Voices in the News

A montage of voices in the news, including: outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair; newly appointed British Prime Minister Gordon Brown; Peter Clarke, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard; Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur; Goodwyn Liu, law professor at UC Berkeley; former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson; Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN); White House Spokesman Tony Snow; Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX); President George W. Bush; Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. National Security Adviser; Andrew Kuchins, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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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.

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (United Kingdom): I wish everyone, friend or foe, well and that is that, the end.

Prime Minister GORDON BROWN (United Kingdom): This will be a new government with new priorities and I have been privileged to have been granted the great opportunity to serve my country.

Mr. PETER CLARKE (Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Scotland Yard): The vehicle was found to contain very similar materials to those that had been found in the first car in Haymarket earlier today. There was a considerable amount of fuel and gas canisters. There was also a substantial quantity of nails. These vehicles are clearly linked.

Mr. TARIQUE GHAFFUR (Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police, London): I would ask Londoners to be alert, to be vigilant, and if they do see, please report anything suspicious to the police itself.

Professor GOODWYN LIU (Law, University of California, Berkeley): I think it's a remarkable thing that the chief justice of the United States would cite Brown versus Board of Education to defeat, not defend, school integration.

Mr. THEODORE B. OLSON (Former U.S. Solicitor General): And the day is over when you can say, well, we'd let you go to that school but you'd be one more white person or one more black person or one more Hispanic person, and we can't tolerate that. I think that day is over.

Senator RICHARD LUGAR (Republican, Indiana): We have over-estimated what the military can achieve. We have set goals that are unrealistic, and we have inadequately factored in the broader regional consequences of our actions.

Mr. TONY SNOW (Press Secretary, White House): Dick Lugar is giving what he thinks is his best advice, and we certainly appreciate it and take it seriously, but we also believe that it is very important to go ahead and let the surge, number one, finish getting put in place, and second, let's see what results it produces.

Senator JOHN CORNYN (Republican, Texas): Knowing that there are likely terrorist cells already present in the United States. How can we in good conscience grant same-day legal status to more than 12 million foreign nationals?

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I'm sorry the Senate was unable to reach agreement on the bill this morning. Illegal immigration is one of the top concerns of the American people and Congress' failure to act on it is a disappointment.

Mr. ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI (Former U.S. National Security Adviser): I would hope that the president would say to Mr. Putin, look, we have a long road to travel. We have to deal with problems in a calm, non-accusatory fashion.

Mr. ANDREW KUCHINS (Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies): Is this the first time a U.S. leader has hosted a foreign leader at dad's house? Do Vlad and George need some kind adult supervision?

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