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
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VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“At the end of the day, our budget is about putting people first. It’s about creating a Wisconsin that works for everyone–a Wisconsin for us. This isn’t the Tony Evers budget, the Democratic budget, the Speaker’s budget, orthe Republican budget–this is The People’s Budget.”
WI Governor Tony Evers presenting his $83.4 billion biennium budget proposal
“The people of Wisconsin have asked us to fully fund our public schools. More than one million Wisconsinites have raised their own property taxes to support local schools in their communities. This is simply not sustainable. I’ve said all along that what’s best for our kids is best for our state, and investing in our kids will yield dividends for our future. So, we’re going to start with providing historic investments in K-12 education and returning to two-thirds funding at the state level.”
WI Governor Tony Evers
“I’m proposing the largest biennial investment in transportation in Wisconsin state history. But this won’t be a one-time fix. We’re going to raise more than $600 million in new revenues to fix our roads, bridges, and highways and make sure that our transportation fund is sustainable for our future.”
WI Governor Tony Evers
“We’re announcing tonight that undocumented folks will be eligible to receive driver’s licenses and ID cards. This makes our roads and our communities safer, and helps strengthen our economy and Wisconsin families.”
WI Governor Tony Evers
“Thank God we’re out of here.”
Speaker Robin Vos as he closed the assembly after the governor stepped off the podium having finished his budget address
“It’s not like there’s some problem with not having enough revenue. The problem with Tony Evers’ budget is it just spends too much. It spends way more than Wisconsin can afford.”
“After listening to the governor’s budget address this evening, [I’m] certainly disappointed. To me, it’s a thousand-page press release, not a budget. There was a complete disregard this evening for whether we could get the votes or momentum to actually get a budget done in this fashion. It’s just been completely thrown out the window at this point. It’s not going to happen.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
“He (President Trump) is a racist, he is a conman and he is a cheat.”
Michael Cohen in stunning testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Committee
Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen spoke at length Wednesday about his life in the president’s inner circle, but the most vivid descriptor came in just six words. Trump ran his operation “much like a mobster would do,” Cohen said.
In Cohen’s scathing testimony at a House committee hearing, he repeatedly described Trump, the onetime head of a family business, like a mob boss minus the body count: quick to bully and expecting others to do his dirty work. Cohen described himself as a consigliere, telling lawmakers he did Trump’s bidding for years, intimidating maybe 500 people and lying to scores, including the first lady. But Trump never directly told him to do it, he said.
“He doesn’t give you questions, he doesn’t give you orders,” Cohen said. “He speaks in a code, and I understand the code because I’ve been around him for a decade.”
From a report by the Associated Press
“A message for Michael Cohen: He better keep his mouth shut. Inmates love Trump, and hate rats. If he wants to get out alive, he better keep his mouth shut about Trump.”
An heir to the Gambino crime family, Giovanni Gambino issued a stark warning to Michael Cohen, predicting that President Trump’s former personal attorney may face retaliation behind bars over his Congressional testimony. Gambino spoke to DailyMail.com on Wednesday morning, blasting Cohen shortly before he publicly testified.
“I think it’s a critical issue because we are talking about the morality of our society. Are we going off the deep-end here or are we still loving and compassionate people? I would say please stop and spend a little time educating yourself about what life is all about, and about when babies can feel and when they can respond to external stimulation.”
Dr. Ben Carson when asked what he would tell Democrats who voted to block a bill that threatened prison time for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during failed abortions
“Looking at the case against Kraft, there are a lot of big holes. First of all, the women he was with appear to have been operators of the massage parlor. One was arrested and the other one appears to be a cooperating witness, which is why she is named in the affidavits but wasn’t arrested. Prosecutors and police do not leave victims’ name unredacted in the reports they release.
“There’s also no proof in the affidavit that he solicited anything from the women. It is possible that this could have been a legal and consensual act between adults and there does not seem to be evidence to prove otherwise. So the facts supporting a misdemeanor charge of solicitation really don’t jump out at you.
“Second, the video was probably not legally obtained, the police seemed to ignore the necessity requirement for such an intrusive measure like planting a camera in the premises.” (The law stipulates police should only seek warrants for surveillance cameras if no other evidence is available to support their case, so Kraft’s lawyers could argue the video footage is not legal and an invasion of privacy.)
“And third, I doubt the traffic stop was legal either. So the evidence will likely be suppressed [by Kraft’s legal team] if there is ever a trial.”
Eric Snyder, a former prosecutor in the Manhattan DA’s Office and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and now a high-profile trial lawyer, believes there are glaring issues in the prostitution case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. He’s charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution after twice visiting Jupiter “rub and tug” massage joint Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Florida.
“Why would a man with wealth, power and prestige, who likely has women throwing themselves at him on a daily basis, go to a massage parlor?
“They do it because it’s sex. They do it because it’s convenient. They do it because it’s fast. They do it because it’s hassle-free. At least, until you’re caught.
“So the reason why Robert Kraft went to a Florida massage parlor allegedly for sex is because he wanted to. It was there. Sometimes you want to eat a nice steak, and sometimes you want fast food. It was the fast-food equivalent of sex.
“None of this diminishes or discounts his character. A person is not a fraud or a liar because he wants sex. Many people do, and that’s never going to change.”
Heidi Fleiss is the former Hollywood Madam and currently runs a macaw rescue in Nevada
“Social media, quite frankly, is the toilet of the internet … and what it has done to pop culture is abysmal.”
Lady Gaga, responding to rumors that she and actor Bradley Cooper are having an affair after the two performed a duet on the Oscars
“Hey, there’s always softball!”
A voice from an MLB-licensed throwing game at a Chuck E. Cheese outside Chicago, after a player misses a throw
“I was really mad. It made me feel like they think softball is a bad sport and girls shouldn’t play softball. I just started throwing balls at the game as hard as I could. I thought it was rude.”
Softball player Marie Marcum, age 9, who complained about the game in a letter to MLB and posted it on Facebook. Chuck E. Cheese has removed the game until the manufacturer can delete the taunt.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper must be in love
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Meow-ch! The $48,512 Cat Bite