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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.

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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


Nina Pham


The Utah Jazz


Matt Hegarty



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Dominic Raiola


Jeffrey Schuette


LA bus passenger


Alabama school officials


Julie Hunter



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“All I know is that when she gets well, I want her to get the hell out of Texas. And don’t ever go back.”
Ohio resident Martha Shuler, grandmother of a second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola


"I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed not the doctors but a couple of the nurses at Emory. I felt perfectly safe."
President Obama referring to a hospital famous for treating Ebola patients in Atlanta, Georgia


“There had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S. until a few months ago. Since then, thousands of people have died of the disease in Africa, and millions upon millions of dollars have been spent treating Ebola patients in the U.S. who acquired it there, one of whom has died. But the Obama administration refuses to impose a travel ban.

“Quite obviously, the only way to protect Americans is to prevent Ebola from coming here in the first place. The problem isn't that Ebola will leap across oceans to infect Americans; it's that Obama doesn't want to protect Americans.”
Ann Coulter


“If you like your Ebola, you can keep your Ebola; it is part of the new Obamacare plan.”
Radio host Michael Savage


"You should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise. Do not listen to the hysterical voices on the radio and the television or read the fear-provoking words online. The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible.

"We do not have an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. Nowhere. We do have two health care workers who contracted the disease from a dying man. They are isolated. There is no information to suggest that the virus has spread to anyone in the general population in America. Not one person in the general population in the United States."
Fox News' Shep Smith


“Ebola has been around since 1976. Why hasn't any Western country developed a vaccine in all this time? Could it be because the only people affected were people in villages in African countries? I guess it is fine for those villagers to die but not for Westerners. Yes, we now want to stop Ebola where it is because we don't want it traveling here. I still don't hear enough of a focus on those exposed in Africa, on saving their lives. More than 4,000 have already died in this Ebola outbreak.”
Arleen Lorrance of Scottsdale, Arizona in USA TODAY


“Screening at U.S. airports is nuts. We don't need to find the Ebola virus here. We need to keep it in West Africa. Use passport stamps to prohibit anyone who has been in Africa fewer than 30 days ago to come here. And, if someone travels there and gets Ebola, then they should have to stay there. We don't need the death, grief and expense of inviting the problem here.”
Gene Christie of Beverly Hills, Florida in USA TODAY


“There are at least two things that the public expects the government to get right, even when it fails at nearly everything else: public safety and national security. The Obama administration has a responsibility to protect its citizens. There is no excuse for the failures we're witnessing -- from the containment and eradication of Ebola to the containment and eradication of its ideological equivalent: radical Islamic extremism.
Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate


“The Food and Drug Administration can make two types of errors. It can approve a drug that has dangerous unanticipated side effects, or it can reject or delay approval of a drug that is safe and effective…I have two recommendations. If U.S. doctors know that a lifesaving drug has been approved in Europe, Japan and Canada, it is their ethical duty to inform their patients. Second, when the FDA calls a news conference to announce approval of a drug, somebody should ask the official how many Americans died from the drug's not being approved the previous year.”
Walter Williams serves on the faculty of George Mason University as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and is the author of 'Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?' and 'Up from the Projects: An Autobiography’


“If Republicans have a clue and do this and go out and ask every African-American for their vote, I think we can transform an election in one cycle. That doesn’t mean that we get to a majority of African-American votes in one cycle. But I think there is fully a third of the African-American vote that is open to much of the message, because much of what the Democrats has offered hasn’t worked.”
Sen. Rand Paul told POLITICO that the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 could capture one-third or more of the African-American vote by pushing criminal-justice reform, school choice and economic empowerment. Paul was featured on the cover of the new issue of Time as “The Most Interesting Man in Politics.”


“Our Constitution grants, here in Kentucky, the right to privacy at the ballot box. I'm not going to compromise a constitutional right provided here in Kentucky to curry favor on one side or the other.”
Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) during a debate where she again refused to answer whether she had voted for President Barack Obama


“Senate candidates across the country are now training their fire on President Obama, railing about his failed policies and touting their fierce opposition to his agenda. And those are the Democrats…they now want voters to believe that if they get another six-year term they will somehow emerge as giants of principled independence. That promise will turn into a pumpkin the minute they again cast a vote to make Mr. Reid Majority Leader. The deny-Obama strategy may be a political necessity in the sixth year of this listing Presidency, but voters who fall for the ruse will get a continuation of the same failed policies.”
The Wall Street Journal


“When it comes to a lack of openness and transparency about Obamacare, this administration has no peer.”
Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates. The Obamacare website won’t reveal insurance costs for 2015 until after the November elections. States with key Senate races face double-digit premium hikes.


