Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including Floyd Landis, Attorney General Charles Foti, Rep. Ed Markey, Rep. John Boehner, President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.

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DON GONYEA, host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Don Gonyea. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Mr. PHIL LIGGETT (Cycling Commentator): Floyd Landis has come down the mountain across the Alps today, just in the style of a Hannibal of modern times.

Mr. FLOYD LANDIS (Tour de France Champion): Yesterday was a disaster and they kept their heads up and they kept believing. (Unintelligible) to do what I did today. I didn't expect it to go quite that well, but I wanted to show them that they didn't work for nothing.

Mr. CHARLES FOTI (Attorney General, Louisiana): And this is not euthanasia. This is a homicide. We're talking about people that put - pretended that maybe they were God. And they made that decision.

Mr. RICHARD SIMMONS (Attorney for Dr. Anna Pou): Dr. Pou was running up and down in the darkness with flashlights, aiding the patients, calming the nurses, and doing everything for four or five days. And we intend to show our side to the district attorney's office.

Representative EDWARD J. MARKEY (Democrat, Massachusetts): This will be remembered as a Luddite moment in American history, when scientific progress was brought to a halt by those who put fear ahead of hope, and ideology ahead of science.

Representative JOHN BOEHNER (Republican, Ohio): No just society should condone the destruction of innocent life, even in the name of medical research. The president was right to veto this bill. It would be wrong for this House to overrule the president's decision.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: For too long my party wrote off the African-American vote, and many African-Americans wrote off the Republican Party.

(Soundbite of applause)

Mr. JULIAN BOND (NAACP): In 2005, for the fifth straight year, he had declined to appear before us. He cited scheduling conflicts. That was true. He had spent the previous week scheduling conflicts.

(Soundbite of explosion and children)

Secretary General KOFI ANNAN (United Nations): Both the deliberate targeting by Hezbollah of Israeli populations centers with hundreds of indiscriminate weapons and Israel's disproportionate use of force and collective punishment of the Lebanese people must stop.

Ms. CONDOLEEZZA RICE (U.S. Secretary of State): If you simply look for a cease fire that acknowledges and freezes the status quo ante, we will be back here in six months again, or in five months, or in nine months, or in a year, trying to get another cease fire because Hezbollah would have decided yet again to use southern Lebanon as a sanctuary.

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