Topics and Guests: Jan. 12

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Wednesday, Jan. 12:

After escalating violence in Iraq as Iraqi militants ambushed a convoy of coalition forces in Mosul (search) — questions remain if the nation is ready to hold its first free elections on Jan. 30. We'll have the latest from Bret Baier at the Pentagon.

And Sen. Kennedy lays out his vision to build a new majority. He'll be tough on President Bush (search), but also tough on Democrats. Carl Cameron has the details.

Bipartisan legislation in the Senate (search) soon to be followed by a bill in the House would retroactively increase death benefits for all service personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Will this help alleviate the financial burden widows and families are faced with? We’ll ask Major Garrett for the details of the legislation.

Megyn Kendall reports on the Supreme Court ruling that federal judges have been improperly adding time to criminals' sentences, a decision that puts in doubt longtime sentencing rules.

And the U.S. military faced tighter restrictions Wednesday as the Indonesian government (search) sought to reassert control over foreign troops, relief workers and journalists in the tsunami-devastated region, which also has been the site of a rebel insurgency. David Piper reports from the region.

Steve Brown reports on a yearlong dispute over whether to add a religious group's Bible (search) class at a high school in Frankenmuth, Michigan that has proponents arguing that learning about the bible isn't religious indoctrination while critics of the class disagree.

We'll also talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for National Public Radio

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— Guests and topics are subject to change