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
“In the latest Politico/Morning Consult poll, released on November 19, Independents opposed impeachment and removal from office 46% to 39%, a number close to the rolling averages of the last few weeks. It is notable that the poll was fielded after the first public impeachment hearings. Even the compelling testimony of witnesses like Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, failed to move the needle on public opinion.”
“I think what we’re starting to see, you know, is when the impeachment inquiry was first announced and [Democrats] started to do these depositions, a lot of people were asking, ‘Can Nancy Pelosi peel off any Republicans? “But I increasingly think the question is becoming does [Nancy Pelosi] lose more Democrats? Because Republicans have really unified behind the president, and although two Democrats voted against the impeachment inquiry rules that they voted on a couple of weeks ago, we are hearing behind-the-scenes there are moderates getting cold feet. And it comes back to these ads and people being afraid for being punished for voting to impeach the president.”
Washington Post Congressional Reporter Rachael Bade is admitting Democrats are having cold feet pursuing the impeachment agenda
“Tom Steyer spent $6.2 million for every minute of speaking time he garnered in (the) Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta, which is just over $133,000 per second. The California billionaire, who is self-financing his campaign, had 8 minutes and 24 seconds of speaking time, ranking next-to-last for the night ahead of entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Steyer finished dead last among the candidates in speaking time in his first debate in October.”
The Washington Free Beacon
“Are you afraid, Mr. Mayor, that you could be indicted?”
Fox News host Ed Henry questioning Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani
“Oh, wow, how long have you known me, Ed? Do you think I’m afraid? Do you think I get afraid? I did the right thing. I represented my client in a very, very effective way. I was so effective that I’ve discovered a pattern of corruption that the Washington press has been covering up for three or four years. You should have jumped all over this in 2015 when this awful conflict was mentioned and it was hidden and suppressed by the Washington press. The reality is, I’m embarrassing you because you didn’t do your job, and I’m also going to bring out a pay-for-play scheme in the Obama administration that will be devastating to the Democrat Party.
“I expected, the moment I heard Biden’s name, I told my colleagues, they’re (the Mafia) going to try to kill me. Because they’re going to kill the messenger. But damn it, the Mafia couldn’t kill me, your colleagues are not going to kill me.”
Giuliani responding to Henry
“As she took the stage at approximately 11:25 a.m., (the first lady) was greeted with some cheers but also a resounding chorus of loud boos, which lasted for about one minute. More talking over her remarks went on for about the first two minutes of her speech. The talking has died down, but there is still a lot of audience noise — lots of talking in the background.”
From a White House transcript of the FLOTUS pool report about Melania Trump’s speech at a youth summit urging students to avoid misusing drugs
“We live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but the fact is we have a serious crisis in our country and I remain committed to educating children on the dangers and deadly consequences of drug abuse.”
Melania trump in a statement about the booing
“Folks, this is important. A new United Nations report warns that countries are running out of time to limit — just limit, the climate crisis and it could soon be too late to prevent temperatures around the world from rising to near catastrophic levels. This is real!
“The most effective things that folks can do when you’re sitting around on Thanksgiving talking about it, as a citizen laying on your elected leaders but also as a consumer laying on the brands you care about, saying ‘Hey, what are you doing about it?’”
CNN Newsroom co-host Jim Sciutto spent time Wednesday warning it may be “too late” to stop the upcoming environmental global catastrophe. While most Americans were going to be enjoying their families and remembering what they are thankful for this holiday, Sciutto claimed families would be sitting around worrying about how the world is going to become uninhabitable in the next decade. Absolutely absurd.
“It’s important that older people simply don’t go out and shovel and clear heavy, wet snow. Unfortunately, every year when you’ve got major snowfalls you hear of people who go out and die suddenly. Any discomfort that comes from the belly button on up could be an angina equivalent and would signal that you should stop shoveling immediately.”
Barry Franklin, director of preventative cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation at William Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. Snow removal led to about 100 deaths and 11,500 injuries that required a trip to the emergency room each year between 1990 and 2006, a study published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Emergency Medicine found.
“I got the phone call, and I walked out and the kids came in and they didn’t know if I’d won the lottery or seen a ghost.”
Wellie Jackson of North Carolina—the Butterball turkey farmer whose birds were selected for the Presidential turkey pardon
“A 160 pound person would have to run at a moderate pace for four hours, swim for five hours or walk 30 miles to burn off a 3,000-calorie Thanksgiving Day meal.”
Dr. Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist at the American Council on Exercise
“And you’re all dead wrong. Anyone who picked cranberry sauce wouldn’t know the wet sucking sound of the gel leaving the can from the hole in the ground into which you’d like to bury said can. Its tangy sweetness has a dessert-like quality and is so cloying it removes any lingering ideas that you are indeed eating a substance vaguely linked to a fruit. The gel starts to dissolve the moment it hits the tongue. Connoisseurs may swish it around their mouths, like fine wine, which it does not at all resemble. Their eyes will light up, a salute to the processed delicacy that has passed through machines that meticulously eradicate any discernible texture.”
Scott Craven of the Arizona Republic reacting to a Harris Poll that asked for people’s least favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. The winner was canned cranberry sauce, chosen by 46% of those polled.
“I think it’s funny to make fun of people that are full of themselves. Liberals have a very small window of sense of humor about themselves, so I love poking at it. Two years ago, it was the conservatives, or whatever it is. But right now liberals, particularly progressives, hide behind large concepts. If you don’t agree with them, if you don’t agree with that position, then you hate women, and you hate gay people, and you hate pro-choice people, whatever. And I said, ‘That doesn’t fit.”
Comedian Tim Allen
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
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