Topics and Guests: December 16

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Thursday, Dec. 16:

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) travels to Washington to meet with outgoing secretary of state Colin Powell, as well as national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, who has been nominated to take Powell's place as head of the State Department. The U.S. is pressing the U.N. to send more election monitors to Iraq before the January 30 elections. Correspondent Major Garrett has the details.

Correspondent Bret Baier has the latest from Iraq as Saddam Hussein (search) met with a lawyer Thursday for the first time since his capture a year ago and insurgents killed three paramilitary police and a government official in Baghdad.

And Usama bin Laden makes another appearance, this time in an audio tape that the CIA believes is authentic. Is this a warning that Al Qaeda is ready to strike America again? Steve Centanni reports from Washington.

Correspondent Molly Henneberg reports back from a trip to Afghanistan where she was embedded with a congressional delegation visiting the region. She has details from a remote location on the Afghan-Pakistani border where few westerners ever get to go.

Also, Brit speaks to Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, who recently returned from the congressional trip to Afghanistan.

Plus, some parents in Washington are outraged over the ruling that eavesdropping on their kids is illegal. Correspondent Dan Springer has the details.

And Thursday ended a two-day White House conference on the economy — is tax and Social Security reform (search) the top priority for the president's second-term agenda? Jim Angle has the details.

Plus, top analysis on the president’s push for Social Security private investment accounts 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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