Topics and Guests for August 24

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 reports from correspondent Heather Nauert.

Topics and Guests:

John Kerry is calling for President Bush and the Republican Party to put an end to their "fear and smear" campaign
Ed Gillespie, Republican National Convention chairman
Joe Andrew, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee

Is Amber Frey the link to a Scott Peterson conviction?
Mickey Sherman, criminal defense attorney
Steven Clark, former Santa Clara Country D.A.    

Iraqi security forces spent the day moving into the battle zone around a holy shrine in Najaf
• Former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters

Many of the 527 groups responsible for the ads attacking President Bush and John Kerry are headed by Democratic and Republican Party activists
Derek Willis of the Center for Public Integrity 

The first U.S. military tribunal since World War II is now getting under way at Guantanamo Naval base in Cuba
John Hutson, former JAG

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