Safety and Cost along Mississippi, IMF Chief's Diplomatic Immunity Question

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As authorities mull over closing the Mississippi river and the Port of New Orleans for safety precautions, a $295 million price tag (per day) looms; the debate over whether International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has diplomatic immunity in the wake of rape allegations; Blackwater's founder picks up some unprecedented private security business in United Arab Emirates; Deborah Baker on her book "The Convert"; New York's Attorney General may be onto another investigation into mortgage securities; Newt Gingrich and GOP spar over budget comments; Miami's Muslim community reels after arrests; and debating why there aren't really any great recession novels in 2011.