This is a partial transcript of "Special Report With Brit Hume," July 19, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.

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SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY), MAJORITY WHIP: Presidents like t o be the first to announce presidential appointments. And I’m reasonably confident that it’s fairly routine for presidents to first announce presidential appointments. And we’ll learn, like all of you, shortly after that.


BRIT HUME, HOST: For a while today, we all thought we knew, we journalists, what the president was going to do tonight. But we’ve become less certain as the day has gone on. Tuesday’s announcement remains the big story of the day. So who to turn to for intelligent thoughts on all this? Why, who other than Stuart Taylor, senior writer and columnist for National Journal, who joins me now?