Sarah Palin's key moments
Sarah and Todd Palin on election night November 4, 2008
March 9th, 2012
04:13 PM ET

Sarah Palin's key moments

HBO Films' much-anticipated movie "Game Change" premieres Saturday, March 10 at 9pm. The movie follows the rise and fall of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign with Sarah Palin as his running mate. Ed Harris and Julianne Moore star as McCain and Palin.  CNN and HBO are both owned by Time Warner.

Both McCain and Palin have criticized the movie, even though both have said they have not seen it. Palin's own SarahPAC has posted an official statement calling the movie "at best historical fiction," and has posted a rebuttal trailer.

Here are some of Sarah Palin's key moments from 2008.  Bryan Monroe, Editor of, offers his take on what these moments meant for the McCain-Palin ticket, and for politics.


2008: Palin: I'm an outsider

Gov. Sarah Palin makes her acceptance speech on September 3, 2008 at the RNC.


2008: Palin: Don't question Israel

As the campaign progressed, Sarah Palin stumbled.


2008: Tina Fey, Sarah Palin meet on 'SNL"

America embraced Tina Fey's portrayal of Mrs. Palin in comedy skits on "Saturday Night Live."


2008: Sarah Palin's last pre-election speech

On November 3, 2008, Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivered her last speech to voters the night before election day.

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February 24th, 2012
09:13 PM ET

CNN prime time: Revealing Palin e-mails, fake Denny's boss helps himself


Palin e-mail mentions divorce

“I can’t afford this job,” says Sarah Palin in newly-released e-mails that reveal frustration over legal costs and bring the health of her marriage into question.


Santorum: Romney on wrong team

Rick Santorum escalates his rhetoric, accusing Mitt Romney of false attacks and playing for the wrong team.


Fake Denny's boss cooks himself a burger

Talk about fake it ‘til you make it. A guy walks into a Denny’s, claims he’s the new boss, goes to the kitchen and cooks himself a burger and fries.

Gotta Watch: SNL political parodies
Kristen Wiig plays Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann during the season opener of "Saturday Night Live."
September 26th, 2011
12:29 PM ET

Gotta Watch: SNL political parodies

Politicians provide comedians with plenty of material. Back in June, the "Weinergate Scandal" had every comedian talking.  Now, the jokes are coming from the GOP presidential debates. "Saturday Night Live" has a long history of bashing politicians so  here are some of our favorite "SNL" political parodies that you've just gotta watch.

Meet the GOP candidates - Over the weekend, "SNL" introduced you to the GOP presidential candidates on the show's season opener.


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June 11th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Palin e-mails show routine work, running feuds

Thousands of pages of e-mail from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's administration range from the mundane details of governing to efforts to crack down on state news leaks and push back against critics.

Scattered among the 24,000 pages, released by state officials in Juneau on Friday, are glimpses of Palin periodically butting heads with top Alaskan political figures as she pushed to get landmark oil and gas legislation through the statehouse; demanding that Exxon finish paying damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill; even dealing with complaints about high school football rivalries by offering to bake brownies.

By June 2008, she was being sought out by national news outlets and being talked up as potential running mate for Republican presidential nominee John McCain. But the documents show her battling Alaska reporters even as McCain was preparing to put her on the national stage.

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Monday's intriguing people
FIFA's president Sepp Blatter was cleared of corruption allegations.
May 30th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Sepp Blatter, Jack Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam

The three men are at the center of a corruption scandal involving FIFA, the federation responsible for organizing soccer's World Cup. While at least eight FIFA executives are being investigated for corruption, these three are important because they have roles in the election of FIFA's next president, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Also, they have ties to the controversial 2022 World Cup bid, awarded earlier this year to Qatar.

Bin Hammam, the world soccer governing body official, was suspended Sunday over allegations of corruption. Blatter, 75, has been FIFA's president for the past three terms. Blatter has been cleared of any wrongdoing and is seeking a fourth term. A longtime FIFA power broker from Trinidad and Tobago, Warner was placed on suspension. Click here for more on the scandal.

Jacob Zuma

South Africa's president will meet again with Libya's Moammar Gadhafi on Monday as part of his continued effort to stop the war in Libya. Zuma arrived today and first met with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al Mahmoudi. This is Zuma’s second trip to Libya.


Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann

Is there room enough for two powerful conservative women to seek the Republican nomination in 2012? Politico's Ben Smith has argued that while the two women are allies, Palin must be pushing Bachmann's buttons. This past week, Bachmann suddenly announced that she will decide whether to seek the GOP nomination in June. Smith suggested that the decision may have been triggered by Palin's roaring entry into Washington this weekend on a Harley Davidson.

