A look back at the people and events that made news the past week.
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HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
Pizza Man arsonist(s)
Freedom From Religion Foundation
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“One year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy rocked by severe recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt. Experts from across the political spectrum warned that if we did not act, we might face a second depression. So we acted immediately and aggressively. And one year later, the worst of the storm has passed.”
President Obama in his State of the Union address.
“I hope he recognizes the need to reboot on health care and work on making some progress rather than saying, 'My way or not at all,' because that approach has not been working very well.”
U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, on the president's address.
"He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he's gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two."
MSNBC's Chris Matthews referring to the president.
"The problem we have sometimes is a media that responds only to slash-and-burn-style politics. You don't get a lot of credit if I say, 'You know, I think Paul Ryan is a pretty sincere guy and has a beautiful And by the way, in case he's going to get a Republican . . . family.' challenge, I didn't mean it. Don't want to hurt you, man."
President Obama at a meeting with House Republicans. Ryan and his family were in the audience.
"In some places I kind of felt like I was in my high school assembly being lectured by my principal. In others, I felt like he was listening."
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan after the meeting with Obama.
"The President is gifted, articulate, well-spoken, and charismatic, and it's also clear that the policies he articulates so well will devastate the country if they are ever enacted."
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) after a meeting Obama held with House Republicans.
"We showed out desire for bipartisanship when 178 Republicans [in the House] and 64 Democrats voted for the unambiguous pro-life language in the Stupak-Pitts amendment to the health care bill. But the President is against it because he doesn't want health care that bans any abortion funding. He talks about one thing and does another."
Thirty-year Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.)
"Last Friday, on a visit to my home state of
"I am Quinn's father. It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."
Confirming what practically everyone already suspected, John Edwards confessed Thursday he fathered the baby born to his ex-mistress, an admission that came just ahead of a bombshell book by a top aide to the former Democratic presidential candidate. Edwards had long denied the girl, Frances Quinn Hunter, was his, even after he admitted cheating on his wife with the child's mother, Rielle Hunter. Hunter had been hired before Edwards' 2008 White House campaign to shoot behind-the-scenes video of him.
“She said, ‘I’ve had it. I can't do this. I want my life back.’”
Elizabeth Edwards’ sister, Nancy Anania, in an interview with PEOPLE.
"Do I regret it? Sure I do. I wouldn't have to be taking this heat otherwise."
North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer said Monday he regretted comments comparing people who take public assistance to stray animals, but the incident continued to draw fire. In a speech at a town hall meeting in the Upstate, Bauer revisited instructions he said his grandmother had given him when he was a small child. Bauer said his grandmother, who was not highly educated, had told him to stop feeding stray animals. "You know why?" he asked. "Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a human ample food supply." Bauer later said his intent was to explain the government is "breeding a culture of dependency" with its social program, which he said has grown out of control and "amounts to little more than socialism, paid for by hardworking, tax-paying families ... against their wishes."
“I will do everything I can to help our businesses create jobs and give our workers the opportunities to get those jobs. Nothing is more important.”
Governor Jim Doyle laying out his top priority for his final year in office in this week's State of the State address.
“The hypocrisy of the governor standing at the podium tonight talking about job creation and lowering taxes when the budget they passed raised taxes by over $4 billion -- it's just mind-boggling that he was able to say that this evening with a straight face.”
Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)
“I don’t see the Legislature doing it at this stage. I hope I’m wrong, but the eggs have been scrambled. The status quo has prevailed.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who had asked the school board to delay selecting a new superintendent while state lawmakers wrestle with a proposed change to MPS governance.
“I want the teacher to be judgmental. I want them to say, ‘you know what, this stuff is right or wrong.’ Education is not just getting information, it’s helping you make decisions in life.”
State Senator Luther Olson (R-Berlin) speaking against a bill establishing standards for sex education in
"I haven’t donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don't give money to homeless men on the street. Based on past experiences, I don't think the guy with the sign that reads 'Need You're Help' is going to do anything constructive with the dollar I might give him. If I use history as my guide, I don't think the people of
Former NBA star Paul Shirley in an online column in response to the earthquake disaster in
"Dear Haitians, First of all, kudos on developing the poorest country in the
Paul Shirley, in a letter to Haitians.
"That's the guy that I watched play when I was in high school," he said, via the Star Tribune. "You can't say enough about him. His toughness and everybody knew that going in. In a game like this you could just see it in his eyes when he came back out there. Everybody looked at him and said, 'Hey, this guy is limping along. Let's do it.' "
Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson said Brett Favre's return to last Sunday’s NFC title game against
“I, for one, really hope Brett Favre will come back next year. The guy is just amazing, and it's been so long since us Vikings fans have actually had a competent leader at QB. How refreshing. And let's face it, the guy is fun to watch. Nobody loves to play the game more than Favre. No way the Vikes would have gotten as far as they did this year without Favre. Brett didn't lose the game. People say he should have run instead of trying to pass (an interception), but he was crippled at that point by the totally dirty high/low illegal hit he took mostly from McCray (uncalled by the officials ... if they had thought of the Brady rule at that moment, the Vikes would probably have scored and would be going to the SB). Think about it: Brett could hardly STAND UP at that point, so how the hell could he have RUN? My hat's off to him that he was still on the field after that vicious hit. Most QBs would have been in the locker room. Brett is a real mensch. I feel awful that he took such a beating on Sunday, but I hope after his body and brain heal over the next month that he'll decide to come back for another go at it. He's a legend, and I love to watch him play.”
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OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Novelist wants euthanasia booths on street corners.
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Newsday having trouble finding paid subscribers to its website.
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Pork is an aphrodesiac.
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