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Geography Eludes Palin: Iraq or Iran – What’s the Difference to Sarah? (Video)

Sarah Palin picked celebrity interviewers and right-wing pundits for her book promotion tour, probably to avoid embarrassments like last year’s Katie Couric interview.

But even a friendly interview can be treacherous. In a sit-down with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday night, the former Alaska governor confused Iraq and Iran several times.

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Asked about how to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, Palin responded by suggesting we get tough with Iraq.

“We have allies who are as concerned about Ahmadinejad’s actions as we are,” she said. “Cutting off the imports into Iraq, of their refined petroleum products. They’re reliant … on those imports. We have some control over there. And some of the beneficial international monetary deals that Iraq benefits from, we can start implementing some sanctions there and start really shaking things up and telling Ahmadinejad, nobody is going to stand for this.”

Rachel Weiner
The Huffington Post

Army Now Allowing Media To Cover Palin Event At Fort Bragg

Sarah Palin's 'Going Rogue' Tour Bus

Sarah Palin's 'Going Rogue' Tour Bus

RALEIGH, N.C. — The U.S. Army said Friday it would open Sarah Palin‘s appearance on Fort Bragg to media, a reversal from earlier in the week when the military wanted the event closed out of fears it would prompt political grandstanding against President Barack Obama.

The attempt to ban media at the event scheduled for Monday was met with protests from The Associated Press and The Fayetteville Observer. The military then proposed limited media coverage, but lifted that plan Friday.

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Plaintiff Lawyer: Sarah Palin’s Account of Her Exxon Valdez Involvement is “Cockamamie Bullshit”

Sarah Palin: Fishing for the truth in "Going Rogue."

Sarah Palin: Fishing for the truth in "Going Rogue."

Yet another passage from Sarah Palin‘s “Going Rogue” has been called into question. This time it’s her account of the lawsuit against Exxon over the 1989 Valdez disaster. Alaskan experts who were involved in the case say that she’s distorted her role.

“It took years for Alaska to achieve victory. As governor, I directed our attorney general to write an amicus brief in the case, and, thanks to Alaska’s able attorneys arguing in front of the highest court in the land, in 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the people,” Palin wrote. “Finally, Alaskans could recover some of their losses.”

In fact, as Palin herself acknowledged at the time, the decision was a disappointment.

The ruling reduced punitive damages for victims from $2.5 billion to $500 million. Environmentalists and plaintiffs’ lawyers decried the ruling as a slap at the victims and Palin herself said she was “extremely disappointed.”

Meanwhile, one of the lawyers involved says Palin played no part in the case.

That is the most cockamamie bullshit,” said Dave Oesting of Anchorage, the lead plaintiff attorney in the private litigants’ civil case against Exxon. “She didn’t have a damn thing to do with it, and she didn’t know what it was about.”

The Huffington Post

Nicolle Wallace: Palin’s Book Based on Fabrications & Bizarre Fixation on 2008 Presidential Campaign (Video)

Former McCain campaign staffer Nicolle Wallace tore into Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” Tuesday night, saying the book was “based on fabrications” and exhibited a “bizarre fixation” on past events.

In her book, Sarah Palin wrote that Wallace pushed her to sit down with Katie Couric to boost the anchor’s “self esteem.”

Wallace gave a statement to “The Rachel Maddow Show” calling the anecdote total fiction. “The notion that there was a conversation that I tried to cajole her into an interview with Katie Couric is fiction,” Wallace said. “I am not someone who throws around the word self-esteem. It is a fictional description.”

As for the book in general, Wallace said, “I think she has a legitimate complaint that things could have been better conceived. A book about that would have been painful, but not unfair. What she gets wrong is this personalization that Steve Schmidt and I were lone villains … She hated me from the beginning. I try not to take it personally. The fact is, she wrote a book based on fabrications … This book is a bizarre fixation on things that everyone else has moved on from.”

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Rachel Weiner
The Huffington Post

Steve Schmidt Calls Sarah Palin’s Memoirs “Total Fiction”

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, sits in her vehicle with Steve Schmidt, chief strategist for the McCain campaign.

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, sits in a vehicle on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 with Steve Schmidt, chief strategist for the McCain campaign at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota.

