Topics and Guests, May 23

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

With an accidental toot of his truck horn and a slap on the back, President Bush on Thursday opened a Texas-style meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (search ) aimed at tempering the nuclear ambitions of North Korea.


• Congress passed a $350 tax cut plan -- less than half the size President George Bush had originally proposed.  The Senate voted 51-50, with Vice President Dick Cheney breaking the tie.  Republicans in the House of Representatives wanted a bigger package, but had to settle for less to assure passage in the Senate. We’ll get a complete report from FNC’s Brian Wilson.

• Bush administration officials are applauding Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's statement that he is ready to accept the "road map" for peace.  Sharon will present the plan to his cabinet for approval.  The road map, drafted by the US, EU, UN and Russia, sets out steps to lead to an independent Palestinian state by 2005. Are we back on the path to peace? FNC’s Jim Angle is at the White House.

• Centcom officials are denying there are discussions going on regarding the surrender of Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday.  While the U.S. military continues to work to make Iraq more secure, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Friday gave the commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy, and the USS Truman returned to its home port of Norfok, VA. We’ll get a complete report from FNC’s Major Garrett at the Pentagon.

Carol McKinely reports from Baghdad on the books that were saved from the Iraqi National Library and Archives.  During the war the library set on fire and was looted by thieves.  The local clergymen asked civilians to go in and retrieve whatever books they could.  A third of the books and documents were saved and are now being held in a Baghdad mosque.

• And, Orlando Salinas reports from the Florida Everglades on the Everglades bill that Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law this week.  This new version of the already existing law would extend the court-ordered deadline to clean up the Everglades.

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