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And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.
Representative JOHN McHUGH (Republican, New York): We're the Congress, we're the Armed Services Committee, we're the overseers, and if this nation's daughters and mothers are going to be sent into direct combat, it ought to be because we order it.
Representative LORETTA SANCHEZ (Democrat, California): Ruby Rubalcava of El Paso was sitting eating a meal in the mess hall at Mosul. She wasn't on the front lines someplace but the front line today has changed. I mean, the war came to her. It came in a person strapped with a bomb and blew her up there.
Secretary CONDOLEEZZA RICE (State Department): We would certainly never condone anything that would be a desecration of a holy book of one of the world's great religions.
Mr. SIMON SCHORNO (Spokesman, International Committee of the Red Cross): During our visits in Guantanamo, there were instances where the ICRC received reports from detainees about mishandling of the Koran in Guantanamo.
Senator BILL FRIST (Republican, Tennessee; Majority Leader): Soon we, 100 United States senators, will decide the question at hand: Should we allow a minority of senators to deny votes on judicial nominees that have the support of a majority of this body, or should we restore the 214-year practice of voting up or down on all judicial nominees that come to this floor?
Senator TED KENNEDY (Democrat, Massachusetts): They're effectively tearing up the rules. They're basically running roughshod over the Senate rules, the institution that has served this nation well for 224 years.
Unidentified Man: The Senate rules are not Scripture. They have been changed repeatedly throughout the history of this place.
Senator JOHN KERRY (Democrat, Massachusetts): This debate is not fueled by an effort to protect the Constitution; it's fueled by ideology. It's not fueled by a shortage of judges on the bench because, as the ranking member of the judiciary's made clear, we got the best record of appointing them and the lowest vacancies in years.
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