“So for me, we have created very difficult hurdles for people who want to serve, who believe they can lead, to be able to do so. And the media has intensified that over time.”
Hillary Clinton, in a conversation with Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, charged that journalists today spend “dramatically” less time reporting “the real news” than their predecessors did in the 1960s and 1970s. She said that reporters are increasingly looking only for “the best angle,” the “quickest hit” and “the biggest embarrassment.”


“I hardly know where to begin: Ebola continues to spread around the world, ISIS pushes closer to Baghdad, the Secret Service can’t prevent a guy with a knife from running into the White House, sea levels are rising, fighting continues in Ukraine, extreme partisanship eats away at our democracy, thousands of American businesses have been subject to cyberattacks, 1 in 9 American bridges is rated structurally deficient, we are undergoing the most dramatic die-off of species since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, and I think I may be getting a cold. Our get-up-and-go appears to have gotten up and went…”
Roger Simon of POLITICO


“Done. Completely. Not only Mitt and I are done, but the kids are done…Done. Done. Done.”
Ann Romney told the LA Times a possible third presidential run for her husband, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney isn’t going to happen


"We often hear the criticism that there's too much, but as long as a woman is dying of breast cancer every 60 seconds, there's not enough pink.”
Carrie Glasscock, director of corporate relations for Susan G. Komen


“Wish people would stop asking if I’m breast feeding like Kimberly Walsh. No I’m not! I think the idea is vile and borderline incest!”
British model Josie Cunningham on Twitter


"Yes. Sure, I don't know if I'm going to live to see it. Someone, at some period of time, will feel it in their heart to give me a second chance. I may be six feet under, but that's what you've got to live with."
In an interview with CBS News, Pete Rose said he believes he will get into the Hall of Fame, but doesn't know if he'll live to see it.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Ed Flynn



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


"Political thuggery" in Houston



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Ebola, and Fangate



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Who needs John Milan?


Pay your last respects on the go


Oops


Oops again

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 the Greendale School Board makes VILLAINS OF THE WEEK.

The update.

Week-ends (10/11/14)

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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


Malala, Satyarthi



Ben Hall


Daniel Rodriguez



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


We Energies


Judge Tonya Parker


The IRS


Sarah Silverman


Greendale School Board


Richland School District (Wash.)



Seattle School Board


Airline passenger


This husband and wife



QUOTES OF THE WEEK



“This is disappointing. However, I believe this is only a temporary delay in the full implementation of Voter ID in Wisconsin. Voter ID is supported by a vast majority of the public, and our state already has had one successful election under this law. Voter ID is common sense legislation that is needed for honest and fair elections. I am confident that it will continue to be found constitutional and will be in place for good in the near future.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) reacting to the surprising decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to delay implementation of Voter ID


“When the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided not to take up several petitions dealing with one of the landmark issues of our time — same-sex marriage — no explanation was given. It never is, and the justices appear to like it that way. Instead, the public was left to speculate on the reasons for this non-action action, which allowed lower court rulings in favor of same-sex marriage to take effect in 11 more states — a major development that should not be the result of a stealth-like process. Were the conservative justices fearful that if the court did review the cases, they would lose — and same-sex marriage would win constitutional protection nationwide? Alternatively, did the liberals worry that they would lose if the court took on the cases and ruled that states are not required to allow same-sex marriage? We may not know the real reason until a justice retires and opens his or her papers to the public, which could be years from now.”
Tony Mauro is Supreme Court correspondent for The National Law Journal and the Supreme Court Brief


“If we have a package together that will alleviate some of the burdens, then, yeah, let’s raise minimum wage. You can’t attack the small business at every turn and expect them to create more jobs.”
U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) said he could support a path to a higher minimum wage — if it were paired with some deregulation that would help employers.


“A question about women, about — the midterm elections are just a few weeks away now. Democrats clearly benefit most of the time from the women’s vote. People talk about the gender gap. But it is also the case that men vote most of the time, the majority of them do, for Republicans. Don’t Democrats have a problem with the men’s vote, and, if that’s the case, why?”
PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff questioning liberal Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)


His suffering is over. My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God.”
Louise Troh, after the death of her fiancée, Thomas Eric Duncan, the nation’s first Ebola fatality


“The virus is actually picking up the pace. Even as we add resources, we get farther behind.”
Michael Osterholm, head of infectious disease research at the University of Minnesota, on the doubling of West Africa Ebola cases every three weeks


“If Ebola breaks out in Haiti or in Central America, I think it is literally ‘Katie bar the door’ in terms of the mass migration of Central Americans into the United States.”
Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command


