Voices in the News

A montage of voices in the week's news, including: Tom Hammond calling the Preakness; Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI); Gen. Michael Hayden, nominee for CIA director; President Bush; California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN); Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA); Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA); John Brown, New Orleans voter; Arthur Hill, New Orleans voter.

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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.

Mr. TOM HAMMOND (Announcer Calling the Preakness Horse Race): Barbaro! Barbaro (unintelligible) is being pulled off. Barbaro is being pulled off! An astonishing development here. Barbaro is being pulled off by Edgar Prado. He is out of the race and out of the Triple Crown. He appears to have injured his right, rear leg. His right hind leg appears to have been substantially injured.

Senator CARL LEVIN (Democrat, Michigan): One major question for me is whether Hayden will restore analytical independence and objectivity at the CIA and speak truth to power, or whether he will shape intelligence to support administration policy and mislead Congress and the American people as Director Tenet did.

General MICHAEL HAYDEN (CIA Director Nominee): I believe that the American intelligence business has too much become the football in American political discourse. Over the past few years, the intelligence community and the CIA have taken an inordinate number of hits, some of them fair, many of them not.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: I'm announcing several immediate steps to strengthen border enforcement during this period of transition. One way to help during this transition is to use the National Guard. So in coordination with governors, up to 6,000 Guard members will be deployed to our Southern border.

Governor ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (Republican, California): We are more than happy to join in and to help temporarily. But it definitely should not be a permanent solution, and we made this very clear to Secretary Chertoff and to the Bush administration.

Senator BILL FRIST (Republican, Tennessee): If you look on their side of the line, you will see military there. You will see armed guards on their side of the line. On our side, we've got nobody. We've got to tighten them on these borders.

Senator EDWARD KENNEDY (Democrat, Massachusetts): Just trying to build up the border and add a fence down there is not going to solve the problem.

Senator JOHNNY ISAKSON (Republican, Georgia): If we grant programs to grant status to those that are here illegally, and look the other way on our border, then the next time we bring this up in 10 or 15 years it won't be 12 million, it'll be 24 million. And worst of all, we would have lost control.

Mr. JOHN BROWN (New Orleans Voter): It's terribly important for New Orleans, and especially in light of what occurred with Katrina, that we have an important decision to make for the future of the city.

Mr. ARTHUR HILL (New Orleans Voter): We need strong leadership to bring the city back, and I feel that who I voted for is going to do that.

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