Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA); Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani; Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute; Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN); Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; President George W. Bush; Russian President Vladimir Putin (through a translator); President George W. Bush; protesters in Rome.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Senator MITCH McCONNELL (Republican, Kentucky): Both of us desire the same result, which is to get a bipartisan immigration bill that will be an improvement over the disastrous status quo that we have.

Senator EDWARD KENNEDY (Democrat, Massachusetts): We know these are families; we've seen them in our churches; we've seen them in our shops; we've seen them in the Armed Forces of the United States of America; and they want to contribute and be a part of the American dream like everyone else.

MR. RUDY GIULIANI (Former Republican Mayor, New York City; Presidential Candidate): The problem with this immigration plan is that has no real unifying purpose. It's a typical Washington mess.

Lieutenant General DOUGLAS LUTE (White House War Czar): Where are we today? Not where any of us would like, especially in Iraq - progress has been to little and too slow.

Senator EVAN BAYH (Democrat, Indiana): Do you share the intelligence community's assessment that the political steps toward reconciliation are likely to be marginal at best through the end of this calendar year?

Lt. Gen. LUTE: Senator, my assessment would be that they have a very full agenda and have shown so far, very little progress.

Mr. ROBERT GATES (U.S. Secretary of Defense): It's my honor to announce today that I will recommend to the president that he nominate Admiral Michael G. Mullen, the chief of Naval Operations, as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeding General Peter Pace when the latter's term of office concludes on September 30th, 2007.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: He expressed his concerns to me. He has concern that the missile defense system is not an act that a friend would do. He made some interesting suggestions.

President VLADIMIR PUTIN (Russia): (Through translator) We considered the proposal by the Americans side very troubling. And we have ideas of our own. I have stated these ideas in a thorough way.

President BUSH: It's important that the United States and Italy work together on common problems. After all, we share common values. And today's discussion just goes, at least, to show me how much we can do when we work in a collaborative way.

(Soundbite of demonstration)

Unidentified Group: Yankee go home. Yankee go home. Yankee go home.

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