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Palin News Roundup

POSTED: 01:24 PM ET, 09/19/2008 by Derek Kravitz

With a little more than six weeks until the election, let's catch up on the latest flurry of press coverage following the GOP vice presidential nominee, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

-- The Fix's Chris Cillizza asks if Palin's luster is wearing off or if she can hold on to her teflon candidacy.

-- Interviews with Palin's associates, aides and fellow lawmakers by The Post revealed a picture of a governor who "has little interest in political give-and-take, or in sustained working relationships with legislators or other important figures around the state. Nor has she proven particularly attentive to the details of public policy."

But The Post's Amy Goldstein, Kimberly Kindy and Steven Mufson found glowing reviews of Palin's relationships with her constituents, where she has shown skill in "shaping her public messages" and "sensing the mood" of the people.

-- Palin's husband, "first dude" Todd Palin, has refused to testify as part of a state probe in Alaska, saying the investigation into the "Troopergate" scandal has become too political, The Associated Press reports. Thirteen people, including Palin's husband, have been subpoenaed by the Alaska legislature to discuss the factors behind the firing of the state's former police commissioner, Walt Monegan. A McCain-Palin campaign spokesman said the investigation is no longer "legitimate."

-- Palin's invitation to a protest organized against Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit next week to the United Nations was withdrawn after concerns the event was becoming too politicized. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) pulled out of the event after Palin had been added to the list of attendees, The Post's Colum Lynch reports.

-- Palin's personal, Yahoo e-mail account (gov.sarah@yahoo.com) was apparently broken into by a hacker who successfully guessed that the governor had met her husband in high school and knew Palin's birth date and home Zip code, the AP reported. Using the info, the hacker tricked Yahoo into giving him a new password for the account -- "popcorn" -- and gained access to her account.

Several of the e-mails and photos were posted online, The Post reported.The FBI and the Secret Service have launched a formal investigation.

By Derek Kravitz |  September 19, 2008; 1:24 PM ET
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IRONIC, the Palin family is TOO BUSY to testify (that's one of First Dude's arguments).
How THEN can they claim capability AND availability to uphold the Constitution of the USA??

Posted by: El Mugroso | September 19, 2008 3:29 PM

PALIN BACKED RON PAUL? http://www.veeppeek.com

YESTERDAY MORE CAME OUT ABOUT SARAH PALINS ALLEDGED AFFIAR. http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 4:00 PM

Where's the story update on the email break in showing it was Dem Tenn Rep David Kernall's son, Mark, who accessed the email account and then bragged about it. Reports that came out last night that are on the web say the FBI is involved. Only the NY Post has the story from the MSM side (if you want to call the Post MSM). Further, it appears that there is a connection between David Kernell and David Plouffe--- Barack Obama's Campaign Manager.

Where is the outrage from the MSM?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 5:11 PM

Gee deja vu, didn't Karl Rove refuse to testify a few months ago. Obviously the GOP is above the law, so I don't know why people are whining. Personally, I don't think Republicans should ever be put on trial they don't need to follow laws, laws are for common folk.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 9:15 PM

Sarah and Todd, as Hillary once said famously, if you guys cannot take the heat, then get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: thisworld | September 20, 2008 12:03 PM

I am so dissapointed at the so-called women's groups that back Sarah Palin. I am a woman who has worked in corporate for years and would welcome a woman on the presidential ticket. However; Sarah Palin is an absolute insult to me and to the women's movement. Did you not see the photograph of her in a bikini holding a rifle. Get real, puleezzee! The first woman presidential nominee it needs to be someone fit for the role not George Bush in a skirt!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2008 9:09 AM

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