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Got $10K? Bid on Palin's Mayoral SUV

It's up for auction on eBay

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's Alaska hometown is auctioning an SUV she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame. The small town of Wasilla listed the 1999 Ford Expedition with 74,188 miles on eBay Monday with a minimum bid of $10,000. The listing's photo shows... More »

'Hollywood Bristol' Packs Up, Heads Home

'I wasn't into the Hollywood thing,' says Sarah Palin's daughter

(Newser) - Bristol Palin has finally thrown in the towel on Hollywood fame and is back home in Alaska. “I wasn’t really into the Hollywood thing,” she tells In Touch . After her Dancing With the Stars gig, she lost celebrity traction, and a pending reality show was canceled. The... More »

Joe McGinniss' The Rogue Fails to Shock or Awe

'Petty' Palin book is full of unsubstantiated gossip, says NYT

(Newser) - Joe McGinniss has been writing about presidential politics since 1968, but his new book on Sarah Palin, The Rogue, is "dated, petty, and easily available to anyone with Internet access," writes Janet Maslin in the New York Times . With allegations of cocaine use and sex with basketball stars... More »

Drunk Wasilla Pol Trashed Hotel, Billed City

Guess what famous family he's friends with?

(Newser) - A burned hotel room mattress, ruined bedding, a urine-stained chair, vomit on the carpet … but no, this was not the handiwork of a rock star on tour. Rather, Wasilla City Councilman Steve Menard apparently got a little crazy on a business trip—then slipped the city the bill for... More »

Levi Sis Rips Palins in Playboy

Now she's naked and still spilling so-called dirt

(Newser) - Levi Johnston's sister posed nude for September's Playboy, but because people read it for the articles, we have to listen to her babble on about her tenuous connection to the Palins of Wasilla. The New York Post has tidbits from the interview:
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Wasilla High School Bans Song by Gay Rock Legend

Freddie Mercury's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' deemed inappropriate

(Newser) - An Alaska high school choir was up in arms after the principal banned a song for graduation because it was written by a gay rocker. Wasilla principal Dwight Probasco banned the 1975 Queen hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" from a graduation ceremony after complaints from parents about the sexual orientation of... More »

Levi Johnston: Policy Questions 'Over My Head'

Would-be Wasilla mayor asked same questions Couric asked Palin

(Newser) - Would-be Wasilla mayor Levi Johnston appeared on Lawrence O'Donnell's new show and was asked the same questions that seemed to stump Sarah Palin when Katie Couric asked them in 2008. Johnston didn't fare any better, telling O'Donnell a question about the teaching of evolution was "over his head" and... More »

Palin Obtains Order Against Threatening Teen

'Bottom line is, he is crazy and could kill me'

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has been granted a restraining order against a Pennsylvania man who sent her a gun receipt and told her he was buying a one-way ticket to Alaska. Shawn Christy, 18, has been banned from contacting Palin and her family and has been ordered to stay at least a... More »

Joe McGinniss Spills on Summer in Wasilla

An 'undercurrent of fear' grips Palin's town

(Newser) - When Joe McGinniss moved in next door to the Palins on Wasilla's Lake Lucille, "Mama Grizzly" was furious . But, McGinniss claims, the rest of the town welcomed him. He's heading home to Massachusetts today to write his book, and talks to the AP about Palin's politics and the "... More »

The Secret Wrath of Sarah Palin

People around ex-governor describe hot-tempered madwoman

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has her folksy, hockey mom image down pat, but Michael Joseph Gross of Vanity Fair spent the spring and summer following her and asking anyone who crossed paths with her about their experience. He found that Palin’s “on-the-record statements about herself amount to a litany of... More »

Levi Makes Wasilla Mayor Bid Official

Johnston files papers to run for office

(Newser) - Levi Johnston has made his bid for Sarah Palin's old job official. Bristol Palin's ex-fiancé has filed a letter of intent with Alaska officials and will now be able to solicit donations for his run for city office in Wasilla, AP reports. Johnston and his agent have been pitching a... More »

Levi Running for Wasilla Mayor

Reality show run for office is no joke, says manager

(Newser) - Levi Johnston is planning to follow in Sarah Palin's footsteps with a run for mayor—or city council member—of Wasilla. Johnston's manager, Tank Jones, confirmed to AP that the 20-year-old babydaddy will be entering politics as part of a reality show that is being pitched to networks. The project's... More »

Alaska Exports Salmon Vodka

Sounds gross, but apparently people order it

(Newser) - Wasilla, Alaska, is about to become known for something other than Sarah Palin: vodka flavored with smoked salmon. The scary-sounding liquor is the brainchild of the Alaska Distillery, and there was “some madness and some drunkenness involved” in its creation, one partner tells the AP . “I was trying... More »

Editor Who Threatened McGinniss Is Fired

He loses job after joke gone wrong

(Newser) - The editor at Sarah Palin's hometown paper who reminded Joe McGinniss that Alaskans can use "deadly force" to protect their property is now looking for a job. The publisher of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman sent Tom Mitchell packing after his line set off a media firestorm of its own,... More »

Levi's Blogging Sis Takes On Palins

Mercede promises to spill the beans

(Newser) - If you can't get enough of those wacky Wasillans, good news: Levi Johnston has a sister. Mercede Johnston has a blog— MercedeJohnston.com —in which she answers reader questions. Most of them, predictably, are about the Palin-Johnston saga, and Mercede makes it deliciously plain that she's no fan of... More »

Wasilla Paper Apologizes for Joe McGinniss Threat

It was an attempt to be 'catchy,' not intimidating

(Newser) - The editor of Sarah Palin's hometown paper in Alaska has issued a mea culpa for pointing out that author Joe McGinniss could find himself on the wrong end of "deadly force." (Previous story here .) "I certainly did not mean to suggest that McGinnis—(like the original... More »

Todd Palin: 'Creepy' Neighbor Has Ruined Summer

Family thinking of moving to escape Joe McGinniss

(Newser) - The Palin family summer has been spoiled, thanks to author Joe McGinniss moving in next door, and Todd Palin called Kathleen Parker to talk about it. Parker writes in a Washington Post blog that the Palins are considering moving the family elsewhere rather than live with "big brother" watching... More »

Watch It, McGinniss: Palins Could Shoot You

It's not a crime in Alaska to use deadly force to protect your property

(Newser) - In case you were were wondering, some Wasilla locals are amused by the fuss the national news media—from what they call Outside—is making over Todd and Sarah Palin's new fence. The town paper, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, has gotten breathless calls from news organizations, including the Today show,... More »

Author: Palin 'Incites Hatred' Like a 'Nazi Trooper'

Joe McGinniss says he grabbed the house because it was cheap

(Newser) - For much of his interview with Matt Lauer this morning on the Today show , author Joe McGinniss seemed reasonable enough. Sarah Palin's least favorite new neighbor said he's not up to anything “creepy,” and that he'd “be living in this house if the Palins lived on the... More »

McGinniss: Sarah Palin Is Being 'Hysterical'

The author-next-door gives his side

(Newser) - Joe McGinniss says it would have nicer (and smarter) to have gotten cookies from Sarah and Todd Palin rather than the "hysterical" and "hostile" reaction he got instead. McGinniss tells the Washington Post that Todd confronted him on his porch and predicted McGinniss would be installing microphones and... More »

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