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December 4, 2013 | By Scott Collins, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Martin Bashir has learned something Alec Baldwin already knows: Even a cable news host can say too much. MSNBC announced Wednesday that Bashir, a commentator and host of the 4 p.m. hour, is leaving after an uproar over his remarks last month about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Disputing Palin's position that compared the national debt to slavery, Bashir during an on-air segment called Palin "America's resident dunce" and then suggested a slave-like scatalogical punishment for her. (Entire video is below; warning: strong language.)
November 21, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
A simple request: Please stop calling Sarah Palin names. If you find her politics repellant and her intellectual gifts lacking, fine. Just say so. But stop with the verbal abuse and the debased revenge fantasies. Palin has always had a gift for making her critics crazy. But it's been five years since she was sprung from Alaskan obscurity as kind of “Hail Mary pass” for John McCain's faltering presidential dreams. Liberals: She can't hurt you anymore. It's time to get over her. Her career is about self-enrichment now, not politics.  She's found a formula for financial success and continuing celebrity.
October 25, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day, This article has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details
It's time now for another media mini-feud! This bout features two media personalities who are no strangers to duking it out in public: CNN host Piers Morgan and Fox News contributor (and former politician) Sarah Palin. This skirmish began when Morgan tweeted a link to an article on the satirical site Daily Currant on Thursday. The story claimed that Palin, during an appearance on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends," talked about the ways in which Jesus Christ celebrated Easter during his lifetime.
October 14, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
You've seen this movie before, Iowa. Stoking another round of what-if and what-could-be, Sarah Palin is planning a return to the state where presidential dreams are fevered even this far out from the next contest. The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative and evangelical group, announced that the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee will speak at its 13thannual banquet on Nov. 9. The announcement of the planned Des Moines speech comes at a time Palin has again raised her political profile.
August 31, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
It's hard to know whether Sarah Palin would be so quick to condemn a Republican president for venturing the idea that the U.S. should take military action against Syria in response to what the White House said is a documented chemical weapon attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on his own people. But in a Facebook post called “Let Allah Sort it Out,” the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee-turned-Fox News personality let President Obama have it. It was Obama, she said, who painted himself into a corner a year ago when he said that chemical weapons represented a “red line” that Syria's president should not cross.
July 10, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska had perhaps the most appropriate reaction to the " news " that Sarah Palin may seek to run against him in 2014: Win a primary, then you'll get my attention. He continued: "I take every candidate seriously -- that is, if she's still a resident, but you know she quit on Alaska when she was governor. She's been somewhat vacant from the state and quit on the state, so I wish her the best on her potential run. " Begich was responding to an interview Palin gave to (who else?
July 2, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been corrected. See note below for details.
Every time I cross the border into Mexico, drive along the Tijuana river and head west up the hill toward the ocean, I feel a little bit sick. Believe me, it's not the water. It's the wall. Undulating gently over hilly terrain from the San Ysidro border before it drops into the Pacific at Imperial Beach, the double barrier, complete with stadium lights, is an infuriating symbol of our hypocritical relationship with Mexico and the impoverished souls who steal across the border to pick our strawberries, clean our toilets, mow our lawns.
June 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Sarah Palin and Roger Ailes have evidently made up. The former Alaska governor will return as an on-air commentator on Ailes' Fox News Channel next week, the network announced Thursday. She'll also nab a role on its sister network, Fox Business Network. The move comes as a surprise after Palin's abrupt exit from Fox News early this year. The onetime GOP vice presidential pick disappeared from Fox after reports of tension between her and network boss Ailes, who according to a magazine article had privately dismissed her to associates as "stupid.
May 4, 2013
It's been kind of entertaining to see the world-class sophistry on display in Houston at the NRA's annual convention. The message is: If you feel devastated about the slaughters of Sandy Hook, or Aurora, or Tucson, instead of trying to prevent crazy people from acquiring weapons, you should do something constructive. Like pray. “Where we see tragedy,” said NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox,  “Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg, they see opportunity. While we pray for God to comfort those suffering unimaginable pain, they rush to microphones and cameras, gather in war rooms on Capitol Hill and scheme about how to use that suffering to push their political agenda.” Yeah, that makes sense.
May 3, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- The National Rifle Assn.'s annual convention begins in earnest Friday in Houston, with leaders who have spent the year defending the group in the wake of mass shootings emboldened by the recent defeat of federal gun control legislation and ready to rally around this year's theme: “Stand and Fight.” "If you are an NRA member, you deserve to be proud," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's chief executive wrote to members last week, saying they...
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