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, May 20:

President Bush rallies Republican lawmakers behind closed doors, outlining short and long-term plans for Iraq and warning that the violence may get worse before it gets better
• Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I.

Can the truth about the situation in Iraq survive the propaganda wars?
• Retired Marine Col. Gary Anderson

A leader of the Catholic Church puts the squeeze on Catholic voters and politicians, saying they can't receive the sacrament of communion if they vote against church doctrine
• Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich

Ralph Nader isn't going to be the president, but he's got just enough support to — once again — be a factor in the race
Mary Anne Marsh, Democratic strategist

John Kerry is getting a lot of help from the hallowed halls of academia
Travis Reindl of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

If you're looking for a handout on the streets of Cincinnati, you'd better have your papers in order
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

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Topics and guests subject to change.