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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in Pittsburgh for the G20 Summit, held on Sept. 24 and 25, 2009.

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The first night of the G-20, the President and First Lady hold a reception for visiting heads of state at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh.

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The Obamas share a moment in the midst of the meet-and-greet.

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South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli chat with the Obamas during the opening dinner of the G20 on Sept. 24. The Obamas had their picture taken with all the heads of state who attended.

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi greets First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy continue the cavalcade of heads of state featured in Pittsburgh.

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Anarchist demonstrators gathered on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh to protest the G20.

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An officer emerges from a cloud of tear gas towards protesters, several of whom were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace. Thousands of police officers from across the country were brought in for security ahead of the summit.

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At a press conference, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says "We have a special responsibility here in the United States to make sure we are doing the things in this country to preserve confidence in the U.S. financial system -- confidence that's very important to sustain the dollar's role as the principle reserve currency in the international financial system."

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Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle arrive at the welcoming dinner for G-20 leaders at the Phipps Conservatory.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Obama exchange greetings at the start of a meeting.

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Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao gather around the meeting table for the first plenary session of the summit.

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First Lady Michelle Obama co-hosts a dinner party at the home of Teresa Heinz Kerry for the spouses of the G20 leaders.

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Obama talks with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during a working dinner.

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Obama, flanked by Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, addresses the G20 on Iranian nuclear ambitions and reveal that intelligence has uncovered a secret underground enrichment program in Qom.

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The spouses of the visiting G-20 leaders pose for a family photo. (Shown Top row L-R), Filippa Reinfeldt, wife of Swedish Prime Minster Fredrik Reinfeldt, Laureen Harper of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Ban Soon Taek, and unknown. (Shown bottom row L-R) Margarita Zavala, Brazil's first lady Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva, First Lady Michelle Obama, Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, wife of Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy, and wife of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Svetlana Medvedev.

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The leaders of the G20 Summit -- from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom and the U.S. -- pose for a family photo after the first plenary session of the summit.

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G-20 leaders are working on an accord to prevent a repeat of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression.

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Look out, Barbie -- here comes the Michele Bachmann action figure!

As Minnesota Public Radio reports, the increased fame of the second-term Congresswoman had spurred a Connecticut company, Herobuilders, to manufacture a new posable toy in her image.

This puts Bachmann among the ranks of the company's other comedic offerings, which includes Obama as the Joker, Joe the Plumber, and Sarah Palin in a schoolgirl outfit.

It really is a great likeness. They managed to get her eyes just right.

That [birthermercial](http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/09/as_seen_on_tv_birthermercial_asks_where_was_obama.php) we told you about earlier is running in seven states, one of the men behind the program tells us.

Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation says his group will decide soon on a second buy for the 28-minute program that asks late-night viewers to give $30 to have a faxes sent to government officials demanding Obama produce his birth certificate. As a thank you, contributors also get a special Birther bumper sticker.

The first buy covered Sept. 10 through Sept. 27.

For your viewing pleasure, here's the grand list:

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Hassan Nemazee's brother-in-law has been charged as an accomplice in the same alleged $292 million Ponzi scheme that Nemazee himself was indicted for earlier this week.

Shahin Kashanchi, 46, of Telluride, Colorado, was charged with helping Nemazee -- a major fundraiser for the Democratic party -- to submit fraudulent documents and correspondence to the banks Nemazee allegedly swindled.

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Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is blocking an EPA nomination because he wants the agency to delay establishing safety procedures for formaldehyde. Meanwhile, major emitters of the dangerous chemical have been generous contributors to the senator's reelection campaign.

Vitter met yesterday with EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, who sought, unsuccessfully, to convince him to remove the hold he had placed on Paul Anastas, who has been nominated to be the EPA's assistant administrator in charge of its Office of Research and Development, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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The office of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) says the Wall Street Journal story suggesting the congressman improperly blocked a pick for US Attorney is no story at all.

In a statement given to TPMmuckraker, Lewis' office says all he did was offer his opinions in the case of Sally Yates, a Georgia prosecutor whose name was cut from a list of candidates sent to the White House by the state's Democratic congressmen.

Yates previously prosecuted a longtime friend of Lewis, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell -- a fact Lewis' office says had nothing to do with "any reservations" he raised.

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A team of archeologists unveiled the largest and most valuable hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found, on Sept. 24, 2009. The 1,300-year-old treasure was discovered in July by unemployed welfare recipient Terry Herbert, an amateur with a metal detector who was treasure-hunting on a friend's private farmland.

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At a press conference in Birmingham, U.K., archeologists display pieces of the Staffordshire Hoard. More than 1,500 pieces of gold and silver were uncovered in Staffordshire, England, and the hoard has been hailed as a perception-altering discovery from the Anglo-Saxon era of England's history.

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Dr. Kevin Leahy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme poses with a piece of the Staffordshire Hoard. Leahy has been a part of many other excavation teams, including one that excavated the Cleatham cremation cemetery. "After all those urns, I think I deserve the Staffordshire find," he said.

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The Birmingham University Archeology Unit and the Staffordshire County Council unearthed most of the hoard. All together, the hoard weighs in at five kilograms of gold and 1.3 kilograms of silver. Many pieces are decorated with precious stones.

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The cheek-piece of a helmet, decorated with a frieze of running animals. Most of the pieces appear to date from the 7th century, although there is already some debate about the exact time.

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A strip of gold with a Biblical inscription in Latin.

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The exact spot where the hoard lay hidden for a millennium and a half has not yet been revealed. However, it was likely at the heart of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia.

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The Staffordshire Hoard is "absolutely the equivalent of finding a new Lindisfarne Gospels or Book of Kells," said Leslie Webster, former keeper of the Department of Prehistory and Europe in the British Museum.

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Archeologist Ian Wykes said a find like this "reaffirms why you became an archaeologist in the first place."

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Hordes of people wait in line to see the Staffordshire Hoard on Sept. 25, 2009, at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

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Sen. Paul Kirk (D-MA) was just sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden, to serve in the Senate until the Massachusetts special election in January.

Kirk is not running in that election, and is serving in a caretaker capacity in Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. He is himself a former Kennedy staffer and longtime family friend, and was recommended for the appointment by Kennedy's family.

This also follows a judge's rejection of a Massachusetts Republican Party lawsuit, which attempted to stop the appointment.

The Boston Globe reported that when Kirk arrived in Washington today, he first paid a visit to his late friend's grave, in Arlington National Cemetery.

A single-engine plane wandered into restricted airspace set up for the G-20 Summit today and was immediately met by two fighter jets.

The F-15s escorted the general aviation aircraft to the Wheeling/Ohio Airport. Officials said they are investigating the incident.

On Monday, fighter jets tried to intercept to a small plane that flew into restricted airspace over New Jersey related to President Obama's visit to New York City that day. That plane returned to Central Jersey Airport in Hillsborough before the F-15s reached it, and the pilot was met by aviation officials on the ground.

A new birther infomercial running on a CBS affiliate in Texas and elsewhere around the country tells viewers a "got a birth certificate?" bumper sticker can be theirs for the low price of $30.

The 28-minute program -- quite possibly the first ever birthermercial -- features community access production values, heavy use of foreboding strings soundtrack, and standard-issue Birther ideology.

For a $30 contribution, viewers also get a fax sent in their name to the 50 state attorneys general and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that President Obama produce his real birth certificate.

Here's the TPMtv highlight reel of the infomercial:

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