Topics and Guests, May 1

Tonight on Special Report with Brit Hume:

Six weeks after the start of the war in Iraq, President Bush (search) is prepared to officially declare that the combat phase is over and the rebuilding phase has begun. (LIVE at 9 p.m. ET)


• The war in Iraq has been a "time of testing for America," President Bush says, marking a somber, patriotic National Day of Prayer (search) service that contrasted with last year's event, which had the air of a Christian revival.

• Senate Democrats block Texas Judge Priscilla Owen from being confirmed to the U.S. Appeals Court, the second time they've thwarted President Bush and majority Republicans in a confrontation over federal judgeships.

• The recent trend of violence continues in Iraq as attackers lob two grenades into a U.S. military compound, wounding seven GIs just hours after they had open fire on anti-American protesters.

• Israeli troops raid a Hamas (search) stronghold and exchange fire with dozens of masked gunmen, a day after the militant group set off a suicide bomb in Tel Aviv and mediators presented a new Mideast peace plan. Ten Palestinians are killed, including two boys ages 2 and 13.

• The recent jailing of Cuban dissidents and the execution of hijackers by dictator Fidel Castro has spurred a range of responses in Washington -- from calling for regime change to pushing even harder for removing trade and travel embargoes on the Caribbean island nation.

Details on these stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume.
— Guests and topics are subject to change