Bristol Palin to marry – but what will Mom say?

The course of true love never did run smooth, but during their two years in the public eye, the romance between Sarah Palin's teenage daughter, Bristol, and her on-off boyfriend, Levi Johnston, has endured as many twists, turns, and unfortunate misunderstandings as the plot of a Shakespearean comedy.

Tom Mendelsohn: How serious is Sarah Palin about 2012?

It’s not a total secret that Sarah Palin is potentially eying up a White House bid for 2012.

Margaret Thatcher: First among unequals

Britain's only female premier is back in vogue. Yet while her successors borrow her ideas, they'll never match Margaret Thatcher's audacity, says Andy McSmith

Former student convicted for hacking Palin's e-mails

The son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker was convicted yesterday on two charges in the hacking of Sarah Palin's e-mail account while she campaigned on the Republican presidential ticket in 2008.

Hillary Clinton missed off Time's 'most influential' list

Women may hold more sway than eve before, but the world's most powerful female, Hillary Clinton,is not in the same league as Kathryn Bigelow or Lady Gaga.

From hockey mom to diva: contract reveals Sarah Palin's taste for luxury

Inquiry reveals that hiring former governor of Alaska to speak is not so much high-maintenance as high-risk

Forget celebrity books, it's their pets' tales that are flying off the shelves

Sales of the stars' real memoirs may be plummeting, but animal autobiographies and canine kiss-and-tells are storming the literary charts. And they're often better written, too. Arifa Akbar reports

When Sarah Palin met LL Cool J (or at least that's what she wants you to think)

Her favourite pastimes involve snowmobiles and salmon fishing, rather than hip-hop and urban culture. So when Sarah Palin announced that her debut as a TV presenter would feature an in-depth interview with James Todd Smith, the musician better known as LL Cool J, fans feared that she might be stepping too far out of her folksy comfort zone.

Tina Fey - From spoofer to movie stardom

Tina Fey became famous globally for her take-offs of Sarah Palin, but had already won awards for Saturday Night Live. She tells Gill Pringle about Date Night, her new comedy with Office star Steve Carell

Terence Blacker: Stand up for the right to cause offence

Constraint on language leads to constraint on thought

Mark Steel: My advice to Obama – throw away the kid gloves

One result of the American system is that a third of health employees are in marketing

Guy Adams: Years earlier than expected, Sarah Palin shops a reality TV show

Alaska’s most famous daughter has been in Los Angeles since Tuesday, when with typical chutzpah, she chose Jay Leno’s sofa, at the studios of NBC, one of the world’s biggest broadcasting conglomerates, to rail against the “mainstream media.”

The Sketch: Intimidated nitwits who are beneath contempt

"No one's reputation could fail to be damaged by his name on a paper alleging contempt of Parliament." So said an MP of some sort, in sympathy with Trevor Phillips, the head of the Equalities Commission.

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