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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.

Week-ends (12/07/13)


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...


Nelson Mandela

Jane Sijan

Dwayne Johnson

Stuart English

Generous shopper

Nursing home staffers


Milwaukee's Hope Christian High School


Private security guard in Portland

These fast food workers

The co-op board of David Shea's apartment

Anthony Nason Borell


“Not a saint, but a truly great man: Jailed by a regime built on hatred, he was willing to forgive and gave the world a lesson in dignity it will never forget.”
A headline in the Daily Mail on the death of Nelson Mandela

“I need you to spread the word about the law, about its benefits, about its protections, about how folks can sign up. Tell your friends. Tell your family.”
President Barack Obama, asking supporters to help stoke enthusiasm for the Affordable Care Act

“Another campaign-style event won’t solve the myriad problems facing consumers under Obamacare.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky

“You can’t take this generation for granted as coming through for Obama.”
Pew Research Center Director Michael Dimock, on poll numbers showing most 18- to 29-year-olds disapprove of Obamacare and believe it will raise their costs

"Because a lot of those people, they did have policies that didn't meet the minimum standards. That's just not a theoretical discussion. There's a reason you have minimum standards. There are people out there who have insurance that's really an illusion of coverage. They have immense deductibles, they have annual and lifetime caps. There's so many people out there with what I call phony insurance policies and the fact that they're going to lose those policies sooner or later I think is a good thing, because what we're up to here is we are strengthening the health care system in this country."
Rep. Matt Cartwright, Democrat of Pennsylvania on people losing their insurance plans under ObamaCare

“How much is that per minute?”
Emer Duffy, billed $1,696 after her daughter’s cut forehead was treated with a bit of skin glue at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco

“I’d say the Pope is a Democrat. [Laughter] He ought to run, he ought to run for the presidency. I mean, look, this is a traditional position of the church. There are arguments inside of the Church, there are Catholic intellectuals who write in defense of capitalism. But he’s from that tradition of the social gospel. And it is the original message to clothe the naked and to feed the hungry.

“And he’s not just a man who preaches it. He is a man who lived it in his own life, in the humility of his own life. And I think there’s incredible authenticity behind it. So, I think it’s going to have a lot of influence, and I think it will unfortunately set back the movement in the Church at least recognizing how capitalism and the free market allows for the flourishing of individuals in a way that socialism and of course communism never did. So, I do not know how that’s going to affect that argument, but I credit him with sincerity and an incredibly good heart.
Charles Krauthammer after Pope Francis criticized
capitalism and income inequality

"Stop-and-frisk is such a basic tool of policing. It’s one of the most fundamental practices in American policing. If cops are not doing stop-and-frisk, they are not doing their jobs. It is a basic, fundamental tool of police work in the whole country. If you do away with stop-and-frisk, this city will go down the chute as fast as anything you can imagine.”
New Police Commissioner in New York, William Bratton

“We have here a judicial finding that this once-proud city cannot pay its debts.”
 U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, giving Detroit protection from creditors as the nation’s largest legally bankrupt city

“I’m still pretty much an old-school print guy, because I like to jot notes in the margins, but I assume I’ll move over to ebooks when annotation features get better.”
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, on the three canvas bags of books he travels with

“Sex can be considered, at times, a significant exercise.”
Antony D. Karelis, professor of exercise science at the University of Quebec at Montreal, on a new study of energy burned by couples in bed




New government study provides evidence the TSA should be eliminated, replaced.


Death of actor Paul Walker


Somebody likes ObamaCare.

No, it wasn't burning flesh.

Pay $2,000 to be homeless.

You can't do that.


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