Palin has also announced a bus tour through various U.S. cities. During a conference call last week, Bachmann expressed admiration for Palin, but said, "I don't believe that any two candidates are interchangeable. I believe each one of us brings our own unique skill set into this race."

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The day's most popular stories
January 20th, 2011
10:41 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Kidnapped daughter finds mom 23 years later: In 1987, an anguished, trembling Joy White pleaded for someone to help her find her infant daughter. Now, 23 years later, White is crying tears of joy as the decades-long mystery of her missing daughter reached a happy ending.

Senior al Qaeda leader beheaded Daniel Pearl: Federal agents have backed up al Qaeda captive Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's confession in the killing of journalist Daniel Pearl by using photographs of the veins in his hands, according to report released Thursday.

FBI targets mob in major sweep: In one of the largest single-day operations against the Mafia in FBI history, federal agents working with local law enforcement fanned out across Italy, New York, New Jersey and Rhode island to arrest 127 people.

Borger on why America is tired of Palin: OK, you've got Palin fatigue. Not to worry. So does much of the country - The latest CNN poll shows that 56 percent of Americans view her unfavorably.

Some try 'iPod phone' to reduce cell bill: Brennan Stehling's phone looks just like an iPhone, but his bill is nothing like the ones most smartphone customers get in the mail each month.

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Thursday's intriguing people
Peng Liyuan's fame as a singer in China may enhance or even overshadow her politician husband's image.
January 20th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Peng Liyuan

The wife of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is "China's most dazzling folk singer," according to a profile in Newsweek.

Peng is arguably more famous than her husband. She has millions of fans, thanks to frequent appearances on China Central Television over many years. She is a major general in the People's Liberation Army and is China's AIDS ambassador to the United Nations.

When Xi succeeds Hu Jintao as president next year, as most observers expect, China's first couple "will approach the glamour of the Kennedy administration," Kent Ewing writes in Asia Times.

"China will have a first family that mixes fame and beauty with power and privilege," Ewing observes.


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On the Radar: Arizona girl's funeral, RNC meeting, big ships in New York
Christina Green, 9, was the youngest victim of the Arizona mass shooting.
January 13th, 2011
10:19 AM ET

On the Radar: Arizona girl's funeral, RNC meeting, big ships in New York

Funeral for Tucson girl - A memorial service will be held Thursday for Christina Green, 9, the youngest victim of the Arizona mass shooting.

Christina was born on September 11, 2001. For her service, two firetrucks will raise their ladders and connect a U.S. flag nearly destroyed in the 2001 terror attacks in New York. The flag will form an archlike design, which the girl's family will walk under before entering the church.

Christina will be buried in a custom-made casket donated by Trappist monks from a monastery in Iowa.


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Palin says efforts to lay blame 'reprehensible'
Sarah Palin has spoken out against those trying to place blame for Arizona shootings.
January 12th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Palin says efforts to lay blame 'reprehensible'

Sarah Palin spoke out on the Arizona shootings Wednesday, calling the events "tragic" and sharply chastising those who have suggested charged rhetoric from her and others on the right may have motivated the killings.

"Like many, I've spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event," Palin said in a video posted on her Facebook page.

"Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election," the former Alaska governor said.

Palin's statements come in the wake of suggestions from some Democrats and media commentators that her political rhetoric over the last year may be linked in some way to the shooting Saturday that left Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition.

Some critics have cited a Facebook posting by Palin last march that placed a crosshair over several Democratic-controlled congressional districts, including that of Giffords. Palin also tweeted at the time: "Commonsense Conservatives & lovers of America: "Don't Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!"

But in her statement Wednesday, Palin said any effort to connect statements by her or others to the shootings amounts to a "blood libel."

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Friday's intriguing people
December 3rd, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Sarah Palin

The former Alaska governor lost her bid for vice president but continues to blaze a trail for other ultraconservatives to follow.

Palin wrote a book after her election loss, and now fellow Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell is doing likewise.

O'Donnell will write a book to be published next year by St. Martin's Press, the company announced Thursday.

"It's time to set the record straight & move forward," O'Donnell wrote in announcing the deal on Twitter.


November 22nd, 2010
09:41 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Bush on Palin, sexy pat-downs, pastor's tryst

Palin told to stay in Alaska - Oh snap! The always-outspoken former first lady tells it like she sees it. In an interview with Larry King, she explains how beautiful Sarah Palin is but says she hopes the former governor will stay put in Alaska.


November 15th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Garry Trudeau

The creator of "Doonesbury" is celebrating his 40th anniversary drawing the politically and socially charged comic strip.

