Topics: April 27

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Wednesday, April 27:

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (search), leading a Republican retreat, said today he stands ready to scrap controversial new ethics rules. But just how far are the Republicans willing to go? Hastert expects the full House to vote on reversing the rules, possibly by day's end. Brian Wilson has a report.

In an energy policy (search) speech in Washington, President Bush introduced new proposals to boost domestic energy production and increase conservation and efficiency through new refineries, reactors, regulatory changes, and tax incentives for efficient vehicles. Jim Angle has the details.

And while Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search) answered questions on Capitol Hill, Iraq's prime minister-designate presented his proposal for a broad-based Cabinet, drawing in the country's main ethnic and religious groups, to the presidential council in a step toward ending a crippling political stalemate. Bret Baier has a report.

Plus, why did Al Gore speak at a rally about the so-called nuclear option in the battle over judicial nominations? Major Garrett investigates.

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (search) have prepared a list of about 20 questions for President Bush's pick to be U.N. ambassador, John Bolton before the committee votes on his nomination next month. The nomination has been questioned amid new allegations that Bolton abused his authority, mistreated subordinates and misled the committee. James Rosen has more.

And the Supreme Court heard arguments today over whether or not to overturn accounting firm Arthur Andersen's convictions stemming from their actions with regard to services rendered for Enron (search). Megyn Kendall has the details.

Plus, 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

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

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