Today’s cup: Strauss-Kahn, NATO in Libya, the debt ceiling, and Djokovic is #1

It appears as if charges will be dropped in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case as more sordid details of the New York hotel maid are revealed.  And while I have no personal interest in seeing this man go down, I can’t help but wonder – again – why his wife appears so happy to stand by his side.  Clearly, the man has a history with women and not a good one.  Strauss-Kahn will be facing new charges when he returns to France from a young French writer, Tristane Banon, who tried to accuse him in 2002 of sexual assault but was discouraged by those who should have been protecting her.  William Saletan at writes a great piece on this potential new case, asking the right questions and insisting that we keep an open mind for the both the accuser and the accused.

What’s going on in Libya is up for debate.  According to Russian officials, Qaddafi is willing to cede power to his son in exchange for promises of personal security.  NATO isn’t aiding the rebels in a military campaign only to see another Qadafi in power, so that scenario won’t fly.  Meanwhile, the NATO operation appears to be suffering fatigue as more countries question their mission and the odds of their success.

A tourist fishing vessel carrying 44 people capsized in the waters off Baja California on Sunday after an unexpected storm toppled the boat in the early morning hours.  One man has been confirmed dead, 35 have survived, and the search continues for the remaining eight men, friends taking the annual trip together for the July 4th holiday weekend.

The debt ceiling is the main topic of discussion in Congress this week.  It’s messy and scary and the GOP does scary so much better than the Democrats.  President Obama hardly seems to have an upper hand in the negotiations.  Far from it.  David Frum, a conservative who worked in the Bush White House in ’01, writes a compelling article for CNN, whether you agree with his take on the proceedings or not.

“Transformers” made a gazillion dollars over the weekend ($116.4 million) but the girls and I chose the quiet young chick-flick “Monte Carlo” instead.  I don’t regret the decision.  Overall, it was the second biggest July 4th box office weekend ever.

It’s a huge day for Novak Djokovic.  Still celebrating his Wimbledon win over Rafael Nadal on Sunday, today he received the number one ranking from the ATP, finally replacing Nadal and Roger Federer, who have traded the spot for the past several years.

The Tour de France is going on right now and if you’re watching in person, be careful.  You don’t want to be one of those idiot spectators who causes a massive crash and then ends up on the internet.

Two videos to start your day:

The first is from the insanely talented children’s book author and illustrator Tim Egan, who just happens to be my brother.

The second was sent to me by my sister from a site called and if it doesn’t make you smile, there’s something wrong with you.  I’m serious.

I’m feeling a little tetchy lately, which must mean we’re in the throes of summer.

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