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:

• Iraq Standoff: Iraq police and civilians are cautiously returning to Fallujah, hoping the calm won't be followed by a storm. Can the standoff in Iraq be defused without force? That’s the big question for retired U.S. Army Maj. Andy Messing.

• Kerry Controversy: John Kerry is facing questions about an injury in Vietnam and whether it deserved the Purple Heart. Now he's under the gun to release all of his military records. What’s the controversy around Kerry’s Purple Heart decorations? We’ll ask Chris Suellentrop who is covering the presidential campaign for Slate.com.

• You Decide 2004: President Bush is getting his message out and apparently it's working. Latest poll numbers show some gains over John Kerry, especially in the way he's handling the War on Terror and Iraq. But assuming public opinion will change many times before Election Day, what do these numbers really mean? That’s the big question for Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for Bush-Cheney 2004.

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