Voices in the News

A montage of voices in the news, including: Charleston Fire Chief Rusty Thomas; Charleston Mayor Joe Riley; Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; Saeb Erekat, chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE); Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID); Thomas S. Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University; Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL).

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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.

Mr. RUSTY THOMAS (Chief, Charleston Fire Department): We will never forget these nine firefighters who lost their lives last night, doing what they loved to do - fight fire.

Mayor JOE RILEY (Charleston, South Carolina): This is a profession that we must make sure we never take for granted. These are brave people who put on their badge and who do the opposite of instinct.

Prime Minister EHUD OLMERT (Israel): Many people in the world were astounded by the brutality and the cruelty and the viciousness of the Hamas murderers that killed so many Palestinians.

Mr. SAEB EREKAT (Chief Negotiator, Palestinian Authority): We're going to make sure that this will happen in Gaza. This situation of the coup d'etat and chaos and lawlessness and militia is taking over is not spread to the West Bank.

Secretary CONDOLEEZZA RICE (State Department): Through its actions, Hamas sought to divide the Palestinian nation. We reject that. It is the position of the United States that there is one Palestinian people and there should be one Palestinian state.

Senator THOMAS CARPER (Democrat, Delaware): And our message to the domestic auto industry is: You can do this. You can do this over the next 13 years and we can help. And we have every intention to help you be successful.

Senator LARRY CRAIG (Republican, Idaho): Okay. We're going to stick it to the big boys - $32.1 billion worth of taxes. And what will it do for us? Will it change the price at the gas pump in America today? No.

Mr. THOMAS S. BLANTON (Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University): General Hayden - the CIA director - brought in some nice news on some declassified documents including these so-called family jewels, which were the skeletons in the closet - the whole book of all the dirty tricks for decades.

Senator RICHARD DURBIN (Democrat, Illinois): To attempt to abolish the agency that was putting pressure on him - to follow the law shows that he has gone entirely too far. Vice President Cheney is not above the law. He is required to follow the law, as every American citizen should.

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