Topics and Guests: December 8

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Wednesday, Dec. 8:

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (search) faced some tough questions from troops in Kuwait with complaints of long deployments and unarmored vehicles. We'll have a full report from Mike Emanuel.

The president also makes a surprising decision to send millions directly to the Palestinian Authority (search). Correspondent Jim Angle explains.

Plus, what did outgoing Secretary Tommy Thompson (search) mean when he said the food supply is an easy target for terrorists? Brit asks Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense.

And did the Bush administration intentionally leak the name of a CIA officer? A grand jury is investigating -- Brian Wilson has the details of the investigation.

Also, Howard Dean (search) speaks about his vision for the Democratic Party, but how are Democrats responding? Major Garrett reports from Washington.

While there are plenty of issues that will be tough and messy fights in the Senate like Social Security and tax reform, a vote to open up the Artic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling could pass. Correspondent Steve Centanni explains.

The House International Relations Committee says they are investigating whether the former head of the U.N. Oil-for-Food program -- Benon Sevan (search) -- laundered profits from shady oil deals with Saddam Hussein. Eric Shawn has the details.

And correspondent Greg Kelly has an exclusive interview with Secretary of State Colin Powell who is in Brussels, Belgium for the NATO Ministerial meeting.

Plus, top analysis from our all-star panel of FOX News contributors on the CIA-leak investigation and Donald Rumsfeld's questioning in Kuwait:

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

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— Guests and topics are subject to change