Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including; Shuttle Discovery launch; Discovery Commander Eileen Collins; Seanna Walsh, IRA spokesman; British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), Majority Leader; Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK); President George W. Bush; Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Minority Leader; Andrew Stern, Service Employees International Union; John Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO; AFL-CIO chorus.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

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

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

Unidentified Man: Three engines up and burning; three, two, one and lift off of space shuttle Discovery.

Mr. SEANNA WALSH (IRA Spokesman): All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms. All volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programs through exclusively peaceful means.

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (Great Britain): Finally, after all the false dawns and dashed hopes, peace replaced war, politics replaces terror on the island of Ireland.

Senator BILL FRIST (Republican, Tennessee; Senate Majority Leader): This research is promising, embryonic stem cell research as well as adult stem cell research, but it can be promoted. And now is the time to expand the president's policy, but it must be done in a way that is ethically considerate, that respects the dignity of human life.

Senator TOM COBURN (Republican, Oklahoma): He's a renowned physician, but, you know, physicians aren't right all the time, and they're not right on everything. And there's an ethical consideration here that I think I disagree with him on adamantly.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Our achievements so far this year show how much can be done when we come together to do what is right for the American people. When Congress returns in September, I will continue to work with the Republicans and Democrats to build on this good progress for all Americans.

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada; Senate Minority Leader): If you're an Exxon lobbyist, a right-wing judge or White House leaker, then, yes, this has been a productive session. But if you're a working family, struggling to afford health care and looking for help from Republicans in Congress, you must be wondering whose side they're on.

Mr. ANDREW STERN (Service Employees International Union): Our goal is not to divide the labor movement but to rebuild it so that working people once again can achieve the American Dream. Today, we make the first step down that new road.

Mr. JOHN SWEENEY (President, AFL-CIO): It's a grievous insult to all the unions that helped us and to the unions in this hall who came here to discuss and debate the difficult issues and make historic changes.

Crowd: (Singing) ...forever, for the union makes us strong.

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