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
Peter and Kristin Kasinskas
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“The office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller has called the bombshell BuzzFeed report claiming President Trump told his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress false.”
The Daily Mail
“A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country! Fake News is truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
President Trump tweeting
Abortion is “the greatest injustice in our nation, Until it is overturned we will still march. And even if it is overturned we can still march to celebrate life.”
Anna Demeuse, 23, from Green Bay, Wisconsin, who attended Friday’s annual March for Life in Washington
“We are systematically going to dismantle these restrictions on women’s health care.”
Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., co-leader of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter to President Trump
“Publicly, Democrats plan to argue that the parties need to focus on addressing the shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history. They’re also concerned about security staff working through a major national event without being paid.
“But privately, Democrats also don’t want to give Trump a major platform to blame them for the shutdown when Trump’s demand for billions in wall funding has been the main driver, according to a Democratic lawmaker close to leadership.”
“Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”
President Trump in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A congressional delegation, or CODEL as it’s known, was supposed to be led by Pelosi (D-Calif.) this week. The White House publicly released a letter informing Pelosi that her planned travel to Afghanistan had been “postponed,” shortly after Trump ordered the Pentagon to cancel her Air Force flight to the country. A bus carrying several House Democrats who were to accompany Pelosi was preparing to leave for the airport at the time.
“This is obviously an action directed at the speaker. And we think, as far as we can tell, this has never happened in the annals of congressional history.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
Dear Mr. President,
It is my sincere pleasure as the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives to invite you to deliver your second State of the Union Address in our chamber of this state’s General Assembly.
The Speaker of the House for North Carolina, Tom Moore inviting President Trump to Raleigh
“Two questions lead straight to an answer on the State of the Union standoff:
“First, does a House Speaker have the right to ban a president from the House gallery? It would seem so.
“Second, what has been the setting for some of President Trump’s most rousing and riveting connective moments? That would be at large rallies.
“Boom. Problem solved.”
Radio talk show host Mark Davis
“It’s very frustrating for me because my whole instinct is: Let’s find a way to get this solved. But so far anyway, his idea of negotiating is to say, ‘Here’s what I want, I’ll give you nothing.’ I could sit down with Mike Pence for an afternoon and we might come to some agreement. And then [Trump would] blow it up.”
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine)
“We are in this horrible purgatory between heaven and hell. That there is no way out unless either he or we relent entirely.”
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
“I began to read this resolution, Madam Speaker, and I started with the first whereas, and I’m going to read it as it’s here.
“Whereas on January 10, 2019, representative Steve king was quoted as asking, quote, white nationalists, white supremacist, western civilization — there is a dash in there, a pause — how did that language become offensive, close quote. I understand how you interpreted my words when you read them this way. There is no tape for this interview that I did. It was 56 minutes long. There are some notes on the other end, but there is no tape. There’s no way to go back and listen but I can tell you this: That ideology never shows up in my head. I don’t know how it could possibly come out of my mouth.”
Rep. Steve King (R-IA). On Tuesday, H.Res.41, a resolution “rejecting white nationalism and white supremacy” serving as a condemnation of remarks by King came before the House. King himself stood to deliver floor remarks, and said he would be voting yes.
“I think he should find another line of work.”
The No. 3 House Republican suggested that Rep. Steve King leave Congress over his remarks about white supremacy
“Explaining tax rates before Reagan to 5th graders: ‘Imagine if you did chores for your grandma and she gave you $10. When you got home, your parents took $7 from you.’ The students said: ‘That’s not fair!’ Even 5th graders get it.”
Scott Walker on Twitter. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has suggested taxing the top earners in the U.S.—people making $10 million—at rates as high as 70 percent to fund a Green New Deal to fight climate change.
“Explaining marginal taxes to a far-right former Governor: Imagine if you did chores for abuela & she gave you $10,” she posted in response. “When you got home, you got to keep it, because it’s only $10. Then we taxed the billionaire in town because he’s making tons of money underpaying the townspeople.”
“It’s encouraging because this is my sixth day in Congress and they’re out of all their artillery. The nude is supposed to be like the bazooka. You know, like, ‘We’re going to take her down.’ Dude, you’re all out of bullets, you’re all out of bombs, you’re all out of all this stuff. What have you got left?”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responding to her critics. The Daily Caller promoted what it described as a possible “nude selfie” of her last week before walking back its headline. She’s come under fire by folks on both sides of the aisle.
“Her appeal is obvious. She’s telegenic, refreshingly candid, and hilariously reckless with facts.”
Geoffrey Ingersoll, editor in chief of the Daily Caller on Ocasio-Cortez
“The entire commercial portrayed males as the problem, but the truth is both sides are just as guilty. If Gillette truly cared about sending out a message that condemns harassment and bullying, there would have been at least one scene of a group of girls bullying a single person. The social justice warrior term ‘toxic masculinity’ would not have been uttered in the first five seconds of the advertisement.”
Columnist John Dempsey on a controversial Gillette ad that lectured men about about bullying, sexism, misogyny and sexual assault
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose today than car accident
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Where’s the crisis?
Foxconn Releases 2018 Wisconsin Project Highlights Including Creation of Over 1,000 Jobs
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Once again, the gov’t shutdown
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Ads in the night sky?