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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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Week-ends (02/14/15)

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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


Sikh Temple officers


Ed Mackett


Leslie Fiet


Waukesha's Les Paul



Emma Paulson


Target


Rosa Parks



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Tammy Baldwin


Nathan Hale High School in West Allis


Charlie Sheen


Fraudsters


Florida high school



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“My first job is to protect the American people. It is entirely legitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you've got a bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.”
That’s how President Obama described a terrorist attack in Paris against French Jews at a kosher deli as he was interviewed by Vox


“President Obama said something clumsy, inaccurate, and somewhat insensitive. The clumsy and inaccurate part of this is that the victims of the attack on the market in Paris were not selected at random. They were chosen because the killer believed a kosher market offered a good chance to kill Jews. The killer himself said at the time, ‘I have 16 hostages and I have killed four, and I targeted them because they were Jewish’."
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine


"Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a 'sacred union.’ Having prided himself on forthrightness, though, Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position.”
Former-Senior Advisor to President Obama David Axelrod admits in a new book that Obama lied about his opposition to gay marriage in order to become president.


"I believe the public has a right to know what its government is doing, particularly when it comes to something as important as Internet regulation. I have studied the 332-page plan in detail, and it is worse than I had imagined."
Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai referring to a 332-page plan to regulate the Internet. The net-neutrality plan could open the door to new fees and taxes, as well as government control over the prices that Internet providers charge their customers, Pai told reporters. Republicans on Capitol Hill are scrambling to thwart the new regulations. Committees in the House and Senate have launched investigations into whether President Obama inappropriately influenced the FCC's decision, and Republican lawmakers are working on their own alternative net-neutrality legislation to override FCC action.  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler unveiled his plan last week and has denied that it would impose new fees or regulate prices.


“ Brian Williams did it all for the soldiers, you see. His chopper whoppers were patriotic acts. ‘This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran,’ he explained.

“In a similar vein, Anthony Weiner's sext­ing was really just a misunderstood celebration of the technological sophistication of smartphones, and Bill Clinton's dalliance with Monica Lewinsky was a selfless way to promote that great American company the Gap.

“What Williams’ lie was about was what lies are always about: No one who actually scored the winning touchdown on the high-school football team misremembers it as sitting on the bench. The term ‘fish tale’ does not mean you mistakenly tell people you caught a sickly ­8-ounce catfish when actually you snagged a 95-pound monster marlin.”

Kyle Smith, NY Post


Today, it is nearly inconceivable that serious politicians can run multiple times for the presidency, especially after losing a general election. Every four years, the Mike Huckabees and Rick Santorums reemerge, but their campaigns are usually about something other than winning the presidency—building a personal brand, perhaps, or sending a message. The real contenders—those with a plausible path to the White House—don’t get a permanent free pass. This relatively new, unforgiving rule is partly a reflection of the presidency’s growing power since the 1930s, but it is also a product of how the nominating process has evolved. Until 50 years ago, a small number of big-state political bosses tightly controlled the selection of presidential nominees. In the late 1970s, all of that changed. The rising influence of television increasingly made politics resemble entertainment, while the fallout of the Vietnam War and civil rights movement shattered the authority of political bosses and elite political institutions. Out of this disruption came the system we know (and love, and loathe) today—the four-year presidential horse race, the campaign reality show, Iowa and New Hampshire, Super Tuesday, a nauseating array of debates and candidate forums. This is not a format that is hospitable to ‘losers.’ The modern nominating process has an unwritten rule: You lose, you leave.”
Josh Zeitz has taught American history and politics at Cambridge University and Princeton University and is the author of Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln's Image. He is currently writing a book on the making of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.


