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
The rich and the powerful, and this little girl
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. … I’m a young vibrant man.”
President Donald Trump says he feels “young” and “vibrant” at age 72 and thinks he can beat 76-year-old Joe Biden “easily.” A reporter had asked Trump at the White House on Friday how old is too old to be president of the United States.
If Trump “looks young and vibrant compared to me, I should probably go home.”
“This isn’t your grandfather’s — or Joe Biden’s — Democratic Party anymore. His record, which includes backing the now-controversial 1994 crime bill, boosting the credit card industry, and disrespecting and dismissing Anita Hill’s sexual harassment claims, puts him in a precarious place among progressives who view him through a distinctly 2019 prism. But it’s also his bad luck of genetics and age that make him a target of the new left, who do not want an old white guy to be the next Democratic nominee.”
Columnist S.E. Cupp
“I know that we have been cultured to feel that only the white man can save us. I just don’t feel like Biden is our answer.”
Democratic organizer Roxy D. Hall Williamson
“I’m over white men running the country. I don’t know if him (Biden) getting in changes the field. He has name recognition, but his strength is also his weakness. Who is his announcing going to surprise? To ignite the kind of base that needs to be ignited to beat Trump, I’m not sure he moves them.”
LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter
“She paid a terrible price. She was abused through the hearing. She was taken advantage of … I wish I could have done something. The hearing she deserved was a hearing where she was respected.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden on the way senators treated Anita Hill in the 1991 hearing on her accusations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas ahead of his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Biden called Hill to express regret before announcing his campaign for president.
“I cannot be satisfied by simply saying I’m sorry for what happened to you. I will be satisfied when I know there is real change and real accountability and real purpose. The focus on apology, to me, is one thing. But he needs to give an apology to the other women and to the American public because we know now how deeply disappointed Americans around the country were about what they saw. And not just women. There are women and men now who have just really lost confidence in our government to respond to the problem of gender violence.”
Anita Hill has revealed to the New York Times that former Vice President (and newly declared 2020 candidate) Joe Biden phoned her earlier this month to express his regrets about the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Hill testified against Thomas at the time, claiming he had sexually harassed her when she worked for him at the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Biden, who was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and presided over the hearings, has been criticized for his handling of the event.
“Does this mean that you would support enfranchising people like the Boston Marathon bomber, a convicted terrorist and murderer? Do you think that those convicted of sexual assault should have the opportunity to vote for politicians who could have a direct impact on women’s rights?”
At a CNN town hall discussion in New Hampshire, Harvard University student Anne Carlstein asked Bernie Sanders to clarify his position that convicted felons should be able to vote while serving time in prison
“Here is my view: If somebody commits a serious crime — sexual assault, murder — they’re going to be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime. But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy — yes, even for terrible people. Because once you start chipping away … you’re running down a slippery slope. I do believe that even if they are in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
Bernie Sanders’ response
“You’re writing an opposition ad against you by saying you think the Boston Marathon bomber should vote not after he pays his debt to society, but while he’s in jail.”
CNN town hall moderator Chris Cuomo replying to Sanders
“The gloves are beginning to come off in the crowded Democratic race for the White House that so far has resembled more of a tea party than a barroom brawl. The new attacks come as the race for the party’s nomination takes shape around Biden and Sanders, who are the clear front-runners at this early stage. Both are now coming under attack.”
Jonathan Easley writing on The Hill
“Nobody crushed cell phones like Hillary did. Nobody deleted 33,000 emails like Hillary’s people did, and nobody bleached a server like Hillary did. There was no obstruction.”
Trump attorney Rudy Giulani
“Environmental protection and economic prosperity go hand in hand. A strong market economy is essential to protecting our critical natural resources and fostering a legacy of conservation.”
President Trump in his Earth Day message
“I think we need to take a deep breath and say tax credit is important, but we don’t make decisions based solely on tax credits.”
Foxconn’s U.S. Director of Strategic Initiatives Alan Yeung said Thursday the company is in discussions with state officials over potential changes to its contract with the state of Wisconsin. While providing no specifics, Yeung still promised 13,000 jobs despite recent assertions that the company would no longer live up to its promise.
“The government shouldn’t force lottery winners to come forward publicly if they don’t want to. Just because you win the lottery, it shouldn’t mean you lose your right to privacy.”
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel) are introducing the Lottery Privacy Act to allow prize winners to remain anonymous. The bill authors unveiled the legislation on the day the Wisconsin Lottery announced the winner of the state’s largest jackpot and the third largest jackpot in U.S. history.
“We haven’t dealt with the transportation crisis in years, several sessions. In the meantime, the roads continue to deteriorate. People don’t want to increase taxes. Since this is such a huge windfall, we should send it to local roads.”
State Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, said Wednesday that he’s drafting a bill to direct Wisconsin’s $36.5 million cut of the jackpot toward local road programs. On Tuesday, state officials announced that 24-year-old Manuel Franco, of West Allis, was the lone winner of the $768 million Powerball drawing, the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
“Like most tools, email is useful but it can become disruptive and even damaging if used excessively or inappropriately. When managers are the ones trying to recover from email interruptions, they fail to meet their goals, they neglect manager-responsibilities and their subordinates don’t have the leadership behavior they need to thrive.”
Michigan State University management professor Russell Johnson, lead researcher for a study that concluded keeping up with email throughout the day places high — and sometimes downright impossible — demands on managers that prevents them from achieving their personal goals and from being good leaders for their teams. According to the study, office workers of all seniority levels spend more than 90 minutes a day just recovering from email interruptions and returning to their normal workload. For managers, these distractions caused by email have wider-reaching consequences.
“I honestly don’t think I can hack it in the 9-to-5 world, though I’ve never actually tried. I really like not having to justify my decisions to anyone else, as well as the freedom to vacation whenever I want.”
Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer. Holzhauer has racked up $1,225,987 over 16 games as of Thursday. His real job is a professional gambler.
Everybody loves a winner — except, it seems, when it’s someone running the board day after day and toppling records on “Jeopardy.” Then suddenly that person is compared to a robot and told to “give someone else a chance.”
We suggest everyone, especially the Holzhauer Haters, study his keys to superiority:
Master the subject area. Technique aside, Holzhauer only wins if he gets answers right — in the form of a question! — and he does, over and over again. Bravo.
Master the tools. He’s agile on the buzzer — he practiced using a homemade version — and his timing is impeccable. And he knows how to assess a wager. The strain of mental calculations is not slowing his roll.
Master the strategy. He dances to his best advantage across the game board, one that’s been broadcast in plain view for decades. Holzhauer watched the show as a child with his grandma. Don’t blame him for figuring a few things out along the way.
Act boldly. Holzhauer isn’t rattled by the dollars. He obviously gets an edge here from his day job, but other contestants could get into this mental mindset just the same, remembering that any money lost is on paper only. He also isn’t “paying his dues” by playing the board in the usual order, which irks some viewers. There are no extra points for timidity or plodding.
The Chicago Tribune editorial board
“I was going insane. My heart started racing, my blood started pumping, I felt warm. I started screaming. I got that paranoia when you think the whole world is after you. I thought there was somebody behind me every single day. It’s hard living your life when you have the ticket everybody wants.”
24-year old Manuel Franco of West Allis, WI stepped forward Tuesday to claim a $768 million Powerball prize, the nation’s third-largest lottery jackpot, saying he “pretty much felt lucky” the day he bought the winning ticket, but has been worried that people want to steal it
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Push for impeachment
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK