Topics and Guests: Feb. 18

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Friday, Feb. 18:

• President Bush is wasting no time signing a bill that he says will curtail multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits (search) against companies.

• New Jersey Democrat Senator Jon Corzine joins us to talk about the latest developments on the social security front. Are things looking up for the president's plan?

• As President Bush embarks on his first foreign trip since winning re-election, there are signs of concern in U.S.-Russia relations. Mr. Bush is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin (search) on Thursday in Slovakia. While Putin was once considered a friend of the U.S., Putin said today that he is not convinced Iran (search) is attempting to develop nuclear weapons. -- President Bush has continued to warn against the development of such weapons. Additionally, President Putin he said that Russia will continue to supply both energy and military technology to Iran.

• Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (search) and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search) are set to meet with their Japanese counterparts tomorrow to discuss the issue of Taiwan. The two countries are expected to announce a joint effort to restrain China from using force against Taiwan. This news comes as the United States continues to look towards China for help in resolving the issue of a nuclear North Korea (search).

• Four explosions rip through Baghdad, killing at least 29 people and injuring dozens on the eve of Shiite Islam's most important holiday. It's the worst violence in the country since January's historic elections. We'll have a report from the region.

These stories and 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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