Topics: September 21

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Wednesday, September 21:

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

• Eager to avoid the public pounding it got for its reaction to Hurricane Katrina (search), the Bush administration is stepping up response plans for Hurricane Rita (search) before the storm hits the Gulf Coast. Carl Cameron explains what’s being done before the hurricane strikes land.

• And hospital and nursing home patients were evacuated and others gathered up their belongings and began clearing out today as Hurricane Rita intensified into a Category 4 storm with 140 mph winds and threatens to devastate the Texas coast by week's end. Alicia Acuna has the latest in a live report.

• Also, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has declared a state of emergency. Hurricane Rita is expected to hit the Texas coast, but there is a chance it could also turn toward Louisiana or Mexico. Phil Keating has the latest news from New Orleans.

• The senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (search) announced today he would vote to confirm John Roberts for chief justice of the United States after leading senators met with President Bush to discuss candidates for a second high court vacancy. Jim Angle will have more.

• Then, Republican members of the House are calling for budget offsets to pay for the Hurricane Katrina relief and reconstruction effort. Brian Wilson has a report.

• Plus, Pentagon lawyers have ordered five members of the Able Danger intelligence team not to testify at an open Senate hearing this morning about information they developed on lead 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta (search) a year before the 9/11 attacks. Catherine Herridge has the details.

• And the United States today pressed its case to have Iran hauled before the U.N. Security Council (search) for its nuclear activities, urging fellow members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board to vote for such action in the next few days. Greg Palkot takes a look at how the IAEA (search) might vote.

We'll also talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors about the day's headlines:

—Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

—Mara Liasson, national political correspondent of NPR

—The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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