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
“In no way did I see it as a rejection, but rather just a larger electorate than we’ve ever seen in the past. The state of Wisconsin isn’t going to go backwards. We’ve been such reformers, I may have reformed myself out of a job.”
WI Governor Scott Walker
“Everybody is at risk with poor air quality in the unhealthy range. In California, where we’re being unfortunately constantly exposed to wildfires, this is becoming something that we have to be more aware of, and get the message out there to try to limit the exposure. It’s actually quite a tragedy.”
Sharon Chinthrajah, a pulmonologist and allergist with Stanford Health Care
“We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process.”
From a statement by CNN that filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Trump administration after the White House suspended White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s ‘hard pass’ press credential. Acosta clashed with President Donald Trump and a press office intern during a November 7 press conference.
“We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acosta’s hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit.
“CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment. After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questions—each of which the President answered—he physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inappropriately refused to yield to other reporters.
“The White House cannot run an orderly and fair press conference when a reporter acts this way, which is neither appropriate nor professional. The First Amendment is not served when a single reporter, of more than 150 present, attempts to monopolize the floor. If there is no check on this type of behavior it impedes the ability of the President, the White House staff, and members of the media to conduct business.”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. A judge ruled Acosta should get his press pass returned.
“It’s [the White House] the most majestic political place in America – the White House. The only place second to that, in my experience, where I spent almost 15 years, is in Congress. It can be rough and tumble there [in Congress]. It can be rough at tumble there at times at the White House but it is a place of institutional passage and commands institutional respect.”
CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett
“We should ban possession of military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, we should buy back such weapons from all who choose to abide by the law, and we should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons. The ban would not apply to law enforcement agencies or shooting clubs.”
California Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell is proposing that the government should offer up to $1,000 for every weapon covered by a new ban, estimating that it would take $15 billion to buy back roughly 15 million weapons.
@RepSwalwell wants a war. Because that’s what you would get. You’re outta your ****ing mind if you think I’ll give up my rights and give the gov all the power.”
Joe Biggs in a Twitter response to Swalwell
“And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit.”
Swalwell’s reply to Biggs who then responded…
“So our government would nuke its own country in order to take guns? Wow.”
“I went to dinner that night. None of these people said to me, ‘Hey, you’ve got to go to the bathroom, you’ve got stuff all over your dress.’”
Monica Lewinsky in “The Clinton Affair,” a new A&E series, referring to her stained blue dress. Lewinsky says when she wore it after her widely chronicled hookup with President Bill Clinton, no one noticed. In 1998 grand jury testimony, she said she initially thought the marks on her dress “could be spinach dip or something.”
“In order to save time, Florida election officials have announced that the 2020 recount will begin immediately.”
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak
“Today I thought to myself, ‘Hmm, I’m ready for Christmas decorations.’ Then I thought, ‘Oh, so THIS is what aging is.'”
Ashley Nicole Black, comedian, actress and writer for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Michelle Obama wrote a book
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK