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Friday, Jan. 7:

After escalating violence in Iraq killed nine U.S. military personnel on Thursday, the country's interim prime minister, Ayad Allawi (search) warned that more attacks would come before the nation holds its first free elections on Jan. 30.

But President Bush (search) remains optimistic about the upcoming elections despite the Pentagon's decision to send retired General Gary Luck (search) to Iraq next week for a wide-ranging review of the military's Iraq policy that will include assessment of troop levels, training of local security forces and strategy for fighting the insurgency. What will this review mission mean for Iraqi elections on Jan. 30? Correspondent Bret Baier investigates.

And U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) toured the tsunami-ravaged landscape of Indonesia's Aceh province Friday and said the destruction was the worst he had ever seen. And following massive U.S. relief efforts, FOX News correspondent Greg Palkot hit the streets to find out how public sentiment about the U.S. has changed in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Plus, after Secretary of State Colin Powell took his last close-up look at tsunami damage, promising long-term U.S. help, he travels to Nairobi where on Sunday he will witness the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accords on Sudan (search). What is in this agreement, and what's the latest on Sudan? Major Garrett has the details.

Why did conservative, African-American commentator Armstrong Williams (search) accept White House money in exchange for plugging its No Child Left Behind Policy? Correspondent Carl Cameron looks for answers after Williams came under fire for the move.

Former President Jimmy Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who brokered an Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty in 1979 is now leading a team of observers monitoring the upcoming Palestinian presidential elections. Correspondent Laurie Dhue has a preview.

Plus, we'll talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors on these stories and more:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Juan Williams, senior correspondent for National Public Radio

About the Show

Anchored by Washington news veteran Brit Hume, "Special Report with Brit Hume" provides an in-depth look at the day's news and offers a daily topical discussion of political issues impacting the nation.

Hume serves as host to key newsmakers, political pundits and FOX News contributors exchanging views about political matters from taxes and Social Security to international affairs and the political scandal of the day.

Hume brings a historical perspective to the political scene that is rarely rivaled. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he has covered the policies, procedures and players in the national game called politics for more than 30 years. The Baltimore Sun referred to him as "the very personification of the political establishment."

Each program features a two-minute segment called The Grapevine, which reels off the latest outrageous news nuggets, political poll results and in-the-Beltway gossip that viewers will not see on any other news program. The New York Daily News describes The Grapevine as a must see that, "will make you sounds smart around the water cooler… the next day."

FOX News' Team Washington provides live reports from the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court and key federal agencies. Seasoned correspondents, including Carl Cameron, Wendell Goler and Major Garrett, explore political hot spots, races and legislative battles being waged around the nation and abroad.

Hume wraps up each program with a lively roundtable discussion featuring Mara Liasson of National Public Radio, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard and Mort Kondracke of Roll Call.

— Guests and topics are subject to change