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.

Topics and Guests:

• Now that John Kerry's (search) been all but crowned the Democrats' presidential nominee in 2004, it's time for the Mass. senator to start thinking about filling his no. 2 spot. Who's in the running and who'd be his best bet?

We'll ask Tony Coelho, former campaign manager for Al Gore (search).

Plus — A discussion on the significance of the independent vote in this year's election with David Hill of Hill Consulting.

• The mayor of New Paltz, N.Y. faces arraignment after being charged with 19 criminal counts for marrying gay couples. 

Another New York mayor says he'll start marrying couples in the town of Nyack while in Portland, Ore., a county commissioner promises to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

FNC's Heather Nauert will be live with the tough questions...

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