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.

Today:

•  One insider has the scoop on Howard Dean's past and says he’s not as liberal as you think.

Get the whole story when we talk to President of the Ethan Allen Institute, John McClaughry .     

• It almost seems the question in California should be, ‘Who doesn’t want to be governor?’ In a field of so many hopefuls how can one stand out from the rest?

Leonard Padilla will tell us why he should be the leader of the Sunshine State.

• Could there be a link between a senior war correspondent from the Arabic al-Jazeera television (search) network and the terrorist group Al Qaeda (search )?

Author Adel Iskandar will answer our questions.

• And who came out on top — Who flopped — And who just didn’t show at last night’s democratic presidential debate in New Mexico?

Frank Newport, of the Gallup poll, will give us the low-down.

All of that... and more on The Big Story With John Gibson at 5 p.m. ET.

Note: All guests and topics subject to change