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
“We’re actually having our snow meeting (Wednesday) to kick off the snow season. It was supposed to be last week, but it was canceled” because everyone who would have attended was out clearing snow. “It’s crazy.”
Dan Klemencic, marketing manager for David J. Frank Landscape Contracting in Germantown
“I’m a transplant from Northern California, so I think it’s fantastic to have snow and clear skies and cold weather compared to fire and smoke and blackouts. I’m very happy with Chicago at 20 degrees.”
Cristen Hamilton, a stay-at-home mom in Chicago’s northside neighborhood of Lakeview, had no problems with the early winter weather
“‘Amoral and stupid.’ ‘We can’t let the bastards keep us from doing our good work.’ Thank you Governor Evers for those words to DATCP employees after the cowardly firing of Secretary Brad Pfaff by the Wisconsin Senate Republicans.”
A tweet by Cheryl Daniels, a veteran attorney at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The governor made these remarks during a meeting open to all agriculture department staffers after Pfaff was ousted.
“The governor should immediately make clear if he stands behind his closed-door remarks and thinks that members of my caucus are ‘bastards.’ Either way, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the governor’s public rhetoric doesn’t match what he says when he thinks no one is listening.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
“We are now at a point where we can safely add uniting Wisconsin to the list of promises that Gov. Evers is not going to keep. It’s sad to hear this kind of rhetoric coming from our governor.”
Alesha Guenther of the state GOP
“The governor is the top of the food chain and he should be setting an example for all state government. It is concerning when his office does something that falls short of the maximum commitment to transparency.”
Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council blasting the administration for repeatedly denying a FOX 6 Milwaukee reporter’s requests for open records
“That’ll be pretty, pretty boring I’ll tell ya. If I do one email a day, that’s an extraordinary day. So, we’ll work on that.”
When asked by a Fox 6 reporter about the matter, Evers said he sends few emails and that the public should be allowed to see them
“It’s a holiday season for a whole bunch of people in the state of Wisconsin, even those that aren’t part of the Christian faith. I think it’s a more inclusive thing. I know a lot of people love to have that debate, and I think it’s a good debate to have.”
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers stated why he decided to call the Capitol tree the “Holiday Tree” instead of the “Christmas Tree” as previously declared by former governor Scott Walker
“You weren’t on the call were you? You didn’t listen to President Trump’s call and President (Volodymyr) Zelenskiy’s call?”
“I did not.”
“You’ve never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney?”
“I never did.”
“You’ve never met the president?”
“This is what I can’t believe. And you’re their star witness. You’re their first witness. You’re the guy, you’re the guy. Based on this, based on this. I’ve seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this.”
GOP Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio asking impeachment hearing of witness William Taylor questions about his testimony on President Trump’s action regarding Ukraine
“This sham hearing is not only boring, it is a colossal waste of taxpayer time & money. Congress should be working on passing USMCA, funding our govt & military, working on reduced drug pricing & so much more.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham denounced the impeachment inquiry hearing on Twitter
Neither witness “had direct contact with the president…that’s a problem.”
CNN legal analyst Jeffery Toobin, a staunch critic of the Trump administration
“This is even bigger than the president. This is an attempt to overthrow the federal government from the inside.”
Jenna Ellis Rives is a member of the Donald Trump 2020 advisory board
For example, in 1983, when my father was president, the Organization of American States asked him if he’d send U.S. troops to Grenada to free the hostages there.
My dad called a group of nine others into the Oval Office to discuss the idea. The Senate, the House, the intelligence community and the State Department were all represented.
After discussing what the U.S. should do, if anything, the group decided to put it to a vote.
As my father later told me, the vote was 7-3 not to intervene in Grenada. But 48 hours later what happened? We were in Grenada.
One of the senators who had been at the meeting reached out the next day to my father.
“Mr. President,” he said. “We voted 7-3 not to go into Grenada. You were part of the three, not part of the seven. You lost the vote.”
“Yes, that’s right,” my dad said. “But I’m the president of the United States and my one vote trumps your seven.”
When it comes to foreign policy, the president – whoever he is -can always trump the vote of the secretary of state, the ambassador to China or a third- or fourth-level bureaucrat.
“For those who find the hearings far from riveting but watch out of obligation or amusement, here’s a modest suggestion to pass the hours productively: Count the important things your representatives could and should be doing otherwise.
“They could seal the border and fix the immigration mess. They could get back to that huge infrastructure program that everybody in Washington said they wanted.
“Pelosi could pass the new NAFTA deal, with even the unions blasting Dems for doing nothing. Nearly eight in 10 Americans believe prescription drug prices are “unreasonable,” according to a recent survey, and both Congress and the White House want action, but there is no agreement on actual legislation.
“And heaven forbid that anyone should mention the debt and deficit.”
Michael Goodwin, NY Post
“Oh, I’m actually working. I have a job. I just came from a hearing on vaping illness, voting.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.). Some members of Congress—including Republicans who had called on House Democrats to open the impeachment investigation to the public—said they didn’t plan to watch much, if at all.
“We’ve got a full slate. I can’t just tell ’em to hold my day open so I can watch TV.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.)
“I don’t think there’s any question that we have to take up the matter. The rules of impeachment are very clear, we’ll have to have a trial. My own view is that we should give people the opportunity to put the case on.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that the Senate cannot dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, meaning there will be a trial
“Democrats must apologize to USA. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that ‘United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.’”
“My message was, would be, look, you got hired to do a job. You don’t get the days back once they’re lost — every day’s an opportunity to make something good happen. And I would say I’ve got lawyers and staff people handling the impeachment inquiry and they should just have at it, meanwhile, I’m going to work for the American people. That’s when I would do.”
Bill Clinton when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him if he had advice for the president given his own experience
I think “all the time about what kind of president I would have been, and what I would have done differently, and what I think it would have meant to our country and the world. So of course, I think about it. I think about it all the time. I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it. But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”
Hillary Clinton discussing a possible 2020 run for president during a BBC interview
“I get so mad about people not taking a stand. The left wants to use religion against you like you shouldn’t act like this and stuff but I’ll tell you this — the Devil knows the Bible as good as we do. It comes a point when you gotta take a stand. We don’t have two parties anymore. We have good versus evil. When you got one party that says it’s OK to kill babies and by the way, this is the first time I’m ever seen a liberal get mad about chopping up a baby.”
Hoyt Deau Hutchinson was charged with criminal mischief in the slashing of a towering “Baby Trump” balloon and said it was a matter of good versus evil
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
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MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK