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

• ABC, This Week: Dr. Susan Rice, Ambassador to the United Nations.

• CBS, Face The Nation: Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner.

• CNN, State Of The Union: General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); and former General Electric CEO Jack Welch.

• Fox News Sunday: David Axelrod, Senior Adviser to the President; Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC); and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

• NBC, Meet The Press: General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson.

Investigators are starting to zero in on the crucial issue of how much access AIG's risk control team had to Joe Cassano's deals.

Earlier this week, we wrote about a December 2007 presentation in which AIG execs assured investors that the firm's risk control officers looked closely at the credit default swaps made by Cassano's financial products unit. But as we noted, those assurances were contradicted last month by AIG CEO Ed Liddy, who told Congress that Cassano limited the access of the risk control team to his unit. And there's additional evidence (sub. req.) supporting Liddy's claim.

And now it looks like one Democratic lawmaker is picking up on that same discrepancy.

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A few moments ago we posted that the state's totals in NY-20 showed Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim Tedisco were exactly tied, at 77,225 votes each. But no longer -- in the latest numbers from one county, Scott Murphy has picked up a net 198 votes.

The Albany Project first reported that Murphy had picked up the votes in Washington County, and I have now confirmed it with Donna English, the Republican election commissioner in the county. (Counties in New York have both Dem and GOP election commissioners, working together.)

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And the current leader in NY-20 is...nobody. It's a tie!

The Schenectady Daily Gazette reports that the numbers right now, as the counties go through the standard procedure of proofreading their spreadsheets, are 77,225 votes for Democrat Scott Murphy, to 77,225 votes for Republican Jim Tedisco.

Murphy led by 65 votes on election night, then 25 votes Wednesday afternoon, and Tedisco might have taken a small lead yesterday. The numbers are still in flux, as some counties are still checking everything out -- who knows, these numbers could even be out of date right now, minutes after it was reported.

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One of the more interesting new details in the Blagojevich indictment was the allegation that the former Illinois governor held up the state funds for a publicly supported school, in an effort to pressure an unnamed congressman who supported the school to have his brother hold a fundraiser for Blago.

Who, we wondered, was the congressman? And who was his brother?

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Here's another fun new dimension to Norm Coleman's legal adventures -- and it's not directly related to the election contest.

During an interview with MinnPost.com yesterday, Norm was asked whether he'd spoken with the FBI about the Nasser Kazeminy case, which involves allegations that a donor paid a large amount of money to a consulting firm where Coleman's wife worked, with the aim of funneling the money to Norm himself.

And here's what happened:

"I can't say anything," he said. "We want this matter to be fully reviewed and fully investigated because nothing happened and we are looking forward to that taking place." And on that note, we arrived at Coleman's car and he ended the conversation by turning and putting his hands on my shoulders.

"Too many questions," he said, laughing.

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Here's your daily dose of everyone's favorite Republican House member, Michele Bachmann from Minnesota.

Bachmann has now picked up some new cosponsors in her efforts to amend the Constitution to forbid the use of a foreign/global money as the legal tender of the United States: Trent Franks (R-AZ), Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), and Kenny Marchant (R-TX). She now has a total of 34 cosponsors, in addition to herself as the primary sponsor.

Of course, there is no such threat to replace the dollar as America's currency. Even if a global currency of some kind were adopted -- and even that isn't in any way a sure thing -- it would be for international exchanges and reserves, not for domestic use.

Check out the full list of cosponsors, after the jump.

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Norm Coleman and the GOP are continuing to lay the groundwork to keep this drawn-out legal process going even longer, as the election court is to rule some time fairly soon that Al Franken is the winner of the race.

Norm appeared on Fox News today:



Norm reminded viewers that there will not be a certificate of election right after the court rules, as it will have to be appealed to the Minnesota Supreme Court: "Listen, it's taken a long time, but this is not judicial fast food."

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So as we reported yesterday, longtime AIG CEO Hank Greenberg went before Congress and placed the blame for the firm's collapse squarely on the execs who took over after he left in 2005 -- including on the crew currently at the helm, who Greeenberg said should be replaced.

But we've been struck by the ferocity of AIG's response to Greenberg, who's been skirmishing with the firm pretty much since he stepped down. Despite its awkward position as a ward of the state -- not to mention as the prime corporate face of the greed and recklessness that caused the financial crisis -- AIG has mounted an aggressive public-relations counter-offensive.

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