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

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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

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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.

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The Sarah Palin phenomenon

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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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