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Awaiting Sarah’s next act

America's most entertaining and polarizing politician is leaving electoral politics. Since Sarah Palin also seems to be one of our most impulsive politicians perhaps her departure is only momentary.

Palin stunned the world of conventional politics earlier this month by announcing that she was quitting the Alaska governor's office with 18 months remaining in her term. Mysteriously, she told Alaskans she was giving up the state's top job so "I will be able to fight even harder for you." She, also mysteriously, warned Alaskans to "be wary of accepting government largesse," an odd thing to say in a state that annually ranks number one in federal dollars received per capita.
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Hawaii confirms Obama’s birth…again

State officials in Hawaii on Monday said they have once again checked and confirmed that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen, and therefore meets a key constitutional requirement for being president.

They hoped to stem a recent surge in the number of inquiries about Obama's birthplace.

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RNC chair attacks Obama on health care

The chairman of the Republican party is accusing President Barack Obama of conducting "risky experimentation" with his health care proposals, saying they will hurt the economy and force millions to drop their current coverage.

Michael Steele, in remarks prepared for delivery at the National Press Club, also said the president, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and key congressional committee chairmen are part of a "cabal" that wants to implement government-run health care.

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Sarah Palin not planning to fade away

Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's unorthodox political journey may venture into party-crossing territory with the GOP loose cannon saying she might campaign for Democrats who share her beliefs, assuming there are such political animals.

"I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she told the right-leaning Washington Times in an interview.

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GOP rivals say Palin’s ploy won’t work

One of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's potential presidential rivals said Sunday that her abrupt resignation won't help her dodge scrutiny. President George W. Bush's chief political adviser said her strategy is, at best, unclear.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Palin's announcement that she would not seek a second term — and leave office before finishing her first — simply doesn't make sense in a conventional political setting. Karl Rove, a longtime Bush counselor, said Palin has engaged in a "risky strategy."

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Is Palin perplexing? You betcha

Even for a nonconformist, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has defied political logic with her sudden, stunning announcement to leave office more than a year early.

Supporters and critics alike say the former GOP vice presidential candidate's resignation, announced Friday afternoon and effective July 26, is an inexplicable move for a high profile Republican widely seen as a contender for a White House run in 2012. A half-term governor campaigning for president?

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Palin soap opera ignites GOP war

The sordid soap opera that is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, played out in a new Vanity Fair article, has ignited a war of words within the Republican Party with each sides calling each other liars.

On one side is fading right-wing star Bill Kristol, squaring off against Steve Schmidt, manager of Sen. John McCain's failed Presidential bid but others in the GOP are getting their blows in as well.

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Is Mitt Romney plotting another run for the gold?

While sex scandals and other problems bring down one 2012 Republican Presidential hopeful after another, Mitt Romney sits in the wings, waiting for his rivals to fall by the wayside.

Romney insists publicly he's not even thinking about another run for the gold but while he issues public denials, his Presidential campaign team from 2008 remains in place, raising money and putting together plans.

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Advice for philandering politicians

Really, there should be a template for politicians who hold press conferences to confess to sexual dalliances.

We've run the gamut from former President Clinton's defiant "I-did-not-have-sex-with-that-woman" mantra in the Roosevelt Room of the White House and belabored parsing of "it depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is" to South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford's weird "I-spent-the-last-five-days-of-my-life-crying-in-Argentina" confession in the Columbia state capitol.

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