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:

• The rising level of bloodshed is threatening to become a political liability for President Bush, eroding support for extended military action and tarnishing his image. Will the shadow of war bleed away the president's support? That’s the Big Question for historian David Greenberg, author of Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image.

• Bush looks to rally the vote in Mississippi, helping Haley Barbour in a race for governor that's too close to call. What's the key to winning the Mississippi governor's race? That’s the Big Question for Earl Black, professor of political science at Rice University.

• Some federal studies on AIDS, human sexuality and risky behavior are being put under the microscope. A conservative group has created a list of these studies and the people who received federal funds to conduct them. Is this a political hit list or a spotlight on government waste? That’s the Big Question for Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition.

• Why does a former human shield now support the war in Iraq? That’s the Big Question for Rev. Kenneth Joseph.

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