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Bret Baier currently serves as FOX News Channel's chief political anchor and anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier (weeknights 6-7PM/ET), the top-rated cable news program in its timeslot and consistently one of the top four shows in cable news. Based in Washington, DC, he joined the network in 1998 as the first reporter in the Atlanta bureau.

Special Report Contributors

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Juan Williams

Juan Williams, who joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a contributor, recently had his role expanded at the network. Williams serves as a Fox News political analyst, a regular panelist on Fox Broadcasting's Sunday morning public affairs program, "Fox News Sunday," as well as the weekday political newscast, "Special Report with Bret Baier," and as a regular substitute host for "The O'Reilly Factor."

Q: What’s your Special Report favorite moment?

Behind the scenes and during commercial breaks when the panel jokes with Bret and when they are able to let loose and cut up a little.

Q: If you weren’t a political analyst, what else would you like to do?

When I was a little boy, I wanted to be the short stop for the NY Mets.

Q: What do you think is the most memorable political moment in history?

The Atomic Bomb in Japan—we are still dealing with the aftermath and the world still deals with the threat of nuclear weapons.

Q: What's your favorite location in Washington, DC?

The Tidal Basin along the Potomac River near the FDR Memorial because it is not a well known memorial and is very private. He also loves to walk along the basin and watch the boats and walk around the memorial through the waterfalls and read the quotes.

Q: What's your favorite location outside of Washington, DC?

Top 3 (in no particular order) would have to be New Orleans, San Francisco and Montego Bay.

Q: If you could interview any living person tomorrow, who would it be and why?

I have interviewed every President in his lifetime as well as everyone from Nelson Mandela to Tony Blair—so I would like to interview someone who has had an interesting life journey and one man on that list would be Tiger Woods.

Top 3 Favorite Books

Favorite Quote

“Among American citizens, there should be no forgotten men and no forgotten races.” - FDR

If you were stuck on a desert island, name three items you would bring with you?

A great book, a tool for hunting and matches to build a fire for warmth and cooking

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Charles Krauthammer

Washington Post Writer & Fox News Commentator

Charles Krauthammer writes a syndicated column for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. It is published weekly in more than 230 newspapers worldwide. He is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The New Republic, and a weekly panelist on Inside Washington. He is also a contributor to FOX News, appearing nightly on FOX's evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier.

Q: What’s your Special Report favorite moment?

The day Mort Konracke and Fred Barnes accidentally walked on the set before their segment while Brit Hume was in the middle of speaking. General pandemonium ensued.

Q: If you could ask one question to any president, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask?

To Jefferson: Was that "inalienable" or "unalienable"?

Q: What do you think is the most memorable political moment in history?

The decision of Cyrus the Great to allow the Jewish Babylonian exiles to return to Judea (c. 539 BC) Had he not made that decision, there would be no Judaism, no Christianity, no Islam, no West, no human history recognizable to us.

Q: If you weren’t a columnist, what else would you like to do?

Physicist, except I wasn't smart enough.

Q: If you were stuck on a desert island, name three items you would bring with you?

A chess computer, the complete Shakespeare, and a toothbrush (you never know who you are going to meet).

Q: What is your favorite quote?

"I've often speculated why you don’t return to America. Did you abscond with the church funds? Run off with a senator's wife? I like to think you killed a man. It's the romantic in me." - Captain Renault to Rick, Casablanca

Top 3 Favorite Books

Favorite location in Washington, DC

Nationals Park

Favorite location outside of Washington, DC

Fenway Park

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Mara Liasson

Political Contributor

Mara Liasson is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway. Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races.

Q: What’s your Special Report favorite moment?

The day the show started!

Q: If you could ask one question to any president, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask?

Bill Clinton - What's your biggest regret other then Rwanda?

Q: What do you think is the most memorable political moment in history?

July 4, 1776 - America's Independence Day

Q: If you weren’t a political correspondent and contributor, what else would you like to do?

Architect/Planner

Q: If you could interview any living person tomorrow, who would it be and why?

Aung San Suu Kyi- because she is a model of bravery and patience.

Q: If you were stuck on a desert island, name three items you would bring with you?

My two kids and my husband!

Top 3 Favorite Books

Favorite Quote

Beware of what you wish for, you just might get it!

Favorite location in Washington, DC

Rock Creek Park

Favorite location outside of Washington, DC

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

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AB Stoddard

The Hill Associate Editor and Columnist

A.B. Stoddard, an associate editor and columnist at The Hill newspaper, has covered the U.S. Congress since 1994. She is also a regular contributor to The Hill's Pundit's Blog. Her column appears Thursdays in The Hill.

Q: What’s your Special Report favorite moment?

Mine are all off camera and off the record :)

Q: If you could ask one question to any president, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask?

I want to ask two good friends, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, what they might be able to do together to convince their parties to fix Medicare

Q: If you could interview any living person tomorrow, who would it be and why?

Since I wouldn't have the nerve to ask my Dad and Charles Krauthammer all my questions, I would choose Clarence Thomas. I think we know very little about him, and he remains one of the most fascinating stories in America today.

Q: What do you think is the most memorable political moment in history?

Impeachments, assassinations and Nixon's resignation are most memorable, but most significant is the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Q: If you weren’t a columnist, what else would you like to do?

Be Tina Fey or her assistant.

Q: Favorite location in Washington, DC

On the Potomac River

Top 3 Favorite Books

What is your favorite location outside of Washington, DC?

Any uncrowded beach, anywhere. Except a desert island

If you were stuck on a desert island, name three items you would bring with you?

Salt, a sun hat and Jon Stewart.

Favorite Quote?