“Panic can spread far faster than a virus. Our overreaction is turning Ebola into a microscopic medical terrorist. Just as a terrorist's bomb can kill a handful of people but catch the attention of millions, so too has Duncan's tragic case had far more impact on public perception than it had on those around him. So far, Duncan's infection hasn't caused a single additional case, but now we are all talking about him.”
Marc Siegel is an associate professor of medicine and medical director of Doctor Radio at NYU Langone Medical Center


“[W]e waited too long. We let the Islamic State build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria. Then when [ISIL] moved into Iraq, the Sunni Muslims didn’t object to their being there and about a third of the territory in Iraq was abandoned.”
Former President Jimmy Carter criticized President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy, saying he has shifting policies and waited too long to take action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The 39th president said the Obama administration, by not acting sooner, allowed ISIL to build up its strength.


"Why a President would say ‘they’ about his own intelligence services and not ‘we,’ why he would want people to think this has nothing to do with me. And when I look at the spread of ISIS through the Middle East, a lot of it comes back, it seems to me, to Obama’s foreign policy strategy of, I like to lead from behind. America should go away from being global policeman, to being the leader from behind. America shouldn’t be leading anything from behind. American is, at its best, a great super power. And when it’s at its best, whether it’s dealing with Ebola at a humanitarian level or ISIS on a terrorism/ foreign policy level, America has to be confident, bold, and strong, and decisive. It’s not good enough to simply say, yea I’m really upset about this beheading, and then 7 minutes later as Obama did go to a golf course and be seen goofing around on the first tee. That really hit home to me."
Former CNN host Piers Morgan in an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News offered a surprising critique of President Obama and gave extra criticism for recent comments he made on 60 Minutes blaming the intelligence community for failing to see the rise of ISIS in the Middle East. 


“It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, introducing President Obama at a Hollywood fundraiser for Democratic candidates


“Hawaii councilmen have decided not to name a local beach after President Obama. I suggested that they name it after the Vice President because most people are already used to walking all over Joe.”
Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio.


“What do I sentence a guy who has sex in squad car to?”
Oconto County, Wisc., Circuit Court Judge Jay Conley, at a hearing for a man who had a tryst in the back of a police car with a woman after a drunk-driving arrest; he got 90 days for the DWI, nine days for the sex episode



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


'Purple penguins'



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


No global warming in HOW LONG?


Voter ID- check out the 3rd last paragraph



MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Ebola



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Squad car tryst



Dunkin' Donuts dumpster


Comedy club charges per laugh

Week-ends (10/04/14)

Week-ends

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


Kyle Carpenter


A host of heroes



These young women


WI police officers


Jimmy Ettele


James Traficant



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


The Secret Service


The TSA


Wacoal America and Norm Thompson Outfitters



QUOTES OF THE WEEK



"It's unacceptable. I'll make sure that it does not happen again."
Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency failed in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued. Pierson disclosed that there have been six fence-jumpers this year alone, including one just eight days before Army veteran Omar J. Gonzalez scaled the fence on Sept. 19. Pierson appeared Tuesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.


"I wish to God you protected the White House like you protected your reputation here today.”
Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch speaking to Pierson at the hearing.


"The fact is the system broke down. An intruder walked in the front door of the White House, and that is unacceptable. How on earth did it happen? This failure ... has tested the trust of the American people in the Secret Service, a trust we clearly depend on to protect the president."
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. He said the intruder penetrated at least five rings of security protecting what is supposed to be one of the world's most secure properties.


"I'm worried that over the last several years, security has gotten worse - not better."
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that whistleblowers told the committee that the recent intruder ran through the White House, into the East Room and near the doors to the Green Room before being apprehended. They also reported to lawmakers that accused intruder Gonzalez made it past a guard stationed inside the White House. On the way to the East Room, the intruder would have passed a stairwell that leads to the first family's residence.


“And they had all these different boxes you could check. More than 1,000 of these boxes were checked. Now, that doesn’t mean a thousand of the 6,500 agents saw something, but there were enough agents to highlight more than 1,000 security vulnerabilities and breaches that really, really scare me.”
Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) referring to an internal Secret Service report.


