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Tonight on "Hannity & Colmes" ...

He never beats around the bush — Some of what he says produces more debate than laughter — Comedian George Carlin joins us.

• The district attorney with all the answers on NBC's drama series "Law & Order" (search) — But as a real life bipartisan panel investigates Bush and Clinton administrations (search) national security agendas — Can former Sen. Fred Thompson shed some light?

• Presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry (search) gets the nod from former rival Howard Dean (search) — How will this affect the Massachusetts senator's White House campaign? Rep. Greg Meeks, D-N.Y., weighs in.

• The 19-year-old woman accusing Kobe Bryant (search) of rape asked the judge Thursday to set a trial date so she can begin to put the case behind her, and her mother added her own heartfelt plea. But is this only the beginning?

Peter Johnson, FNC legal analyst, Jeralyn Merritt, criminal defense attorney, and Lis Wiehl, former prosecutor, weigh in with legal analysis.

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