Topics and Guests, December 16

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

Al Gore will not be running for president in 2004. The former vice president, who came agonizingly close to winning the presidency two years ago, said Sunday he will not run again in two years, and probably will not have another opportunity to seek the White House.


The Senate's current No. 2 Republican said Sunday that Sen. Trent Lott has been weakened by the controversy surrounding his racially insensitive comments and called for a new election for the majority leader job. "There are several outstanding senators who are more than capable of effective leadership. And I hope we have an opportunity to choose," said Sen. Don Nickles of Oklahoma, the outgoing GOP whip who nearly challenged Lott for leader in this fall.

U.N. weapons inspectors searched a sprawling complex where Iraqi scientists once worked on a nuclear bomb, one of at least six sites they visited Monday morning. A day earlier, Hollywood star Sean Penn spoke out in Baghdad in support of the Iraqi people caught up in an international crisis, and the U.S. military reported U.S. and British warplanes on routine patrols over Iraq fired on two installations after coming under fire.

• Three men suspected of plotting an attack on American diplomats appeared in court Monday, as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca met with Pakistani officials to discuss the global war on terror.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
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