Topics and Guests: Feb. 2

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Wednesday, Feb. 2:

President Bush (search) will outline his controversial plan to revamp the Social Security (search) retirement system in his State of the Union speech Wednesday that will also stress the need to stay the course in Iraq. Carl Cameron has a preview.

Plus, Brit talks with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (search) for an exclusive preview of the State of the Union (search) address and the future of the president's agenda in the Senate.

Scientific tests have led American intelligence agencies and government scientists to conclude with near certainty that North Korea sold processed uranium to Libya — with the White House saying that North Korea's nuclear initiative is a threat to world peace, will Pyongyang (search) resume talks aimed at ending the program? Bret Baier has a report.

President Bush's nominee for secretary of Homeland Security (search) told senators today that if confirmed he would balance protecting the nation with preserving civil liberties. While democratic leaders say they plan extensive debate to fully air Alberto Gonzales' views on the detention and torture of foreign detainees, thus slowing the confirmation process and upsetting some Senate Republicans. Brian Wilson has the details.

Dana Lewis reports on the latest in Iraq after leading Sunni Muslim (search) clerics said Wednesday that the country's landmark elections lacked legitimacy because large numbers of Sunnis did not participate in the balloting which the clerics had asked them to boycott.

With Missouri Republicans (search) now solidly in control of the state government, some are turning their attention to the few chunks of the state where voters seem to be leaning more Democratic. After a traditionally Republican-voting county went Democratic in 2004, a senator is blaming straight-ticket voting and now wants it outlawed, but Democrats think Republicans are unfairly targeting minority voters. Steve Brown takes a fair and balanced look.

The homicide rate in San Francisco has dropped 40 percent in the last six months, as authorities use the "triggerlock law" (search) to bring in felons, who may be wanted for murder if they are caught with a gun on the street. Cops say the program's working, but civil libertarians say it targets murder suspects unfairly. Claudia Cowan has a report.

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