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 Monday,
May 19:

• A member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence says that Al Qaeda may not be able to stage attacks of the magnitude of Sept. 11, but that it has managed to assemble new leadership.

And the author of a new book agrees, reporting that despite several big-name arrests by U.S. and allied forces — including the capture of Al Qaeda military commander Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (search) — the world's most feared and loathed terrorist network keeps reconstituting itself.

How big of a threat does Al Qaeda still pose?

FNC Correspondent James Rosen will be live from the nation’s capital with the full story.

We’ll also talk to Magnus Ranstorp, deputy director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews.

• To many folks in Europe born of Muslim immigrants, Tariq Ramadam offers an alternative way of thinking and assimilating.

Hear how the Swiss-born scholar hopes to help erase the 'us vs. them' mentality he sees in the clash between the Muslim and Western worlds. 

• President Bush's press secretary, Ari Fleischer (search), announces that he will be leaving his post at the White House.

That story and more... tonight on The Big Story at 5 p.m ET.

Note: All guests and topics subject to change