Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including President Bush; Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers; Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS); Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK); New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; New Orleans resident Charise Harrison Nelson; and Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

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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: Selecting a nominee, I sought to find an American of grace, judgment and unwavering devotion to the Constitution and laws of our country. Harriet Miers is just such a person.

Ms. HARRIET MIERS (Supreme Court Nominee; Counsel, White House): If confirmed, I recognize that I will have a tremendous responsibility to keep our judicial system strong and to help ensure that the courts meet their obligations to strictly apply the laws in the Constitution.

Senator SAM BROWNBACK (Republican, Kansas): We've seen a past pattern where people without a set judicial philosophy go on the bench and veer left over time. I need to know what's the basis of his view that that will not happen in this nominee.

Pres. BUSH: These militants are not just the enemies of America or the enemies of Iraq. They are the enemies of Islam and the enemies of humanity.

Senator JOHN McCAIN (Republican, Arizona): American values should win against all others in any war of ideas and we can't let prisoner abuse tarnish our image.

Senator TED STEVENS (Republican, Alaska): But to require that no one can use a means of interrogation that's not listed in advance, when we're involved in a war on terror and we're dealing with terrorists, is wrong.

Ms. CHARESE HARRISON NELSON (Schoolteacher): And I don't call myself an evacuee. I don't call myself a Katrina survivor. I call myself a New Orleanian. I'm not going to abandon the city. I'm not going to let the city purge me out.

Unidentified Man #1: I would like to appeal to the Pakistanis abroad. God has given you a lot. And today your nation requires your support.

Unidentified Man #2: I think it's the worst disaster and such a horrendous situation, one cannot imagine. Muzaffarabad, 70 percent of the houses have collapsed.

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