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By John Decker

October 24, 2008 at 8:18pm

Raoul Weil, a top executive of Swiss bank UBS AG has been charged with conspiring to help wealthy American clients hide $20 billion of assets from U.S. tax authorities.

A collection of paintings owned by former Lehman boss Richard Fuld and his wife, Kathy, and said to be worth $20 million, goes on the block tonight at Christie’s.

President-elect Barack Obama is likely to seek a quick closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison, despite a thicket of legal and logistical challenges, reports the Washington Post.

Vivian Schiller, who has overseen the online New York Times, will become president and chief executive of National Public Radio, effective Jan.5, the network announced.

Malia and Sasha Obama have been offered cameos on Disney’s popular kids’ show, “Hannah Montana,” according to Reuters. No word on whether they will accept.

Even as AIG was pleading with the federal government for another $40 billion in loans, the company spent $343,000 to send top executives to a gathering last week at a luxury Phoenix resort, reports ABC News.

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards returns to a public stage tonight at Indiana University, three months after acknowledging he had an affair. Wonkette reports his speaking fee is $35,000.

The full Democratic caucus of the U.S. Senate will vote next week on whether to allow Connecticut independent Joseph Lieberman to hold onto his chairmanship of the Senate homeland security committee, reports TPM’s Election Central.

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