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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: President George W. Bush; Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA); Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL); Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN); sound of protesters at the Summit of the Americas ; Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez; sound of rioters in Parisian suburb; 19-year-old vendor, Kristoff; French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy.

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: I'm confident that the United States Senate will be impressed by Judge Alito's distinguished record, his measured judicial temperament and his tremendous personal integrity.

Senator RICHARD DURBIN (Democrat, Illinois): I think it's instructive that the same extreme element of the Republican Party that managed to oust Harriet Miers last week is jubilant this week with the nomination of Sam Alito. What do they know that the rest of America doesn't know?

Senator HARRY REID (Democrat, Nevada): ...enough time has gone by. I demand on behalf of the American people that we understand why these investigations are being conducted and, in accordance with Rule 21, I now move the Senate go into closed session.

Senator BILL FRIST (Republican, Tennessee): ...resort to this stunt, this political stunt, this scare tactic. It's really deeply disappointing at a time when we're working very hard to move this country forward.

(Soundbite of protesters)

CHRISTOPHE(ph) (Nineteen-Year-Old Vendor): (Through Translator) Life is kind of hard here compared to the other places in France. I think we're the poorest town in the Paris region. Sometimes you don't even feel like you're in France. We feel stuck because we're from Clichy-sous-Bois, which is considered like dirt. It's worth nothing.

Mr. NICOLAS SARKOZY (Interior Minister, France): (Through Translator) The only response to urban violence and delinquency is zero tolerance.

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