“People do not seem to understand that so many people come to government knowing that they are not going to make the kind of money that they would make in the private sector but they come to government to feed their souls. So what are my priorities? What’s my reason for being here? My ardent priority is to do whatever I can to help federal workers obtain fair compensation and meaningful pay raises.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D–Md.) speaking in Washington D.C. at the Legislative Conference of the National Treasury Employees Union


"One for business, one for family and one for people I meet.”
Washington Wizards superstar John Wall on why he carries three smartphones. He has two iPhone 6's and the new BlackBerry Classic. Wall will be featured in today’s NBA All-Star game.



OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK


VA health care is high risk



MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK


This anniversary


Obama and the Internet


GOP tribute to Black leaders




MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK


Eeeee-volution



STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK


Yoga pants should be illegal

Week-ends (02/07/15)

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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...

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HEROES OF THE WEEK


Greenfield firefighters


*The BBC and Virgin Media


Pilots



Sienna Adderley



Those who supported James Robertson


Once again, Make-A-Wish


A. J.


Malcom Butler



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Brian Williams


Pete Carroll



Jesse Ventura


The American Federation of Teachers


Chanel M. Lemelle (teacher)



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“In one moment, the Seahawks forgot who they were. And Super Bowl XLIX turned into the most painful loss in franchise history. It happened because of the worst play call in Super Bowl history. The Seahawks have the best power running back in the NFL. They ran the ball better than any team in the league. They needed to do that one more time to become the first back-to-back NFL champion in 10 years. Instead, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called a dangerous play that ended in disaster.”
Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times columnist


"I'm a little bit surprised. It was an unfortunate play. Their guy made a heck of a play and that's all you can ask for."
Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman after last week’s Super Bowl.  The Seahawks were a half yard shy of beating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, but quarterback Russell Wilson threw an interception that sealed the Patriots' 28-24 victory. That the play came despite having one of the best running backs in the NFL in Marshawn Lynch raised some questions about the play call.


"We had it. I don't understand how you don't give it to the best back in the league, on not even the one-yard line. We were on the half-yard line and we throw a slant. I don't know what the offense had going on or what they saw. I just don't understand."
Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin


"All of us are surprised. In that moment with 20 seconds left on the clock and we still had a timeout. I felt like, from what I understand, we should take a shot and still have another down. If we ran the ball and didn't get in, then we had to stop the clock and it would limit our abilities to run or pass. I don't know. I am just trying to come up with an explanation for it. I really don't know."
Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin


"Preventable injuries around the home are the leading cause of childhood deaths in America. Most people don't know that. Nationwide ran an ad during the Super Bowl that started a fierce conversation. The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance. We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us — the safety and well being of our children. We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited MakeSafeHappen.com, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer. While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere."
Nationwide issued a statement following its Super Bowl ad showing a child talking about his death in an accident. In the ad, a little boy says "I'll never learn to ride a bike or get cooties. I'll never learn to fly or travel the world with my best friend. I couldn't grow up because I died from an accident."


"Being a parent of young kids you want to be reminded of those dangers in your house. You have to be proactive nowadays to make your house safe for your child, and unfortunately those are some of the dangers you often don't think about."
Joseph Hooper, a commuter at New York City's Penn Station, reacting to the Nationwide ad in an interview with USA TODAY


"It was very moving. It was definitely something you would remember and something that made you stop and think. Watching it with little ones, especially, made you stop and think."
Another traveler, Tiffany Hall, also found the Nationwide ad to be positive


“We are rapidly approaching the point of no return for Clinton. That is, if she were to suddenly take herself out of the race in, say, two months' time, there would be a massive sense of doom within the party. The shock of the decision would reverberate for weeks — and maybe even months — making it hard for anyone looking to fill the void she left behind.

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"I want to spend some time critiquing...Attorney General Eric Holder's tenure at the Department of Justice and use it as a framework as a way forward. Incendiary rhetoric used by Eric Holder created a pathway for a false narrative that then became the rallying cry for cop haters across America. It sparked and justified hatred for America's law enforcement agents and its offices. Without a shred of evidence a broad brush has been used to unfairly malign the reputation of the professional policing in the United States. The accusation has been made that our communities systematically engage in the practice of targeting young black men because of the color of their skin. That claim is patently false. I reject out of hand the mere suggestion of it. If I'm wrong, someone needs to show me the evidence. Officers at the local level put on their uniforms and go out everyday to make their communities better and safer. Without them our communities would collapse into utter chaos.

