updated 8/22/2005 11:02:27 AM ET 2005-08-22T15:02:27

5 p.m. EST

The Vioxx ruling came as quite a shock this afternoon. A Texas jury has awarded the widow of a victim over $250 million in damages.

With thousands more litigants in line for upcoming trials, what does this mean for the future of Merck, or the whole pharmaceutical industry? We'll discuss.

And later, a look at America's growing immigration problems with Rep. David Dreier.

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12 p.m. EST

Like an alarm clock blaring in the dark of night, the mortar rockets fired at two U.S. Navy vessels in Jordan remind us that this is still a region in conflict.

Despite the relative order and minimal violence of the evacuation from Gaza, the Middle East is far from peaceful on the morning after.

No U.S. servicemen were injured by the missiles, which missed the ships and impacted a nearby warehouse.  A group linked to Al Qaeda is believed to be responsible for the attack.

Will the war on terror now spread to this region--Israel, Jordan, the emerging "Palestine?"  Or is it already there?  We will discuss this on the show today.

And we'll also take a look at one state's strong stand against crystal meth labs.  Oregon's Governor Ted Kulongoski will join us.

Later, as the sun sets in Israel bringing the start of the Sabbath, Palestinians begin their first days in Gaza free from Israeli occupation.  Meanwhile, the settlers huddle in hotel rooms in Jerusalem wondering what comes next, sad to leave behind a life they knew for decades.

NBC's Jim Maceda joins us live from Israel with some final thoughts on this historic week, and I'll bring you first hand accounts from blogs written by Israelis and Palestinians.

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Jersualem Diaries
Israel Reporter
Rafah Pundits
Electronic Entifada

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