Topics: April 18

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With a vote expected tomorrow, a top Senate Republican raised the possibility yesterday that he might vote against President Bush's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the U.N. if more accusations surface against John Bolton (search). This as two more people claim Bolton harassed them. Major Garrett has a report.

Plus, the Iraqi provisional president, Jalal Talabani (search), said that if Saddam Hussein is sentenced for war crimes, he would not sign his death warrant. In a statement to BBC, Talabani disclosed his opposition to capital punishment in principle. Bret Baier has the details.

Former President Jimmy Carter (search) and former Secretary of State James Baker III (search), co-chairmen of the new Commission on Federal Election Reform, hold the first of two public hearings to examine the state of America's federal elections and recommend improvements. Jim Angle takes a look at the commission.

And, incensed over rules changes, Democrats on the House Ethics Committee are refusing to allow the panel to organize. The escalating partisan clash has paralyzed the panel at a moment of intense scrutiny of Tom DeLay's (search) conduct. Which rules are being changed and thus objected to by the Democrats? When were they enacted? Are they a weakening of the rules or are they a good change? Brian Wilson explains.

And Cardinals from six continents began secret deliberations today to choose a new leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics, convening behind the massive doors of the Sistine Chapel (search) in the first papal conclave of the new millennium. Chris Wallace is in Rome following the events.

And the explosive showdown over the president's bench picks!

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Fred Barnes, executive editor for The Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR

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