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
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Charles died while serving to keep his community safe, and his loss is a painful reminder of the dangers faced and sacrifices made by our first responders every single day. We keep Charles’ memory in our hearts today and always.”
WI Gov. Scott Walker on the death of 23-year old Milwaukee Police Officer Charles Irvine, who died in the line of duty
“Anthony Bourdain’s suicide is a sobering reminder of how fragile life is and that we never know what’s going on inside of another. Suicide is rarely a person acting, but rather being acted upon by the disease of clinical depression. We are all vulnerable. So very sad.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, on the suicide of chef and storyteller, Bourdain
“I always believe in preparation. These one-week preparations don’t work, just ask Hillary what happened to her during the debates.”
Speaking to reporters outside the White House before departing for the G7 Summit in Canada, President Trump was asked about whether he was “serious” when he said Thursday that he doesn’t “have to prepare very much” for the June 12 face-to-face talks with Kim Jong Un in Singapore
“Obama might be justified in taking credit for today’s economy if his successor had adopted and carried on his policies. Instead, Mr. Trump has reversed nearly every Obama rule, edict and law that he can legally overturn. In that sense, they really did set up President Trump for this big economic rally — by giving him bad policies to repeal.”
Stephen Moore and Arthur Laffer writing in the Wall Street Journal
“Actually, Trump may actually be better than Reagan. Reagan produced millions of good-paying middle class jobs, unprecedented prosperity and the greatest economic expansion in world history. Trump is on track to surpass Reagan’s economic success.
“It’s a new day under President Trump. We are free to make money again. We are free to practice capitalism without guilt. The sun is out. The skies are blue. There’s a job in every pot. The Trump Miracle lives.”
Radio host Wayne Allyn Root
“The ‘blue wave’ storyline was created before many of the benefits of the Trump-Republican agenda began to take hold, and it’s going to be increasingly difficult to convince Americans their lives aren’t getting better.
“The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, combined with President Trump’s massive deregulation effort, has led to the lowest unemployment rate in 18 years (and the lowest black unemployment rate ever recorded). Wages are increasing, business and consumer confidence are soaring, and more and more Americans are starting to realize the huge disconnect between the America described by the mainstream media and the America in which they are living.”
“What about a Trump effect? I talked to one therapist in left-coast California who specializes in helping women decide whether they want to become mothers. She said a potential client canceled her spot in a class right after the election.”
Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak who wrote an article about a recent report by the National Center for Health Statistics that showed a “sinking” U.S. birth rate
“After six months of this president, I’m suffering from Trump fatigue. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. But I’m also suffering from Trump-bashing fatigue, the nonstop drumbeat of negative news about the president; the crazy speculation about whether he’ll be impeached for high crimes including treason. This isn’t honest journalism. It’s wishful thinking.
“And even when I agree with liberal journalists who point out the president’s defects, I find myself thinking that I don’t want to be on their team anymore. As much as I dislike President Trump’s demeanor, I dislike their demeanors at least as much. They’re smug. And if arrogance were a crime, they wouldn’t be on TV or writing op-eds; they’d be behind bars.”
Bernard Goldberg, Emmy award winner and author of the New York Times best-seller, “Bias”
Al Gore felt like he was Bill Clinton’s “heir apparent and had served as a dutiful vice president, only to have his presidential ambitions quashed by the president’s affair with twenty-two-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky.”
From the book First in Line by author Kate Andersen Brower that claims Al Gore felt Bill Clinton’s “impeachment cast a permanent shadow” on their accomplishments and ruined his chance of being elected president
“We’ve heard from a lot of young woman who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit.’ So guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore.”
Gretchen Carlson, the new head of the Miss America board of directors, revealed that the pageant will no longer judge women based on their physical appearance
(Carlson) “further clarified: ‘It’s what comes out of their mouths that we care about.’ Really? I’ve got some news for you, Gretchen: nobody on the entire planet cares what comes out of the mouths of Miss America contestants unless they say something so dumb it makes us laugh out loud. They’re not competing to see who is smartest, funniest, or most environmentally concerned. They’re there because they’re smoking hot.”
“Even though I am a woman who struggles with body image, I think that this change erases the history of the pageant. Miss America started as a swimsuit competition in the 1920s. And it was the only phase of competition. Yes, swimsuits have changed over the years and are a little more revealing, but I think that women should be able to choose what they wear for a ‘physical fitness’ competition.”
Miss South Carolina USA 2016, Leah Lawson
“At the end of the day, he heard me out. We got the job done. What could he really use me for? When I got the meeting, I knew there was going to be tons of backlash. I knew people wouldn’t understand it. And at that point, I had to make the decision that this was bigger than me.”
Kim Kardashian West spoke with CNN’s Van Jones Thursday about her meeting in the Oval Office with President Trump to advocate for Alice Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence shortly after the meeting.
“You don’t look like a legislator.”
What a statehouse security guard said to Ohio state Rep. Emilia Sykes, a 32-year-old black woman, as she walked into work with one of her older, white, male colleagues. Sykes had her bag searched — even after her colleague corroborated Sykes’ job.
“I give you my earnest commitment: Under no circumstances will I be wearing short shorts and a crop top. Nobody in America wants to see that.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on the one-on-one basketball game he will play against Jimmy Kimmel. The loser will make a $5,000 donation to a non-political charity of the winner’s choice.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
We could pick these yahoos every week. The TSA.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Deportation of illegal immigrants ripped
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK