Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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
Aitazaz Hassan Bangash
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The Satanic Temple
Colorado state Senator Irene Aguilar
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"I come out here to apologize to the people of New Jersey. I am embarrassed and humiliated. I am responsible for what happened. I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here, regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover. This was handled in a callus an indifferent way and it's not the way this administration has conducted itself over the last four years and not the way it will conduct itself over the next four. I am who I am, but I am not a bully. I believe that all of the people who were affected by this conduct deserve this apology and that's why I'm giving it to them. I also need to apologize to them for my failure as the governor of this state to understand the true nature of this problem sooner than I did."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie publicly apologized Thursday for controversial lane closures last year that were arranged by his associates as an apparent act of political revenge, and fired a top aide who was at the center of the scandal. Christie maintained that, until this week, he did not know his staff was involved in the incident last September, when lanes at the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee, N.J., were closed for four days. For months, Christie faced accusations the lanes were blocked in retaliation over Mayor Mark Sokolich's refusal to endorse him for re-election last November.
“Perhaps this will be the end of Christie's career, but it's hard to see how anyone can tell at this point, and there are several reasonable, and equally speculative, reasons this may blow over. Here we have a regional dispute that is fairly arcane for non-locals: He closed down a few but not all lanes of a bridge that managed by a bi-state agency? Huh? Everyone already knows Christie is a bully, and it's hard to see how many more people this will convince. And most important of all, there are almost exactly two years until the Iowa caucuses.”
David Graham, the Atlantic
"It really goes to show you how out of control this left wing so-called news press is. The big three networks alone devoted 17 times more coverage to this story in one day, one day, than they devoted to the IRS scandal in six months."
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell slamming the double standard in how journalists have covered Chris Christie's traffic scandal in two days, versus the scant number of stories on the Obama IRS controversy over six months. An updated analysis by the MRC finds the disparity is now up to 44-1.
"I was absolutely outraged by President Obama to make this decision to have a man who defended a murderer, someone who murdered a police officer with pre-meditation and malice, is a radical, is a Black Panther and to give him an appointment, to nominate him to the Department of Justice, it's a disgrace. I feel police officers throughout this country are out there to protect the public and they should be respected and by President Obama nominating him, it's like spitting on all of our officers and our federal agents throughout America."
Maureen Faulker, the widow of murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, reacting to President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to head up the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Adegbile has worked as an advocate for cop killer Mumia-Abu-Jamal, the man who was convicted of killing Faulkner in 1982. During his time as a leader at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and years after the conviction was repeatedly upheld, Adegbile voluntarily took on Abu-Jamal's case and eventually was successful in getting the death penalty overturned.
"...what we're going to end up with is an European level of unemployment, chronic unemployment subsidized. And the fact is, if you subsidize apples, you get more apples; if you subsidize unemployment, you get more of it. And that's what the economics study shows. It's not that people are lazy. It shows that if you have unemployment insurance, then you can make choices which would allow you to turn down a job that perhaps isn't exactly what you want. The vast majority of the unemployed want a job, and the problem is the state of the economy.
"I think what Republicans ought to do is recognize that it's becoming an entitlement and they would oppose that. On the other hand, it's still tough times. Unemployment is relatively high, and if we were to count the people who've quit looking, it would be 11%. So I think what they ought to do is say, 'We'll accept the short term, the three months, but only if you build into the bill an unwinding of this so it has an end date, so we all understand it isn't an entitlement, it's a way to help people temporarily.' And that would be a good solution."
Charles Krauthammer on the issue of extending unemployment benefits
“These aren’t folks who are just sitting back, waiting for things to happen. They’re out there actively looking for work. They desperately want work.”
“Here we go again to treat a symptom of a disease. But the tragedy is that the policies of this administration are driving this poor growth record.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
"...if she (Hillary Clinton) makes the decision to run, there will have to be — and I’m sure her advisers know this, they are smart people — there will have to be some . . . questions answered about it (Benghazi), if not in one big, long, meaty piece then I think over and over and over again. I think it is something that there are a lot of questions that remain about it. For me specifically, you know my coverage of Benghazi has focused on the State Department’s refusal to take seriously enough the request for added security from diplomatic and security experts on the ground in Libya throughout the year leading up to the Benghazi attack. So there are a lot of questions, and I’m sure if she runs she’ll have to answer them."
