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.

Wednesday, Sept. 24:

Lawmakers grill Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the need for spending $87 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R-Texas

Can the Democratic presidential challengers use Iraq to their advantage in campaign 2004?
John Hughes, editor of the Deseret Morning News

Hillary Clinton is shocked and outraged to learn her best-selling book is being censored in China
Tom Lipscomb, former publisher of Times Books

Civil rights groups are suing the Secret Service, claiming interference with their right to protest against the president
Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

We try to take the news seriously, most of the time. The Onion tries to make it seriously funny
Carol Kolb, editor in chief of The Onion

The Big Story’s "candidate of the day" in the California recall election
Donald Ronald "Uncle" Sams, TV producer

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Topics and guests subject to change.