Voices in the News

A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: Stephen Hawking; Dimitri K. Simes, founding President of The Nixon Center; war journalist Peter Arnett; Senator John McCain (R-AZ); Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; President George W. Bush; Senator Harry Reid (D-NV); President George Bush; Lieutenant General William E. Odom, U.S. Army, retired. (2:20)

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LYNN NEARY, Host:

From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Lynn Neary, and these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

STEPHEN HAWKING: As you can imagine, I am very excited. I have been wheelchair bound for almost four decades and the chance to float free in zero G will be wonderful.

DIMITRI SIMES: Boris Yeltsin was a great revolutionary. He was a man of courage, determination, very strong political instincts, knew what would work in the former Soviet Union much better than his rival, Mikhail Gorbachev.

PETER ARNETT: He was a giant of contemporary journalism, and David Halberstam really was the brightest light of the Vietnam reporting generation.

JOHN MCCAIN: I'm running for president of the United States - a blessed country, a proud country, a hopeful country, the most powerful and prosperous country, and the greatest force for good on Earth. And when I'm president, I intend to keep it so. Thank you and God bless you.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

ALBERTO GONZALES: I will stay as long as I feel like I could be effective, and I believe I can be effective. Obviously, we'll be working with Congress to reassure them that we've identified the mistakes that have been made here, and that we are taking steps to address them.

GEORGE W: The attorney general went up and gave a very candid assessment and answered every question he can possibly answer, honestly answer, in a way that increased my confidence in his ability to do the job.

HARRY REID: This is a good piece of legislation. I would hope the president would stop being so brusque in waving it off. This is a bill that is good for the troops; it's good for the country.

BUSH: I believe strongly that politicians in Washington shouldn't be telling generals how to do their job.

WILLIAM E: This is Lieutenant General William E. Odom, U.S. Army retired. I hope the president seizes this moment for a basic change in course and signs the bill the Congress has sent him.

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