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
A group of middle-aged dads formed a dance crew to perform at their kids’ school but become unlikely social media stars with over 300k followers—one of which is Hugh Jackman.
The ‘Outta’ Puff Daddys first came together in 2012 in Brighton for a surprise performance at their children’s annual dance show.
Now the viral TikToks and Instagram Reels of their synchronized dancing have their kids cheering them on alongside a six-figure following.
Having never danced professionally before and ranging in age from 42 to 60, the dads were taught by their kids’ street dancing teacher for the surprise performance and received such a good reception they decided to carry on permanently.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Joe Biden. As President Joe Biden’s administration ends Title 42, the public health authority that has been used as a border control to remove close to three million illegal aliens from the border since mid-2020, hundreds of thousands of migrants are waiting in Mexico to rush the border.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“You’re a Nasty Person, I Tell Ya!”
Trump to CNN Moderator
“This morning, Daniel Penny surrendered at the 5th Precinct at the request of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He did so voluntarily and with the sort of dignity and integrity that is characteristic of his history of service to this grateful nation.”
Thomas Kenniff, founding partner of Raiser & Kenniff, after Penny was charged with manslaughter. Penny put Jordan Neely in a chokehold to protect others on the subway after Neely had threatened other passengers with violence. Neely lost consciousness and later died. Penny had put Neely in a recovery position after subduing him.
“I hope he has a great lawyer, and I’m praying for him. And I pray that he gets treated fairly, I really do. Because after all of this ensued, I went back and made sure that I said ‘Thank you’ to him.”
A 66-year old straphanger who was on the subway when former Marine Daniel Penny placed Jordan Neely in a fatal chokehold. She did not want to be identified.
“This is by far the worst sustained disaster that any BP agent, active or retired, has ever seen at our border. And one man is responsible for every single bit of it, with the worst still to come. The Biden Administration is absolutely corrupt to its core.”
The National Border Patrol Council as Title 42, the pandemic-era law allowing certain migrants to be booted, was about to expire.
“If he wasn’t the president of the United States, I would arrest him.”
The border patrol’s union’s president, Brandon Judd told FOX News late Wednesday that Biden should be treated like anyone caught smuggling migrants into the country
“The people who are killed crossing illegally, that is your fault. The women who are sexually abused crossing illegally, that is your fault. The children who are brutalized crossing illegally, that is your fault. The people who are dying of drug overdoses — over 100,000 last year — that is your fault.”
Sen. Ted Cruz to Joe Biden
“The bank records show the Biden family, their associates, and their companies received over $10 million from foreign nationals and their companies.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY)
“President Biden has claimed since the 2020 election that his family has not received money from China. That was a lie in 2020 — and he continues to lie to the American people now.”
“So the department of justice arrested George Santos for relatively minor campaign finance violations on the same day Republicans in the house detailed millions of dollars in illegal payments from China & Ukraine to the Biden crime family. Probably a total timing coincidence.”
“They’re deliberately charging Santos in the middle of the House GOP conference detailing the Biden family’s corruption to make clear to you that they are in charge and that they will arrest (or run interference) for anyone they want, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
“If foreign companies transferred over $10 million to a web of shell companies linked to the children, grandchildren, siblings & in-laws of virtually any Republican political leader it would be the dominant news story in America for weeks.”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
“I have acquired a hell of a lot of wisdom and know more than the vast majority of people, and I’m more experienced than anybody that’s ever run for the office. And I think I’ve proven myself to be honorable as well as also effective.”
“My son has done nothing wrong. I trust him. I have faith in him. And it impacts my presidency by making me feel proud of him.” Joe Biden
“We know Hunter Biden’s an addict. We know he’s an alcoholic. We know he’s had sex addiction problems. We know he’s not the son you would have. But Joe Biden has acted as a father trying to protect his son and trying to help his son. I don’t think anyone’s gonna fault him for that. … This is what Hunter Biden has come down to now. He is a distraction, a shield against all the trouble that Trump is experiencing.”
Fox News contributor Juan Williams
“Some things never change. Elections are better and more fair when conducted in person on Election Day. Vegetarians miss out on the fact that one of life’s greatest joys is meat. The correct way to hang toilet paper is using the ‘over’ method. And Joe Biden is still in Washington lying about himself and his family.”
“A person who ‘chooses’ street living, instead of shelter or hospitalization, is exposed to hypothermia, disease and crime. On average, a homeless person survives only to age 48, losing 30 years of a normal lifespan. It’s worse for women. Allowing that choice is neither compassionate to the homeless nor fair to the rest of society. … It dooms the homeless to short, brutal lives, and the rest of us to filth, crime and chaos.”
