Week-ends (06/15/19)

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…


Rodney Smith Jr.

Charlie Winter

Alex Walker

Susie LeRoy

Mohan Sudabattula


Janet Mills

John Dean

Masai Ujiri


“OK, let’s put yourself in a position: You’re a congressman, somebody comes up and says, ‘Hey I have information on your opponent.’ Do you call the FBI? You don’t. I’ll tell you what. I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI.”
President Trump set off a Washington firestorm by asserting he would not necessarily contact law enforcement if offered damaging material from an overseas source. Trump later said “Of course, you have to look at it. But of course, you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that. You couldn’t have that happen with our country, and everybody understands that.”

“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas. She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
President Trump announced the impending departure of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. She will leave her position at the end of June.

“I am blessed and forever grateful to @realDonaldTrump for the opportunity to serve and proud of everything he’s accomplished. I love the President and my job. The most important job I’ll ever have is being a mom to my kids and it’s time for us to go home. Thank you Mr. President!”
Sarah Sanders

“I got briefed on it yesterday and it looks to me like they’re trying to take away her right of free speech. I’m not gonna fire her. I think she’s a terrific person. She’s a tremendous spokesperson. She’s been loyal, she’s just been a great person.  Based on what I saw yesterday, how could I do that?”
President Trump after the Office of Special Counsel (unrelated to Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel) released a letter calling for the firing of White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway for allegedly violating the Hatch Act

“American companies recently made headlines for saying that abortion is good for business and essential to women’s equality. But their actions indicate otherwise.Nearly 200 CEOs and company executives publicly expressed support for U.S. abortion in a full-page ad that appeared in The New York Times on June 10. Since then, others have added their names to the list called “Don’t Ban Equality.” But many of their companies, from Yelp to H&M, not only cater to countries where abortion is outlawed but also to cities where women suffer discrimination – such as the inability to pursue certain careers or even travel without a man’s permission.”
Katie Yoder is the associate culture editor and the Joe and Betty Anderlik fellow at the Media Research Center

“I promise you if I’m elected president, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer.”
Joe Biden at a campaign stop in Iowa

“On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders. I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”
Laura Bush, who penned an op-ed in The Washington Post in which she decried the Trump administration’s immigration policies

“Frankly, this law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under (Laura Bush’s) husband’s leadership, not under this administration. We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem. We’ve inherited it. But we’re actually the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders 

“Some of the things I’ve seen in the files makes your blood boil, to be honest with you. When you’re investigating gangs or the Mafia, we would call some of this conduct a criminal enterprise.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. American bishops gathered for a conference to confront the reignited sex-abuse crisis this week.  A nationwide Associated Press query of more than 20 state and federal prosecutors last week found they are looking for legal means to hold higher ups in the church accountable for sex abuse.

“The prevalence of unvaccinated pediatric patients is troubling to physicians. Many children go unvaccinated as anti-vaccine-related messages and advertisements target parents with misinformation. Allowing mature minors to provide informed consent to vaccinations will ensure these patients can access this type of preventive care.”
AMA board member Dr. S. Bobby Mukkamala as members of the American Medical Association voted this week to support state policies that would allow minors to override their parents’ objections to vaccinations

“Today the lawmakers in New Jersey stood up with my co-workers and I to say no more to guests exposing themselves to us, soliciting us for sex, and allowing us to be unsafe as we open the door to a guest room, with no idea what is waiting for us behind it. It’s great knowing I’ll be able to come home safe at the end of my shift. I can do my job without being worried.”
Iris Sanchez, a housekeeper at Caesars. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Tuesday that he and others said is the nation’s first requiring most hotels to provide their workers with wearable panic buttons they can press to summon help quickly in an emergency.

“I think in the moment, every time we score a goal in a World Cup — you’ve dreamt of it. I dreamt of it since I was a little girl. You know, winning a World Cup and being back there for the third time, we want that fourth star. So tonight we knew that any goal could matter in this group-stage game. And when it comes to celebrations, I think this was a really good team performance and I think it was important for us to celebrate together.”
Alex Morgan of the U.S. women’s national soccer team that faced criticism following its record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand on Tuesday night. The win set a World Cup record for goals and margin of victory. Morgan alone had five goals, matching the most in one game in tournament history.

“If anyone wants to come at our team for not doing the right thing, not playing the right way, not being a good ambassador, they can come at us. It was an explosion of joy. If our crime is joy, then we will take that.”
Megan Rapinoe, who drew ire on social media for twirling and turf-sliding after her goal  made it 9-0


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