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:

Garden Party: The convention at Madison Square Garden (search) launched under extremely tight security, with a helicopter hovering overhead and thousands of police posted at barricades.

With prime time speeches from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, what can we expect from the GOP this week? That's the big question for Dan Bartlett, White House communications director.

Plus, what do Democrats make of the GOP in NYC? Gov. Tom Vilsack, D-Iowa, weighs in.

Saboteurs in Iraq hit oil pipelines stopping 90 percent of exports from the country. Is the situation there getting better, or worse? We'll have a fair and balanced debate.

The War on Terror is a hot button issue the race for the White House. But how do domestic issues factor in? We’ll get a read from Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

Plus, the United States doesn't negotiate with terrorists. But will France? FOX News’ Heather Nauert tells us about the “hostages for headscarves” crisis in Iraq.

And, many legal experts say it's the most important part of a trial. FOX News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano previews jury selection at the Kobe Bryant trial.

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