Topics: March 8

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Tuesday, March 8:

President Bush, in a speech at the National Defense University (search), cited hopeful signs from Lebanon to Afghanistan, and said democracy is beginning to spread across the Middle East and that authoritarian rule is "the last gasp of a discredited past." Carl Cameron has a report.

And, Italy's foreign minister said today the killing of an intelligence officer by U.S. troops was an accident, not an ambush, but disputes Washington's version of the shooting and urges further investigation of the incident. Greg Kelly is following the investigation.

Jim Angle looks at the Senate’s reaction to the new Social Security privatization plan unveiled by Sen. Chuck Hagel.

The militant Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah (search) gets nearly 500,000 pro-Syrian protestors out in force to counter the weeks of massive anti-Syrian demonstrators. Jennifer Griffin has the details from the region.

Plus, the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from Thomas Griffith (search) regarding his nomination to be U.S. Circuit Court Judge for DC, but will Griffith’s critics block his confirmation? Major Garrett investigates.

And the Senate takes up an amendment by Sen. Chuck Schumer that has held up bankruptcy overhaul in the past. Brian Wilson takes a look at what’s behind the amendment.

And former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer (search) sits down with Brit for a chat about his new book, “Taking Heat: The President, the Press, and My Years in the White House.”

These stories and more, plus, we'll talk with our all-star panel of FOX News contributors:

Mort Kondracke, executive editor of Roll Call

Mara Liasson, national political reporter for National Public Radio

Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist

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