Leading article: Tea-time in Delaware

Primary elections in the United States are almost always deceptive, but they can be dangerous, too. The unexpected victories for Tea Party candidates in this year's last bunch of Republican primaries are a bit of both. Candidates for this populist grassroots movement won, among others, the nomination to run for New York governor and the Senate nomination for the state of Delaware – a state of more importance than it small size suggests because so many major corporations have their headquarters there for tax reasons. Tea Party adherents had earlier won Senate nominations in states as far apart as Florida and Alaska.

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Bristol Palin is single &ndash; again

The on-again, off-again engagement between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston is off – again. The 19-year-old daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin called off their wedding plans after her husband-to-be told her he may have fathered a baby with another woman.

Bristol Palin calls it quits with fiance Johnston

The on-again, off-again engagement between Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston is off — again.

T&ecirc;te &agrave; T&ecirc;te's short and sweet opera treats

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Tom Sutcliffe: Opening lines that can be a giveaway

Can you judge a book by its epigraph? That you do is surely true, since at the point when you turn that particular page of a new novel it's pretty much all you've got to go on. Yes – the book's cover will have started work on you already, but you know that to be the creation of the marketing department. It's inadmissible as evidence of literary intent. But now, here, you are for the first time in the presence of the author and you are entitled to weigh up what you've been given. That you are expected to judge a book by its epigraph is also true, since it would hardly be there otherwise. You know perfectly well that it has designs on your judgement. It would be impolite to brush past without a nod in its direction, even if you suspect that it stands at the door like a spin-doctor, trying to tilt the verdict in the right direction.

Tom Mendelsohn: Is Sarah Palin the heir to Shakespeare?

Yes, that’s a serious question. Let me explain.

Palin soap opera carries on with Bristol's 'reality TV' wedding

The first time they got engaged, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston celebrated on stage at the Republican National Convention. The second time, two soap-opera years later, they announced the news by selling an "exclusive" to a supermarket magazine. Now the happy couple plan to turn their forthcoming wedding into a television show.

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