Week-ends (07/14/18)

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

Cory Barr

1st responders in Sun Prairie

J.J. Watt

Montana officers

Ishu Rao

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Peter Strzok

The University of Kansas

Facebook

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“There is no one in America more qualified for this position.”
President Trump  introducing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his family to a packed East Room at the White House filled with Republican and conservative supporters

“My mom was a trailblazer. When I was 10, she went to law school and became a prosecutor. My introduction to law came at our dinner table when she practiced her closing arguments. Her trademark line was: “Use your common sense. What rings true? What rings false?” That’s good advice for a juror and for a son.”
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

 “I have interviewed many candidates for the federal bench, including Roberts and Alito. There is no question in my mind regarding Brett for the Supreme Court. He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy.”
George Bush’s former attorney general, Alberto Gonzales

“I’m whipping out my person of color card here, how do I put this delicately: I don’t give a crap. Shoot me, but I grew up under the principle of the best person for the job should get the position. With this job, it’s that, plus experience and impeccable legal credentials, all of which Kavanaugh has and then some.”
Columnist Matt Vespa

“While his top consideration when hiring is excellence — top-of-the-class grades, intellectual rigor — he actively seeks out clerks from across the ideological spectrum who will question and disagree with him. He wants to hear other perspectives before deciding a case.”
Yale law professor and “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom” author Amy Chua on Kavanaugh, who had hired her daughter as a clerk

“Now, for those who want Roe repealed, I get that you won’t stop the fight. You shouldn’t if that’s what you believe. But focus on the consensus right now and consolidating that, which is abortion is legal, but strict restrictions are fine. Bolster the feelings about abortion, as something that isn’t pleasant and utterly tragic. Make sure the laws enforcing the consensus are well grounded and accepted, and slowly work on repealing Roe. This has always been a generations-long fight. It might not happen in this slice of time, but maybe being the generation that laid down the groundwork for its eventual repeal could be an equally honorable chapter. The only setback for this generation of anti-abortion activists is that they won’t be around to see Roe’s repeal should that time come in our history. There are other intense legal fights over free speech and gun rights that have to be fought as well.”
Columnist Matt Vespa 

“The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.”
Terry McAuliffe, former Governor of Virginia

“I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have, and I hope a bipartisan majority will do the same. The stakes are simply too high for anything less.”
Senator Chuck Schumer

“I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk — how many times did you look so innocently into your wife’s eye and lie to her about Lisa Page?”
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, alleging Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who oversaw the Russian investigation, had an extramarital affair with the woman he texted. Strzok was under question from the the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees about texts that showed political bias. 

“Welcome to LGBTQ Wrath Month. Stonewall. The White Night. Riots. ACT UP. Wrath Month is a chance to remember that before our symbol was a rainbow, it was a brick. Civility be damned.”
University of Toronto instructor Anthony Oliveira

“Members of the left have instead encouraged more hostility. This increasing personal nastiness reflects the left’s understanding that they are losing. They can’t win the argument, so they use intimidation, aggression and spectacle.”
Newt Gingrich

“Rather than taking their proverbial ball and going home, Trump skeptics should recognize that they can still play a role in shaping the story of the Trump presidency. Denying credit for good moves only serves exclude them from the debate: an outcome that is assuredly worse for the party in the long run than swallowing one’s pride and giving credit where credit is due.”
Will Flanders, Research Director at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty

 “We can be bold by saying we can make healthcare affordable, without having to say we’ll make it free. We can be bold by saying we will fix our disastrous immigration policies without saying we’re going to abolish ICE. If we want to a move from a party in the minority committed to ‘the Resistance’ to a party of governance we have to act like it. I understand the strategy of racing farther and farther Left in a 24-7, talking head, social media chaos, controversial, combative world — pie in the sky policies and extreme rhetoric stand out, they stick.”
But it won’t win elections according to Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.  In a defiant speech just blocks away from the Capitol, Sen. Chris Coons declared that Democrats have to realize there’s a “difference between being radical and being bold.”

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Three road accident victims dying as onlookers took selfies and filmed videos on their phones instead of rendering aid

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The #WalkAway Movement Is Taking America By Storm

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

What was Melania wearing to what?

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

‘See ya later, suckas!’

 

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