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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]( 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


A strip of gold with a Biblical inscription in Latin.


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.


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.


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





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


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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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

• CBS, Face The Nation: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

• CNN, State Of The Union: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

• Fox News Sunday: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO); Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell (R); Anti-ACORN activist James O'Keefe.

• NBC, Meet The Press: Former President Bill Clinton; Gov. David Paterson (D-NY); Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA).