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The Los Angeles Times reports that demand for all things Michael Jackson has reached an "unprecedented" level since the King of Pop's death on Thursday.

And I wouldn't be at all surprised if Farrah Fawcett's iconic red swimsuit poster has seen a rise in sales since her death earlier that same day.

The fact of the matter is, we love our celebrities as much (if not more) in death than we do in life.

But what about our politicians?

Does their demise lead us to open up our wallets?

I wouldn't put my money on it.

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R); Roundtable: David Brooks (The New York Times), E.J. Dionne (The Washington Post), Republican Strategist Mike Murphy and Former Clinton White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers.

Face the Nation: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Susan Rice; Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R).

This Week: David Axelrod; Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA); Roundtable: Paul Krugman (The New York Times), Peggy Noonan (The Wall Street Journal), Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson and Kathleen Parker (The Washington Post).

Fox News Sunday: Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Commanding General of the Multi-National Force in Iraq Gen. Ray Odierno; Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Mara Liasson (NPR), Bill Kristol (The Weekly Standard) and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Gen. Ray Odierno; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R); Ohio Senatorial Candidate Rob Portman (R); Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate John Kasich (R); Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens; Reliable Sources: Nico Pitney (The Huffington Post); Dana Milbank (The Washington Post); Amanda Carpenter (The Washington Times); Former CNBC/MSNBC Reporter Diane Dimond; Pop Culture Commentator Touré.

The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather (HDNet); Katty Kay (BBC); Helene Cooper (The New York Times); David Ignatius (The Washington Post).

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair; Former CIA Officer/Author Robert Baer; Paul Krugman; John B. Taylor (The Hoover Institute).

Primetime viewing:

60 Minutes will feature: a report (in conjunction with The Washington Post) on cheating in the unregulated internet gambling industry; a look at how advances in neuroscience have made it possible to read a person's mind; and, a report on American entrepreneur and philanthropist Gregory C. Carr, who is working to restore Mozambique's famous Gorongosa National Park, which has been ravaged by civil war and environmental destruction.

...

The reviews are in...

Jon Stewart didn't think the Mark Sanford (D) press conference lived up to the hype, deeming it a retread of the typical Washington fare... only this time the part of the Republican's paramour was played by a woman.

The Daily Show

Monday: Neurologist/Author Dr. Oliver Sachs

Tuesday: Author Mike Kim ("Escaping North Korea")

Wednesday: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)

Thursday: Editor Karl Weber ("Food, Inc.")

On the other hand, Stephen Colbert named the teary confessional the Summer's first sleeper.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Host Neil Degrasse Tyson ("NOVA scienceNOW")

Tuesday: Author Kevin Mattson ("What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?")

Wednesday: Author Lee Siegel ("Against the Machine")

Thursday: Mountaineer Ed Viesturs

...

Last week, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) announced her intention to violate federal law by ignoring most of the questions on the 2010 Census form. This week, in an interview with Fox News, she explained why.

"If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the census bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations, at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps. I’m not saying that’s what the Administration
is planning to do. But I am saying that private, personal information that was given to the census bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up."

Just because she's paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get her. In fact, the Census Bureau has already begun a re-education program.

...

And speaking of those in need of some learning...

McCain campaign prop "Joe the Plumber" showed up at a gathering hosted by the conservative free-market group Americans for Prosperity on Thursday, where he shared some words of wisdom.

Wurzelbacher has a reputation for being a blunt, politically incorrect speaker. Referring to Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., more than once, Wurzelbacher asked, "Why hasn't he been strung up?"

And he glosses over facts. Referring to the Constitution as "almost like the Bible," Wurzelbacher said of the Founding Fathers: "They knew socialism doesn't work. They knew communism doesn't work." The Constitution predates the origins of socialism by nearly 100 years.

...

This is the end.

- Trix

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 10:33 PM PDT.

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