Guests and Topics: December 23

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Tonight on Hannity & Colmes:

• After 8 hours spread over two days of deliberation -- A jury recommends life in prison for Beltway Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo (search), who was convicted of murder Dec. 18 in the shooting of FBI analyst Linda Franklin. She was cut down by a single bullet to the head in one of 10 slayings that gripped the Washington area with fear for three weeks in October 2002. Malvo was 17 at the time.

Is life in prison a fair punishment for this crime? Or, does Malvo deserve the death penalty? Former prosecutor Paul Callan weighs in.

• As the nation on high terror alert braced for busy holiday travel on Tuesday, airports beefed up security after reports surfaced that Al Qaeda (search) could be planning more attacks on the U.S. with commercial jets. How can we crack the terrorist code?

We'll get assessment and analysis from former CIA officer Peter Brookes and former FBI Deputy Director Danny Coulson.

• 'Tis the season for many well wishes such as -- Happy Holidays and Deck the Halls  -- but one firehouse is being told to un-deck the indoor walls because residents who can see the Christmas ornaments through the window are offended. Should lights, a Christmas tree and a Santa Claus be banned from this public building? Or, is this nothing more than an attack on Christianity?

FNC contributor Ellis Henican and FNC political analyst Susan Estrich join the debate.

• And we'll size up the 2004 presidential race with former New York Sen. Al D'Amato.            

This story and much more!

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--The Associated Press contributed to this report

-All guests and topics subject to change