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
“When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know when it was time to step back. After careful consideration, I have determined at the completion of this term, my 21st term in Congress, it will be that time.
“It has been my privilege to serve the people of Southeast Wisconsin and I have found true fulfillment in all the challenges and many accomplishments that have peppered my long career. It is rare when life presents the perfect opportunity to make an impact in a way that has been so meaningful. I am forever grateful.”
Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a Republican who is the second-most senior member of the House, announced on Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in 2020. Sensenbrenner said he will retire in January 2021, at the end of his current term.
“I think what’s unique is, people are saying, I’m not a lifetime member of Congress. Service is not for a lifetime. I’m going to come in. I’m going to serve. I’m going to give my talents to my country and the people I represent. And then, I’m going to do something else.
“So, I think this is, you know, just a natural transition that happens, you know, in the House, and especially with Republicans. We have better transition than Democrats. Democrats stick around forever. We come in and we go out.”
Retiring Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)
“We need leadership in an office that is not corrupt because when you blatantly know you are the worst and you specifically do not address it at a pace that suggests urgency, I call that a cancer that needs to be eradicated.”
State Sen. Lena Taylor announced Tuesday she will challenge Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2020
“People will be out of jobs for months. They’ll be homeless, no food. Nothing. The Bahamas has become like a Third World country.”
67-year-old wood carver Gordon Higgs on the conditions in the Bahamas following the hurricane
“In the aftermath of these hearings I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm the misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanuagh on the court. He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade we will know who he is, we know his character and we know what motivates him. It’s important that we know and that’s part of what motivated Christine.”
Leftist activist Debra Katz, the attorney for Christine Blasey-Ford. New video has surfaced of Katz during an event in Baltimore admitting her client (falsely) accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in order to protect abortion and Roe v. Wade.
“I think it’s worth just checking off the facts. We had a number of people on the other side of the aisle undermining the credibility of the [Senate Judiciary] Committee by threatening to expose information that was committee confidential. We have to always make sure that when people come and give sworn testimony before any congressional committee, that it’s truthful and accurate. Any time that you see something like this, it’s probably worth looking into.”
Senate Judiciary Committee member Tom Tillis (R-NC) said he believed it was “worth looking into” Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
“I know this sounds naive. I didn’t think the Left was so mean. I didn’t think the Left lied like this. I thought the Right did that. I thought we were better.”
Self-help author and Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. Speaking to the New Yorker’s David Remnick on Tuesday, Williamson turned on her fellow Democrats and the media for characterizing her as a “crystal gazing kook” and an anti-vaxxer, both of which she denied.
“Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., (would) spend over $16 trillion – an unimaginable sum that would come out of your tax dollars – on an eco-plan that requires ignoring reality. How do you build wind turbines (which require hundreds of tons of coal to forge the steel and make the concrete that anchors them to the ground) while banning coal? How do you make solar panels (which require tons of rare earth materials) when you don’t allow mining on federal lands or don’t allow fossil fuels to run excavation equipment?
“The socialist senator has yet to be questioned seriously about the impossibility and unaffordability of his plans. It would just as realistic for him to propose we all grow wings so we can fly wherever we have to go, abandoning our cars and planes.”
Daniel Turner is the executive director of Power The Future, a national nonprofit organization that advocates for American energy jobs
“Can someone cite which passage of the Bible God states it is a god-given right to own a gun?”
Actress Alyssa Milano
“The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible, eg Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.’ (Note, though, verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (ie, not self-defense). Playing politics w/ these deranged crimes—and trying to use them as an excuse to violate the constl rights of law-abiding citizens—won’t make anybody safer. Forcible gun confiscation (as some 2020 Dems urge) won’t prevent mass-murders. But it would weaken our self-defense.”
US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responding to Milano
“This is a bucket list thing. It’s was pretty, pretty impressive, nothing short of incredible. It’s sad, it’s impressive, it makes you proud.”
Bob Drake of Minneapolis. He and his wife patty were among thousands of visitors that flocked to the USS Arizona Memorial last Sunday, which reopened after 15 months of repairs. The Drakes were on the first boat to the monument and said they waited nearly two hours in line to visit the monument dedicated to the people who served and suffered during the attack on Pearl Harbor more than 77 years ago. The memorial had been closed since May 2018 after the dock was partially submerged and cracks were found. More than $2 million dollars were spent on the renovation project.
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Record low unemployment for Blacks and Hispanics
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK