Topics: September 22

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Thursday, September 22:

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Hurricane Rita (search) grew into a monster storm with 175-mph sustained winds as it swirls toward the Gulf Coast, prompting residents in Texas to flee in hopes of avoiding a deadly repeat of Katrina. Alicia Acuna has the latest in a live report.

• And the city of Houston braces for Hurricane Rita. David Lee Miller takes a look at just what's being done to prepare. We’ll also go live to Adam Housley in Corpus Christi, Texas. Then, Mike Emanuel will cover the conditions in Surfside Beach, Texas.

• Plus, outer bands of rain from Hurricane Rita began lashing New Orleans, the first rainfall since Katrina, raising fears that the patched-up levee system could fail and swamp the below-sea-level city all over again. Bill Hemmer has the latest news from New Orleans.

• And President Bush went to the Pentagon for a briefing on the War on Terror (search) this morning, but the weather wasn't a far off topic as the government prepares for Hurricane Rita. Carl Cameron reports.

• Also, Judiciary Committee Democrats are divided over endorsing John Roberts (search) to be the Supreme Court's next chief justice, as his nomination made its way to the full Senate for confirmation. Jim Angle has more.

• Then, a group of fiscal conservative Republicans offered on Wednesday their plan to pay for Katrina cleanup by trimming fat from the federal budget. Today a Republican senator pitches his plan. Major Garrett looks at both.

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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