June 11, 2011 |
In the days after her son Trig was born, Sarah Palin received an outpouring of support and well wishes, many from other parents of children with Down syndrome. Most notable among these was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), whose son Cole was born with Down syndrome. RELATED: Read the Palin emails "The hardest part is hearing the news and getting your arms around a new reality," she wrote in an intimate email. "However, you quickly develop new hopes and dreams for your son. " McMorris Rodgers invited Palin to call her if she ever wanted to talk.
May 19, 2011 |
Newt Gingrich’s misstep this week was actually a double fault in Sarah Palin's eyes. Not only did he attack his own party's proposal to reshape Medicare, but he did so while appearing on the oh-so-dreaded "lamestream media. " Palin offered her diagnosis on a pair of Fox cable shows Wednesday and used Gingrich's latest woes as an example of why Republican presidential hopefuls should avoid the traditional media. "There's got to be the preparation on all the candidates' parts for those gotchas.
June 11, 2011 |
ExxonMobil has long been Alaska’s most enduring villain, thanks to the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker accident that spilled at least 11 million gallons of oil, not to mention the years Exxon spent fighting devastated fishermen and others in court to avoid and delay paying damages. Former Gov. Sarah Palin's emails show how much state officials shared in the general outrage over Exxon’s legal tactics. Having already held the case up in the courts for nearly two decades, winning reversal of billions of dollars in punitive damages by the U.S. Supreme Court, ExxonMobil lawyers in 2008 filed pleadings to avoid paying interest on the $507.5 million they'd avoided paying all those years—a total of about $470 million extra, in the end. An appeals court later ruled Exxon did have to pay the interest, but at the time, the oil company was pulling out the stops again to fight it, and Talis Colberg, then Alaska’s Attorney General, shared highlights of the company’s legal argument in a contemptuous email to his boss.
December 23, 2013 |
I'm a big fan of Christmas, but I'm not inclined to join Sarah Palin's pro-Christmas crusade. Her new book, "Good Tidings, Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," lays out the case that Christmas is under attack by stringing together a litany of slights against the holiday -- real, imagined and exaggerated -- that do not add up to much more than her usual chip-on-the-shoulder complaint against anyone outside her narrow definition of "real Americans....
April 3, 2012 |
Joining what she has dubbed the “lame-stream media,” if only for a brief time, Sarah Palin ended up throwing as many jabs at herself as at President Obama during an appearance on the “Today” show Tuesday morning. Introduced amid a pile of newspapers, acting flustered, Palin immediately harkened back to her infamous interview with former “Today” host Katie Couric. “Oh man, she's doing her homework!” current host Matt Lauer joked as the former Alaskan governor then dove into an anecdote about being mistaken for Tina Fey, known for her pitch-perfect impersonations of Palin on “Saturday Night Live” during the 2008 election cycle.
August 12, 2012 |
Sarah Palin weighed in on the new Republican presidential ticket and, no surprise, took some hard shots at President Obama ("reckless" spender, "dismal failure. ") A bit less expected was Palin's rant against ... socialized medicine? ... Chicago-style politics? ... Michelle Obama force-feeding us vegetables? No, California. The state of California. In a Facebook statement Friday night, the former Republican vice presidential nominee tried to boost the current Republican presidential ticket by talking about the "cautionary tale" of the Golden State.
June 11, 2011 |
Sarah Palin feuded bitterly with Senate President and fellow Republican Lyda Green. When Green contacted the governor's office in May 2008 to discuss calling a special session to move stalled legislation, Palin said Green was asking the governor's office to "bail her butt out of the pickle she got herself in. " RELATED: Read the Palin emails "She believes her hide will be saved if she gets us to take on this entire burden and...
February 21, 2011
Kathy Griffin will bring the "tea party" to "Glee. " ( TV Line ) "Inception" takes the top film sound editing Golden Reel honors. They did a good job of drowning out the sound of audience members saying "What's going on?" ( Los Angeles Times ) The weekend isn't over, but it looks as though Liam Neeson and "Unknown" will win the box-office derby. ( Los Angeles Times ) Actress Hayden Panettiere took a nice, quiet Lifetime movie and landed herself in a world of controversy.
September 4, 2011 |
Doug Adams, the former potato chip salesman who founded the Iowans4Palin website last year, was asleep Sunday morning at home in Storm Lake, Iowa, when his wife, Diane, woke him up with a panicky phone call. “She was squealing,” Adams said Sunday night. “I was kinda scared.” Diane told him to get down to the lake post-haste. Sarah and Todd Palin were there, and Sarah was about to run the half-marathon. Diane had risen early to walk the course. Adams thought his wife was joking at first, since they had just returned the night before from Indianola, more than 150 miles from Storm Lake, where they'd trekked to watch Palin's "tea party" speech Saturday afternoon.
July 26, 2012 |
Sarah Palin is a public figure caught between two worlds. In some circles, she is still a political powerhouse, acting as the spiritual leader of the tea party right; speaking at events sponsored by the Koch brothers' anti-tax group, Americans for Prosperity; using her money and clout on favored candidate; and appearing as a commentator on Fox News. In other circles, she is the matriarch of an expanding reality television dynasty that includes her husband, her daughters and a grandson.