Guests and Topics: Sept. 14

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Wednesday, 9/14

It’s the second and possibly final day for Senate Judiciary Committee (search) members to question John Roberts (search). Will they vote on his nomination to become the nation's youngest chief justice in more than 200 years? We’ll review hearing highlights with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (search) and get reaction from Gang of 14" (search) members Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C).

Then, is John Roberts sharing enough of himself during questioning? Do we really know what he thinks on the topics of abortion and right-to-die? Focus on the Family (search) founder Dr. James Dobson joins Sean and Alan with his thoughts on the Senate Judiciary hearings and also weighs in on Katrina’s aftermath.

And, are conservatives destroying the court system? We’ll hear from former Texas judge Catherine Crier on her new book, “Contempt: How the Right is Wronging American Justice.”

Also, Amtrak (search) says it offered the provision of special trains to transport residents out of New Orleans (search) before killer Katrina hit the region — only to be turned down! Did New Orleans’ authorities ignore another chance to help its citizens get out of the city before the monster hurricane’s arrival? Former NYPD commissioner Howard Safir debates it.

Plus, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (search) is on American soil to attend the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. But some of the 1979 American hostages are still convinced he was one of their captors! We’ll ask former hostage Don Sharer why.

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