Week-ends (03/05/17)

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

George W. Bush

Matthew Bilodeau

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Milwaukee couple

Daniel Grilo

Whatever happened to Rachel Dolezal?


QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Jeff Sessions is an honest man. He did not say anything wrong. He could have stated his response more accurately, but it was clearly not intentional. This whole narrative is a way of saving face for Democrats losing an election that everyone thought they were supposed to win.

“The Democrats are overplaying their hand. They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality. The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total witch hunt!”
President Trump

“Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms. They (racial and religious attacks) have no place in our country, and we will continue to make that clear.”

“By finally enforcing immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions of dollars and make our communities safer. We have also ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office called ‘VOICE’, which stands for ‘Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement’.”

“We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border. As we speak tonight, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our community and prey on our very innocent citizens, bad ones are going out as I speak. To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you … what would you say to the American family that loses their jobs … or loved ones because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders.”

“A new chapter of America greatness is now beginning. A new national pride is sweeping across our nation. And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp. What we are witnessing today is a renewal of the American spirit.”

“Tonight I am also calling on this Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare… Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for our country. The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost … and that is what we are going to do.”
President Trump in his first address to Congress

“But by the way, did you notice how poorly several of them were dressed as well? It is a syndrome. There is no question, there is a disease associated with the notion that a bunch of women would wear bad-looking white pantsuits in solidarity with Hillary Clinton to celebrate her loss. You cannot get that weird.”
U.S.Rep. Kevin Cramer, a Republican from North Dakota, mocking Democratic women who wore white during Trump’s address to Congress in a nod to suffragists and as a silent protest against the president

“I think President Obama’s behind it, because his people are certainly behind it.And some of the leaks possibly come from that group. You know, some of the leaks, which are really very serious leaks, because they’re very bad in terms of national security, but I also understand that’s politics. And in terms of him being behind things, that’s politics, and it will probably continue.”
President Trump said Tuesday that former President Obama is to blame for both the protests GOP lawmakers are facing at town hall meetings and the leaks coming from the White House.

“I understand why members of Congress don’t like it. But you know what? You asked for the job. Go do it.”
New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie, criticizing the Republicans who are refusing to attend town halls because of protesters

 “I don’t blame him (Trump) for being furious at (the media). I mean, he’s a punching bag day after day after day after day in the media, especially what’s called the mainstream media. And I don’t blame him for not wanting to go and be a punching bag in person. I wouldn’t say that all of the media is the enemy of the people. But look, everyday, you pick up The New York Times, every day they’re slamming, slamming, slamming him. this general idea that the press can just hack and hack and hack away at the president, that he’s expected to sit there and take it, is not a sound idea. The country has real problems and for them to be focusing on trying to bring down this guy before he’s even gotten started is a serious mistake.”
Economist and former speechwriter for Richard Nixon, Ben Stein

“We had the largest gathering of men and women to date in the Oval Office for a picture. These are the presidents and other leaders within the historically black colleges and universities, and they came to visit the White House — of course today the president signed the executive order on HCBUs. I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us, and I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that. I certainly meant no disrespect. I didn’t mean to have my feet on the couch.”
Senior advisor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway

Image: Kellyanne Conway takes a photo in the Oval Office

“It is venomous,” Conway said. “It bothers my children, to be frank with you. I have 24/7 Secret Service protection because there are people out there who do wish us harm, and people should take that very seriously. I’m not a victim at all, but people should take very seriously the import of their words. Especially when they know I meant no disrespect.”
Conway referring to critics who claimed she was disrespecting the Oval Office

“There is no such thing as ‘we’re going to shoot the gun out of their hand or shoot them in the thigh. I’m not training them to, nor do our policies and procedures state that they should wound somebody. They are trying to hit this individual in a lethal location.”
Portland, Maine, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck, during a press conference about an officer’s fatal shooting of a man who was carrying a rifle-style pellet gun. Witnesses say the cop shot the man in the forehead.

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Study finds charter and voucher schools do better than public schools

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Look what she’s doing!

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Restaurant with its own…psychologist?

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