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 think he’ll get resoundingly re-elected. He’ll probably have a 40 state landslide, because what are you going to do? You’re going to put a socialist in place and wreck the entire economy?”
Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director, on President Trump’s chances in 2020
“After we have worked for years with the National Park Service to refurbish the National Mall, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars, President Trump now proposes to have 60-ton battle tanks there, where they would likely do significant damage. These tanks, heavy equipment, and weapons of war have no place on the National Mall at all, particularly as we celebrate the Fourth of July.”
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
“Mr. Trump is hijacking the celebration and twisting it into a taxpayer-funded, partisan political rally that’s more about promoting a Trumpian cult of personality than the spirit of American independence and freedom.”
Rep. Betty McCollum, a Minnesota Democrat who chairs the Interior Appropriations subcommittee
“With a single sheet of parchment and 56 signatures, America began the greatest political journey in human history.”
President Trump paid tribute to the reason for the July 4th holiday: the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776
“The same American spirit that emboldened our founders has kept us strong throughout our history. To this day, that spirit runs through the veins of every American patriot. It lives on in each and every one of you here today. It is the spirit, daring and defiance, excellence and adventure, courage and confidence, loyalty and love, that built this country into the most exceptional country in the history of the world. Our nation is stronger today than it ever was before. It is its strongest now.”
President Trump in his “Salute to America” speech on July 4
“Ocasio-Cortez is deliberately distorting the truth in order to advance her political agenda. In reality, every detained migrant has access to clean drinking water in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities, and absolutely no one is forced to drink out of toilets. In fact, according to the CBP agent on scene, one detained migrant voluntarily drank out of the toilet because she didn’t know how to use the faucet. The lawmaker, however, only had one objective — to deliberately exaggerate the details of the incident and baselessly attack the CBP.
“We also know that in her lengthy series of tweets disparaging the Border Patrol, Ocasio-Cortez made no mention of the fact that CBP officers frequently save illegal immigrants from certain death, rescuing entire families who get stranded along the most dangerous parts of the U.S.-Mexico border and rendering them life-saving aid regardless of their immigration status.
“There is simply no evidence to support any of the outlandish claims that she made about our Border Patrol agents during her trip to Texas, and she owes a sincere apology to the brave men and women of the CBP who risk their lives to protect this country.”
Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), the exclusive labor representative of approximately 16,000 Border Patrol agents
“Let me be frank. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez — someone needs to tell her that the voices in her head are not real. She says that the men and women of our Border Patrol and our authorities are intentionally running concentration camps on the southern border. The Department of Homeland Security is out of money, and the congresswoman knows that. She says the conditions are inhumane. But yet when we send a bill over to her to vote to improve those conditions, she voted no. Her hypocrisy is breathtaking.”
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.)
“Can anyone really take AOC seriously? She has demonstrated that she lacks the capacity for logic and reason. She carries such ignorance of, and hatred towards, the very issues she claims to be offended by. She formulates conclusions despite her want of reasoning and creates out of thin air ‘facts’ to support such pre-ordained conclusions.
“What is fortunate for America but disastrous for the Democratic majority in the House is that AOC is their loudest and most public voice. The Democratic Party is inexorably linked to AOC and her public rants and hysteria. When middle America’s John Q. Independent walks into a voting booth in November 2020, ambivalent about each candidate on his ballot for Congress, the (D) next to a person’s name will not evoke thoughts of FDR or JFK but of AOC. This is destined to end the Democratic majority.
“So, God bless AOC. Keep her safe. Keep her loud. Most importantly, keep her as the face of the Democrats right up to and through November 2020. But for the love of humanity, and the respect for rational thought, just don’t take her seriously.”
Paul M. Curry lives in Arlington, VA where he practices government contract law and FOIA law
Supreme Court justice and liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg praised newly-confirmed Justice Brett Kavanaugh for appointing an entirely female staff. Ginsburg remarked that the court’s upcoming fall term will be the first time in history that more women will be clerking than men.
Attorney Mark White, who filed a motion to dismiss the case against Marshae Jones. An Alabama district attorney said Wednesday she is dropping the manslaughter charge against Jones who lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight. Jones was arrested last week after a grand jury concluded she intentionally caused the death of her fetus by initiating a fight, knowing she was pregnant. Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December argument over the fetus’ father, authorities said. “Researchers quoted by The Washington Post included ‘shaving, flossing, nose picking, hair brushing or habitual hair twirling; newspaper and book reading; and singing, eating and cigarette lighting’ as behaviors that ‘should be addressed.’
“Lawmakers can keep going down this slope and ‘ban’ every single ‘distraction,’ from drinking water to changing the radio station to talking with the person sitting next to you, but instead of saving lives they’ll simply continue to make criminals out of everyone and give unlimited stopping power to police.”
Scott Morefield, a reporter for The Daily Caller, after Tennessee became the 19th state to pass a law that makes it illegal for anyone to touch a cell phone while driving
“(Dwight) Eisenhower’s service to this nation did not end with his calm direction of the vast European campaigns of World War II. People like Winston Churchill thought that with World War II over, we could restore the old colonial system in the world. Not Eisenhower. Asked to rescue the French at the battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam, he said no. When France and England tried to ‘retake’ the Suez Canal in 1956, Eisenhower joined with the United Nations in stopping that. Eisenhower had ended the Korean War with a compromising armistice, where others had said we could not ‘lose face’ that way. Other presidents were cowed by generals; Eisenhower defied them and their lobbying contractors, being the only president to cut defense spending while warning us against ‘the military industrial complex.’
“He gave us so much peace and prosperity that he was mocked as sleeping through his years in office. Would that other presidents slept so well.”
Author Gary Willis, when asked by POLITICO Magazine who should be on a new Mount Rushmore
“Elliot Richardson looked remarkably like Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent. If the likeness of the former attorney general were to be carved at a grand scale on some new Mount Rushmore, you might imagine him the embodiment of virtues beyond those of normal mortals.
“Richardson didn’t want to be remembered only (or even primarily) for his role in the 1973 ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ when he resigned as attorney general, rather than accept President Richard Nixon’s order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. His long career in public service began with his World War II heroics as a platoon leader in the D-Day assault on Utah Beach, included several political offices in his native Massachusetts and extended through four different Cabinet positions, as well as two ambassadorial appointments.”
Geoffrey Kabaservice, director of political studies at the Niskanen Center, when asked by POLITICO Magazine who should be on a new Mount Rushmore
“A new monument that represents America would have to include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a man who transformed our government from one that privileged a few wealthy white men into one that answered to ordinary Americans.
“When FDR took office in 1933, the Great Depression had left factories idle, fields rotting, and people unemployed and starving. Across Europe, people frustrated by the apparent inability of democratic leaders to end their economic misery turned to authoritarians. Fascism was rising; democracy was under siege.
“By the time FDR died in 1945, just weeks before the Allies won their war to defeat fascism and tyranny, Americans of all parties—a ‘liberal consensus’—had rededicated themselves to his conception of democracy. Roosevelt’s vision produced the nation’s greatest years, a time when, briefly, it seemed that all Americans could achieve equality. It deserves to be remembered. ”
Heather Cox Richardson, a professor of history at Boston College, when asked by POLITICO Magazine who should be on a new Mount Rushmore
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK