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9:21am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Warren Jeffs: Alone For The Defense

At the end of court yesterday, Warren Jeffs stood all by himself at the defense table, head bowed, motionless as everyone swirled around him.

The morning began with him firing his defense lawyers and announcing he would represent himself. It was a particularly cruel blow for Deric Walpole, Jeffs' lead defense lawyer, who'd been working 20-hour days to get ready for this moment only to have Jeffs pull the rug out from under him.

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9:15am

Fri July 29, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Panel: FDA Needs A Reboot On Regulation Of Medical Devices

The regulation of medical devices bears a passing resemblance to this giant version of the Rube Goldberg-style game Mouse Trap.
Bill Ward Flickr

Sorry to drop this news on you as another summer weekend beckons.

But the system the Food and Drug Administration uses to evaluate a big swath of medical devices before they're offered for sale doesn't make much sense, according to a report just released by the independent Institute of Medicine.

It's an arcane but important subject, and it may either bore you or disturb you.

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8:52am

Fri July 29, 2011
Planet Money

Meanwhile, The Real Economy Is Stalling

Originally published on Fri July 29, 2011 7:34 am

Estimates of U.S. economic growth went from bad to horrible this morning.

In the first three months of this year, the economy grew at an annual rate of only 0.4 percent — down from an earlier estimate of 1.9 percent.

In the second three months of the year, the growth rate was an estimated 1.3 percent — still very low, and well below what economists were predicting.

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8:30am

Fri July 29, 2011
Opinion

Weekly Standard: The Feminine Lie Mystique

Former Duke lacrosse players Dave Evans, left, and Collin Finnerty speak during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, April 11, 2007. Prosecutors dropped all charges against the three Duke lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a stripper at a party, saying the athletes were innocent victims of a "tragic rush to accuse" by an overreaching district attorney.
Gerry Broome AP

Cathy Young is a contributing editor to Reason magazine and a columnist for RealClearPolitics.com.

We will probably never know for sure what really happened between former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the chambermaid who accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Manhattan hotel room on May 14. In the days after the French politician's arrest, media commentary was strongly on the side of the alleged victim, and any attempt to question her credibility was met with indignation.

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8:29am

Fri July 29, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Strauss-Kahn And Everything Else

Nafissatou Diallo leaves Manhattan criminal court surrounded by a crush of photographers, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in New York. Diallo, the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sex assault met with prosecutors Wednesday morning for the first time since the district attorney's office publicly announced it had doubts about her credibility.
Louis Lanzano AP

Rochelle Gurstein is the author of The Repeal of Reticence. She writes a regular column for The New Republic.

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