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
For the second week in a row, John Earnest
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“People must know that bishops are at the service of the people. They are not above the law, and if they do wrong, they must be reported.”
Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s longtime sex crimes prosecutor. Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.
“I’m concerned if we don’t impeach this president, he will get re-elected. If we don’t impeach him, he will say he’s been vindicated. He will say the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the House and they didn’t take up impeachment. He will say that we had a constitutional duty to do it if it was there, and we didn’t. He will say he’s been vindicated.”
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas)
“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you.”
Hillary Clinton speaking last Saturday during an “Evening with the Clintons” event in Los Angeles, California
“And then the best line of the evening occurred. Not surprisingly, it was Bill Clinton who delivered an unintentionally ironic remark. ‘These people, they don’t believe the same set of rules apply to them that apply to everyone else.’ I know. I laughed, too. Self-awareness is hard, y’all.
“The Clinton’s show moved (from Seattle) to California Saturday night and tickets went for as little as $2.00. Wow. Imagine that. Some California Democrats listened to Bill and Hillary, a former president and a former Secretary of State (and the leader of pantsuits nation) in person for a couple of bucks. That makes the $15.00 tickets in Las Vegas look over-priced, doesn’t it?”
Blogger Karen Townsend on HotAir.com
“But we don’t have a real media, not in the sense that a real media would be composed of neutral truth-tellers who let the chips fall where they may and have no agenda nor favorites. What we have are hacks, many of them ex-staffers for the same liberal Democrats they are covering. Well, covering for.”
Blogger Kurt Schlichter
“Every income bracket received a tax cut, and as a percentage of tax revenue paid to the IRS, the wealthiest Americans are actually paying more than before tax reform. According to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, three out of every four dollars in tax cuts went directly to individuals and small businesses. What’s more, it doesn’t take a tax expert to see income, wages, jobs, and unemployment numbers have all improved since the enactment of tax reform, reflecting significant benefits for American workers.
“To say it simply, tax reform is working for Americans of every walk of life. For Democrats to suggest otherwise is to disregard the data that shows its positive impact for taxpayers, businesses and the overall economy.”
Sen. Chuck Grassley is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee
“Those who delay or refuse vaccinations, or encourage others to do so, put themselves and others, especially children, at risk. It is in all our interests to make sure that immunizations reach every child on the globe through safe, effective and affordable vaccines. Everyone must communicate the benefits and safety of vaccines, and advocate for the respect and confidence of the institutions which make them possible. To do otherwise risks even further erosion of one of public health’s greatest achievements.”
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and the former chair of the Global Virus Network; Joseph P. Kennedy II, a former member of Congress from Massachusetts, and the chairman and president of Citizens Energy Corporation; and Maeve Kennedy McKean, executive director of Georgetown University’s Global Health Initiatives. In an op-ed in POLITICO, they write that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—Joe and Kathleen’s brother and Maeve’s uncle—”has helped to spread dangerous misinformation over social media and is complicit in sowing distrust of the science behind vaccines. We love Bobby. However, on vaccines he is wrong. And his and others’ work against vaccines is having heartbreaking consequences.”
“You shouldn’t have 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs, because they’re a greedy organization, has, rather than 14 like you have in the Kentucky Oaks, the Breeders’ Cup, every other race in America, just because they can make more money, they’re willing to risk horses’ lives and people’s lives to do that.”
Gary West, owner of Maximum Security, the horse that won the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but was later disqualified
“It’s an area, frankly, where I’ve acknowledged that I’m not sure how it was that it remained so male-dominated for so long. Because it’s an area of the game where physically, certainly, there’s no benefit to being a man, as opposed to a woman, when it comes to refereeing.
“The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league. Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women — and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too
“I will say the fan base in Cleveland for the Cleveland Browns are more passionate than the Green Bay Packers fans.”
Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey, who has a long history with the Green Bay Packers organization. Dorsey is a former Packers player (1984-89) and longtime executive, serving as the team’s director of scouting and director of football operations in 2012, before he became general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. He’s been GM of the Browns since 2017.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The investigations of Trump, each and every one, must continue
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK