Topics: May 18

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Concluding it was time to act, the Republican-controlled Senate began debating one of President Bush's most contested judicial nominations this morning in a showdown over whether the White House can place judges on the federal bench over the objection of minority Democrats. Major Garrett has the details.

Also, Carl Cameron will cover the backlash over Newsweek’s flap — the White House has some sharp questions for the magazine’s editors.

With union jobs in decline, it comes as no surprise to some that the embattled union conglomerate, the AFL-CIO (search), now finds itself plagued with internal power struggles, top-level resignations and even litigation threats from the federal government. Jim Angle takes a look at today’s AFL-CIO.

Plus, Bret Baier will have the latest news from Iraq after a car bomb targeted a police convoy, wounding at least 14 policemen and four civilians in Baquba.

About $400 million taxpayer dollars go to fund public television and radio each year, but is the programming skewed to the left? The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (search) chairman thinks so, but his vision for PBS has some people up in arms. Molly Henneberg takes a look at the politics of public broadcasting.

Detroit's mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick (search) announced his re-election campaign on Tuesday just as he finds himself in hot water again — this time he's accused of running up $210,000 worth of charges on his city-issued credit card in less than three years. Jeff Goldblatt has the details of the trouble Kilpatrick is facing.

And we'll talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors about the day's political headlines:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Mara Liasson , national political reporter for NPR

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

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Hume brings a historical perspective to the political scene that is rarely rivaled. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he has covered the policies, procedures and players in the national game called politics for more than 30 years. The Baltimore Sun referred to him as "the very personification of the political establishment."

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FOX News' Team Washington provides live reports from the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and key federal agencies. Seasoned correspondents, including Carl Cameron, Wendell Goler and Major Garrett, explore political hot spots, races and legislative battles being waged around the nation and abroad.

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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