Veteran newscaster John Gibson gets to the core of the most salient issues facing America today as host of FNC's hard-hitting primetime show The Big Story with John Gibson, airing Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. ET, with expert legal analysis from Judge Andrew Napolitano and in-depth field reports from correspondent Heather Nauert.

Topics and Guests for Friday,
Jan. 3

• The Bush administration has been doing its best to downplay the situation in North Korea. Does the State Department have any cards it can play? Former ambassador to both South Korea and China, James Lilley , offers insight.

• More U.S. Marines are on their way to the Persian Gulf, in case the president orders military force against Iraq. If that happens, are we ready? We'll get opinion from retired Lieutenant Colonel Tim Eads .

• David Westerfield, the 50-year-old engineer who killed 7-year-old Danielle van Dam in February 2002, received the death penalty Friday. We'll have a complete report.

Be sure to tune into The Big Story with John Gibson ...
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Note: All guests and topics subject to change