Topics: April 5

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Several key provisions of the Patriot Act (search) expire at the end of this year, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are holding a series of hearings meant to determine whether those portions of the law should be extended. Catherine Herridge reports.

After months of taunts and threats, Republicans and Democrats are preparing to escalate a conflict that each side describes as the "nuclear option" — changing the rules for confirming federal judges. Major Garrett has the details.

The College of Cardinals (search) met today for a second day to prepare for the election of Pope John Paul II's successor, Greg Palkot has a report from Rome.

Kofi Annan (search) held a staff meeting this morning at the United Nations to boost morale at the troubled international body. Jonathan Hunt has a report.

Has the liberal left changed the face of American politics? We'll talk with an author who says the party that appears to be out of power remains an effective force — Byron York (search) talks about his new book, “The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.”

Jim Angle reports on the latest in the Social Security battle after Americans United to Protect Social Security (search) began running a grass roots counter effort that says the president's plan for private accounts will not work.

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

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for National Public Radio

—The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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