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:

• Vietnam veterans' attacks on Sen. John Kerry hurt the Democratic presidential candidate in the polls. Will the Democrats be able to turn the tables, using President Bush's National Guard (search) record against him? That’s the big question for Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf and Republican strategist Rich Galen.

Plus, if Kerry claims says President Bush got no bounce. If that's the case, then why is he calling reporters to go on the attack? We’ll ask former RNC Chairman Marc Racicot.

• After a weekend of violence in Iraq killed 77 people nationwide, is the situation getting better, or worse? That’s the big question for retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, FOX News military analyst.

• Hurricane Ivan (search) is inching toward the U.S. mainland after slamming the west coast of Cuba as it makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll have complete team FOX coverage of the deadly storm from FOX News correspondents Jamie Colby, live at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, and Jeff Goldblatt, in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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