Topics and Guests: December 13

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Monday, Dec. 13:

President Bush’s second-term Cabinet is nearly complete as he named Michael Leavitt (search), the current Environmental Protection Agency head to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Bush still must name a new head of the Homeland Security Department to replace Bernard Kerik (search), who withdrew his nomination Friday night, citing immigration problems with a family housekeeper. Jim Angle has the details.

Plus, we’ll have the latest out of Iraq as correspondent Bret Baier reports from the Pentagon.

Allegations that the United States had access to wiretaps on the telephone of the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog have damaged Washington's campaign to block International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei’s re-election, diplomats and analysts say. Brian Wilson looks into the claims against the U.S.

And Israel struck back with missiles at Gaza Strip (search) militants Monday after five Israeli troops were killed in a resurgence of violence that has dented hopes of peace after Yasser Arafat's death. Jennifer Griffin reports from the region.

Also, the Parents Television Council (search) wants to make TV safe for children, so they’re beginning a campaign to rally parents, pressure advertisers, lobby Congress and push the Federal Communications Commission to monitor the nation's airwaves more aggressively. Mike Emanuel has the details on the group’s efforts to clean up the airwaves.

Plus, Brit talks to FNC foreign affairs analyst Ambassador Dennis Ross about the latest violence in the Middle East and upcoming Palestinian elections.

And top analysis from our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

Ceci Connolly, national correspondent for The Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

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— Guests and topics are subject to change