Topics and Guests, January 3

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

Wendell Goler reports: President Bush says that America's troops are ready to act if Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein "seals his fate" by refusing to disarm and comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions.


• The South Korean President-elect will offer a compromise that requires both North Korea and the U.S. to accept concessions to resolve the standoff over the communist state's recently reactivated nuke program.

• The Army is sending 800 engineering and intelligence specialists and about 300 air defense troops to the Persian Gulf over the next several weeks, as Iraq says U.N. inspectors' report to the Security Council should favor Baghdad.

• Departing Democratic House leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri has decided to form a presidential exploratory committee, kicking off his second run for the White House in 14 years at an event later this month,

• President Bush is putting together an economic stimulus plan likely to raise major objections among Democrats that it is heavily tilted to higher-income taxpayers.

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