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.
Representative NANCY PELOSI (Democrat, California; House Speaker): We came in friendship, we came with hope, we came determined that the road to Damascus would be a path to peace.
President GEORGE W. BUSH: Photo opportunities and/or meetings with President Assad lead the Assad government to believe they're part of the mainstream of the international community.
Leading Seaman FAYE TURNEY (Royal Navy): It's just a feeling of relief that I am going home to see my daughter and my family. Obviously, we had a very pleasant stay under - right - the conditions we were in. And we weren't tourists, but all the treatment has been fantastic towards us.
Lieutenant FELIX CARMAN (Royal Navy): We were blindfolded at all times and kept in isolation from each other. Also, when we first went to prison, we were put up against the wall, hands bound, blindfolded, and their people were cocking weapons in the background.
Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (Great Britain): I'm glad that our 15 service personnel have been released. I know their release will come as a profound relief, not just to them but to their families.
Pres. BUSH: On this particular issue, the one you're referring to - I believe it's the current issue - of the U.S. - eight U.S. attorneys, they serve at my pleasure. They have served four-year terms. And we have every right to replace them.
Ms. DAHLIA LITHWICK (Senior Editor, Slate magazine): I think in Monica Goodling's case, there's no dispute in my mind that she thought she was probably doing the right thing, the moral thing. But what she was doing, it turns out, is allegedly getting folks fired because they didn't march to the tune of the Bush administration's drum.
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