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July 1st, 2011
01:10 PM ET

Prosecution find credibility issues for accuser in the Strauss-Kahn case

(CNN) - Prosecutors will notify the court Friday of troubling believability issues with the woman once called extremely credible in her sexual assault allegations against former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a source familiar with the case told CNN.

The issues were disclosed Thursday by prosecutors in a meeting with Strauss-Kahn's defense, the official said. The credibility problems are expected to be explained in a letter expected to be filed Friday by prosecutors with the court, the source said.

This morning, Criminal Defense Attorney and former Prosecutor Paul Callan joins American Morning to talk about the future of the case.

Filed under: IMF
July 1st, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Anthony defense rests without Casey taking the stand – Could we see a verdict this weekend?

Casey Anthony's defense rested Thursday in her capital murder trial without calling her to testify, ending weeks of speculation about whether she would take the stand in her own defense.

The judge in the Anthony trial, Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr., told the courtroom that rebuttal witnesses will likely conclude Friday and closing arguments will be held Saturday morning, with jury instructions to follow and deliberations likely to begin by that afternoon.

Sunny Hostin, CNN legal contributor and Vinnie Politan, host of Special Report Prime News/HLN, join Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi on American Morning today to discuss the future of the trial and if the defense made its case.

Filed under: Casey Anthony • Casey Anthony trial
July 1st, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Why is Mexico's drug violence America's problem too?: TIME magazine's Tim Padgett weighs in

Tim Padgett, Latin America Bureau Chief for TIME magazine, wrote the magazine's latest cover story, titled "The War next door: Why Mexico's drug violence is America's problem too," focusing on how the Mexican drug war has reached a turning point.

While violence is at an all-time high, public outrage has also reached new heights. Padgett joins Kiran Chetry today on American Morning to talk about a grassroots demonstration that has grown in the country and to comment on how both the US and Mexican governments are handling the drug war problem.

Read Padgett's article here.

Filed under: Drugs • Mexico
July 1st, 2011
12:49 PM ET

Pizzas 4 Patriots to send 6,000 pies around the world this Monday

This July 4th, Pizzas 4 Patriots will be sending nearly six thousand pizzas to soldiers stationed around the world as a part of their "Operation Greatest Generation" in honor of the WWII generation.

Founder Mark Evans is on set today with Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi to talk about the project and what the reaction has been from the soldiers.

To help donate pizzas through the program, visit

Filed under: Military
July 1st, 2011
12:43 PM ET

Need to get away this July 4th weekend? Find some last minute deals & destinations

July fourth weekend is coming up and it's not too late to plan a getaway!

Today on American Morning, Sarah Spagnolo, Digital Projects Editor for Travel + Leisure, joins Ali Velshi to talk about how to find some last minute deals and to discuss the travel outlook for this holiday weekend.

Filed under: Travel
July 1st, 2011
05:43 AM ET

Question of the Day: Would you go through with the wedding if you received a scathing e-mail from your future Mother-in-law?

For any bride to be, one of the most stressful and nerve-wracking aspects of preparing for married life is meeting your future in-laws and, above all, attempting to win over your future mother-in-law.

For one British woman, Heidi Withers, this experience was particularly difficult. Shortly after Withers visited her fiance's  family home in Devon, a rural county west of London, she received an email from her future mother-in-law that criticized everything from her table manners and sleeping habits to her parents' financial status.

Withers showed the brutal email to a few of her friends, and it has since gone viral. A full copy is available here.

American Morning wants to know: Would you go through with the wedding if you received that e-mail from your future Mother-in-law?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Asks