Topics and Guests, Oct. 17

Today on Special Report...

Major Garrett reports: The Senate votes to convert half the $20.3 billion Iraqi rebuilding plan into a loan against the wishes of President Bush. Will a House and Senate bargain restore the original plan in which all of the money was a grant?

GUEST PREVIEW: Father Thomas Reese will discuss why he believes Pope John Paul II (search) will go down in history as the most important leader in the second half of the 20th century.

Bret Baier reports: A joint U.S.-Iraqi patrol enforcing a curfew clashed with gunmen guarding the headquarters of a Shiite (search) cleric, setting off a firefight that killed three Americans and 10 Iraqis, including two security officers.

Molly Henneberg reports: The streets in Baghdad have cleaned up a lot since the end of the war. Some are wondering where the remnants of the Iraqi tanks have been 'swept' off to?

James Rosen reports: President Bush thanks Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (search) during his stop in Tokyo. This stop is the first on a six-day whirlwind tour of Asia and Australia fashioned around an international economic conference in Thailand, but dominated by the war on terrorism.

Jennifer Griffin reports: Is there any hope for the stalled Roadmap for Peace (search)?

Details on those stories and more on Special Report with Brit Hume at 6 p.m. ET.

— Guests and topics are subject to change