Topics and Guests, November 7

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

Dick Gephardt will not run again for House Minority Leader, the Missouri Democrat confirmed to his hometown newspaper Wednesday night.

Gephardt told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an interview that he had decided to leave the leadership post after discussions with his family and longtime advisers following the Democrats' failure to make gains in the House in Tuesday's elections.


• Republican circles are moving full throttle to take advantage of the so-called "lame-duck" session of Congress -- the weeks between the old and new Senate -- and jump-start the new GOP-controlled session beginning Jan. 3. Lawmakers face an array of unresolved issues during the lame-duck session and Republicans want to make certain their priorities take the Senate's attention. Either way, they are ready to move on their agenda in two months, as soon as the 108th Senate is sworn in with at least a 51-seat Republican majority.

• When America woke up the morning after Election Day, Democrats had lost control of the Senate and were left shaking their heads over the historical midterm elections gains made by Republicans in the GOP-controlled House. On Wednesday, Democrats tried to make sense of it all.

• Election Day 2002 was fraught with polling glitches, and the smoke has yet to clear in some states still struggling with the fallout. In Alabama, Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman and his challenger, Republican Rep. Bob Riley, both claimed victory early Wednesday in the gubernatorial race after a dispute arose over the correct vote totals in a county considered a GOP stronghold.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
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