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
Tyra Winters from Texas
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“He was never considered a good senator. He was only a good vice president because he understood how to kiss Barack Obama’s ***. The Bidens got rich, and that is substantiated, while America got robbed. That’s what happened. Sleepy Joe and his friends sold out America.”
President Trump at a campaign rally
“He went on and on in deeply personal ways, talking about Biden and his son, Hunter, using the kind of language that most people would not let their children use.”
White House correspondent Jon Karl
“For as often as the liberal media denounce Trump’s rhetoric, they never seem to have a problem with the extreme language or tactics being employed by Democrats and even their own press colleagues.”
Kyle Drennen, the Media Research Center’s Senior News Analyst
“It’s a disgrace what’s going on. It’s a whole big fat disgrace, and it’s very unfair to Republicans … But you know what? We’re here and they’re not!”
President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Lake Charles, Louisiana
“You have designed and implemented your inquiry in a manner that violates fundamental fairness and constitutionally mandated due process. President Trump cannot permit his Administration to participate in this partisan inquiry under these circumstances.”
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone in a blistering eight-page letter to Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of three key House committees
“I think the whole thing is boring. He should have been impeached a long time ago. I’m over it. And so that’s how I feel about it because we’ve got work to do.”
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking at a town hall meeting about impeachment
“Less than four months before voting begins, front-running candidates are facing urgent questions about their ability to challenge Trump, prompted by a health scare for Sen. Bernie Sanders, an uneven response by Joe Biden to the president’s efforts to tie him to the impeachment inquiry and nagging questions about liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s electability. Lower-tier candidates are struggling just to be heard.
“The uncertainty is heightening anxieties among Democrats desperate to defeat Trump in 2020. Although impeachment could imperil Trump’s presidency, the process has also highlighted Trump’s skill at discrediting his opponents, sometimes with baseless conspiracy theories. And Democrats appear no closer to sorting out what tactics, what ideology and what person is best-suited to overcome that.”
The Associated Press
“Donald Trump came into office promising to not start any new wars and to get us out of the old ones our feckless elite had dragged us into, and now that he’s doing it in Syria the usual suspects are outraged. How dare he actually deliver on his promise not to have anymore of our precious warriors shipped home in boxes after getting killed on battlefields we can’t even pronounce, while refereeing conflicts that began long before America was a thing, in campaigns without any kind of coherent objective?
“Conservatives like me still think of ourselves as hawks, but after hard experience we have learned to be hawkish only where America’s interests are directly at stake. We’re not doves. We’re just not going to spill our troops’ blood when we do not absolutely have to.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter
“I’m so full of emotions, I don’t know which direction to look. I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m scared, I’m overwhelmed. I know I’m blessed. It was drugs, it was wrong, and I was wrong. But I never would have known that a felony would have hindered me such as it has.”
Mwangi Vasser, one of four felons being pardoned by Gov. Evers. Vasser was arrested and convicted of selling cocaine when he was 18. Now, nearly 41, he said his conviction has haunted him for more than two decades. Vasser has since moved down south, recently living in Georgia.
“Through this executive order, we recognize and appreciate our tribal nations and Indigenous people and their resilience, wisdom, and the contributions they make to our state. Native Americans in Wisconsin and throughout our country have suffered unjust treatment—often at the hands of our government—and today is about recognizing that Wisconsin would not be all that it is without Indigenous people.”
Gov. Tony Evers, joined by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, signed Executive Order #50, declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin. The executive order was signed on Tuesday at Indian Community School in Franklin.
“I have no objection to recognizing and honoring North America’s indigenous people both in and of themselves and in light of their historical struggles.I can find no merit, however, in doing this at the expense of other historical figures and other communities. For my own part, I will, on the second Monday in October, remember the Genoese explorer who took three ships into the West and changed the world forever.”
Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan on the state and city of Milwaukee declaring Indigenous Peoples’ Day
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Milwaukee police chief warns of ‘uncovered shifts’ if mayor cuts positions
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Liberal comedian Ellen DeGeneres and former President George W. Bush sitting next to each other at a Green Bay Packer-Dallas Cowboys game.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Survey: Average American Hasn’t Made A New Friend — In 5 Years!