Topics and Guests for Thursday, Feb. 20

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.

Feb. 20:

A Florida college professor is busted and charged with being a terrorist kingpin. Attorney General John Ashcroft says Sami al-Arian is the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in North America, a group that's blamed for more than 100 deaths
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst
John Loftus, former federal prosecutor 

Democrats are already setting their sights on the voting booths in 2004. Party bigwigs are rolling out a new arsenal of weapons to avoid a repeat of last year's election defeat
Terry McAuliffe, FNC chairman

Ankara wants a little extra gravy to let U.S. troops invade Iraq from Turkey. Is this strictly a pay-for-play thing or is there more to it?
Zeyno Baran, director of international security and energy programs at the Nixon Center

The international dispute over disarming Iraq has uncovered a deep well of animosity between the U.S. and France
John Von Sothen, American expatriate

Be sure to tune into The Big Story with John Gibson ...
weekdays at 5 p.m. ET.

Note: All guests and topics subject to change