Topics: May 19

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Thursday, May 19:

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

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (search) of Tennessee has dug in his heels on winning the confirmation of President Bush's most controversial judicial nominees. But beyond his grasp, a group of Democrats and Republicans has been working on a compromise that would allow votes on some nominees and avert a debilitating confrontation. Major Garrett has a report.

President Bush travels to Milwaukee to discuss the "real serious problem" of Social Security. Carl Cameron has the details of the president’s trip.

And the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (search) draft reports are out and offer varying assessments of John Bolton. James Rosen takes a look at the reports.

Plus, Bret Baier will have the latest from Iraq after gunmen killed an oil ministry official, the most recent assassination in escalating violence that threatens to push Iraq towards civil war.

Then, a House committee voted to prohibit women in the military from serving in direct ground combat roles Wednesday as part of a bill setting Defense Department (search) policy. Greg Kelly has the story.

Also, Molly Henneberg talks to the first lady before she departs for a trip to the Middle East.

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.”

About the Show

Anchored by Washington news veteran Brit Hume, "Special Report with Brit Hume" provides an in-depth look at the day's news and offers a daily topical discussion of political issues impacting the nation.

Hume serves as host to key newsmakers, political pundits and FOX News contributors exchanging views about political matters from taxes and Social Security to international affairs and the political scandal of the day.

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."

Each program features a two-minute segment called The Grapevine, which reels off the latest outrageous news nuggets, political poll results and in-the-Beltway gossip that viewers will not see on any other news program. The New York Daily News describes The Grapevine as a must see that, "will make you sound smart around the water cooler… the next day."

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.

And more people watch FNC's Primetime than all of the cable news competition combined!

— Guests and topics are subject to change