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
“It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens, I can tell you that. They’re not going to be happy. If they do anything, it’ll be a very bad mistake. It’ll be a bad problem for Iran if something happens I can tell you that. They’re not gonna be happy. They know what I mean by that.”
President Trump. Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan reportedly presented a military plan at a meeting of top national security officials that would send as many as 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East in the event Iran strikes U.S. forces in the region or speeds up its development of nuclear weapons.
“I hope not.”
President Donald Trump said he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic
“To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey after signing a bill into law that would make performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases and contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. Supporters hope to launch a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made the procedure legal.
“I think this bill, frankly, is shameful. It is callous. This bill uses rape victims and victims of incest at all ages, even minors, as political pawns.”
Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama condemned the state’s new abortion ban as “extreme” and “irresponsible.”
“In the pro-life movement, we acknowledge the horror of rape and the trauma that sexual assault victims must endure. But, however, we know that our humanity doesn’t depend on the circumstances leading up to our conception, that you’re wanted-ness or the circumstances surrounding your conception don’t change your value. You have value simply because you are a human being. And all human beings have that equal right to life.
“Because we don’t issue points on birth certificates where you’re ranked higher based on your parents’ income, or marital status, or level of education or whether or not there were candles lit when you were conceived. It doesn’t work that way. Either all humans have a right to live, or none of them do.”
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America
“This is so Venezuela, Congresswoman.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews roasting Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) on air after she claimed President Trump is going to be jailed for not releasing his tax returns
“Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?”
Attorney General William Barr asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) if she brought “handcuffs” for him Wednesday at the Capitol, following her accusing him of lying to Congress earlier this month. Pelosi smiled and said the House Sergeant at Arms was present if an arrest was necessary, to which Barr laughed and walked away. Some congressional Democrats have called for Barr to be jailed after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold him in contempt when he ignored a subpoena for the unredacted Russia report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“Democrats, either do something or stop talking about it. I just think you’re making yourselves look weak. You’re just making yourselves look like people who talk and talk, and don’t do anything.”
Liberal comedian Bill Maher challenged the opposition party to either bring their actions into alignment with their dramatic rhetoric (impeachment), or to stop talking
“Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!”
“You would need five cramped Priuses to carry all the democrats currently running for president. Four years ago, you would have needed six Ford F-150s to carry all the Republicans running for president. It seems as if these supersized fields of candidates are the new normal; maybe in 2024 the out-of-power party can be the first to hit three dozen. Meanwhile, at the local level, it’s often getting harder to find anyone willing to run for office. A Rice study found that 60 percent of all the 2016 mayoral elections they looked at featured just one candidate running unopposed — a number that’s been on the rise since 2000.”
Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab
“The rise in the number of presidential candidates in recent years results from divisions within the party coalitions and from easier access to vital campaign resources — money and media — that were not present in previous election cycles. In the past, candidates were reliant on the media to publicize their candidacy and get their message to voters. Party leaders and elites consistently have better connections with the media establishment and use those connections to promote preferred candidates.
“But today’s media environment allows candidates to bring their message directly to voters. Social media bypasses reporters and editors and those who have connections to them so more candidates have easier access to this key campaign resource.”
Florida State political science professor Hans Hassell
“The sad thing honestly is here, 60 years after Brown v. Board, so many Black, Latino, poor kids are in schools that are as highly segregated as was true 10 years after Brown v. Board. One of the reasons we’ve returned to such high levels of segregation is we refuse to believe that separate is inherently unequal.”
Noliwe Rooks, professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. A study released last week by the UCLA Civil Rights Project reported that by 2016, 40 percent of all black students were in schools with 90 percent or more students of color. New York, California, Illinois and Maryland are the four states in which a majority of black students attend 90-100 percent nonwhite schools. In fact, segregation for black students has expanded in all regions of the country, except for the Midwest.
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OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Alabama is evil
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK