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 witnessed some of the worst, most Machiavellian behavior you can imagine. I had politicians, including our governor at the time, Thompson, and our mayor, John Norquist, routinely say one thing to my face and do the opposite behind my back.”
Bud Selig in his new book, “For the Good of the Game: The Inside astory of the Surprising, Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball.” Selig criticized Tommy Thompson and John Norquist for their role in lining up the financing for Miller Park in the 1990’s. Both Thompson and Norquist would fire back.
“It’s pretty petty. He’s the one trying to make himself out to be a hero. But he was anything but a hero. He didn’t pay a dime for it. The taxpayers built that stadium. He paid for nothing as far as I’m concerned. He never said thank you to taxpayers. I was in on Miller Park from the beginning, stayed up all night helping to get it passed in the Legislature and then signed it into law. He should be down on his knees thanking the taxpayers, legislators and my administration for Miller Park.”
“I tried to interest them in a downtown site, but Selig said his business model was based on having a big parking lot and that suburban fans wouldn’t be comfortable visiting downtown. I pointed out that Summerfest seemed to attract suburbanites, but that didn’t convince him. Bud didn’t see the urban renaissance coming which led to new stadiums being located in downtowns across America.
“How do I feel about being criticized by Bud Selig? Not great, but as Tommy Thompson and I once shared with each other, maybe it’s better than being praised by him.”
John Norquist, former Milwaukee Mayor. The financing package for Miller Park included $90 million from the Brewers, but Norquist and Thompson said most of that came from other sources, including a $40 million naming rights deal with Miller Brewing Co., a concession contract and $20 million from the Bradley Foundation.
“The main point here is that the Trump administration is trying to circumvent some of the blowback from the other side of the aisle. It sends the message that these people have been notified to self-deport and if they fail to do that, this might happen. It is saying that we aren’t monsters, what we are doing is in accordance with the law and in a reasonable fashion.”
Steve Bucci, homeland security expert at the Heritage Foundation. Starting Sunday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected o resume its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants across the country. Bucci responded to why the raids were being publicized days in advance.
“Sometimes there have been leaks by individuals, but it has never been a policy choice to pre-emptively announce raids. It compromises the effectiveness of the raids. Those being targeted may relocate or refuse to answer the door when immigration officials knock because they are anticipating the raids. Raids have been conducted by other administrations, oftentimes targeting certain types of immigration violations, including those with criminal convictions. However, there has not been an immigration raid by previous administrations targeting families or children. It is unclear why this administration is preemptively announcing these raids.”
Erin Corcoran, an immigration expert and executive director of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
“The women’s team collectively bargained for and won a pay structure (with the U.S. Soccer Federation) that guarantees them salaries, severance pay, medical benefits, and some performance-based bonuses. The women’s team wanted the security of salary-based pay rather than purely performance-based pay, and they wanted to guarantee a salary even for players who were on the roster but didn’t play.
“By contrast, the men are strictly pay-for-play. They do not receive a salary or additional benefits like health insurance or severance pay. Their pay structure is performance-based.”
Christine Rosen is senior writer at Commentary.
“The Women’s World Cup just ended and the team from the United States won. I didn’t say they were representing the United States because it doesn’t seem like they wanted to, they were representing themselves.
“Led by narcissist Megan Rapinoe, they beat up on teams with significantly less skill than they had and celebrated goals against them like they just cured cancer. It’s akin to me beating my 2-year-old in a game of Trivial Pursuit and screaming ‘In your face!’ each time I won a piece of pie. When Alex Morgan scored against England in the semi-finals, she mocked her opponents by pretending to sip tea. Why? Arrogance. It was embarrassing and cheapened the victory.”
Derek Hunter, a Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist
“I’ve had it with Megan Rapinoe. She’s made Colin Kaepernick seem like someone I’d like to have a beer with by comparison. I don’t care how many people in sports, pop culture, and media tell me otherwise. She’s not someone I’d want my daughter to admire.
“No, Ms. Rapinoe is no role model for my daughter not because she’s gay, or liberal, or misguided. Simply, she’s self-centered, phony, and vulgar. That has nothing to do with social issues or politics. It’s just an appalling lack of character.“
Philadelphia radio talk host Chris Stigall
“In voicing her obvious disdain for Trump, Rapinoe did great damage to the sport she claims to love. She hurt the sport in general and her teammates specifically.
“With her needlessly crude statement, Rapinoe precluded a unifying celebration of the teams’ outstanding performance. She not only expressed disdain for Trump, the person, she showed disrespect for the office. No matter who may reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it is not the ‘f***ing White House.’ By dragging even a prospective White House visit into the gutter of contemporary politics, Rapinoe turned off millions of Americans – to her, and by extension, to the sport.
“She diverted their attention from the potential of a positive celebration of the teams’ accomplishments to a selfish focus on her personal views. In a very real sense, she sucked the oxygen out of the team’s deserved media coverage. She caused the national spotlight of sports reporting to shift from the team to her petty political opinions. She took advantage of a platform that her team provided and abused it for narrow political activism.”
Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics
“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay. ”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democrats in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday. In an interview with The New York Times published last Saturday, Pelosi pushed back against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Ohmar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for their opposition to a largely bipartisan border spending bill, referring to them as just “four people.” “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said, “but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
“When these comments (by Pelosi) first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)
“The party, in my opinion, has moved for me, personally, too far to the left, and for that reason I don’t have a candidate in the party at this time. I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump that person, he or she, is going to have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that because the message of some of the programs that the Democrats are pushing are not resonating with the majority of the American people.”
Black Entertainment Television co-founder Robert Johnson
“Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time.
“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time. We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”
“American Carnage,” written by Politico’s Tim Alberta, quoting former House Speaker Paul Ryan
“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader.”
President Trump tweet
“Could you imagine having Sleepy Joe Biden, or Alfred E. Newman or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1/1024th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!”
President Trump in a tweet
“The First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments constitutionally limit the only question that the census may ask, and the only question the recipient of the census must answer: How many persons reside in the responder’s home?
“Yet, that constitutional question was not good enough for the bureaucrats. In addition to asking about bedrooms and toilets and education, this year, the census folks were instructed by President Trump to ask the citizenship status of all persons. But the Supreme Court ruled that, on the justification offered by the Commerce Department, the question may not be asked.
“Could a future Commerce Department ask how many guns are kept in the house or who living there goes to Mass on Sunday or if any resident has had an abortion? How much longer will a free people permit these intrusions? How much longer will we be a free people?”
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel
During an interview on ABC’s The View Friday morning, Kamala Harris stumbled badly over a question about decriminalizing border crossings. Not only did she change her position from the June debate, she changed her position twice in under one minute. Fumblin’, bumblin,’ stumblin.’
“If Sen. Harris cannot even handle chatting with the women of The View of daytime television, how is she going to handle the difficult conversations that come with being president?”
Timothy Meads, media relations strategist
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Those soccer players, aren’t they just so wonderful?
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK