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
“Forget the new dump of Hillary Clinton e-mails. Forget the phony claims that the missing communications were all about wedding plans and yoga routines. Forget them all. The most disturbing aspect about the FBI dump may not be fresh evidence of another Clinton lie. The most disturbing thing about Mrs. Clinton’s continuing email drama may be where she’s telling the truth.
“Mrs. Clinton told the FBI it was ‘common knowledge’ at State that she used private email. Agents further quote her as saying she ‘could not recall anyone raising concerns with her regarding the sensitivity of the information she received at her email address.’
“The much larger stink here is this: Mrs. Clinton was allowed to spend her four years as secretary of state off the grid.
“It isn’t so much that Mrs. Clinton set up a personal server so she would not be accountable the way normal political appointees are held accountable. It’s that no one in government stopped her.”
William McGurn, a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board
“So can Donald Trump win? Although he is at a clear disadvantage in the electoral college, evidence suggests that he can. Polls in the past week in Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio show the race tightening. Florida is within the margin of error. North Carolina and even potentially Arizona, states that once seemed out of reach, remain in play.
“In the Midwest, Mr. Trump is surging. The Washington Post/Survey Monkey poll published Tuesday shows him leading by four points in Iowa and three points in Ohio. His path to victory runs through these states, especially with Virginia and Colorado now seemingly safe for Mrs. Clinton. The Midwest is where Mr. Trump should devote the bulk of his time and money, focusing on the need for fundamental change, economic revitalization and empowerment for the disadvantaged—making his pitch broadly but not exclusively to white working-class voters.
“Neither candidate has so far decisively answered the question of who can best lead America into a challenging future, while helping millions of hardworking people improve their lives. If Mr. Trump makes the better sales pitch over the next 60 days, he may very well find himself sitting in the big chair in the Oval Office.”
Douglas Schoen writing in the Wall Street Journal. Schoen served as a political adviser and pollster for President Bill Clinton, 1994-2000.
“So let me just tell you about choking. I don’t choke. She (Hillary) chokes. Look at the deals she’s made. She’s responsible for so many bad things that have happened to our country, including the signing by her husband of NAFTA, which has drained our country of its jobs. I’ve been given A plus, including by you people … I have been given A-pluses for the job I did in Mexico. And the fact is Mexico will pay for the wall. It was discussed that it wouldn’t be discussed but they know my stance and I know their stance. And until I’m president, I’m not going to press anything very much but they fully know my stance. My stance is we’re going to build a wall and Mexico’s going to pay for the wall. It’s very simple.”
“The fact that the FBI would release that information on a Friday afternoon, before a three-day holiday, I think is outrageous. It is as though the Hillary Clinton campaign machine held a gun to the FBI director’s head and said, ‘Do not release this during the week; release this on a holiday.’”
Colorado state Senator Ted Harvey, founder of the StopHillaryPAC
“@HillaryClinton was angry + defensive the entire time — no smile and uncomfortable — upset that she was caught wrongly sending our secrets.”
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus criticizing Hillary Clinton’s performance at Wednesday’s national security forum hosted by NBC
“When it comes to the flag and the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us — that is a tough thing for them to get past. But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else, he’s generated more conversation about issues that have to be talked about.
President Obama defending Colin Kaepernick
“We did see one driver who had two phones going at one time – one in his left hand and one in his right hand, with his wrist on the steering wheel.”
Lt. Paul Watts, a Virginia state trooper. The AP reported that while efforts to discourage texting while driving have increased in recent years, the consensus among police, safety advocates and drivers is that the problem is only getting worse.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
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