Today on "Special Report":

Better schools — A safer homeland — Creating jobs — And, the election. Don't miss Brit Hume's exclusive interview with Vice President Dick Cheney.

Steve Centanni reports: A huge blast ripped through a portion of central Baghdad Wednesday, destroying a downtown hotel and killing at least 27 people. Forty-one people were reported injured in the explosion, including some Westerners. We'll have the latest.

Wendell Goler reports: Vice President Cheney strikes back at Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry during a foreign policy address at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in California. We'll have highlights.

Major Garrett reports: Meantime, Kerry blames Bush for 'failed policies that drive potential allies away.' We'll have the details.

Brian Wilson reports: On the northeast border of the District of Columbia lies a little town that time forgot-- or maybe not. Don't miss this report.

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

— Guests and topics are subject to change