Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Rosa Parks, civil rights pioneer; Georgia Rep. John Lewis; Janie Harrah, mother of soldier Daniel Bubb who was killed in Iraq; President George W. Bush; Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.); David Frum, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.); Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald.


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

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

Ms. ROSA PARKS (Civil Rights Pioneer): The driver said that if I refused to leave the seat, he would have to call the police and I told him, `Just call the police,' which he did. And when they came, they placed me under arrest.

Representative JOHN LEWIS (Democrat, Georgia): Rosa Parks was this unbelievable but quiet, poised, beautiful young woman who had enough. She saw segregation. She saw racial discrimination. And she came to this point where she felt that she couldn't take it anymore.

Ms. JANIE HARRAH (Daniel Bubb's Mother): I said, `Did you check the dog tags? Are you sure they weren't on somebody else, or, you know, just'--I thought it was a big mistake until his body came here, until I saw it for myself.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Success of the new Iraqi government is critical to winning the war on terror and protecting the American people. Ensuring that success will require more sacrifice, more time and more resolve, and it will involve more risk for Iraqis and for American and coalition forces.

Senator BARBARA MIKULSKI (Democrat, Maryland): We in Maryland have lost 42 soldiers, and most recently we've lost five--five--in just this last week alone.

Mr. DAVID FRUM (American Enterprise Institute): I think Harriet Miers has done the right thing. She's put the president and party first. And I think we can now go forward to pick a nominee who's got both the philosophy the president wants and also the first-rate credentials.

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada): President Bush should reject the demands of these extremists and choose a justice who will protect the constitutionality of all Americans. The president should listen to all Americans, not just extreme elements of his own party.

Mr. PATRICK FITZGERALD (Special Prosecutor): The grand jury's indictment charges that Mr. Libby committed five crimes. The indictment charges one count of obstruction of justice of the federal grand jury, two counts of perjury and two counts of false statements.

Pres. BUSH: Today, I accepted the resignation of Scooter Libby. Scooter's worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service of this country. He served the vice president and me through extraordinary times in our nation's history.

Mr. FITZGERALD: At the end of the day, what appears is that Mr. Libby's story that he was at the tail end of a chain of phone calls, passing along from one reporter what he heard to another, was not true. It was false. He was at the beginning of the chain of the phone calls, the first official to disclose this information outside the government to a reporter, then he lied about it afterwards under oath and repeatedly.

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