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
“I walked into the room and I told Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi I want to do infrastructure. But you know what we can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over.”
President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel’s Trump-Russia report
“Regrettably, the President’s most recent actions and continued disrespect for the Constitution are forcing us down the road to impeachment. Congress is a co-equal branch of government, charged with oversight of the Executive Branch and with the power to subpoena information and individuals. The President and his associates are engaging in a campaign of obstruction and lawlessness that undermines the rule of law and does not reflect the actions of someone who is ‘exonerated’ as innocent.”
House Democrat Mark Pocan of Wisconsin
“I don’t take joy in this process at all and I’m in great angst over this. Nobody wants to see that we’re thinking about impeaching the leader of the free world. I don’t want to have to do that.”
Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Ga.) hails from a Republican-leaning district and said she worries about the politics of the Judiciary Committee’s Trump investigation every day
“Where, then, are we headed?
“To gridlock first, then almost surely down the impeachment road.
“For if Trump continues to defy subpoenas and denounce those who issue them, and Pelosi cannot deliver on the Democrats’ agenda, the louder will be the clamor of the Democratic base to remove Trump. At some point, Pelosi will have to go along or lose control of her rebellious caucus.”
“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families – I feel like & the evidence is really clear, that this is intentional. It’s intentional.”
Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) accused the Department of Homeland Security of intentionally implementing policies that have directly resulted in the death of five migrant children
“Congresswoman Underwood has stooped to despicable new lows to attack the men and women who bravely serve this country. She ought to be ashamed of herself.”
Congressional Leadership Fund Spokesman Calvin Moore
“I felt the rules were being changed to hurt Trump, and I thought it was damaging for the presidency over the long haul.At every grave juncture the presidency has done what it is supposed to do, which is to provide leadership and direction. If you destroy the presidency and make it an errand boy for Congress, we’re going to be a much weaker and more divided nation.”
Attorney General William Barr said in a new interview he views his role at the Justice Department as one where he can take action to protect his long-held belief in executive power
Roe did substantially increase abortions, more than doubling the rate per live birth in the five years from 1972 to 1977. But many other changes occurred at the same time:
• A sharp increase in pre-marital sex.
• A sharp rise in out-of-wedlock births.
• A drop in the number of children placed for adoption.
• A decline in marriages that occur after the woman is pregnant.
John Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center
“Not sure he was fully awake, maybe he meant to reclaim his time back to sleep.”
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar weighed in on Twitter about HUD Secretary Ben Carson. At one point during his testimony before a House Financial Services Committee hearing Carson referred to reclaiming his time.
“Since you brought it up… I know what it’s like to actually be sleepy, especially after 18-hour surgeries and operating on babies in the womb. I hope @IlhanMN knows I care about all people, even those she doesn’t recognize as having a right to life.”
Carson responding on Twitter
“There hasn’t been a single mass public shooting in any school that allows teachers and staff to carry guns legally. Since at least as far back as January 2000, not a single shooting-related death or injury has occurred during or anywhere near class hours on the property of a school that allows teachers to carry.”
The conclusion from a new study from the Crime Prevention Research Center after analyzing nearly 20 years of comprehensive data from reliable, respected sources including the National School Safety Centers (NSSC) report, “School Associated Violent Deaths” and the Washington Post’s database of school shootings
“I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to do Pocahontas, I think that story is going to be difficult. With modern sensibilities, it’d be hard – you’re going to offend somebody – so I don’t know.”
Composer Alan Menken believes not every Disney film should get the live action treatment
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
C’mon Nancy, impeach the guy
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK