D-Texas). The hearing was focused on holding Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt following him not handing over the audio of President Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur. 

However, when Greene was questioning if Democrats on the panel employed the daughter of the judge overseeing Trump’s New York hush money case, Crockett chimed in, pushing back against the relevance of Greene’s words.

“I don’t think you know what you’re here for,” Greene said to Crockett. “I think your fake eyelashes are messing up what you’re reading.”

From there, chaos erupted as Democrats expressed their indignation with Greene’s behavior, and Greene continued to push back.

“At a certain point, the Republican conference is going to have to get on top of their Marjorie Taylor Greene problem, but instead, they continue to empower her,” Raskin told Burnett Friday. 

Greene later said in a post on the social platform X that “some people are upset about the scene from Oversight Committee last night, well I’m upset and disgusted pretty much everyday at the Democrat controlled DOJ, federal government, and Congress in general.”

“Pardon me if I don’t talk as nicely as some people would like to hear.”

The Hill has reached out to House Oversight Chair James Comer (R-Ky.)

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