Topics and Guests: December 20

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Monday, Dec. 20:

President Bush had his first formal news conference since two days after his re-election. Jim Angle reports on the conference that covered a number of important issues for the second term including immigration, national security, Iraqi elections, as well as Bush voicing support for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search).

But despite Bush’s support for Rumsfeld, we’ll hear from correspondent Bret Baier on the latest criticism of Rumsfeld after it became public that he used a machine to sign condolence letters to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq instead of signing them himself.

Plus, Steve Harrigan reports on the aftermath of an explosion in the Shiite holy city of Najaf (search) that killed 54 people and wounded 142.

And who will be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? Major Garrett looks at the latest contender for the post, 41-year-old Simon Rosenberg (search) who leads the New Democrat Network.

How are U.S. troops stationed overseas celebrating the holiday season? We'll find out as Molly Henneberg tells us how the soldiers from the Kabul and Bagram military bases in Afganistan are spending the season away from home

Plus, Brit talks to Scott Gottlieb, M.D., former senior policy adviser to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (search) about the controversial drugs Vioxx and Celebrex and the how the FDA is handling the growing problem among drug makers.

And we'll have top analysis on President Bush's backing of Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, along with discussion on the president's ambitious second- term agenda from our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Jeff Birnbaum, columnist for The Washington Post

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— Guests and topics are subject to change