"We do not remember days...we remember moments." - Cesare Pavese

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George Will

George F. Will joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 2013 and currently serves as a contributor, providing analysis and commentary across FNC's daytime and primetime programming, including on the panels of Special Report with Bret Baier and FOX News Sunday.

Q: Favorite Special Report moment:

Fresh picking from the political grapevine, which usually includes small items symptomatic of large cultural derangements.

Q: Most memorable moment in political history:

The assassination at Sarajevo in June 28, 1914, which lit the fuse that led to the First World War, history's most important event.

Q: Favorite DC location:

Lincoln Memorial

Q: Favorite location outside DC:

Corner of Clark and Addison in Chicago, aka the home plate entrance of Wrigley Field.

Q: Interview any living person:

Sandy Koufax

Q: Three favorite books:

The Federalist Papers by Madison, Hamilton and Jay The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Middlemarch by George Eliot

Favorite quote:

"Can't anyone here play this game?" -- Casey Stengel on the 1962 Mets
 

One question for any president:

Of Lincoln: "If the Kansas-Nebraska Act had not been passed, would you have spent your life as an Illinois lawyer?"
 

If you weren’t a (columnist/reporter /political analyst etc.), what else would you like to do?

I would be what I began as, a professor of political philosophy.
 

If you were stuck on a desert island, name three items you would bring with you?

The three books listed above.

 

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Kirsten Powers

Political Analyst

Kirsten Powers served in the Clinton administration from 1993-1998 and has worked in New York state and city politics. She is a political analyst on Fox News and a writer for the New York Post. She is also a columnist for The Daily Beast.

Q: What’s your Special Report favorite moment?

One word: "booger." I was privileged to be a part of history when Charles spoke this word for the first and probably last time on Special Report.

Q: What do you think is the most memorable political moment in history?

For me personally it would be Florida 2000. I went to bed thinking Al Gore was president and woke up to chaos.

Q: If you weren’t a political analyst, what else would you like to do?

I'd want to be a human rights advocate.

Q: Favorite location in Washington, DC

My church in Columbia Heights.

Q: Favorite location outside of Washington, DC

Anywhere my nieces, Mataya and Khloe are.

Q: If you could interview any living person tomorrow, who would it be and why?

Asma al-Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, to ask how she can stand by silently (as she shops online) in the face of widespread rape of women in the country by Syrian soldiers and her husband's killing and torture of the Syrian people.

Top 3 Favorite Books

If you were stuck on a dessert island, name three items you would bring with you?

My Bible, sunscreen and a flare gun.

Favorite Quote?

"You get what you settle for." --Louise (Susan Sarandon) in "Thelma and Louise"

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Charles Lane

Charles Lane

Charles M. Lane is an editorial writer for The Post, specializing in economic policy, trade, energy and globalization.

Q: What's your favorite Special Report moment?

Once I brought my cell phone with me to the studio in my jacket pocket -- and it rang in the middle of the show, while I was answering a question from Bret Baier. I grabbed at it and, by sheer luck, my hand hit the "off" button to silence the phone. Ever since, I have always left the phone behind in the make-up room!

Q: What do you think is the most memorable political moment in history?

Fall of the Berlin Wall, November 1989.

Q: What's your favorite location in Washington, DC?

Courtroom of the US Supreme Court -- last place not covered by TV, so you actually have to be there to see the action!

Q: What's your favorite location outside of Washington, DC?

New York City

Q: If you could interview any living person tomorrow, who would it be and why?

I hate to say it but Vladimir Putin, because right now he is the most active and influential leader on the world stage.

Favorite Quote

"A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep." -- Saul Bellow

If you could ask one question to any president, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask?

Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Do you regret not having ordered the bombing of railroad tracks leading to Auschwitz?"
 

If you weren’t a (columnist/reporter /political analyst etc.), what else would you like to do?

Homicide detective
 

If you were stuck on a desert island, name three items you would bring with you?

Baseball glove, bat and ball

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Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large for National Review Online and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. A bestselling author and columnist, Jonah Goldberg's nationally syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the United States. He is also a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, a contributor to Fox News, a contributing editor to National Review, and the founding editor of National Review Online. He was named by the Atlantic magazine as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. In 2011 he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Tyranny of Clichés (Sentinel HC, 2012) and Liberal Fascism (Doubleday, 2008).

Q: What’s your Special Report favorite moment?

Probably when I got Charles Krauthammer to say "Putin drank Obama's milkshake."

Q: What do you think is the most memorable political moment in history?

Well in human history, maybe the death of Jesus or the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. In American history, probably the assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy.

Q: What's your favorite location in Washington, DC?

1) Home 2) My cigar shop

Q: What's your favorite location outside of Washington, DC?

With family in the San Juan Islands in Washington State or a proper bar in London. (Hard to pick just one).

Q: If you could interview any living person tomorrow, who would it be and why?

Kim Jong Eun for the joy of exposing the depth of his evil and crimes. For fun, probably Joss Whedon or Stan Lee.

Q: Top 3 Favorite Books

Dune by Frank Herbert Prejudices by Robert Nisbet Modern Times by Paul Johnson

Favorite quote:

"Mr. Goldberg you have picked the winning numbers for Powerball!" -- Hasn't been said yet.
 

If you could ask one question to any president, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask?

Probably James Madison just so I could ask him to settle the argument about what he meant to say when writing the Second Amendment. 
 

If you weren’t a (columnist/reporter /political analyst etc.), what else would you like to do?

Write science fiction novels 
 

If you were stuck on a desert island, name three items you would bring with you?

(Assuming satellite phone, jet pack and entire Chipotle franchise are not acceptable answers) I would bring a good encyclopedia, a dog and high powered rifle. 

 

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