"The president and the first lady, like all parents, are concerned about the safety of their children, but the president and first lady also have confidence in the men and women of the Secret Service to do a very important job.”
White House spokesman Josh Earnest


We have a presidency that is falling apart…this is a crisis of competence. The IRS, the VA, the Secret Service, all the institutions that in the past you would make a movie about, the Secret Service agent is the hero, the epidemiologist is the hero. All of these agencies that we have trust in, under this administration, are showing how badly government is run. You combine them and you get a sense that things are out of control.”
Charles Krauthammer


“I don’t think so. No. 1, you should not telegraph to your enemies what you will not do. No. 2, define the mission, give it to the military, and then let them do their jobs and don’t armchair general these guys. That’s my fear with the president. Look, I’m supportive with what the president has done, going into Syria and Iraq, but we need to see this thing through.”
WI Congressman Paul Ryan when asked whether President Obama can keep his promise — which he has made repeatedly — that the U.S. will not have boots on the ground in the fight against ISIL.


“Your leaders would have you believe that we are not at war, that war is nothing more than a word on a bumper sticker. I live amongst men and women who have the ribbons on their chest to show that war is real.

“The American people know it too. They value these people with war-related decorations who keep us free.

“Obama and his friends are right about this one thing though: When you can’t even contemplate saying the word ‘war,’ war becomes some entirely different eventually. It becomes defeat. At the polls and on the battlefield. Today it's a race to see which comes first.”

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.


“Increasingly colleges and universities attract students by spending heavily on athletic arenas, flashy student centers and other resort amenities. To finance sports spectacles, evening yoga lessons, and ever larger salaries for presidents and coaches, universities jack up tuition and shuffle students into cheap to staff majors, such as art history and sociology, while limiting access to programs with better career potential, like engineering and finance. Too many graduates lack career ready skills and are burdened with excessive debt.

“Thanks to the combination of work disincentives and poor career training, nearly all the jobs created in this century have gone to immigrants. At the low end, they take jobs government benefits programs encourage lower-skilled Americans to refuse, and at the high end, immigrants take jobs many college graduates are unqualified to fill.”

Peter Morici, economist and professor at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business


“The Federal Communications Commission has been petitioned by an activist lawyer to effectively regulate the word ‘redskins’ off the air. While the Washington Redskins football team should adopt a new name — the current one is racist — it would not be appropriate for the FCC to get involved. Its mission is to regulate public airwaves, but it should not determine what words broadcasters may use, even if those words are politically incorrect or outright offensive. That's a fundamental free speech issue.”
The LA Times in an editorial


“The biggest issue in this fall's election is whether the Obama administration will end when Barack Obama leaves the White House or whether it will continue on, by appointing federal judges with lifetime appointments who share President Obama's contempt for the Constitution. Whether such judges will be confirmed by the Senate depends on whether the Senate continues to be controlled by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“Since Illinois enacted a law permitting more people to carry concealed firearms, more than 65,000 people got permits to do so. Rates of robbery, burglary and motor vehicle thefts have dropped significantly, and the murder rate has fallen to a level not seen in more than half a century. If only the gun control fanatics would pay some attention to facts, a lot of lives could be saved.

“Who says the Obama administration is not transparent? They are constantly telling our enemies overseas when it will pull out our troops and where we will not put boots on the ground.

“I must have heard the word ‘diversity’ proclaimed in ringing tones as a great benefit to society at least a thousand times -- and probably closer to a million -- without even once hearing a speck of evidence provided, or even suggested as a way to test whether that is true or false.”

Thomas Sowell in his latest column on Random Thoughts. Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University


“We need to be a more inclusive, more aspirational party. We need to be a majoritarian party. And what I'm trying to articulate here, is if you don't like the direction we're headed – which I don't, and many people agree with that – it's not enough to criticize. We need to propose alternatives. We need to say how we would do things differently. And we need to be a party that's inclusive, principled, and aspirational, and capable of winning a majority of Americans. We can't have an Electoral College strategy with a margin of error of one state, which is kind of what we're down to right now. And so, what I'm trying to articulate here is the ability to have a bigger conservative movement that can bring people in, and be capable of winning national elections and fixing this country's big problems, which, in my opinion, are going un-dealt with – unattended.”
WI Congressman Paul Ryan (R) appearing on CBS This Morning


“Yes. I think as a nation we are (feeding into Muslim fear).  I think that, you know, it propels us to war. You have to rally the country in order to bomb a country that did nothing to you and you need to rally them and so that's what I think that was. Anyone is allowed to represent their joy in whatever way possible for two minutes on a football field and I think it's anti-Muslim bias.”
View co-host Rosie O'Donnell discussing Kansas City Chiefs player Husain Abdullah,  a devout Muslim, who was  penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct Monday night for bowing in prayer after a big play.


“At some point, Wisconsin needs to play a complete game against major-conference competition.”
USA Today



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


Schools scramble to help teens who crossed border


Hate crimes in cyberspace




MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


Forced union dues




MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


George Clooney's wedding



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Where's the beef?

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