Podcast: Kevin Drum and David Corn Talk Michael Jackson, Sarah Palin, and the GOP 2012

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Listen to Kevin and David talk today about Sarah Palin’s next move, the shrinking list of Republican presidential candidates for 2012, the debate over whether to legalize marijuana, and Michael Jackson’s memorial.

Gotta say, I’m with Kevin on the King of Pop.

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