Palin blasts show mocking Down Syndrome son

Sarah Palin, the former U.S. vice presidential candidate, is used to finding herself the brunt of jokes but her humor snapped when the animated TV show "Family Guy" appeared to mock her son who has Down syndrome.

Tea Party movement reaches boiling point at first convention hits trouble

Sarah Palin's $100,000 speaking fee angers right-wing rank and file

Bristol Palin sues for child support

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is seeking child support from the father of her one-year-old son. Documents filed in an Alaskan court show she is seeking $1,750 (£1,090) a month from Levi Johnston, 19. Their son, Tripp, was born in December 2008.

Fox News presents: a much paler Palin

Unable to drop her politician's persona, the Republican pin-up made a dull debut as TV pundit, reports David Usborne

Sarah Palin takes Fox News commentator job

Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, will take her conservative message to Fox News as a regular commentator, the cable channel announced yesterday.

Palin's daughter loses fight for secret custody hearing

The daughter of former vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin has lost her bid to keep a bitter custody dispute over her year-old son confidential.

2020 vision: The Obama years were all very well, but what this country needs is the decisive might of a military man

As the make-up girl dusted and dabbed, David Petraeus could not suppress a quiet smile of satisfaction. Here he was at the end of 2019, three years in the Oval Office, with approval ratings that Ronald Reagan might have killed for – and an interview on the country's most-watched television talk show to launch what would surely be a triumphal march to re-election the following November.

The method and the madness of film directors

Infamous obsessive James Cameron spent £180m on 'Avatar', which opens this week, making it the most expensive movie ever shot. Andrew Johnson and Rachel Shields look at the giants – and tyrants – of the film world

Sarah Palin: The media have been unfair to me, but that's the price of democracy

To paraphrase John F Kennedy, this has to be the most extraordinary collection of people who have gathered to viciously attack me since the last corporate gathering at CBS. A lot has been made of a few campaign relationships (in the media coverage of my autobiography). The closeness. The warm fuzzy feelings. John (McCain) and I both agree all those staffers should just move past it. It's history.

Going Rogue: an American life, By Sarah Palin

Off the leash at last: the pitbull bites back in style

The Diary: The Enchanted Pig, Delaroche, Sarah Palin, Ruth Padel and Spencer Tunick's 'naked' installations

When playing a pig is no fairy tale

Swine flu threatened to hamper the progress of the Royal Opera House's rehearsals of 'The Enchanted Pig', Jonathan Dove's opera for children, which opens in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 11 December.

Matthew Norman: Nightmare on Palin Street, Part 2

It is her status as the apotheosis of reality televison that explains her popularity

The Sarah Palin phenomenon

The American right's darling sold a record-breaking 300,000 copies of her autobiography on day one. What does this say about the US?

Village people: 21/11/2009

The plot thickens

*Yesterday, we learnt that the Tory MP David Curry has resigned the chairmanship of the Parliamentary Standards Committee because he has been claiming for a second home that he rarely uses because his wife allegedly would not let him because that was where she suspected he had conducted an affair.

Palin uses book to get her revenge

Memoir scornful of Republican Party officials and media strategy during failed election bid
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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

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Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
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London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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