Voices in the News

A sound montage of voices in this past week's news, including: President George W. Bush; the Dalai Lama, leader of Tibetan Buddhism and Congressional Gold Medal Winner; Mahmud Ali Durrani, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States; Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan; Rep. Steve King (R-IA); Rep. Fortney Pete Stark (D-CA); United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt; judge Michael Mukasey, attorney general nominee; Russ Feingold (D-WI).

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From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Americans cannot look to the plight of the religiously oppressed and close our eyes or turn away. And that is why we'll continue to urge the leaders of China to welcome the Dalai Lama to China.

His Holiness TENZIN GYATSO (14th Dalai Lama of Tibet): I think, maybe, as a politician, sometimes, maybe a little lie here and there but basically these people truly stand certain spirit, truth, justice.

Ambassador MAHMUD ALI DURRANI (Pakistan): She's a political leader, she was working the crowds, and her cavalcade was moving almost at less than a snail's space, so you - that creates problems.

Ms. BENAZIR BHUTTO (Former Prime Minister of Pakistan): We are prepared to risk our lives and we are prepared to risk our liberty, but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation to the militants.

President BUSH: We got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel. So I told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War Three, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.

Representative STEVE KING (Republican, Iowa): And what this is about, SCHIP stands for socialize Clinton-style Hillary-care for illegals and their parents.

Representative FORTNEY PETE STARK (Democrat, California): The Republicans are worried that we can't pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don't care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq.

Secretary MICHAEL LEAVITT (United States Department of Health and Human Services): Well now we'll begin a process - a conversation to find our common ground. We need to get the - roll up our sleeves and do the hard work of reaching agreement.

Judge MICHAEL MUKASEY (Attorney General Nominee): We are parties to a treaty that outlaws torture. Torture is unlawful under the laws of this country. The president has said that in an executive order.

Senator RUSS FEINGOLD (Democrat, Wisconsin): I find your equivocation here somewhat troubling, and FISA specifically states that it is the exclusive means for conducting foreign intelligence surveillance of people in the United States, indicating Congress did not intend to leave any room for what Senator Leahy referred to as a commander-in-chief override.

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