Topics and Guests: December 15

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Wednesday, Dec. 15:

Wednesday began a two-day White House conference on the economy — will tax and Social Security reform (search) be the top priority of the meeting as the president sets his second-term agenda? Major Garrett has the details of the conference.

Plus, President Bush welcomed Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (search) to the White House. Jim Angle reports on the meeting of the two leaders.

Also, correspondent Bret Baier reports the latest news out of Iraq including some telling numbers concerning Iraqi reconstruction contracts — out of 6,000 awarded for reconstruction projects, 4,500 of the contracts have gone to Iraqi businesses.

Madrassas (search), or Islamic schools are known to sometimes be mini-terror training schools, but FOX News visited one outside of Islamabad that stresses secular education as well as moderate religious training; can this school teaching moderation be a model for others in Pakistan? Molly Henneberg has the story.

Was the son of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan involved with business related to the U.N.? Kojo Annan (search) says no, but FOX News saw documents that would prove otherwise. Correspondent Jonathan Hunt is on Kojo’s trail to the U.N.

Will Major League Baseball return to the nation’s capital? Correspondent Brian Wilson looks for answers after a broken deal at a D.C. City Council meeting Tuesday night.

And Brit talks to Martin Feldstein, a George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President and CEO of the National Bureau of Economic Research about this week’s White House economic conference.

Plus, top analysis on the president’s push for Social Security private investment accounts and future of baseball in D.C. from our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard

Juan Williams, senior correspondent for National Public Radio

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

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