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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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8:13am

Fri July 29, 2011
Politics

Debt Ceiling Update

NPR's David Welna talks with Mary Louise Kelly, for the latest developments on the debt ceiling negotiations after the House of Representatives postponed a vote on its bill last night.

8:12am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Coming Up: Obama On Debt Ceiling Status

President Obama addresses the nation on the debt ceiling from the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday.
Jim Watson AP

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.

Update at 10:24 a.m. ET: So where do we stand?

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7:29am

Fri July 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Receiving Asylum, Iman Al-Obeidi Arrives In U.S.

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.

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