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 it’s unfair that we put up the money. Germany, France, other countries, should put up money, and that has been my complaint from the beginning. I did not make a statement that ‘you have to do this or I’m not going to give you aid.’ ”
President Trump acknowledged that he personally decided to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine but insisted it was not done in order to pressure the country to investigate former vice-president Joe Biden’s son
“Now is the time to act. The time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.”
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
“It is possible to do something that is wrong and not be an impeachable offense. and people around here are throwing that term around so loosely, it’s lost all meaning.”
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla
“They (the news media) probably know that Joe Biden and his son are corrupt. But the fake news doesn’t want to report it, because they’re Democrats.”
President Trump has accused the former VP of abusing his power in Ukraine during his time in the Barack Obama administration, allegedly threatening to withhold over $1 billion in US loan guarantees to Kiev unless the government fired a prosecutor then investigating Burisma Holdings, an energy company Biden’s son worked for at the time
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of integrity of our elections. Therefore, today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I’m directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
“Because of what she said and did, if the House doesn’t go all the way, it will be a political disaster. Either failing to take a vote on articles of impeachment, or failing to get enough votes among her majority to pass any articles, would be seen as a political exoneration for Trump, likely leading to his re-election.”
NY Post columnist Michael Goodwin
“The president has not spoken with the attorney general about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son. The president has not asked the attorney general to contact Ukraine — on this or any other matter.”
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec
“The early news is not good.Cirque du Soleil in its most daring shows cannot rival the contortionists seeking to find something sinister in the quotes from the Trump phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Corruption and outright illegality exist in that memo only in the reddened eyes of Trump’s fiercest critics.”
Radio talk show host Mark Davis
“I have a message for those open border activists who cloak themselves in the rhetoric of social justice: Your policies are not just, your policies are cruel and evil. You are empowering criminal organizations that prey on innocent men, women and children. You put your own false sense of virtue before the lives and well-being of countless innocent people. When you undermine border security, you are undermining human rights and human dignity.
“Mass illegal migration is unfair, unsafe, and unsustainable for everyone involved. The sending countries and the depleted countries, and they’ve become depleted very fast, their youth is not taken care of and human capital goes to waste. The receiving countries are overburdened with more migrants than they can responsibly accept and the migrants themselves are exploited, assaulted and abused by vicious coyotes. Nearly one third of women who make the journey north to our border are sexually assaulted along the way. “
President Trump speaking before the United Nations
”People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.”
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly
“Greta Thunberg is angry. Lots of people are angry. But anger without doing something other than protesting and making speeches won’t protect the environment or do much else
other than produce more anger.”
Jake Novak is a political and economic analyst
The mainstream media today: “How dare you mock Greta Thunberg! She’s just a child!” The mainstream media earlier this year: “How dare you protect those boys at Covington Catholic! It doesn’t matter that they’re kids!” Same people.
Honest to God, if Democrats didn’t have double standards, they’d have no standards at all. Just look at treatment of Covington kids versus treatment of Gretchen Thurnberg.
Comments on Twitter
“I think I’m gonna get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t.”
“In America, there’s a mass shooting or attempted act of violence by a guy like Arthur (The Joker in an upcoming movie) practically every other week. And yet we’re supposed to feel some sympathy for Arthur, the troubled lamb; he just hasn’t had enough love. Before long, he becomes a vigilante folk hero — his first signature act is to kill a trio of annoying Wall Street spuds while riding the subway, which inspires the masses to don clown masks and march enthusiastically around the city with ‘Kill the Rich!’ placards.
“Meanwhile, the movie lionizes and glamorizes Arthur even as it shakes its head, faux-sorrowfully, over his violent behavior. Arthur is a mess, but we’re also supposed to think he’s kind of great — a misunderstood savant. Arthur inspires chaos and anarchy, but the movie makes it look like he’s starting a revolution, where the rich are taken down, the poor get everything they need and deserve, and the sad guys who can’t get a date become killer heroes. There’s a sick joke in there somewhere. Unfortunately, it’s on us.”
Stephanie Zacharek is the film critic for TIME in New York City
“My worry is that one person who may be out there — and who knows if it is just one — who is on the edge, who is wanting to be a mass shooter, may be encouraged by this movie. And that terrifies me.”
Sandy Phillips, whose 24-year-old daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was among those killed in the July 20, 2012, mass shooting at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado. Phillips and her husband Lonnie created the nonprofit group Survivors Empowered.
“The movie makes statements about a lack of love, childhood trauma, lack of compassion in the world. I think people can handle that message.”
Todd Phillips is the director of The Joker to be released in a few weeks
“Well, I think that, for most of us, you’re able to tell the difference between right and wrong. And those that aren’t are capable of interpreting anything in the way that they may want to. People misinterpret lyrics from songs. They misinterpret passages from books. So I don’t think it’s the responsibility of a filmmaker to teach the audience morality or the difference between right or wrong. I mean, to me, I think that that’s obvious.”
Actor Joaquin Phoenix who plays The Joker. Several critics claim the new movie is dangerous.
“Once a Jesuit, a great Jesuit, told me to be careful in giving absolution, because the most serious sins are those that are more angelical: pride, arrogance, dominion…And the least serious are those that are less angelical, such as greed and lust. We focus on sex and then we do not give weight to social injustice, slander, gossip and lies. The Church today needs a profound conversion in this area.”
“For the fifth consecutive year, the budget of the police department exceeds the entire tax levy for the city. This reduction is fiscal; it is not philosophical.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett unveiled his proposed 2020 budget Tuesday, increasing the police department’s budget but reducing the number of sworn officers by 60
“The proposed cuts in the city’s budget, including a reduction in sworn strength, will have a direct and significant impact on the Milwaukee Police Department’s ability to perform its core functions as well as build off its gains in police-community relations.”
Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales
“Extremely disturbing. In my mind, when you cut this much from the police department, there will be an uptick in violent crime. We will have more loss of life, more property crime.”
Milwaukee Police Association President Shawn Lauda reacting to Barrett’s budget proposal
“It’s unfortunate that even a frame-by-frame breakdown of the Frozen sequel’s trailer offered almost no additional insights into Trump possibly using military funds to blackmail Ukraine’s president to investigate Joe Biden,” said Frozen fan Lara Hadden, complaining that despite indications that the Disney film would feature beloved characters such as Elsa, Anna, and Olaf, there were virtually no specific details about Trump pressuring Ukraine to undermine his political rival and aid his reelection bid.
“I’ve always known this was a special place. I’ve always loved the fans. I really love playing here. I love this city.”
Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Bidens and Ukraine
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Trump is guilty
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK