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
Lauren Roach and Landry Nelon
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Come up and talk to me: the black guy in the white hat and the white shirt — the dark-skinned black guy in the white hat and the white shirt. If you have a different agenda, then we got an issue, we got a problem and we’re going to do everything we can to disrupt that agenda if it’s pertaining to violence and property disruption in the city.”
Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams warned agitators against violence at the Republican National Convention and said he was prepared to do anything he needs to do to prevent damage to the city
“Groups like Black Lives Matter, blessed by the progressive left and most recently our own President Obama, need to be exposed and condemned for their true aims: revolution. Black Lives Matter organizers hold the same values of America’s age-old enemies, who have always fought the ideals of our Constitution and our nation. That they have now taken on as their costume a false concern for Black America only adds to their depravity.
“This president will not name Black Lives Matter the enemy. Instead, the White House proactively defended the revolutionary group in the most unfitting of contexts: the eulogies for fallen police officers in Dallas, Texas. He has invited those who speak hate against our rule of law and police officers, in some cases the only element that stands between the violence-plagued communities and their utter destruction, into his fold. The Democrats and their leaders have made their choice known to the American people: utter capitulation.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
“There’s a school of thought that Trump, who’s gonna get crushed, will somehow teach the party a lesson and they’ll get it out of their system. I don’t have confidence in that.”
Stuart Stevens, who was Mitt Romney’s chief strategist in 2012
“The day after the election we’ll get back to being the anti-Clinton party. Which we’re actually good at being. We’ll have a really good midterm” and a deep bench for 2020.
Alex Conant, a veteran Republican strategist and longtime Rubio adviser
AT THE RNC
“Everyone wants change. Donald is the only one that can deliver it.”
“There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These are common words and values that she cares about her family, things like that. I mean, she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. She knew that. To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy. This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. It’s not going to work.”
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Melania Trump “hit it out of the park” Monday night with her address to the Republican National Convention, remarks that Manafort said were not plagiarized in any way
“We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big.”
“War is not about bathrooms. War is not about political correctness or words that are meaningless. War is about winning.
“I have called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race because she put our nation’s security at extremely high risk with her careless use of a private email server. Lock her up, lock her up … Damn right.”
Ret. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
“When they come to save your life, they don’t ask if you’re black or white, they just come to save you,” he said of law enforcement officers
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
“Ladies and gentleman, I would like to make something very clear — blue lives matter in America.”
Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
“I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son … If Hillary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency? That’s right, Hillary for prison. She deserves to be in stripes.”
Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, who died in the Benghazi attack
“It’s been a rough year for the media experts. It must be humbling to be so wrong about so much for so long.”
Willie Robertson, star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty”
“They want to run everything top down from Washington. They tell us they are the experts and they know what’s best. The other party gave us a regulatory state on steroids. Dodd-Frank was a thousand pages long and it has already spun off 22,000 pages in regulations. Imagine trying to digest all that before you even open your doors for business. That doesn’t help consumers.
“We’ve actually started to believe the solving our great problems is an impossible task, and that’s why we need to elect a man who has a track record of accomplishing the impossible.
“A president who speaks his mind and not just when it behooves him to do so. Who doesn’t have to run a focus group or use data analytics to form a simple opinion who says what needs to be said, and not just what you need to hear, a president who will unleash the greatness in our nation and all of us.”
Donald J. Trump Jr.
“So we must ask this question, HIllary Clinton as an awful judge of the character of a dictator, a butcher in the Middle East. Is she guilty or not guilty?” Crowd chants “Guilty!”
“We need to ask, as a flawed evaluator of dictators, a failed strategist, who has allowed Russia back into the Middle East. Is Hillary guilty or not guilty?” Crowd chants “Guilty!”
“Let’s face the facts, Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she cared about protecting America’s secrets.”
Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor
“My father is good with advice, as you might guess, but he keeps it short, and the takeaway is usually the same. To help us find our own way and our own gifts. If you do what you love, hold nothing back, and never let fear of failure get in the way, than you’ve pretty much figured out the Trump formula.”
“I’m here to tell you Hillary Clinton will say anything, do anything, and be anything to be president and we cannot allow it.”
Mitch McConnell , Senate Majority Leader
“I like to look at it this way, the next time there is a state of the union address, I don’t know where Joe Biden and Barrack Obama will be, but you’ll find me right there on the rostrum with Vice President Mike Pence, and President Donald Trump.
“Watch the Democratic Party Convention next week, that four-day infomercial of politically correct moralizing, and let it be a reminder of all that is at stake in this election. You can get through four days of it with a little help from the mute button, but four more years of it, not a chance, not a chance.”
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House
“In case you are wondering where Hillary Clinton stands, she said quote, SCOTUS is wrong on the second amendment. Think about that, all the Supreme Court said is that you have the right to protect our life in your own home. But Hillary Clinton says they are wrong. It’s that simple. A Hillary Clinton supreme court means your right to own a firearm is gone.”
Chris Cox, Exec. Dir. of NRA Institute for Legislative Action
“It doesn’t have to be like this, we shouldn’t have to live in fear, but if we want to change that reality. We have to understand exactly what is at stake. This is a fight for Freedom. This is not somebody else’s fight. This is our fight. This is a fight we absolutely must win. Donald Trump and Mike Pence understand that these must be America’s top priorities.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
“Sometimes Hillary Clinton speaks with a New York accent, sometimes with an Arkansas accent, but y’all this is what a real Arkansas woman sounds like. Hillary may not know where she’s from, but Arkansan’s know exactly who she is.
“Deception and dishonesty are all second nature to Hillary. As my daddy likes to say, Hillary will lie even when the truth will serve her better.”
Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General, Arkansas
“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order.
