Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including baseball announcers; President Bush; Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA; Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK); Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK); Basam Al-Hussaini, Iraqi who confronted Saddam Hussein during a break in his trial; former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein speaking through an interpreter; Jennifer Pralgo, National Hurricane Center meteorologist; Richard Knabb, hurricane specialist.

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From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm John Ydstie sitting in for Liane Hansen.

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

Unidentified Announcer #1: Ground ball, first base side, picked up by Konerko. He steps on the bag, and for the first time in 46 years, the Chicago White Sox are heading to the World Series.

Unidentified Announcer #2: Fly ball, right field, Jason Lane there. Astros are going to the all-time World Series.

Mr. SCOTT McCLELLAN (White House Spokesman): What we have done is to make sure that we're cooperating fully with the special prosecutor. We want him to come to a successful conclusion and determine the facts and then outline those facts for the American people.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: There's some background noise here, a lot of chatter, a lot of speculation and opining, but the American people expect me to do my job and I'm going to.

Senator ARLEN SPECTER (Republican, Pennsylvania): These confirmation hearings on Ms. Harriet Miers are scheduled to begin on Monday, November 7th. It has not been easy coming to a date because it was only yesterday that we received the response to the questionnaire, and Senator Leahy and I took a look at it and agreed that it was insufficient.

Senator PATRICK LEAHY (Democrat, Vermont): A number of the questions really weren't answered at all. Again, not to play gotcha, but we have a responsibility to 98 other senators who then have a responsibility to every person in this country.

Senator TED STEVENS (Republican, Alaska): If the Senate decides to discriminate against our state to take money only from our state, I'll resign from this body if one senator can decide he'll take all the money from one state to solve a problem of another.

Senator TOM COBURN (Republican, Oklahoma): So you can get perspective on this, $230 million for 50 people where there's a ferry service already running every 15 to 30 minutes--it takes seven minutes to cross--is enough money to buy each one of them a Learjet.

Mr. BASAM Al-HUSSAINI: I told him he had killed my brothers. You know, I called him, he was a coward, he was a dictator, and I ask him what was the reason he killed so many people. He said, `Because I'm the president of Iraq.'

Former President SADDAM HUSSEIN (Iraq): (Through Translator) I would like to say that I refuse to answer these questions because this court is not legal and I reserve my constitutional right not to proceed.

Ms. JENNIFER PRALGO (Meteorologist): The maximum sustained winds are 150 miles per hour. It's gonna fluctuate in its intensity because it is such a strong hurricane.

Mr. RICHARD KNABB (Hurricane Specialist): The bad news, of course, is that down in Mexico, near Cozumel and Cancun and parts of the Yucatan Peninsula are just experiencing a relentless continuation of hurricane-force winds and extremely heavy rainfall.

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