Week-ends (07/27/19)

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…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Sharon and Larry Adams

Florida community

Jon Blaze

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Bette Midler

These border agents

Tae Phoenix

The Journal Sentinel

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Democrats sought to emphasize the most incendiary findings of Mueller’s 448-page report and weaken Trump’s reelection prospects in ways that Mueller’s book-length report did not. They hoped that even if his testimony did not inspire impeachment demands — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made clear she will not pursue impeachment, for now — Mueller could nonetheless unambiguously spell out questionable, norm-shattering actions by the president.

“Yet Mueller appeared unwilling or unable to offer crisp sound bites that could reshape public opinions.

“He frequently gave single-word answers to questions, even when given opportunities to crystallize allegations of obstruction of justice against the president. He referred time again to the wording in his report.”
The Associated Press

“The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Robert Mueller in an opening statement as he testified before a House committee

“So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction? Wrong! Why didn’t Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?”
President Trump

“Funny, Mueller can’t understand the Republicans but he can totally understand the Democrats questions. This is a disaster for dems.”
Donald Trump Jr., tweeted repeatedly during Mueller’s testimony,  mocking Mueller’s lack of familiarity with some aspects of the investigation and accusing him of playing favorites

“Was Mueller in charge of his own investigation? This question became painfully obvious when he was questioned by Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala. She asked how many of the approximately 500 interviews his office conducted he attended personally. ‘Very few,’ he said.

“Then she asked about a letter he signed to Attorney General William Barr that complained about media coverage of his report. She asked who wrote the letter. ‘I can’t get into … the internal deliberations,’ he mumbled. ‘But you signed it?’ Roby replied. She asked Mueller whether he authorized the letter being released to the media or it was leaked behind his back. He replied, ‘I have no knowledge on either.’

“Who’s running this show? This is the omniscient man Time magazine compared to the Greek goddess Nemesis?”
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center, and Tim Graham,  director of media analysis at the Media Research Center

Mueller was “being destroyed on credibility, knowledge, competence and numerous ‘ahs,’ pauses and excuses like ‘beyond my purview.’”
The president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, blasted Mueller’s frequent stumbles and calls for questions to be repeated

“Everything Robert Mueller does has been breathlessly promoted by the media for two years. Even now, after everything has crumbled for the Democrats, they just keep digging. It’s like the old Ronald Reagan joke about the boy shoveling through a room of horse manure saying, ‘there must be a pony in here somewhere!'”
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center, and Tim Graham,  director of media analysis at the Media Research Center

And it’s starting to look like, you know, having desperately tried and failed to make a legal case against the president, you made a political case instead. You put it in a paper sack, lit it on fire, dropped it on our porch, rang the doorbell and ran.”
Republican Congressman Tom McClintock of California addressing Mueller at a hearing

“But to the broader question of his credibility, which was central to these proceedings, did he (Mueller) damage it today?”
NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly questioning Robert Mueller biographer Garrett Graff

“I don’t know that he helped himself greatly.”
Graff responding to Kelly

“I’m the president’s lawyer, so it was not in the interest of the president to submit to an interview. We provided over 1,400,000 documents, 30 witnesses, thousands of hours of – or hundreds of hours of testimony. And there was no information that they could not have gotten from another source. So that’s why we allowed – we argued that he should not have to, you know, submit to an interview.”
Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow

“I think that today’s hearings will confirm in everybody their pre-existing beliefs. Those who thought that President Trump is innocent as the driven snow will now see him as Snow White. Those who were convinced that he has committed crimes for which he could be charged outside of the context here, like me, came away reaffirmed in that belief.”
Former federal prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig, who is currently a Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute

“Is it wrong to take pleasure in the utter humiliation of Robert Mueller? If it is, then I’m sure not right. We are not going to get formal justice – if this fiasco has taught us anything, it is that – but at least we got to see some karma in action. It was Mueller Time all right and that human punchline we saw there on TV, forgetting and fumbling, is now Mueller For All Time. Serves him right. Slink away, Bobby. Just go. You’ve done enough damage to too many individuals and to our country. Be gone.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“The Trump 2020 is going to save a lot of dough by not filming ads and just simply running footage of these clowns, among other ridiculous things, wanting to abolish ICE, invite in the entire Third World, and stick you with the medical bills. That’s the choice they are putting before us, and America is going to choose borders.

“We just had a hilarious meltdown in Georgia, where some Democrat state rep named Erica Thomas decided to jump into the express lane at the supermarket with more than 15 items, got called out, and then posted a YouTube video of herself crying about how this was the greatest racial injustice since the last greatest racial injustice. Such is the unholy hell of bigotry imposed by Donald Trump, which is quite an achievement for him since the world only discovered his secret dedication to white nationalism on the day in 2015 that he announced he was running as a Republican.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“Pelosi has been remarkably ineffective in disciplining Squad members. Pelosi needs to bring the gavel down on her meddlesome freshmen, and demonstrate that messing with her still has consequences. Or else she will ride out her remaining years as a much weaker speaker.”
James S. Robbins has taught at the National Defense University and the Marine Corps University and served as a special assistant in the office of the secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration

“The problem is that, for pro-lifers, there is no middle ground on abortion. It is, every single time, the unjust and violent taking of a life from the most vulnerable class of human beings. We will never stop working until it is not just illegal but unthinkable. An important part of that work is exposing Planned Parenthood for what it really is, a taxpayer-funded abortion political advocacy group and abortion chain. By firing its best hope at masking that reality, Planned Parenthood is now doing our work for us.”
Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow with The Catholic Association, on Planned Parenthood’s firing of president Leana Wen, who had revealed a willingness and interest in working with those who disagreed about abortion

“The Apollo program is of vital historical importance. First of all, it was a hard-won Cold War victory at a moment when the long struggle against Soviet imperial Communism was not going at all well, and when U.S. society was looking into the abyss of riots, terrorism, and social disintegration. For just a moment, the nation stopped and watched while two of its truly best and brightest sons became the first humans to walk on another celestial body. Apollo 11 was an antidote to despair, and in the years to come, in the midst of defeat in Vietnam and a scandal that destroyed a president, it reminded many Americans of just what their nation could do when it tried hard enough.

“It also helped limit the loss of U.S. standing in the world at a time when things looked pretty bad. All over the world people were convinced that the U.S. was losing the Cold War and that Communism was indeed the wave of the future. The fact that we beat the USSR to the moon made at least a few Europeans and Asians reconsider their pessimism.
Author Taylor Dinerman

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Police drenched in NY

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

By the numbers: Migration to the US-Mexico border

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Mueller didn’t exonerate

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Study finds transgender people more politically conservative than straight men

 

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