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
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s email to one of his father’s former Russian business partners who had been contacted by a senior Russian government official offering to provide the Trump campaign dirt on rival Hillary Clinton
“My son was open, transparent and innocent.”
President Donald Trump
The saying in the Watergate days was that “it’s not the crime but the cover-up.” These days, you don’t need a crime or a cover-up to trigger outsized political outrage, just a heavy dose of bad optics…when the meeting happened on June 9, no anti-Hillary information was forthcoming. (Russian lawyer Natalia)Veselnitskaya only wanted to discuss a sanctions law called the Magnitsky Act, and claims she “never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton.”
Donald Trump won fair and square, unless you want to assert that somehow Russia hacked Michigan’s paper ballot system. But those who are dead-set on invalidating the election results by other means still persisted. Lacking evidence of actual crimes, they have been forced to drum up narratives around more nebulous, subjective offenses like “obstruction,” “misleading conduct,” and of course “collusion,” which this email chain supposedly points to. However, the case is pathetically weak. Veselnitskaya was not connected to the Kremlin and Don Trump Jr. said she had no anti-Hillary material to offer. She comes off more as someone who wormed her way onto Trump Jr.’s schedule by dangling a vague promise of tantalizing information, then denied she ever promised anything.
James Robbins, author of This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive, writing in USA TODAY
“As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over.”
President Trump on why the wall along the southern U.S. border should be transparent
“There is no evidence that climate change causes war. If you look at the refugee flows that are often cited, for example refugee flows across Syria and Iraq are greatest today, people are not leaving their home because they are too hot.”
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said she strongly opposed adding a measure to the National Defense Authorization Act during the House Armed Services markup session. The amendment was offered by Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I. House lawmakers recently approved the amendment to a defense bill that calls climate change a “direct threat to the national security” of the U.S. and orders up a Pentagon study.
“I just love to sit in my office and make up ways so they’ll write these stupid stories because they are just so stupid.”
Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage, complaining about the media for reporting that he was planning to leave the state when the government was shut down last week. LePage left lawmakers voicemails that said he was “heading out of town” — but the governor later said he was lying in order to get lawmakers to call him back sooner.
“Please help. I’m stuck in here and I don’t have my phone. Please call my boss.”
Note from a technician who found himself locked inside an ATM in Houston
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with a Russian lawyer is the smoking gun. He needs to go to prison and his father needs to be impeached.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Do not misgender your pet.