CNN's Jake Tapper
"There's nothing better for American conservatism than periodic examples of untrammeled liberalism."
“First of all, it’s called the ‘Affordable Care Act.’ ”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi corrected a reporter Thursday who called Democrats’ health care law “Obamacare.”
"[T]he Republican Party is being run out of News Corp. headquarters, masquerading as a cable channel.”
CNN President Jeff Zucker
"Hey Jeff Zucker, we're the Republican Party and we speak for ourselves, pal. Have a great weekend."
RNC chairman Reince Priebus striking back on Twitter
"...the amount of Illinois residents seeking a conceal carry permit already surpasses those who enrolled in Obamacare after the first two months of the launch of healthcare.gov."
“Good morning. I'm Melissa Harris-Perry. We have a lot of news and politics to discuss this morning. Before we get to that, I'm going to start with an apology.
“Last Sunday, we invited a panel of comedians for a year in review program. It's what we call our look back in laughter. But in one of the segments, we looked at a number of photos that caught our attention over the course of the year. In that segment, I asked my guests to provide kind of off the cuff ideas for captions of the photos that we were seeing. Among the images we aired was one of the Romney family that showed Governor Mitt Romney's grandchildren, including his adopted grandson, who's African-American.
“Now given my own family history, I identify with that picture and I intended to say positive and celebratory things about it, but whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive. And showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment.
“So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family. Adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy. But their families, and especially their children, should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits, and for that I am sorry.”
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry who cried during the apology
“I think it's a heartfelt apology, and I think for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.”
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
"If I cry, will I be forgiven all of my transgressions?"
"I talked to a former Obama White House person, just before Christmas, when Obama was sort of adrift, figuring out what to do, his poll numbers were pretty low. And he said, 'Look, the president needs to find an issue to campaign on. This is what he's good at. He's really good at campaigning. Maybe not governing,' according to this Democrat."
CNN reporter Peter Hamby
“As part of her birthday gift from the president, the first lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday."
A White House official
“I know the roads look clear, the sun’s out and it all looks nice. But it’s still minus 40 in wind chill — deadly temperatures. So we want to be very, very careful.”
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard issued a travel ban for the city, making it illegal for anyone to drive except for emergencies or to seek shelter, until noon this past Monday.
“In 10 minutes you could be dead without the proper clothes.”
Indy Mayor Ballard
“It made a grinding noise I never heard before. But it started and got us here. Not too much to complain about. In Duluth it’s always cold.”
Emeric Dwyer of St. Paul, wearing only a London Fog trenchcoat and light scarf to protect himself from morning temperatures that got down to minus 20 in the Twin Cities last Monday. The 30-year old who is originally from Duluth was just glad his car started.
"How cold is it? Miley Cyrus's entire body stuck to wrecking ball."
A tweet by Pat Sajak
"Since the 70’s, the National Football League and the Federal Communications Commission have been colluding to blackout games that are not sold out as a way of incentivizing local fans to fill the stadium. The money from ticket sales is important. But not, perhaps, as important as the images of sold-out stadiums that are broadcast around the country and the world.
"The NFL, of course, is doing well enough that one might think it doesn’t need government to force people into the stands to watch the games. Especially during the playoffs. The enterprise consists, famously, of billionaire owners and millionaire players. The Super Bowl is, of course, the most widely watched television show of the year and advertisers line up to pay $4 million or so for 30 second spots. The recently fired coach of the Washington Redskins will be paid $7 million for doing nothing. The teams can even afford to hire people to squirt water into the players’ open mouths between plays, lest they strain something doing it for themselves.
"If it is that rich, why does the NFL continue to strong-arm fans into buying tickets to the games? The answer, evidently, is … because it can.
Geoffrey Norman, the Weekly Standard
"If you’re not into me, that’s your problem and you’re going to have to work that out with professionals."
Lena Dunham, the actress who compared voting for Barack Obama to losing one’s virginity said people who aren't really interested in seeing her naked need to seek help from a psychiatrist. Dunham was replying to a television critic who asked her at a press conference why her character in the HBO series Girls frequently appears naked for no apparent reason. Dunham said that she was going for "realistic expression."
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Taxpayers pay hundreds of millions for liberal journalists in Syria.
The war on women...who's waging that again?
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
3 out of 4 immigrants fail driving test
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
House Democrats: Climate change turns women into...
How cold was it this week?
The atomic wedgie