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
Missed this one a while back…Julia Hawkins.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I do know this. This disease has never had a more worthy opponent.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on the health of his longtime friend and colleague, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor
“The amount of time you spend in desperation on a topic that has plummeted you to 13th place in viewership ranking across America. More people watch Nick at Night cartoons than CNN today.”
White House adviser Sebastian Gorka in a live interview on CNN that was supposed to be about the retaking of Mosul from ISIS, but the topic switched to Russia
“I’m disappointed, very disappointed. For so many years I’ve been hearing repeal and replace. Let Obamacare fail and then everyone will have to come together to fix it. Let Obamacare fail, it’ll be a lot easier. “We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you Republicans are not going to own it. Let Obamacare fail and then Democrats are going to come to us asking ‘How do we fix it?’ We have to get more Republicans elected because we have to get it done.”
“The political consequences of failing to eliminate ObamaCare would be disastrous for Republicans next year. Midterm elections are always tough for the party that holds the White House. But reneging on the promise to ‘repeal and replace’ would put Republican control of the House and even the Senate at risk.
“If the Republican Party fumbles the Senate vote, it will suffer—and will deserve to. Having made the death of ObamaCare its overriding concern, a GOP that fails to deliver would shatter its credibility. An important element of the Republican brand is its identity as the conservative party. Fewer would see it that way if ObamaCare survives. GOP voter turnout would fall, and the party’s candidates would feel the difference.”
Conservative columnist Fred Barnes
“Last week’s Russia revelations show just how shamelessly Republican lawmakers will stand by a longtime Democrat who switched parties after the promotion of a racist theory about Barack Obama gave him standing in Lincoln’s once-proud party. Neither Lincoln, William Buckley nor Ronald Reagan would recognize this movement.
“It is a dying party that I can no longer defend.”
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC
“Basically the only people who care about Morning Joe (Scarborough) are in New York or Washington, D.C. The entirety of the rest of the world doesn’t give a darn about what he says or how he thinks. Why doesn’t anybody care what Morning Joe thinks?
“He hasn’t been a conservative for years. Whether he’s Republican, or not, he basically gets paid his 30 pieces of silver from MSNBC to bash conservatives. There’s a whole marketplace filled with people, Jen Rubin and others, who exist only to bash the Right.
“He’s meaningless and mindless. Mika is worse. You have to go pretty far into TV to find someone who is as useless as she is. It’s an insipid liberal show on an insipid liberal network. And people on Capitol Hill, particularly the people who pretend to have an ‘R’ after their name need to wake up and stop paying attention to it.”
Dan Gainor, Vice President of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center
“Late last year, liberals were so close to their goal of destroying America they could almost touch it. They smelled the sweet aroma of victory in the distance, believing Hillary Clinton would carry across the finish line the torch that Barack Obama lit, then use it like a flame thrower to incinerate what remained of American values. They were that close.
“And then Donald Trump happened.
“They hate Trump. Which means he is doing something right.”
Susan Stamper Brown Susan is a regular contributor to Townhall and The Christian Post
“I’m shocked as a civil libertarian, and a criminal lawyer and a liberal at how liberals are, some of them at least, prepared to stretch existing laws, talk about treason, talk about other kinds of crimes that just don’t exist when it comes to the facts as we know them about this meeting. So I’m going to keep insisting we stop accusing people of crime when there is no evidence of crime.
“A candidate has a right to get information from whatever source the information comes. It’s like The New York Times publishing the Pentagon papers case or the Washington Post publishing material stolen by Snowden and Manning. You don’t prosecute the newspaper and you don’t prosecute the candidate or the candidate’s son. If the material was obtained unlawfully you prosecute if you can the people who obtain the material. But there is a First Amendment right of a candidate to use information.”
Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, told Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro he sees no crime in Donald Trump Jr’s behavior
“Your insults about our other customers and employees are unacceptable and unnecessary.”
Delta Airlines, responding to pundit Ann Coulter’s Twitter rant after the flight crew bumped her from a seat she had paid an extra $30 for
Delta “spends all this $$$ on beautiful aircraft & then hire Nurse Ratchets as flight attendants & gate agents.
“Now they’re policing our behavior after we’re off the plane. Perhaps they should spend less time sneering at their customers’ post-flight commentary and more time investigating why they invite customers to prebook their seats online, only for their gate agents to go into the computer, cancel a reserved seat, print new tickets, and give a prebooked seat to another customer, who apparently wanted the same seat — but not quite enough to bother booking it in advance.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Russia, Russia, Russia!
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK