On the Radar: Ex-IMF chief, Mideast peace, Mississippi floods, no 'Governator'
Ex-International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a New York courtroom Thursday during a recess.
May 20th, 2011
07:55 AM ET

On the Radar: Ex-IMF chief, Mideast peace, Mississippi floods, no 'Governator'

Strauss-Kahn release: Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to be released from jail Friday after being granted bail on charges related to the alleged assault of a housekeeper in a New York hotel, his attorney said. "It's a great relief to the family to be able to have him with them," defense attorney Bill Taylor told reporters outside the courtroom Thursday. He said his client was spending the night at the jail on Rikers Island before being released Friday.

The next court appearance is set for June 6. Supreme Court Judge Michael Obus granted bail on condition that Strauss-Kahn post $1 million in cash and a $5 million bond, surrender his travel documents and submit to home detention.

Obama-Netanyahu meeting: There is likely to be some tension at the White House on Friday when President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the day after laying out his vision for the Middle East and North Africa. In his speech Thursday at the State Department, Obama said the pre-1967 borders of Israel should serve as the basis for negotiations in the formation of a future Palestinian state "with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states."

In a statement issued in Jerusalem before his departure for Washington, Netanyahu said such borders would leave Israel "indefensible," by putting major Israeli population centers beyond those lines. Both leaders are set to make statements in the Oval Office around noon.

Mississippi flooding: The Mississippi River is expected to crest Friday at Red River Landing, Louisiana, a day after claiming the life of a 69-year-old Mississippi man.

Resignations at Japanese utility company: Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Masataka Shimizu has announced his resignation, and Managing Director Toshio Nishizawa has been tapped to replace him. Tokyo Electric is the parent company of the nuclear plants damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, leading to radiation release and evacuations. The company reported a net loss of more than $15 billion Friday.

The board of directors must still approve Shimizu's resignation at a June meeting. Vice Presidents Sakae Mutoh and Makio Fujiwara also tendered their resignations.

No Schwarzenegger comic book: Comic book creator Stan Lee's company announced it would stop plans to produce "The Governator," a children's comic book and TV show based on former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's life. "In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics have halted production," the statement said. The statement was a revision from an earlier one that said the companies "have chosen to not go forward with the 'Governator' project."

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  1. Joey

    Bravissimo Obama!
    I completely support Obama's advocacy of a return to the pre-1967 borders for Palestine and Israel.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Taco Joe

    I heard that 6pm saturday is the end ! I am going to drink a whole gallon of chocolate milk afore then ! That chocolate milk is some good stuff !

    May 20, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. michaelfury


    May 20, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    "Chi non vive con onore, muore con onore."

    May 20, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    Arnold doesn't need a comic book, although he still deserves one, as marriages are susceptible to failure.
    I still have his ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MODERN BODYBUILDING, although I regret losing my old copy of PUMPING IRON when I moved.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Taco Joe

    The ISsreali Prime Minister should pretend he has a cold or something and just not show up for the meeting with obamo. Much of Obamos youth was spent in indonesias so he has a muslim outlook on the world. We need a president that models the belief system of the US and Wsstern Civilization. Not one with a muslim outlook.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Taco Joe

    not all musliom are terrorist but almost all terrorist are muslim

    May 20, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ellis from Panama

    I want a jumbo burrito.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey

    All muslims are terrorist. btw, a towel is not a hat.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Taco Joe

    You are probably right Good Joey. I sure dont care for any muslim.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    @ Taco Joe:
    You know that's not my comment.

    May 20, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ellis from Panama

    I have to potty.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. lonnie

    The problem with going back to the pre 1967 borders, Hmm,let's see, it gives Syria and Egypt a good vantage point to attack Israel from, hence the reason Israel hasn't agreed to give the land back as of yet. Maybe, when the Arab countries and the Palestinians accept Israel's right to exist then this may be a viable solution. That day is a long way off however and Israel would be crazy for giving up such an important strategic vantage point. Also why is it that it's always up to Israel to make overtures and give up land just to have the Palestinians continue attacking them. Aren't there other countries in the region too that could give a small portion of land to the Palestinians or is it always going to be Israel that has to cave in? Some day Israel's going to run out of land to give up for peace, what then?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. tim

    Obama's back to smoking crack again if he thinks that's ever going to happen.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    Every President since. Ford has tried to get Israel to do just that, what makes Obama think he'll succeed. Perhaps it's just his arrogance.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
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