Topics: April 21

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Thursday, April 21:

Team FOX goes around the world giving you the people, places and politics you need to know — only on “Special Report.”

Condoleezza Rice (search) is one-on-one with Vladimir Putin — was she able to persuade Russian President Putin to move down the road to democracy? She speaks out in an interview with FNC correspondent James Rosen in tonight’s “Special Report.”

Plus, the Republican-controlled Senate is moving closer to a showdown over whether Democrats can continue filibustering President Bush's judicial nominees (search) now that two of the White House's favored court appointees are scheduled for final committee approval. Carl Cameron reports the latest on the nominees, filibusters and the nuclear option.

President Bush joins the intense battle over John Bolton's nomination as U.S. ambassador to the U.N., calling Bolton a "good man" and urging the Senate to "put aside politics and confirm" him to the U.N. post. Major Garrett takes a look at the latest in the battle over Bolton.

And Jim Angle has the latest surrounding the House ethics committee review of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (search).

A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Baghdad says nine people were killed in helicopter crash today, six American contractors employed by the Blackwater security firm and three Bulgarians. Bret Baier has the details.

Plus, where does the investigation into the scandal-ridden U.N. Oil-for-Food program stand? Eric Shawn has the latest.

We'll also talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors about the political news of the day:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR

Don’t miss tonight’s “Special Report with Brit Hume.”

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Hume wraps up each program with a lively roundtable discussion featuring Mara Liasson of National Public Radio, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard and Mort Kondracke of Roll Call.

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