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
“The agency is now on track to apprehend more migrants crossing illegally in the first six months of this fiscal year than the entirety of FY17 (fiscal year 2017), and at the current pace we are on track to encounter close to one million illegal aliens at our southern border this year. Our capacity is already severely strained, but these increases will overwhelm the system entirely. This is not a manufactured crisis. This is truly an emergency.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border during her testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee Wednesday. She cited the Customs and Border Protection February apprehension numbers, showing that border patrol agents arrested or turned away 76,325 immigrants at the border, the highest number in 12 years.
“I was stunned by this. I think it’s a completely unjust sentence. Now, look. Let’s start with the federal guidelines. They’re advisory, meaning judges have to calculate them, have to take them into consideration. But they’re not binding. Judges are free to go above or below. I think most people I spoke to felt like 19 to 24 years would have been excessive for this case. However, four years – under four years is outrageous. There’s just no way to justify it, especially given how much disdain Paul Manafort expressed for the criminal justice system, the prosecutors, law enforcement and the court throughout his case.”
Former federal prosecutor Elie Honig after President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for fraud. President Trump has said in the past that a pardon for Manafort is not off the table.
“All of them are lying. I have been assassinated. I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my (expletive) life. I have been buried alive, but I’m alive.
“Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through — oh right now I just think I need to be a monster, and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, and don’t let them out.”
R&B star R. Kelly cried, angrily stood up and ranted about being “assassinated” during his first interview since being charged with sexual abuse, calling his accusers liars and saying people are after him for his money. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, told Gayle King of “CBS This Morning” that he never sexually abused women or controlled their lives. The 52-year-old singer was charged last month in Chicago with sexually abusing four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls.
“But the woman who boasts of a “razor-sharp BS detector” seems to have trouble sniffing out her own. Since declaring her candidacy in May 2017, (Alexandria) Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign heavily relied on those combustible-engine cars — even though a subway station was just 138 feet from her Elmhurst [Queens] campaign office. She listed 1,049 transactions for Uber, Lyft, Juno and other car services, federal filings show. The campaign had 505 Uber expenses alone.”
The NY Post
“I also fly & use A/C.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter
“Everyone in America wants to be rich. Everybody in America wants to succeed. That’s, by the way, what made America great, because everyone wants to move forward. Everybody wants to contribute. Everybody wants a piece of the pie, rather than wants it given to them. Redistributive policy leads to inequality. It’s just the opposite of what you think.”
Sam Zell, billionaire businessman and philanthropist, believes the wealth redistribution ideas of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, won’t work because Americans would rather earn success than get handouts
“Hey AOC, you’re the ‘boss’? WE DON’T THINK SO. The American PEOPLE are the boss.”
The Job Creators Network (JCN) put up a new Times Square billboard on Tuesday criticizing recent comments New York Democratic Rep. Ocasio-Cortez made about her Green New Deal climate change plan. Regarding critics of her climate change proposal, Ocasio-Cortez said her plan was creating buzz because “no one else has even tried. So until you do it, I’m the boss. How about that?”
“I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. I am told everyday that I am anti-American if I am not pro-Israel. I find that to be problematic and I am not alone. I just happen to be willing to speak up on it and open myself to attacks.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
“She is rapidly making herself a pariah in Congress, rather than an effective representative for her constituents.”
State Sen. Ron Latz, who is Jewish, reacting to a suggestion by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota that Israel’s supporters are pushing U.S. lawmakers to take a pledge of “allegiance to a foreign country.” It’s at least the third time she has forced older, pro-Israel Democrats who run the House into awkward territory over U.S.-Israeli policy. Latz lives in Omar’s district and has been critical of her recent statements on Israel.
“It’s up to her to explain. But I do not believe she understood the full weight of the words.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Omar
“Omar is being slammed, not because she’s black or a Muslim, but because she’d peddling outright anti-Semitic trash. And the fact that Pelosi can’t get her side under control over this just shows how weak of a speaker she has become. It took less than six months for the far left rodeo to overwhelm her.”|
Blogger and columnist Matt Vespa
“As Democrats scrambled for cover, her (Omar’s) backers reminded us that she had issued some apologies (the sincerity of which should soon be made clear), and- my favorite—’she is learning.’ The woman is 37 years old. She occupies a seat in Congress. She did not just land from space. She knew exactly what she was saying, and meant every word.”
Talk show host Mark Davis
“He’s a very decent guy. Warm and cuddly, he’s not. His favorite mode is outrage, and I think it’s very wise of him to try to show another side.”
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch referring to Bernie Sanders
“I’d see that [as] quite possible. You’ve seen California, New York, Chicago and other places in the United States that have already used registration lists that they’ve had to identify people that owned guns to force them to have to turn them in, and get rid of them. It wouldn’t be a stretch at all to see something like that happening nationally.”
Gun rights advocate John Lott Jr. said in an interview that a Democratic president would possibly declare a national emergency on gun violence in order to confiscate firearms
“I could feel the whole house just shaking as I prayed. I could hear things banging, things falling. It didn’t last two minutes. For those two minutes, it was very, very scary.”
Ellen White of Cairo, Georgia, after a tornado warning went off on her cellphone and the siren started sounding at the fire department three blocks away. She went to the safest place she could think of — the fireplace in her dining room — and grabbed hold of the mantle for dear life. The tornado ripped the metal roof off her two-story clapboard house, built in the 1870s, sent massive oak and magnolia limbs crashing in the yard and flattened her white picket fence. White was not injured.
“If anyone is wondering whether I just didn’t hear the plow come through overnight, I can tell you that I can definitely can hear the gunshots ring out in the night (I’m a light sleeper) so yeah, I definitely would have heard the plow come through. On my way to City Hall this morning I also checked several adjacent blocks in my neighborhood and noticed that plows also did not touch the even side of many other side streets, and snow is still piled across many of those streets. In my view what we’re seeing are symptoms of larger problems, of decisions not made (or not even considered by the mayor) and a lack of foresight.”
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan
“This action by the Department of Public Works Commissioner to extend winter parking rules to March 15 is a tacit admission that the city’s snow and ice control efforts this year have been very poor. Instead of extending parking restrictions, DPW should be sending out plows and front-end loaders to finish the plowing that was never finished.”
Milwaukee Alderman Robert Bauman criticizing the city of Milwaukee’s snow removal
“They (Chick-fil-A) are one of the best tenants you can have for leases. They do more in sales in those stores in six days (a week because Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays) than McDonald’s does in seven days. … They’re pretty top-notch.”
Phoenix-based investor Ismail Hamdan on why he purchased a Chick-fil-A building in West Allis. He said the sale marks his first investment in Wisconsin. Hamdan largely invests in Arizona properties, mainly gas stations and related businesses.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The House votes to condemn bigotry, but not its own
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MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Mueller report could be issued soon and implicate President Trump
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK