Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in the news this past week, including President George W. Bush; Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV); media attorney Bruce Sanford; Cardozo Law School professor Marci Hamilton; the Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council, Washington, D.C.; Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN); Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).

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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.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Amid all this violence, I know Americans ask the question: Is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it and it is vital to the future security of our country.

Senator JAY ROCKEFELLER (Democrat, West Virginia): It had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden. It had nothing to do with al-Qaeda. It had nothing to do with September 11th. There was no connection between these things and Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction which, of course, were not there.

Mr. BRUCE SANFORD (Attorney): Without protection for confidential sources, the public ends up being the loser because reporters really don't have the ability to find out what is really going on in government.

Professor MARCI HAMILTON (Cardozo Law School): The issue here is whether or not the placement of the Ten Commandments is, as I would say, in your face. So I continue to think that the line between the two cases is whether or not the government has overtly endorsed a religious viewpoint.

Senator BILL FRIST (Republican, Tennessee; Majority Leader): I look forward working with my colleagues to ensure a fair confirmation process in the Senate that will ensure the Supreme Court is at full strength to start its next term in October.

Senator CHARLES SCHUMER (Democrat, New York): The fact that Sandra Day O'Connor has said she will stay on the bench until a new nominee is confirmed means that there isn't a rush and it's better to do it right than do it quickly.

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