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.
Here we are: four days away from when the U.S. Treasury says the country will not be able to pay its bills unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. As we reported, yesterday Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) spent his day arm twisting and negotiating one-on-one with his own caucus and ended up calling it a night without a vote on his budget plan.
Now, President Obama is stepping into the spotlight. He's expected to address the issue at 10:20 a.m. ET. We'll live blog here.
Iman al-Obeidi first made news in March, when she burst into a Tripoli hotel filled with foreign journalists. She tried to tell her story, but government authorities dragged her away screaming, as dozens of cameras rolled.
Since then, Obeidi was released and she fled to Tunisia and eventually found her way to Qatar only to be deported back to Libya. In early June, Obeidi left for a U.N. refugee facility in Romania.