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:

• Our troops in Iraq get a huge boost of morale on Thanksgiving.

The men and women in uniform sharing some thoughts over turkey with their very own commander in chief, but Iraqis seems to have mixed feeling about president Bush's surprise visit.

We’ll get a live report from Steve Centanni in Baghdad and senior White House correspondent Jim Angle.

• Family and friends of 22-year-old Dru Sjodin (search) spent their Thanksgiving holiday searching for the missing North Dakota college student.

FNC’s Carol McKinley will be live in our Denver newsroom with an update.

• Hear what Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (search) thinks about the Internet search to find him his perfect “first lady!”

• It’s a crowded scene at our nation's shopping malls — folks battling the long lines, trying to make the most of the after Thanksgiving sales. 

So how jam-packed are the stores this Black Friday (search)?

We’ll turn to Steve Brown inside the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Ill. for a report.

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