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• The Senate upholds the filibuster on the Patriot Act, dealing the president a major post 9-11 setback. A handful of Republicans joined nearly all Democrats to stymie the bill. Parts of the act dealing with surveillance and records searches may expire on Dec. 31 unless the White House retreats and accepts a three-month extension. Major Garrett has a report.
• Months after the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on Americans and others inside the United States to search for evidence of terrorist activity without the court-approved warrants ordinarily required for domestic spying, according to government officials. Carl Cameron has more.
• And President Bush reversed course Thursday and accepted a Senate-approved measure to ban cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of terrorism suspects by U.S. interrogators. Bret Baier takes a closer look at the torture agreement between Sen. John McCain and the White House.
• Then, Republicans in the House once again rejected calls for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq. Their resolution says the House is committed "to achieving victory in Iraq" and that setting an "artificial timetable" would be "inconsistent with achieving victory." Steve Centanni has more.
• And as many as 11 million Iraqis, of the nation's 15 million registered voters, took part in yesterday's historic election. Minority Sunni Arabs swelled the turnout in Iraq's largely peaceful election, reversing a previous poll boycott that only increased their loss of power after the fall of Saddam. Officials said it could take at least two weeks before final results are announced. Greg Palkot reports from Baghdad.
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Anchored by Washington news veteran Brit Hume, "Special Report with Brit Hume" provides an in-depth look at the day's news and offers a daily topical discussion of political issues impacting the nation.
Hume serves as host to key newsmakers, political pundits and FOX News contributors exchanging views about political matters from taxes and Social Security to international affairs and the political scandal of the day.
Hume brings a historical perspective to the political scene that is rarely rivaled. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he has covered the policies, procedures and players in the national game called politics for more than 30 years. The Baltimore Sun referred to him as "the very personification of the political establishment."
Each program features a two-minute segment called The Grapevine, which reels off the latest outrageous news nuggets, political poll results and in-the-Beltway gossip that viewers will not see on any other news program. The New York Daily News describes The Grapevine as a must see that, "will make you sound smart around the water cooler… the next day."
FOX News' Team Washington provides live reports from the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and key federal agencies. Seasoned correspondents explore political hot spots, races and legislative battles being waged around the nation and abroad.
Hume wraps up each program with a lively roundtable discussion featuring Mara Liasson of National Public Radio, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard and Mort Kondracke of Roll Call.
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