Week-ends (11/18/17)

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

William Cox

Truckers

Catalina Lemmon

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Sarah Semrad

Virginia middle school

Professor Travis Reider

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!
President trump in a tweet

“Passing this bill is the single biggest thing we can do to grow the economy, restore opportunity and help these middle-income families that are struggling.”
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on the House passing tax reform

“There is no rational reason to doubt the truth of Tweeden’s accusations, no legitimate defense of Franken’s actions, and no ambiguity here at all: Franken should resign from the Senate immediately. Democrats should call for him to step down straightaway. This revelation is a test of the Democratic Party’s consistency, honesty, and decency. If Democrats wish to preserve whatever moral standing they have today, they must exhort Franken to leave the Senate, with no hesitation or reservations.”
Mark Joseph Stern of the liberal Slate on Senator Al Franken. Thursday morning, Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden alleged that Franken sexually harassed her on a 2006 USO tour.

“If we set this precedent in the interest of demonstrating our party’s solidarity with harassed and abused women, we’re only going to drain the swamp of people who, however flawed, still regularly vote to protect women’s rights and freedoms.”
Liberal feminist Kate Harding  writing in the Washington Post that because Franken is a liberal Democrat who thinks the right things and votes the right way, he should be spared

“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler, sticking by his endorsement of Roy Moore in the special election for the U.S. Senate. He dismissed the relevance of a story about Moore’s alleged pursuit of teenage girls when he was in his early 30s.

“Have you ever experienced sexual harassment in the workplace as an ambitious woman in public life?”
MSNBC Anchor Kasie Hunt questioning former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin

“I think a whole lot of people probably know I’m probably packing so I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people who would necessarily mess with me.”
Palin’s response in jest

“There is too much money in the world.”
Lawrence Luhring, a New York art dealer, expressing shock over the sale at auction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” for $450.3 million, a figure that smashed records

“There’s no one person bigger than the game.”
Elie Dangoor, a member of the Association of British Scrabble Players, after a star player was banned for three years for breaking tile rules


OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Al Franken, and his supporters

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

This poll

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Controversy over the Bible museum

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Doctors dancing in the operating room? New rules proposed for plastic surgery social media

 

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