Topics: May 12

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Thursday, May 12:

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

After months of wrangling, and barring further Democratic delaying tactics, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will decide the fate of the colorful and combative John Bolton (search) as the United Nations ambassador. James Rosen has the details.

And the Senate Judiciary Committee meets on the nominations of several judges. Will a judge be voted out of the committee? Major Garrett has a report.

Plus, Marine commanders tell FOX they are still trying to flush foreign fighters and insurgents out of hiding places in small town along the Iraqi-Syrian border, but as Bret Baier will explain, the operational tempo has slowed.

And military communities nationwide are bracing for the list of base closings to be unveiled Friday. Mike Emanuel takes a look at a couple of the bases recommended for closure.

Also, Jim Angle has a report on opponents of President Bush's proposed Social Security (search) reforms, who are trying to force key House and Senate members to say whether they support Mr. Bush's ideas, in an effort to derail his proposal and prevent consensus from forming in its favor.

The terror alert system in the nation's capital was put to the test by a small plane that flew within three miles of the White House, leading to the frantic evacuation of government buildings. Brian Wilson takes a look at the reaction and response by those tasked to protect us.

Pushing the centerpiece of his free trade agenda, the Central American Free Trade Agreement or CAFTA (search), President Bush hosted the leaders of the six nations eager to get the trade pact implemented in the U.S. Carl Cameron has the details.

British politician George Galloway (search) was such a rabid critic of the Iraq war, he was thrown out of Tony Blair’s Labor Party. Galloway's spokesman says he will appear before Senate hearings to answer new charges. Eric Shawn has a report.

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

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Nina Easton, deputy Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe

Don’t miss tonight’s “Special Report with Brit Hume.”

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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, including Carl Cameron, Wendell Goler and Major Garrett, 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.

And more people watch FNC's Primetime than all of the cable news competition combined!

— Guests and topics are subject to change