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.

Jan. 28:

We've seen some fairly sharp knives coming out last couple of days from the Democrats. What is the Democrats' retort to the president's State of the Union?
• Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.

What do Republicans want to hear from President Bush in his State of the Union address?
• Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Jeff Zeleny, Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune

From the war on terror, to Iraq, to the shaky economy... there's a lot on the president's plate going into Bush's State of the Union speech. So how do items actually make the prime time cut? 
Don Baer, communications director in the Clinton administration

The White House says Bush's State of the Union address will run 42 minutes, not counting time out for applause, but will it be as memorable as some other presidential speeches?
Douglas Brinkley, historian

Federal funding for faith-based drug treatment programs would see $200 million worth of vouchers go towards any center, including those run by churches. The question arises: should taxpayers cover the costs of such treatment?
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

Louis Armstrong, Orson Welles, T.S. Elliot — a few of the names on the Library of Congress' list of the 50 Most Important Recordings in American History
Davia Nelson, sound historian

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