Week-ends (07/02/17)

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…



Dean Cravens

Bhavini Bhakta


Miller Park fan



“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses. Too bad!”
President Trump in a tweet about MSNBC hosts

“Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment. What we’re trying to do around here is improve the tone, the civility of the debate. And this obviously doesn’t help do that.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan on Trump’s tweet

“Look, the American people elected a fighter. They didn’t elect somebody to sit back and do nothing. (Trump) fights fire with fire.”
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump’s attacks

“If the media is not going to be fair to both sides, they cannot expect the party they treat unfairly to care about the press. We should all be concerned that the president seems very distracted by his war on the American press at a time North Korea, Russia, China, Iran, ISIS and more seem emboldened. But let us not pretend that the current hostility towards the American press is undeserved. People have finally had enough of the media’s liberal biases. The media’s response is to whine, play victim and engage in the same whataboutism and tit for tat they decry others engaging in.
Erick Erickson, Editor-in-Chief of RedState.com

President Trump has bombed (a) military base in Syria. He has shot down Syrian planes. He has shot down Iranian drones. Thereby Russia is unable to protect its two main clients in the Middle East. We’re on the verge of deploying more troops to Afghanistan where Russia has been meddling with ever-greater intensity in recent years. And we have finally proposed a budget that increases military spending, albeit, not enough, that accelerates ballistic missile defense. And our domestic agencies are doing everything they can to promote oil and gas production in the United States.

“By contrast, President Obama famously pressed the reset button a few weeks into his tenure, six months after Russia invaded Georgia. He mocked Mitt Romney for calling Russia our number one geopolitical foe. He asked Dmitry Medvedev in a hot mic moment to wait until after the election to discuss missile defenses because he would have more flexibility. Despite bipartisan support in the Congress, President Obama refused to send lethal weapons to Ukraine. He stood idly by as Russia returned to the Middle East for the first time in 40 years, and he stood idly by, as we’ve heard today, in the 2016 election.”
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AZ)

“We believe it is in the interest of transparency to have regular televised briefings. We aren’t satisfied with the current situation and won’t be until it changes.”
Jeff Mason, a Reuters correspondent and president of the White House reporters’ group, on the White House’s decision to restrict camera coverage of press briefings

“Guess what’s about to happen: The Congress is about to have to call Barack Obama in to testify under oath about when he knew about Russia meddling. Who told him? Why did he do nothing? Who was in the meetings when he decided to do nothing? It’s going to turn out, yes, there’s a big Russian story. It’s Barack Obama. Not Donald Trump. And you cannot make this stuff up.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

“I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress.
In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise. But you shouldn’t have to be among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress.”
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R, Utah who sleeps in his Capitol office when he is in Washington

“I’ve enjoyed these incredible items for more than two decades and the time has come. Whatever price it brings is gravy.”
Actor Charlie Sheen, on his decision to auction Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring and the contract that sent Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the NewYork Yankees in 1919


The case of Charlie Gard

Teen magazines launch the pronoun wars


Trump joins with victims of illegal-immigrant crime to urge Congress to act


ObamaCare repeal will kill tens of thousands of people


Bubblo Picasso


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