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Tim Walker: How to take the fun out of a web craze

When, on Wednesday, a Twitter user called @wiggsd remarked that a White House press briefing was a bit tedious, he unexpectedly received a reply from @whitehouse: "Fiscal policy is important, but can be dry sometimes," the President's official feed agreed. "Here's something more fun..." There followed a link to the video for Rick Astley's 1987 hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up".

Palin's film panned by the critics

If Sarah Palin was hoping to sweep to power on the back of a documentary celebrating her rise from "hockey mom" to national power broker, then nobody told the critics.

She's decided nomination, says Sarah Palin's daughter

Sarah palin said she is still considering a potential 2012 presidential run, though her daughter said she has already made up her mind and is keeping the decision secret for now.

Presidential contender steps into Palin's shoes

Boasting she has a "titanium spine" but dodging revelations which suggest she may also possess a brass neck, Michele Bachmann spent the weekend preparing to become the latest Republican front-runner to launch their bid for the party's presidential nomination.

Kathy Griffin, Palace Theatre, London

The boxes of the Palace Theatre are decorated with cherubs but on its stage the American comedian and reality-show star Kathy Griffin is busy stressing that her line

Rupert Cornwell: New rivals threaten Obama's second term

Out of America: Michele Bachmann is the rising star for the Republicans as economic woes and troubles abroad add spice to next year's campaign

The Sketch: The alternatives to Ed are so weird they make even him look good

What a state the Labour leadership is in. To give you some idea, the name of Mary Creagh gets mentioned as a leader-in-waiting. Who is she? It doesn't matter: she's wild. She makes Sarah Palin look like Geoffrey Howe.

Leading article: Recovery of values

It has been a remarkable recovery. In January the US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at an open-air meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona. Five months later, two photographs of her show how far she has progressed.

Rhodri Marsden: Boring emails that are the stuff of life

Unsurprisingly, my own collection of 23,549 emails over the same period is equally dull

How Sarah Palin's road trip turned into a car crash

The release of thousands of emails from her time in office caps an uncomfortable week for the Tea Party star

Sarah Palin unlikely to get an audience with Margaret Thatcher

Sarah Palin, star of the American right, is considering bringing her publicity tour to Britain in the hope that some of Margaret Thatcher's fame will rub off on her.

Letter from the editor: Living in the age of celebrity

I love our readers. I really do. Of course, in an indirect way, you pay our wages, so it's in my interest to keep in with you.

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