Topics and Guests: Feb. 16

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Wednesday, Feb. 16:

Are Syria and Iran (search) a growing threat to the U.S.? Brian Wilson reports on the announcement that the two countries will provide a single "front" to deal with challenges being imposed on them by "others."

In his opening statement, the head of the CIA Porter Goss (search) tells the Senate Intelligence Committee that Al-Qaeda is still actively seeking to hit the U.S. homeland. How serious is the threat from Usama bin Laden? Carl Cameron has the details.

And Jim Angle reports on Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan’s semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. Greenspan repeatedly characterized private accounts (search) as a positive move for Social Security reform (search); how are Democrats reacting?

Why were Democrats hammering Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during his testimony on Capitol Hill for the defense authorization bill? Bret Baier has the details.

Plus, is the Kennedy name still golden with Democrats? Does Senator Ted Kennedy (search) still have clout and influence? Major Garrett investigates what’s in a name.

Mike Tobin covers the funeral of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri (search) and the rising tensions between some in that country towards the Syrian occupation of parts of that country.

And Brit talks with Ambassador Dennis Ross on Iran and Syria’s strengthening ties and growing tensions between the U.S.

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

Bill Sammon, White House correspondent for The Washington Times

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR

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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.

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— Guests and topics are subject to change