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.

Tuesday, Dec. 9:

Al Gore's endorsement will put a lot more pressure on Howard Dean
Dick Harpootlian, former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party

A lot of Dean watchers say they barely recognize this maverick from his days as a "middle of the road" Democrat
David Mace, Vermont Press Bureau reporter

Joe Lieberman is surprised by Gore's endorsement of Dean. What are the political motives behind the former veep's decision?
Michael Isikoff, investigative correspondent for Newsweek magazine

There's a lot more than politics standing in the way of expanding trade between the U.S. and China
William Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council

Should the other Democratic presidential hopefuls fall in line behind Dean for the good of the team?
Craig Smith, Joe Lieberman's campaign director

Some 100 people died in a R.I. nightclub fire last February. The club's co-owners and the band tour manager have now been indicted
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst 

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Topics and guests subject to change.