Guests and Topics: December 22

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December 22:

The Senate renews the Patriot Act. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler and California Rep. David Drier debate it.

And, the hunt is on for a serial rapist on the loose in Miami! The convicted prisoner broke out of his jail cell and has cops scratching their heads because, get this, he fashioned his escape after watching the television show “Prison Break.” Miami’s top cop, John Timoney, will be here with the latest.

Also, we’ll talk to a South Carolina state representative who wants to lock up all illegal immigrants for five years. John Graham Altman explains his theory tonight.

Then, should “intelligent design” be taught in our schools? Despite a federal judge's ruling in Pennsylvania that ID is religious fundamentalism, biochemist and “Darwin’s Black Box” author Michael Behe vows to continue to fight for his theory. Behe, who holds that life forms are too complicated to have arisen by accidents of evolution, joins us for this special broadcast.

Also, what is the political, religious, and educational impact of intelligent design? Case Western University professor Dr. Lawrence Krauss goes head-to-head tonight with Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Don’t miss the big bang!

Plus, a Christmas musical performance from country music star Aaron Tippin!

These stories and much more ... don't miss "Hannity & Colmes" tonight at 9 p.m. ET!

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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