“He’s [Trump] a man known for a large personality, a colorful style, and lots of charisma, so I guess he was just looking for some balance on the ticket.
“We cannot have four more years of apologizing to our enemies and abandoning our friends.”
Gov. Mike Pence, Vice Presidential Nominee
“To those listening at home: Don’t stay home in November. If you love our country and love your children as much as I know you do, stand and speak and vote your conscious, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the constitution.”
Ted Cruz, Former Presidential Candidate
“Now I think you misunderstood one paragraph Ted Cruz, who is a superb orator said, and I just want to point it out to you. Ted Cruz said you can vote your conscience to anyone who will uphold the constitution. In this election there is only one candidate who will uphold the constitution. So to paraphrase Ted Cruz, if you want to protect the constitution of the United States, the only possible candidate this Fall is the Trump/Pence ticket.”
Newt Gingrich, Former Presidential Candidate
“Oprah Winfrey once famously asked my father if he ever envisioned running for the President of the United States. His answer, only if it got so bad that I had no choice. Only if it got so bad that I had no choice. Well ladies and gentleman that day has come.”
“Last August, right here in Cleveland, and I said that any Republicans running for office would be better than Hillary Clinton, I meant it then and I mean it now. So let me be clear, a vote for anyone other than Donald Trump in November, is a vote for Hillary Clinton.
“The simple truth is liberal, Washington insiders created our problems. And Hillary Clinton is the ultimate Washington, liberal insider. If she were any more inside, she’d be in prison.”
Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
“Oh and then there is this, Hillary believes our enemies, this is unreal, deserve our respect and empathy. Donald Trump believes terrorists deserve to die!”
Attorney General of Florida Pam Bondi
“To all my friends way up there, in the press, hello, hello. To all my friends up there in the press, you all know why in your heart, Donald Trump won the Republican nomination, you know it. You know why he won it? Because he dared to call out the phonies, the frauds and the corruption that has gone unexposed and uncovered for too long. Too long! Do your job!”
Laura Ingraham / Conservative Commentator
“Like many of my fellow Millenials I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat…I vote what is right for my family and my country. Sometimes it is a tough choice, that is not the case this time.
“I have seen him fight for his family, I have seen him fight for his employees, I have seen him fight for his company and now I am seeing him fight for our country.
“Words and promises no matter how visionary they sound will only get you so far, in our business you’re not a builder unless you’ve got a building to show for it, or in my father’s case, city skylines.”
“The dirty little secret Democrats don’t want you to know is they are the same old party, do the same old thing…we are the party of new ideas in a world changing faster than ever before.
“She lied, she lied, over and over and over, she lied. She lied. Perhaps worst of all, perhaps worst of all, Hillary Clinton has perfected the art of politics for personal gain.
“So I have a message for America, hold on, help is coming, with Donald Trump and Mike Pence. America is ready for a comeback after almost a decade of Clinton/Obama failures.”
Reince Priebus / Chair, Republican National Committee
“Its time to end the era of stupid wars and rebuild our country.
“Now we are told the great debate is who gets to use which bathroom, this is a distraction from our real problems, who cares?
“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American.
“I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform, but fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline and nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.”
Peter Thiel, Co-founder of PayPal
“In the days before my father passed away in 2007, he joked with CNN that he dreamed Chelsea Clinton had interviewed him about the three greatest threats facing this nation. He replied that the three greatest threats are Osama, Obama, and Yo’ Mamma. Well Osama is now gone, Obama has six months left in his term, and the only way to make again, and one again, is to tell Chelsea’s momma, you’re fired.”
Jerry Falwell Jr., President, Liberty University
“Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.
“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: Death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.
“A change in leadership is required to produce a change in outcomes.
“Our plan will put America first!
“And when a Secretary of State illegally stores her emails on a private server, deletes 33,000 of them so the authorities can’t see her crime, puts our country at risk, lies about it in every different form and faces no consequence – I know that corruption has reached a level like never ever before in our country.
“When the FBI Director says that the Secretary of State was ‘extremely careless’ and ‘negligent,’ in handling our classified secrets, I also know that these terms are minor compared to what she actually did. They were just used to save her from facing justice for her terrible terrible crimes.
“In fact, her single greatest accomplishment may be committing such egregious crime and getting away with it – especially when others, who have done far less, have paid so dearly. When that same Secretary of State rakes in millions and millions of dollars trading access and favors to special interests and foreign powers I know the time for action has come.”
Donald Trump, GOP presidential nominee
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
The Munich shooting
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Barack plagiarized. Michelle plagiarized.Joe Biden plagiarized.
The Wall Street Journal has a piece that is only available on-line to subscribers. Here’s an excerpt:
Five years ago this summer, Wisconsin’s budget-repair law, better known as Act 10, went into effect. The legislation, which significantly curtailed collective-bargaining rights for public employees, was a signature part of Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to close the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit. It sparked chaos in Madison: Tens of thousands of protesters occupied the capital. Fourteen Democratic state senators fled across state lines in an effort to stop the bill from passing. When it became law anyway, opposition culminated in a failed effort to recall Gov. Walker in 2012.
Looking at the law’s results half a decade later, it is safe to say that it was worth the trouble. Wisconsin’s example ought to embolden reformers everywhere: It’s possible to reform spending on public employees without damaging the quality of services.
Act 10 has saved taxpayers $5 billion since June 2011, according to the John K. MacIver Institute, a free-market think tank in Madison. Local school districts, government agencies and municipalities have acquired more affordable health-care plans, allowing them to put money into classrooms and critical services. Even Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Gov. Walker’s opponent in the 2012 recall election, used Act 10 to save his city nearly $20 million.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Melania Trump’s speech
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Mowing the lawn