“2nd amendment does not contain the word ‘own’ or a synonym. You have no such right to own one and it wouldn’t do you any f***ing good. If guns made things safer we wouldn’t have mass shootings every hour, moron. Shove your gun up your a**.”
Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann
“Those folk who are coming across [the border] are the ones who are helping to put food on our table. Without them, we’re not able to eat. If you turned them away — if all of them were turned away, and then this legislation passed making it easier to get at people who are already here legally, and you had no immigration, then we would have no food on our plates. We would have nobody taking care of the building, the construction of our homes. We would have nobody cleaning up in the hospitals.”
Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA)
“The only part of the government that’s ever shrunk is ICE.”
“The Biden Administration wants an all-electric military vehicle fleet by 2030. Good luck finding a charging station in a Middle East desert.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Banking and other records made public Wednesday by House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) depict a complex money laundering scheme involving millions of dollars, many from foreign countries, given to President Joe Biden and nearly a dozen members of his family.
In a memorandum summarizing findings to date of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, chaired by Comer (R-Ky.), investigators described examining thousands of bank records and legal documents depicting nearly two dozen Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) established by Biden family members to receive payments from private clients, corporations and foreign governments, including China and Romania.
“Biden family members and business associates created a web of over 20 companies—most were limited liability companies formed during Joe Biden’s vice presidency,” the memorandum said. “Bank records show the Biden family, their business associates, and their companies received over $10 million from foreign nationals’ companies. The Committee has identified payments to Biden family members from foreign companies while Joe Biden served as Vice President and after he left public office.”
The memorandum continued, explaining that “despite creating many companies after Vice President Biden took office, the Biden family used business associates’ companies to receive millions of dollars from foreign companies. After foreign companies sent money to business associates’ companies, the Biden family received incremental payments over time to different bank accounts.
“These complicated financial transactions appear to conceal the source of the funds and reduce the conspicuousness of the total amounts made into the Biden bank accounts. Chinese nationals and companies with significant ties to Chinese intelligence and the Chinese Communist Party hid the source of the funds by layering domestic limited liability companies.”
The Kentucky Republican told journalists in a May 10 news conference that stacks of Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) his committee obtained from the Department of Treasury and information received from whistleblowers leave little doubt that the scheme’s only product was selling access to the senior Biden during his vice-presidential tenure and thereafter.
Comer’s comments follow more than five years of steadily increasing media reports, first sparked in 2015 when it was learned that Hunter Biden, the president’s son, was appointed to the board of directors of Burisma, a controversial Ukrainian energy firm, and was paid more than $50,000 a month despite having no experience in the field.
Then Vice-President Biden had a major role in determining American energy policy at the time. With Europe moving rapidly to lessen its long-standing dependence on Russian natural gas, Burisma was in a position in which American influence could be decisive.
But Burisma was only part of the collection of LLCs revealed by the SARs which make clear that Hunter and Jim Biden, the president’s brother, have been linked to multiple foreign governments, government officials, celebrities, and state-controlled corporations in China, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, and elsewhere.
“The committee has uncovered evidence indicative of influence peddling and financial deception warranting further investigation and legislative solutions,” the memorandum said.
The memorandum also highlighted multiple past statements by President Biden in which he has firmly denied having knowledge of his son’s business activities or assisting them through his public offices in any manner.
“My son has not made money in terms of this thing about, what are you talking about, China. I have not had—The only guy who made money from China is this guy [Donald Trump]. He’s the only one. Nobody else has made money from China,” was how Biden put it in a statement quoted by the memorandum.
“The bank records refute President Biden’s statement. To date, President Biden has continued to deny that his family received money from China—despite bank records proving otherwise. In 2017 alone, bank records show President Biden’s family and their related companies received millions of dollars from Chinese foreign nationals’ companies. This amount does not include payments from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Romania, Oman, or other foreign business deals the Committee is investigating,” the memorandum said.
—The Epoch Times
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer led a press conference that extensively detailed how the Biden family and their business associates may have received more than $10 million from foreign nationals during Joe Biden’s term as Vice President.
The charges of influence peddling by the Biden family are so serious and startling that it could have dominated the broadcast network (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening and morning shows. So how much time did the Big Three nets (on their Wednesday evening and Thursday morning shows) actually devote to the press conference led by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer?
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Media critcisms of Trump town hall on CNN
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
I get paid to eat in the shower in front of millions
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