He is making the media rounds in support of two books being published: “40: A Doonesbury Retrospective” and “Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau.”

The comic strip, which is more likely to appear on the op-ed page of a newspaper than in the comics section, routinely skewers those on the political landscape. Trudeau’s loyal readership has led to the strip being published in 1,500 newspapers around the world since it was first published on October 26, 1970.

Collections of his cartoons have filled almost 60 books and have sold more than 7 million total copies. His 1975 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning made him the first comic strip artist to win the award.

His comic has sometimes earned him a reputation as a left-winger, but a column in The Boston Globe pointed out that Trudeau’s jabs can target anyone.

“I’ve always thought he was an equal-opportunity balloon-popper,” wrote Alex Beam. “Anybody who figured out that John Kerry was a narcissistic blowhard as a Yale undergraduate is someone who sees the world through a wide-angle lens, taking in all azimuths of social and political tomfoolery.”

Several media outlets are paying homage to Trudeau and his drawings this week. NPR is one of the few media outlets to have gotten an interview with oft-reclusive Yale graduate.

The radio network offers a condensed retrospective of Trudeau’s work as well as several anecdotes from the artist. In one, the 62-year-old recounts how he became syndicated shortly after his strip appeared on campus.

“It's a ridiculous story, and it nauseates my children,” Trudeau says, “that I would find my life's work six weeks into it.”


November 12th, 2010
12:31 PM ET

Prison or halfway house for Palin e-mail hacker

The man convicted of hacking into former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in either federal prison or a halfway house, according to a Knoxville, Tennessee, court deputy.

David Kernell also was sentenced to three years of supervised release.

It will be up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to decide where Kernell serves his time, though the federal judge in the case recommended placing Kernell in a halfway house.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips rejected a request from Kernell's attorney for a sentence of probation only. Federal prosecutors had pushed for at least 18 months in prison.

Kernell was found guilty in April on two counts related to hacking Palin's e-mails to years ago.


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November 12th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Antonio Margarito

The man who will take on Manny Pacquiao for the junior middleweight title at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday has not fought in the United States in almost two years.

In January 2009, the California Athletic Commission accused Margarito of having a plaster-like substance in the hand wraps under his gloves before a fight with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, according to The Miami Herald.

Not only did Mosley knock out Margarito in the ninth round, but the commission suspended Margarito’s and his trainer’s boxing licenses. Though Margarito says he was unaware the wraps were illegal, the claim has been met with some skepticism.

Though he hasn’t fought again in the U.S., the 32-year-old fighter won a match in Mexico six months ago. FULL POST

November 1st, 2010
10:09 AM ET

Steele has two words for Palin critics: 'Shut up!'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is defending Sarah Palin against recent attacks Monday, telling CNN that GOP detractors of the former vice presidential nominee need to "shut up."

"These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up," Steele told American Morning's John Roberts Monday. "We're focused on winning elections tomorrow night. We're not focused on 2012."

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October 28th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

WebPulse: Scary politics, meatheads, Rocky's 'tranny'

We're five days out from midterm elections and three days away from Halloween. Let's get this fear wagon moving, shall we?

'Daily Show,' the morning after - President Obama's congenial yet somewhat tense conversation with Jon Stewart is one of the most viewed 30 minutes online today. Obama is trying to avoid what would be a scary scenario to the Dems if the Republicans sweep the polls. Heck, it could be a virtual GOP wave on Tuesday, writes CNN contributor John P. Avlon.

Obama's appearance was just part of his campaign to inspire voters, particularly the younger ones who helped put him in office (and apparently a lot of guys who watch the Daily Show). It also comes in the days before the Washington rallies "A Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" that Stewart and comedian foil Stephen Colbert are hosting this weekend.

The rallies don't seem to have spooked Republicans so much as some of their own candidates. The search term "Karl Rove" was at the top of Google Trends, leading to stories about President Bush's former senior adviser saying Sarah Palin lacks "gravitas."

Does Rove not get how frightening a pit bull can be?

Oooh ... WebPulse is in transition heaven right now ... Let's talk about meatheads.

Vegetarians beware - We're not sure if this meathead recipe is trending, but it should be. So gross, so creative, so stinky. Pinch your nose like the many critics of last night's "Glee." "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" never sounded so lame as it did on the show, Gawker says. The Huffington Post said the show neutered "Rocky" by replacing the word "transsexual" with "tranny." Changing the lyrics to a classic musical? A scary statement on today's generation if you ask us. Next thing you know those kids will pose half-naked in a national men's magazine.

