Topics: September 13

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Supreme Court nominee John Roberts (search) said today that the landmark 1973 ruling legalizing abortion was "settled as a precedent of the court," as he was immediately pressed to address the divisive issue on the second day of his confirmation hearings. Jim Angle has a report.

Then, Senators Biden and Kennedy interrupted Judge Roberts repeatedly this morning and were both chided by Chairman Specter to "let him finish.” Major Garrett has the details about some senators’ strategy of questioning.

Also, the fallout over the response to Hurricane Katrina (search): as the new acting director of FEMA pledged today to intensify efforts to finding more permanent housing for victims, while President Bush accepted personal responsibility for any shortcomings in the federal response to the Katrina. Wendell Goler has more.

And while keeping an eye on Katrina relief, President Bush (search) is balancing a packed schedule of diplomatic duties, from Iraq to China and the United Nations. Carl Cameron has the latest on the president’s diplomatic efforts.

Plus, New Orleans (search) awaits the reopening of the airport and the waterfront today for the first time since Hurricane Katrina hit, and the coroner planned autopsies on at least 44 patients found dead at a flooded-out hospital. Phil Keating has the latest from New Orleans.

Then, Bret Baier has the latest news in Iraq after U.S. forces attacked an insurgent stronghold in Haditha, northwest of Baghdad today, capturing an insurgent with ties to Al Qaeda (search).

Plus, we'll 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

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