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
“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
President Donald Trump on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman
“Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…….”
President Donald Trump addressing his 53.8 million Twitter followers
“This is the post-Trump world were living in now. We’ve lost complete respect for everything and everyone in Washington. We’re now at a point where no one in D.C. works together. No one looks for common ground. The reality is, while this is going on in D.C., the American economy is growing at 4.1 percent, unemployment is down dramatically and taxes and regulations have been cut. What gets lost in the big media’s over-the-top coverage of petty D.C. beltway crap like the Omarosa tapes and revoked security clearances is that America is doing pretty great – again.”
“Local government officials in Illinois are resorting to fear mongering and hyperbole instead of learning the real facts. I thought it was important for Illinoisans to understand that Foxconn is a positive development with ample environmental protections that will make the Midwest the epicenter for cutting-edge technology. While it’s understandable that Illinois politicians want the best for their communities, they’re doing a disservice to their constituents when they don’t do their homework on this transformational economic development project.
“Foxconn is investing in an innovative and environmentally friendly water system that will recycle the water used in manufacturing, which will nearly eliminate the return of any manufacturing processing water into Lake Michigan. Because of this new technology, Foxconn’s daily water usage will be reduced to a mere 2.5 million gallons per day.
“To put this into perspective, Chicago is allowed to use 2.1 billion gallons per day. It’s interesting that a 2014 study found Illinois loses roughly 60 million gallons a day to leaking pipes, water main breaks and aging infrastructure. When you take that into account, Foxconn would use less than five percent of what Illinois leaks in a day.”
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is sending a message to Wisconsin’s neighbors to the south in order to clear up misconceptions on Foxconn and its environmental impact. This week he sent an open letter to Illinoisans
“My two teenage sons start school Monday. They’ve been walking through metal detectors to get to class since sixth grade. I don’t mind that at all anymore. This year, their public high school will start another kind of program. A different, new trend. Students will have their smartphones locked up in pouches.
“I do get some parents’ concerns. But — insert my applause emoji — I am thrilled my high-schoolers won’t be able to use their phones at school. In a note to parents, the principal says this will help stop a string of problems. Students cheating on math tests, distracting themselves and friends, even taking calls during class.
“The school also says ‘a large portion of students’ rush to lunch to get on their phones, isolating themselves while playing games. It hopes this new policy will help kids develop crucial face-to-face social skills. And use their new free time to join the extracurricular clubs that meet during lunch period.
“Maybe they’ll also tell more silly jokes. Flirt. Actually finish their lunch?! And I can think of another benefit.
“My sons will have six hours of the day free from the nonstop barrage of bad news alerts. The latest shooting, terror attack, disaster or potty-mouthed tweetstorm. Invaluable time to relax, and connect, without phones. I’m grateful to see some schools investing in that.”
Jennifer Ludden, National Public Radio
“Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade — our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”
Former President Barack Obama on Aretha Franklin who died on Thursday at the age of 76
“Jokes are not real. People assume that when you say something that you believe it. It’s purely comedic invention. You know, I do this whole bit about Pop-Tarts and how much I love them. I don’t love Pop-Tarts. It’s just funny. It’s funny to say it, so I say it.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld explaining why he’s never apologized for a joke
“Before the election, we did a lot of Trump material, a lot of political material, and it was fine. … After the election, you started to hear comments from the audience, whether it was a yay or a boo, and we said, ‘We don’t want that. We’re not here to preach.’ So we started limiting the divisive political material from the act because you get that on late-night TV. It’s not something you want to pay [for]. We’re just trying to be funny.”
Comedian Steve Martin
“When it comes to politics, you don’t want to make half the audience feel like they’re inappropriate.”
Comedian Martin Short
“Omarosa’s new book Unhinged is out. And it’s already an Amazon best-seller. That’s just because Trump frantically bought up all the copies so no one can read it.”
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The president’s tweet calling former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” for betraying him and his administration with her new book, “Unhinged,” and her stash of secret White House recordings
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK