Topics: June 17

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Friday, June 17:

Despite a new wave of vitriol from Republicans on Capitol Hill, Sen. Dick Durbin (search), the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, is standing by his comments likening the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to that of some of the deadliest regimes in world history. FOX News' Brian Wilson has the latest.

President Bush is in Minnesota for a campaign aimed at getting all eligible Americans to sign up for a new prescription drug benefit that takes effect next year. The government plans to spend several hundred million dollars on the massive campaign to get older Americans to sign up for the program, which was approved by Congress in 2003. FOX News' Carl Cameron has more.

The House is ready to decide whether to slash U.S. contributions if the United Nations doesn't carry out reforms. Lawmakers had to weigh their frustrations with the international body against administration objections that the legislation could be counterproductive. The legislation under debate and facing a vote Friday would withhold half of U.S. dues to the U.N.'s general budget if the organization doesn't meet a list of demands for change. Failure to comply would also result in U.S. refusal to support expanded and new peacekeeping missions. We'll get the latest from FOX News' James Rosen.

Iran has extended voting by two hours in a high-stakes election shaping up as the closest presidential race since the 1979 Islamic Revolution (search), with young people disillusioned by the theocracy calling for a boycott of the balloting. FOX News' Simon Marks has the details.

Plus, 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

Juan Williams, senior correspondent for NPR

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