All hail the new queen of the small screen...

She looks like Sarah Palin’s leather-clad twin and can fire four guns at once. She uses her hair as an offensive weapon and wields a cobra-headed whip. She’s inspired lookalike competitions (although there’s no news on whether La Palin entered) and taken Japan by storm. Oh, and she can turn into a pather too.

Discussing the disabled: Readers' views

Last week, Ian Birrell wrote calling for an end to the casual use of words such as 'retard' that reveal the bigotry with which disabled people are treated. Here, readers offer their views

Letterman says wife 'horribly hurt' by sex scandal

Late-night TV host David Letterman has apologised to his wife on his Late Show, saying she had been "horribly hurt by my behaviour."

Chat show star David Letterman reveals blackmail plot over affairs

US chat show host David Letterman made an extraordinary confession to a string of affairs on his top-rated TV show after an alleged two million dollar blackmail plot.

Sarah Palin 'going rogue' with early memoir release

Sarah Palin, last year's Republican vice-presidential candidate who became a figure of global fascination, is to release her memoir just four months after her book deal was announced.

Mary Wakefield: Pop a pill and you feel so much better – regardless of what's in it

If there's one group of fat cats we all assume are still purring away through these uncertain times, it's big pharmaceutical companies. Bankers may be despised, MPs still reeling from duck-house-gate, but surely big pharma is sitting pretty, turning our pain into gain in their usual charming way.

Guy Adams: The polar opposite to what I'd expected

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Johann Hari: Republicans, religion and the triumph of unreason

How do they train themselves to be so impervious to reality?

Leading article: Alaska's hockey mom moves on

Sarah Palin may have bowed out as Governor of Alaska, but even as she served her last salmon-burger at the governor's picnic, it was unclear whether we were looking at an end or a beginning. She left office with all the confidence and aplomb that had marked her political career to date, pledging to write a book and work to build a centre-right Republican coalition. There may be little doubt about the former, but the latter looks a much tougher and more questionable proposition.

Palin's resignation day arrives

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin steps down today giving few clues about her political future, which has been clouded by ethics probes, mounting legal bills and dwindling popularity.

Palin picnic in Alaska hometown draws big crowd

More than a thousand people showed up for former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's annual picnic held in her hometown of Wasilla.

Funny thing, our new women comics are invisible

A new generation of Americans has joined a dynasty of female comedians, but in Britain such fame is elusive. Susie Mesure reports

What's your game, Sarah?

The Alaska Governor's shock resignation has left Republicans baffled, reports David Usborne in New York

Foot-shooting season opens in Alaska

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