A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“To all the women here today, your devotion and your leadership uplifts our entire nation and we thank you for that. The tens of thousands of Americans gathered today not only stand for life – it’s really here that they stand for it so proudly together. And I want to thank everybody for that. You stand for life each and every day. You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care to the women that you serve. You find loving families for children in need of a forever home. You host baby showers for expecting moms. You make – you just make it your life’s mission to help spread God’s grace.
“And to all the moms here today, we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes. [applause] Your strength, devotion, and drive is what powers our nation. Because of you, our country has been blessed with amazing souls who have changed the course of human history.
“We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve. The dreams they will imagine. The masterpieces they will create. The discoveries they will make. But we know this: every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.”
President Trump at The March For Life
“Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.”
According to CBS News, an unnamed source close to the president warned GOP Senators on impeachment
“The Articles of Impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions. The Articles themselves—and the rigged process that brought them here—are a brazenly political act by House Democrats that must be rejected. They debase the grave power of impeachment and disdain the solemn responsibility that power entails. Anyone having the most basic respect for the sovereign will of the American people would shudder at the enormity of casting a vote to impeach a duly elected President.
“It is a constitutional travesty. House Democrats were determined from the outset to find some way — any way — to corrupt the extraordinary power of impeachment for use as a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election. All of that is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn.”
In a 110-page brief, President Donald Trump’s legal team asserted Monday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong,” urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called “flimsy.” The lawyers decried the impeachment process as rigged and insisted that abuse of power was not a crime.
“The Democratic Party may be shocked to hear this, but we live in a country where citizens say who gets an elected position, not a political party. The 2016 election proved that democratic principles are alive and well when then-candidate Trump beat Hillary Clinton. The left has never been able to accept the defeat. The Democrat-led House of Representatives voted along party lines to impeach President Trump, but over what? Hurt feelings? The Democratic Party is trying to stifle the First Amendment rights of American citizens.
“Trump’s reelection opportunity is in approximately nine and a half months. Yet, Democrats voted to impeach the president. A sure sign that they think he will win a second term.
“Please make no mistake about it: Democrats hate our system of voting. They want to ultimately get rid of it and be the ones who choose the president through the popular vote since large liberal cities are primarily Democratic voters.”
John Dempsey, a columnist for therightfield.com
“I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the president’s counsel, in equal terms, to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body…avoid speaking in a manner and using language that is not conducive to civil discourse.”
At the impeachment trial Chief Justice John Roberts admonished House prosecutors and Trump’s defense team for using language that was “not conducive to civil discourse.” Roberts’ comments came around 1 a.m. Wednesday after an impeachment manager, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, charged that the White House lawyers were lying.
“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done.”
Hillary Clinton referring to Bernie Sanders
“My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.”
Sanders’ response to Hillary
“What makes the broader ‘Believe All Women’ movement even harder to take seriously is their strange penchant for choosing women who are proven liars to stand as proof that women cannot possibly lie. The ultimate example of such an oxymoronic beacon of truth is Elizabeth Warren, who has been trying to stir the wave of ‘Believe All Women’ into a tsunami, with Bernie Sanders’ campaign in her sights.
“Let’s try and return to a world where honesty is judged based on evidence and history of character, rather than whether or not the accuser has a vagina and the accused has a penis.”
Ian G. Haworth is a political commentator who writes for The Daily Wire, The Federalist, and the Times of Israel
“The man seated on that side of the courtroom, despite what your eyes are looking at, is not a harmless old man.”
Harvey Weinstein, 67, was portrayed as a “sexual predator and a rapist” by Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast during opening statements at his rape and sexual assault trial in Manhattan. Hast told the jury Weinstein is a sex fiend who exploited his power as a movie mogul to prey on aspiring actresses.
“In the coming days, I will be signing an executive order to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission who will draw The People’s Maps. Our nonpartisan redistricting commission will consist of the people of our state—not elected officials, not lobbyists, not high-paid consultants. The People’s Maps Commission will visit every congressional district, hear directly from folks across our state, and draw fair, impartial maps for the Legislature to take up next year. I believe, and Wisconsinites do, too, that people should get to choose their elected officials, not the other way around. So, when The People’s Maps are presented to the Legislature next year, I hope they will receive unanimous, bipartisan support.”
WI Gov. Evers in his State of the State address
“I think the governor just proposed something that’s completely unconstitutional. It’s still the responsibility of the Legislature to draw the maps every 10 years based on the census … the Legislature has to draw the maps whether he likes it or not.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau after Evers’ speech
“He will go through some kind of Rube Goldberg process. He doesn’t get to draw them. That’s not in the (state) constitution. He can form whatever kind of fake, phony, partisan process he wants to create, but I have no doubt in the end we will do it the way we always have, which is to follow the constitution.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester also rejected Evers’ call for nonpartisan redistricting
“Governor Evers proved again tonight that he has no shortage of ideas on how to spend your tax dollars but zero ideas on how to strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce, grow private-sector wages, or lessen the tax burden on Wisconsin families.
“Program after program, commission after commission, panel after panel…It is clear that Governor Evers thinks more government is the solution to all of our problems. I believe that individuals, not government, should control their destiny.
“This is the very time when we should be inviting our over-taxed neighbors to the south to join our strong, thriving economy. Instead,we have a governor who is searching for every opportunity possible to expand government and cater to Madison special interests.”
State Senator Dave Craig responding to Evers’ speech
“Gov. Evers made it clear during the past year that he is largely disinterested in running the state and would rather hand off responsibilities to the liberal activists who staff his office. As a result, he didn’t accomplish much of anything for Wisconsin. Instead, the Evers administration went out of its way to circumvent open records laws, actively suppress votes in the 7th Congressional District, and veto legislation that would have protected the unborn. Gov. Evers was relegated to the sidelines where he spent his time calling Republican legislators names.
“When Gov. Tony Evers proposed more than $1 billion dollars in tax increases, legislative Republicans held the line on Evers’ radical agenda and passed a conservative budget. The Republican budget cut taxes for hardworking Wisconsin families, made record investments in education and made improvements in infrastructure without raising the gas tax. It passed without a single Democrat vote in the legislature.”
The Republican Party of Wisconsin
“We knew they were going to try to run the football, and they absolutely got after us in the run game. But one thing I can say about our team, these guys are a bunch of fighters, and you don’t always get that when you’re down 27-0. These guys kept battling, and I can’t tell you how much that means to myself, our staff … these guys care about one another. That’s why it hurts so bad, because we’ve accomplished a lot of great things this season and ultimately, at the end of the year only one team is going to be happy.”
Packer coach Matt LaFleur after Green Bay lost to San Francisco in the NFC Championship 37-20
“The window is open for us, and I think we’re going to be on the right side of one of these soon. I wouldn’t say this was our most talented team, but neither was 2010 (when the Packers won the Super Bowl). We just found a way. And we found a way a lot this year.”
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed confidence that the Packers would be strong again next season
“(Aaron Rodgers) can still sling the ball. He can still create when plays break down. He can still throw darts while on the move. But Green Bay’s loss showed that Rodgers, the quarterback of the Packers, is at a stage in his career where he needs more help if he wants to win another Super Bowl. ‘It definitely hurts a little more than it does earlier in your career, just because you realize just how difficult it is to get to this spot,’ Rodgers said after the game. He’s not wrong. Rodgers is now 36 and will enter his 16th season next year. He’s no longer at the level where he can carry a team all on his own, like, say, Patrick Mahomes can. The Packers aren’t far off from a Super Bowl. But this showed that another offensive weapon or two and defensive improvement is a necessity to get there.”
Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY
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