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
“As President of the United States, I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first.
“All responsible leaders have an obligation to serve their own citizens, and the nation-state remains the best vehicle for elevating the human condition.
“But making a better life for our people also requires us to work together in close harmony and unity to create a more safe and peaceful future for all people.
“The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies. But we can no longer be taken advantage of, or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States gets nothing in return. As long as I hold this office, I will defend America’s interests above all else.”
President Trump speaking at the UN
“No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more.
“We were all witness to the regime’s deadly abuse when an innocent American college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to America only to die a few days later. We saw it in the assassination of the dictator’s brother using banned nerve agents in an international airport. We know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a beach in her own country to enslave her as a language tutor for North Korea’s spies.
“If this is not twisted enough, now North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life.
“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”
President Trump speaking at the UN
“Trump is not the president of the world… he can not even manage his own government.”
Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza
“I could almost hear tongues clucking at the New York Times and the Washington Post, as much for the contemptuous nickname as for the threat of military force. But I liked it, just as I liked his robust calling-a-spade-a-spade moment with respect to the criminal regime of Iran, one of the world’s most ostentatious enablers of terrorism.”
Roger Kimball, Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books
“What do they want out of a so-called commander-in-chief? They want Hillary Clinton there — Ms. Pay-for-Play foreign policy, Ms. Crony Socialism herself — to be doing the same usual litany of genuflection, capitulation, and then rinse and then repeat with — toothless sanctions is the only thing they ever wave as their threat against these existential threats to America and the world!”
Michelle Malkin referring to those who criticized President Trump’s UN speech
“I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire. I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying [North Korea].”
Kim Jong Un responding to President Trump
“No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn. We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership which can only be taught by example. By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit.”
First Lady Melania Trump gave a heartfelt speech about bullying Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly
“Listening to her talk about – remember our kids are watching and listening, remember that they need to follow our own examples – those of house have kids and can’t show them some of the retweets by the president of the United States because we don’t think it’s appropriate to condone hitting a golf ball at a former competitor and knocking them over, see that there’s more than a little bit of irony here. She should be commended, but come on.”
CNN’s Dana Bash reacting to the First Lady’s speech
“The internet is tearing us apart. The internet is a system where people can put up vitriol and they think they are hiding behind a screen and so they can treat other human beings in really ugly ways that we would never want to treat each other, but for some reason we think we can do that on the internet. Base your opinions and your thought in reason and fact and not in emotion…try to do your best to engage in a civil dialog. All of us can do a better job of this, all of us, from the top down.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan talking to students at New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School
NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.’ Out! He’s fired.”
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed his league’s players
“We have become stupidly politically correct which is the death of comedy. It’s OK not to hurt the feelings of various tribes and groups. However, it’s not good for comedy. Comedy has to walk a thin line, take risks. Comedy is the lecherous little elf whispering in the king’s ear, always telling the truth about human behavior. I personally would never touch gas chambers or the death of children or Jews at the hands of the Nazis. Everything else is fine.”
Veteran comedian and filmmaker Mel Brooks
UW-Madison student film
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
“The United States has done very well since Election Day last November 8th. The stock market is at an all-time high — a record. Unemployment is at its lowest level in 16 years, and because of our regulatory and other reforms, we have more people working in the United States today than ever before. Companies are moving back, creating job growth the likes of which our country has not seen in a very long time. And it has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense.”
President Trump speaking at the UN
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
How disgusting. Trump’s tough talk about North Korea.
Jimmy Kimmel’s nightly attack on the GOP plans to repeal Obamacare.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Good intention, but was this wise?