Topics and Guests for Thursday, May 8

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.

May 8:

There's a catch-22 in forming the infrastructure of a new Iraq. Most educated Iraqis with high-level job experience belonged to Saddam Hussein's party. How do we tell the good guys from the bad?
Dilip Hiro, author of Iraq: In the Eye of the Storm

Someone claiming to be an Al Qaeda spokesman says the terror network has new leadership, and plans for a large-scale attack in the U.S.
Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Saudi Institute

When Nelson Denis left politics, he had quite a story to tell. So he made a movie
Nelson Denis, director of Vote for Me

The NRA has always considered President Bush a friend, but he's not on their side when it comes to so-called assault weapons. The president says the 1994 ban on those weapons should be extended before it expires next year
• Judge Andrew Napolitano, FNC senior judicial analyst

Free markets work best when they're truly free, but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of contradictions
Eric Schlosser, author of Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

Colin Powell hosts a lunch with seven foreign ministers from countries looking to join NATO
Mircea Dan Geoana, Romanian foreign minister

You can't please all of the people all of the time. In England, nine viewers filed complaints with the government about FNC’s coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and now they're hoping to force FOX News off the air
Julian Petley, chairman of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom

Michael Jordan says he's shocked by his abrupt dismissal from the Washington Wizards
Mitchell Krugel, author of One Last Shot: The Story of Michael Jordan’s Comeback

Be sure to tune into The Big Story with John Gibson ... weekdays at 5 p.m. ET.

Note: All guests and topics subject to change