Topics and Guests for Thursday, Jan. 1

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.

Thursday, Jan. 1:

A special New Year's edition of The Big Story looked back at some of the big stories of 2003!

• As the year began, dark clouds were gathering over Iraq. The world was at odds over how to resolve the growing threat posed by Saddam Hussein and the axis of evil, but on March 19 — the coalition’s “shock and awe” campaign began.

Twenty-one days later, Baghdad fell — a major victory, but the war is still far from over. We’ll take a look at our military in action.

Plus — President Bush often looks to his strong faith to guide him through difficult times. Is that affecting his national policy? Hear what Guy Lawson, who wrote an article about that for Vanity Fair magazine, had to say.

• Long before 9/11, the former head of an FBI counterterrorism task force repeatedly warned the U.S. government about future attacks by Usama bin Laden. He believed the Twin Towers would be a target.

After quitting the FBI, he became head of security for the World Trade Center.

Murray Weiss is criminal justice editor at the New York Post and author of The Man Who Warned America: The Life and Death of John O'Neill.

We’ll ask him... should America be grateful to O'Neill?

• We lost a great American artist this year. Johnny Cash died of complications from diabetes on Sept. 12th, at the age of 71.

Country star Travis Tritt and songwriter Tom Waits weighed in on Cash’s legacy.

• Socialite Paris Hilton starred in two of the most popular shows of 2003. One, an Internet porn tape. The other, more suitable for the family — The Simple Life, airing on the FOX Network.

We talked to co-star Nicole Richie about their time on the farm.

Be sure to tune into The Big Story with John Gibson ... weekdays at 5 p.m. ET.

Topics and guests subject to change.