(Mega-fancy) House on the Hill - If $5 is all you can spare for a magazine, you'll be pretty well freaked out by this home built by Asia's richest man. It's in Mumbai, overlooking the city's slums. It has 27 floors for his family of six, three helipads, a 168-space parking lot, a pool, health club and an ice room with man-made flurries. Jeez, and we thought our rent was too damn high.

October 21st, 2010
01:50 PM ET

NPR cans Juan Williams, stirs up blogosphere, Twitterati

Many have run to analyst Juan Williams' defense, but some feel NPR was right to can him.

NPR has fired Juan Williams over remarks he made on "The O'Reilly Factor" this week, and there is no shortage of opinions on the analyst's ouster.

Many have jumped to his defense and others have applauded NPR's stand, while a few have expressed concern about the recent firings of journalists who made remarks deemed insensitive or inappropriate. One observer compares the editing of the Williams clip to the video of Shirley Sherrod, which saw the U.S. Department of Agriculture employee fired before her remarks were put into context.

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said his remarks were inconsistent with NPR's editorial standards and practices and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.

NPR's ethics code provides some insight into the firing: "In appearing on TV or other media including electronic Web-based forums, NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows electronic forums, or blogs that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis."

To recap, Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly faced heat last week after remarks he made about Muslims on "The View." He was discussing those comments with Williams on "The O'Reilly Factor" when Williams made the remarks NPR found objectionable.

"I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country," Williams said. "But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

Here is a roundup of reactions from blogs, columns and tweets around the nation:

Sarah Palin: "NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it. Juan Williams: u got taste of Left's hypocrisy, they screwed up firing you"


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August 25th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

On the Radar: Islamic center, Alaska race, recall in Michigan

Support rally for center Some family members of 9/11 victims will rally Wednesday in support of a controversial mosque and Islamic center that is scheduled to be built near New York's ground zero. September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows will be joined by at least 40 religious and civic organizations and is expected to announce the creation of a coalition called New York Neighbors for American Values. The coalition's goals include support of "religious freedom and diversity" and the rejection of "crude stereotypes meant to frighten and divide us." The rally is scheduled to be outside a municipal building in Manhattan. Plans to build the community center and mosque near the site have stirred emotions and provoked debate nationwide.

Primaries - On the day after Tuesday's elections, Alaska's GOP Senate race is still up for grabs. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is trailing Joe Miller, largely a political unknown who has the Tea Party's support as well as the backing of  former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Voters also were deciding on gubernatorial nominees in Alaska. Gov. Sean Parnell, who replaced Palin when she resigned last year, faced two challengers in the GOP primary. With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Parnell had 49 percent of the vote, according to an unofficial Associated Press vote count.

Michigan joins recall list - Eggs are being recalled from another state - Michigan. That raises the total number of states to 23 that received potentially contaminated eggs from Wright County Egg or Hillandale Farms, the distributors at the center of the recall of more than half a billion eggs. The Michigan Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that eggs associated with the recall have been distributed in the state. Also Wednesday, Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is scheduled to address the Atlanta Press Club. Frieden likely will discuss the recall.

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August 24th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

On the Radar: Hostage rescue, Sherrod, midterm primaries

Philippines hostage rescue botched? - Authorities botched rescue efforts during a deadly hostage situation on a tourist bus, the Philippine National Police said in a statement Tuesday.

Manila police said former police officer Rolando Mendoza, upset at having lost his job, held hostage a busload of tourists from Hong Kong on Monday and killed eight of them before being shot dead. A statement from the national police said officials have already noted "some observations and defects during their close monitoring of the unfolding events."

Sherrod's job interview –– Shirley Sherrod, who received an apology after being forced to resign from the Agriculture Department, will meet Tuesday morning with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss a job offer.

It will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two since a controversial sequence of events last month culminated in her stepping down.


August 19th, 2010
08:45 PM ET

Palin defends controversial talk show host in Facebook post

Sarah Palin defended Dr. Laura Schlessinger on Thursday, comparing her own critics to those who have called for the resignation of the embattled radio talk show host in the wake of Schlessinger's repeated use of the N-word during a broadcast.

Palin's defense of Schlessinger, which Palin posted on her Facebook page, is the second time the former Alaska governor has defended the talk show host. Palin came to Schlessinger's defense on Wednesday via Twitter, telling the radio host: "don't retreat...reload!"

Palin expounded on those thoughts in the Facebook post.

"Does anyone seriously believe that Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a racist?" Palin wrote. "Anyone, I mean, who isn't already accusing all conservatives, Republicans, Tea Party Americans, etc., etc., etc. of being racists?"


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