Topics and Guests: Feb. 17

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Thursday, Feb. 17:

President Bush announced today that he has chosen the current U.S. ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte (search), to serve as the nation's first director of national intelligence.

If confirmed by the Senate, Negroponte will oversee 15 separate intelligence agencies, including the CIA, a responsibility the president called "straightforward and demanding."

We'll get the latest on the president's announcement and his likely confirmation by the Senate from our own Carl Cameron.

Then, President Bush charged today that Syria (search) is "out of step" with other nations in the Middle East. He said the U.S. would work together with other countries to pressure Damascus to remove its troops from Lebanon. The president's comments come as West Virginia Democrat Senator Robert Byrd (search) voiced concerns that the Bush administration might have a hidden agenda for dealing with Iran and Syria.

Our Pentagon correspondent Bret Baier brings us a report on the situation.

And FNC's Chief Washington Correspondent Jim Angle continues his reports on social security. President Bush said today that social security reform is going nowhere if members of Congress don't think there is a problem with the system.

Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan (search) was back on Capitol Hill today. The Fed Chairman has given a limited endorsement of the president's proposal to include private accounts as part of social security reform.

These stories and much more!

Plus, we'll talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, "The Weekly Standard"

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

Juan Williams, National Public Radio Senior Correspondent

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