"Are cops perfect? No, in fact far from it, but they are the community's finest. Every community is unique in what will work and what will not work. For the nation's sake, stop undermining the integrity and character of the American law enforcement officer."
Testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke called on U.S. Attorney and Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch to rebuild the broken relationship between the Department of Justice and local law enforcement. Citing Attorney General Eric Holder's involvement in Ferguson, Missouri over the summer, Clarke laid out a defense of police working in dangerous communities and called on Lynch to open lines of communication from Washington to cities around the country.  A confirmation vote for Lynch is expected next month.


The update: Clarke's testimony in its entirety.


 

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Week-ends (01/31/15)

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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


Special Spaces Wisconsin


Romero Aguilar



Jerome Jarre



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Danielle Gallant



Patricia Todd


Alisyn Camerota



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


“Mother Nature has decided once again to come visit us in an extreme way. This is going to be a blizzard. It is a serious blizzard. It should not be taken lightly.”
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo who banned driving on Long Island, where winds were expected to exceed 70 m.p.h. earlier this week


“My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public. You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t. Once again, I’m sorry.”
Gary Szatkowski, meteorologist-in-charge at the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, apologized on Twitter for the snow totals being cut back earlier this week. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow, but it failed to live up to the hype in big cities like Philadelphia and New York, which canceled its travel ban amid better-than-expected weather conditions.


“As we waited for the storm deemed ‘historic,’ the only real history was made when the subway shut down for the first time ever in preparation for snow. The real insult came when it was reported later that the trains were indeed still running, empty, as trains needed to keep moving to clear the tracks. Citibike was shut down. Cars were banned from the roads and anyone who didn’t take heed risked being fined.

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Week-ends (01/24/15)

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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


I say HERO


Reginald Daniels


PJ Deguzman


Alex Van and Donovan George



You may not like it, but Jermaine Kearse fits the description


Tony Verna


Baymax



VILLAINS OF THE WEEK


Chris Kyle haters


Cheats in sports...it's not just the Patriots



The Manzurs



QUOTES OF THE WEEK


"As a small business owner with a little experience, I would never waste my own money on this and I don't think those proponents would either. The mayor says he's betting on the future of this city. The problem is he's not doing it with his own money."
Milwaukee restaurant owner dave Sobelman on the proposed $124 million downtown Milwaukee streetcar


“The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, got it right. Officer [Darren] Wilson has been exonerated. The thing I want to know is how does he get his reputation back? I don’t expect anything intelligent to come out of the mouth of Al Sharpton. “We know he is a charlatan. Al Sharpton ought to go back into the gutter he came from. The police officer is owed a lot from him, Eric Holder and the president of the United States.”
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke directing anger at Al Sharpton who spoke sharply in the wake of Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision not to prosecute Wilson, a former police officer, on civil rights charges. Sharpton characterized Wilson on national television as less than intelligent and unworthy of respect.


"Our politics seems more divided than ever. It's held up as proof not just of my own flaws — of which there are many — but also as proof that the vision itself is misguided, and naïve, and that there are too many people in this town who actually benefit from partisanship and gridlock for us to ever do anything about it. I know how tempting such cynicism may be. But I still think the cynics are wrong."
President Obama in his State of the Union address

“I’m not going to talk politics except to say the GOP had better go on offense. Man, they are not going to win any game on defense. Being in the majority there in D.C. — we’re blowing it if we just bend our back. That GOP leadership, that establishment, they’ve got to get their stuff together. I love what they believe in, I believe in it too. But they’ve got to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now.”
Sarah Palin
 

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