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.
July 15, 2011 |
Sarah Palin's political action committee raised more than $1.6 million in the first half of the year, it announced Thursday. The federal PAC spent nearly the same amount -- $1,591,520 -- in the same period. Of that, $65,000 went to candidates and almost $20,000 was donated to the Young America's Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes conservative values. In February, Palin gave a speech at a Ronald Reagan centennial celebration in Santa Barbara hosted by the organization. A spokeswoman said at the time that Palin had waived her speaking fee for the event.
June 11, 2011 |
When she vetoed $268 million in capital projects approved by lawmakers in the $3.6-billion 2008-09 capital budget, former Gov. Sarah Palin was perplexed at the outcry up and down the state from those whose cherished projects had been cut—with backers of a number of school building projects complaining perhaps the loudest. Fire stations, emergency services and road improvements also got the ax. One unnamed official said she was “stunned by how many school projects were actually cut,” reported Karen Rehfield, director of the Alaska Office of Management and Budget.
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.
June 10, 2011 |
Andrew Halcro is a conservative blogger and third party independent candidate who ran against Sarah Palin for Alaska governor in 2006. Though he was trampled -- garnering only 9% of the vote -- he continued to be a thorn in her side. In late 2007, Palin became alarmed when it appeared that Halcro was misrepresenting the view of Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski about Palin's pet project, the natural gas pipeline, or AGIA, that would transport Alaska's resources to market. At the time, various companies were bidding on the project, which was eventually awarded to TransCanada.
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....
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.
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.
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.