Topics and Guests for Thursday, May 22

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.

May 22:

The U.N. opens the spigot, lifting sanctions against Iraq and giving the U.S. and Britain a mandate to rebuild the country
Peter Ford, reporter for the Christian Science Monitor

War hero or war criminal? British Lt. Col. Tim Collins is accused of some inappropriate behavior in Iraq — like pistol-whipping a civilian, and shooting at peoples' feet
• Col. Bob Stewart, former commander of British forces in Bosnia.

President Bush last night headlines his first political event of the 2004 campaign, hammering home his vision for America. But Democrats say they have the issues on their side…
• RNC Chairman Marc Racicot
• DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says there's no doubt Al Qaeda leaders are hiding out in Iran
Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Before the war in Iraq, there were questions about the quality of our intelligence. It led to some friction between the Pentagon and CIA. Now that the war is over, a review is underway to compare the intelligence reports against reality
James Risen, co-author of The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown With the KGB

Nearly 150 police officers died in the line of duty last year. Millions more were killed for fun in popular video games like Grand Theft Auto. Now the state of Washington has passed a law making it illegal to sell or rent "cop-killer games" to children under 18
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

The world's best poker players are hunting for a big payoff. They're gathered in Las Vegas for the world series of poker
James McManus, author of Positively Fifth Street

Annika Sorestam becomes the first woman in almost 60 years to play in a men's PGA tournament
Rick Really, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of Who’s Your Caddy?

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