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While President Bush closes out his two-day swing along the Mexican border, he is scheduled to give the nation a progress report on Iraq Wednesday, his first such address since Congress erupted two weeks ago in bitter debate over the war. And he is getting some help from Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who is just back from Iraq, and is praising U.S. strategy in Iraq saying he can see the president has a plan and it is working. Carl Cameron has a report.
And Secretary Donald Rumsfeld addresses the challenges in Iraq today, while in Iraqis in Baghdad condemned the recent kidnappings of foreign nationals. Bret Baier has more from the Pentagon.
Then, House Speaker Dennis Hastert has told federal officials that the lighted, decorated tree on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, known in recent years as the "Holiday Tree," should be renamed the "Capitol Christmas Tree," as it was called until the late 1990s. Calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree has become a politically charged prospect in jurisdictions across the country, from Boston to Sacramento and in dozens of communities in between. Brian Wilson takes a closer look at the debate.
And Megyn Kendall looks at Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito's record, specifically the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey. How might this case affect his nomination?
And Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's government did not survive a no-confidence vote last night in Ottawa. What does it mean? Why should you care? Correspondent Steve Brown explains.
And there are election difficulties in the Mideast tonight, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suspended primary elections for the parliamentary vote in January after polling places in Gaza were disrupted by gunmen who fired into the air and stole ballot boxes. Correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports it's a serious setback for Abbas's own party.
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