Topics and Guests: December 14

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Tuesday, Dec. 14:

We'll have the latest from Iraq as another car bomb was detonated near the entrance to the Green Zone (search) checkpoint into Baghdad killing 7 and injuring 13 people. Bret Baier reports from the Pentagon.

President Bush honored CIA Director George Tenet (search), retired Gen. Tommy Franks and Paul Bremer, the former U.S. administrator in Iraq, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday. Jim Angle has the highlights from the ceremony.

And is there a scandal brewing in Washington? Two key Senate Democrats laid out their plans to set up an investigative arm of the Democratic Policy Committee to look into what they believe to be questionable conduct by the Bush administration. Correspondent Mike Emanuel has the details.

The Western Governors' Association (search) is meeting to shape a strategy to approach the White House to ask for the president’s support in overhauling the Endangered Species Act. Correspondent William LaJeunesse has the details from the summit.

Also, is Connecticut ready to execute a serial killer on January 26 – the first execution in the region in 40 years? Correspondent David Lee Miller looks into the state’s complex relationship with the death penalty.

Plus, the television channel run by Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrillas (search) said Tuesday that France's decision to ban it on grounds of anti-Semitism was politically motivated and it promised to pursue its case to get back on air. Greg Palkot has the details of the decision.

And it looks like Washington is renewing ties with France as the city plans to play host to a citywide event this spring to celebrate the city's cultural ties to Paris, France. Correspondent Brian Wilson reports from Washington.

Also, Brit discusses the death penalty with Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University.

And top analysis on the economy and Tuesday's Presidential Medal of Freedom honorees from our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

Jeff Birnbaum, columnist for The Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

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— Guests and topics are subject to change