Today on "Special Report":

Bipartisan panel convenes in New York City for first of two days of emotional hearings. What have we learned?

GUEST PREVIEW: Crude oil prices continue to rise -- Should we dip into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (search)? Answers from Jerry Taylor, director of natural resources study at the CATO institute.

Brian Wilson reports: Bush is determined to hand over the reigns in Iraq -- But who is saddling up?

Carl Cameron reports: John Kerry (search) says President Bush (search) doesn't understand Americans' economic suffering. Find out more.

Major Garrett reports: The GOP starts work on raising, spending $50 million on soft-money ads. We'll explain.

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

— Guests and topics are subject to change