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July 7th, 2009
05:58 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday July 7th, 2009

(Getty Images) Fans sign a Michael Jackson poster covered in messages outside the Staples Center.
(Getty Images) Fans sign a Michael Jackson poster covered in messages outside the Staples Center.

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • We are live outside the Staples Center this morning, where Michael Jackson will be remembered in what’s expected to be one of the biggest public memorials ever.  He didn’t do anything low key while he was alive.  His final farewell is no exception.  The fans have already started to arrive in downtown L.A.  Only 11,000 have a ticket.  And despite the city's pleas for those without one to stay away, police estimate the crowd could reach close to one million – and it will bridge generations.  Parents who played Stevie Wonder LP’s are bringing their kids, who download Usher MP3’s.   Both stars are expected to be here today to say goodbye to the biggest recording artist in history.
  • President Obama is beginning his second day in Russia with a visit to the man experts say is the country's real leader, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.  The president then took his message to the people, with a major speech in Moscow. Our top guy at the White House, Ed Henry sat down with the president in Moscow after his speech.  It's access to a high-stakes summit you won't get anywhere else.
  • The other big story.  Alaska Governor Sarah Palin giving her first interview to CNN since announcing she's resigning, saying she's “not a quitter.”  Our Drew Griffin caught up with her on a fishing trip.  Wait ‘till you see the waders!

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  1. lindsay parent

    I am a 50 year old male from moncton new brunswick canada and ever since i heard of Michaels death i cannot stop crying,He was and is a true gentleman,a true father and a true performer.There will never be another like him.To the Jackson family my deppest sympathies,to his children your father was a great person,a humanitarian,and he gave his all for his fans.If i could turn time back and have Michael back i would but i cannot.He is in Gods paradise now.Rest in peace Michael my sweet prince I will always miss you.The day he died was the day music died.And to deborah the children are where they belong with their grandmother mind your own business.

    July 7, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  2. Chris

    I keep hearing reports that Michael Jacksons "Thriller" was the highest selling album of all time, but the RIAA website or wikipedia lists "the Eagles" as #1. Which is it?

    July 7, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  3. Larry

    Gosh, Michael Jackson gets top billing over Obama's trip to Russia

    For all who care about the world MSNBC and FOX are reporting real news today.

    July 7, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  4. RJ

    its an abomination of tax payer dollars to pay for MJ`s funeral! outside of the $250 death claim will the tax payers pay for me to have an elaborate funeral like a pedophile junkie is getting? Its wrong, his family should solely be responsible for this and because they (his family) relied on MJ`s money for support dont have any money to bury him! Its sad as an intelliegent nation we idolize a man who was not only fond of little boys but couldnt put down the needles! oh yeah tell Jesse Jackson to go on and mind his own business, he makes me sick!

    July 7, 2009 at 7:32 am |
  5. RJ

    Sarah Palins lawyer said guys like David Letterman contributed to Palins resignation. Wake up American if this woman cant take jokes from David Letterman how do you expect her to be the leader of the free world? Palin is a joke and shes the last thing this country needs! A QUITTER!

    July 7, 2009 at 7:26 am |
  6. Karen Coffman


    July 7, 2009 at 6:52 am |