Christmas Eve show | Christmas special

Christmas Eve show:

The United States could fight North Korea even during a war with Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warns. But he says diplomacy, not the threat of military action, guides the Bush administration's efforts to contain Pyongyang's resurgent nuclear ambitions.

Plus:

• A Christmas Eve bomb attack on a town mayor's home by suspected Islamic militants kills at least 13 people and wounds 12 in the southern Philippines.

• The Israeli army pulls troops back to the outskirts of Bethlehem, maintaining a low profile in the biblical city to allow pilgrims to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

• A prosecutor denies as "dead wrong" a newspaper report that said 17-year-old sniper suspect John Lee Malvo was responsible for most, if not all, of the shootings that left 10 people dead in October.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
— Guests and topics are subject to change

Christmas special:

Exclusive: U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft sits down with host Brit Hume to explain how he has managed to strike a delicate balance between a lifelong devotion to his faith -- while playing a key role in the Bush administration. We get the inside story from the man on the inside.

• The immediate reaction in America to the Sept. 11 attacks was one of anger, which quickly turned to thoughts of revenge. But should America be looking for a plan that reforms the way the Arab and Muslim world sees us? Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, author of Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World, tells us his side of the story.

• His name is Mattie Stepanek and he's the author of four best selling books of poetry. That's not bad for a kid who hasn't yet had his teens and who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. We'll talk with the young talent himself.

• At a time when the United States military is preparing for the possibility of war, there is a book that's creating a buzz in military family circles. And Cpl. John Schaeffer, author of Keeping Faith, tells us the motivation behind the book.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
— Guests and topics are subject to change