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
“I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down — I’m not going to blame you for it.”
President Trump telling congressional Democratic leaders that he would block full funding for the government if money were not allocated for a border wall
“I am done with the lying. I am done being loyal to President Trump. I will not be the villain of this story.”
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer said Friday that Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 campaign because he was concerned their stories of alleged affairs with him “would affect the election.” He says Trump knew the payments were wrong.
“Why should we believe you now?”
Considering Cohen was charged for lying to Congress, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Cohen that question
“The court today finds the individual mandate is no longer fairly readable as an exercise of Congress’s tax power and continues to be unsustainable under Congress’s interstate commerce power. The court therefore finds the individual mandate, unmoored from a tax, is unconstitutional.”
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in the Northern District of Texas ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional. O’Connor agreed with a coalition of Republicans that it was unconstitutional to mandate that individuals buy health insurance or be taxed for not complying. He said last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under Obamacare by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage.
“As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”
President Trump on Twitter
“Tonight’s district court ruling exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans’ all-out assault on people with pre-existing conditions and Americans’ access to affordable health care. While the district court’s absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision and for the fear they have struck into millions of families across America who are now in danger of losing their health coverage.”
“I’m not a person of color. And I haven’t lived your life or experienced anything like the subtle prejudice, or more overt harm, that you may have experienced just because of the color of your skin.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking at Morgan State in Baltimore. Warren has repeatedly told about her parents eloping due to racism and her mother’s “Cherokee” heritage.
“This sentence serves as a warning to others in public life. If you engage in public corruption, you will be shown no mercy, and you will go to jail.”
U.S. District Court Judge Valerie E. Caproni, who sentenced Alain Kaloyeros, the former president of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany to 3 1/2 years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Kaloyeros spearheaded the spending of a “Buffalo Billion” in state funds to boost upstate cities in New York.
“America has reached the point of a full-blown national security crisis. If the United States had to fight Russia in a Baltic contingency or China in a war over Taiwan, Americans could face a decisive military defeat. These two nations possess precision-strike capabilities, integrated air defenses, cruise and ballistic missiles, advanced cyberwarfare and anti-satellite capabilities, significant air and naval forces, and nuclear weapons — a suite of advanced capabilities heretofore possessed only by the United States.”
From a report by The National Defense Strategy Commission, led by former undersecretary of defense Eric Edelman and retired Adm. Gary Roughead. The Commission was tasked by Congress to review the United States’ defense posture to determine whether it will keep us safe.
“I am curious if you are interested in a story about the Milwaukee Bucks using child musicians to play the national anthem, but revealing to parents after they have signed their kids up that it will cost the parents $66 each to see their children perform, and claiming that they are receiving a group rate. Why are multibillionaires, who already received hundreds of millions of dollars from taxpayers, hoodwinking parents?”
Steve Szymanski in an e-mail to the Journal Sentinel’s Jim Stingl.
“This group got 33 tickets in the lower bowl for free. And we were happy to do it. It’s a terrific organization. At the time the group accepted the invitation, the least expensive tickets available for the game were $66 in the lower bowl. This is the result of having huge crowds at every game and very limited inventory (of tickets).”
Bucks spokesman Barry Baum. Szymanski’s two sons will be joined by 28 other Suzuki program classmates from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, all playing violins, violas and cellos, plus three teachers. The Bucks are letting them all in free for the Jan. 7 game against the Utah Jazz.
“I had an argument with a coach in Triple-A about Babe Ruth’s effectiveness in today’s game. I said, ‘Babe Ruth, with that swing, swinging that bat, I got him hitting .140 with eight homers.’ He was like, ‘Are you nuts? Babe Ruth would hit .370 with 60 homers,’ and I’m like, ‘I would strike Babe Ruth out every time.’ I mean the guy ate hot dogs and drank beer and did whatever he did. It was just a different game.”
Free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino of the Colorado Rockies. Ottavino, who had 112 strikeouts in 77⅔ innings with a 2.43 ERA in 2018 for the Colorado Rockies, is pitching himself to teams around the league now that he’s a free agent.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Melania’s hair is lighter
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK