Topics and Guests for August 31

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:

Who can you trust with your child’s education? Education Secretary Rod Paige (search) defends the Bush administration's accomplishments and future plans.

The sharp differences between Democrats and Republicans are readily apparent. But what about differences within the Republican Party. Is the GOP unified? We’ll ask Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Is President Bush the man to finish the War on Terror? We’ll ask Bush-Cheney campaign chief strategist Matthew Dowd.

The Democrats aren't sitting on their hands this week. What should the Kerry campaign try to accomplish this week? That’s the big question for Jerry Brown, mayor of Oakland, California and a former presidential candidate.

Plus, we’ll get reaction to the opening of the GOP convention from Democratic strategist David Axelrod and Republican strategist Charlie Black.

And, prosecutors try to prove that dogs tracked Laci's scent to the Berkeley marina where Scott Peterson says he went fishing. We’ll get the latest legal lowdown on Scott Peterson’s double-murder trial from FOX News senior judicial analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano.

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