To read Sarah Palin‘s shockingly shallow Going Rogue, one is immediately struck by how nasty and vindictive Palin is, and that her book is little more than a veiled mechanism for settling scores with old foes who have triumphed over her throughout Palin’s lifetime.

Is Palin really going rogue? Hardly. Getting even is more like it.

Palin’s biggest score to settle is with those senior advisers–Republicans all–in the John McCain campaign, on whose shoulders Palin lays the blame for her failed and tortured debut on the American political stage last fall. Most notable among them, of course, is “The Bullet,” Steve Schmidt, who took over McCain’s teetering campaign in July of 2008 and was a staunch advocate of Palin’s selection as McCain’s running mate.

He has told the Huffington Post that Palin’s allegations against the McCain campaign are “total fiction.”

Schmidt now joins a host of former McCain staffers, including Mark Salter and Nicolle Wallace, who have challenged the veracity of Palin’s book even before it hits the streets on Tuesday. One McCain aide who worked closely with Palin and who “liked her personally” described Palin’s account of the campaign as “blatantly and absolutely inaccurate.”

McCain aides are shocked– though not entirely surprised–by Palin’s allegations. They caught enough of her act during the 60-plus days of her campaign sojourn to know that she plays “fast and loose with the truth.”

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Palin’s Co-Author Lynn Vincent: A Homophobic Conspiracy Theorist Who Called Being Gay “Deviance”

Lynn Vincent, who is the ghostwriter of Sarah Palin's new book Lynn Vincent (left), ghostwriter of Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue: An American Life" and former governor Sarah Palin (right).

Lynn Vincent (left), ghostwriter of Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue: An American Life" and former governor Sarah Palin.

Media Matters has highlighted some incendiary statements from Sarah Palin’s co-author. Lynn Vincent, a features editor at World magazine, turns out to be an outspoken anti-gay crusader and conspiracy theorist.

On homosexuality, which she calls “deviance” and a “disorder”:

The homosexual ethos depends on an abandonment of truth … [T]he gay quest for “civil rights” bears little resemblance to the struggles of blacks and suffragists, whose eventual liberation benefited society at large. Instead, it calls up the American communists of the ’50s and ’60s who, in order to advance the radical interests of a narrow group, created a spurious “victim class,” then convinced America that theirs was the side of justice.

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“Sarah From Alaska” Book: McCain Turned Lights Out On Palin In “Civil War” (VIDEO)

In Sarah From Alaska, two campaign reporters share the behind-the-scenes story of Sarah Palin‘s rise to national stardom and surprising resignation.

On the “Early Show” on CBS, authors Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe said Tuesday there was a “remarkable internal war” at the end of the campaign between Palin and McCain’s teams when the VP candidate was told she could not deliver a concession speech. “Governor Palin tried to create some confusion” so that she would be able to speak, but she ultimately failed. “It really turned into an all-out civil war,” Walshe said. On election night, Palin went back out onstage to take pictures with her family and McCain’s staff was so terrified that she would give a speech after all that they turned out the lights on her.

According to a copy of the book obtained by Huffington Post, when senior McCain aide Carla Eudy heard the news, she immediately called campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who barked, “Take the set down. Unplug it.”

The McCain staff didn’t believe Palin’s claim that she just wanted to take pictures with her family on stage – to one aide, it sounded like a “dubious cover story.”

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John McCain’s Latest Sarah Palin Lie

John McCain and Sarah Palin on the 2008 presidential campaign trail.

GOP candidates Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin on the 2008 presidential campaign trail.

John McCain’s duplicitous defense of his 2008 GOP running mate Sarah Palin this past weekend is as dishonest as it is shameful. He knows better–but for reasons that are rooted deeply in McCain’s peculiar sense of chivalry and his political self-interest, he has refused to come clean about Palin with the American people.

“There are fundamental facts that cannot be denied,” he asserted on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “When we selected, or asked, Sarah Palin to be my running mate, it energized our party. We were ahead in the polls, until the stock market crashed.”

The implication is that the Republicans would have won were it not for the economic collapse that took place on September 15.

Many McCain and Palin operatives in the aftermath of the election have blamed the economy for their loss. That’s like blaming a lake in the middle of the 18th fairway for costing one a golf match. The lake doesn’t cost you the match–driving your ball into it does.

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Why I Loved Obama’s Health Care Speech

President Obama urges Congress to overhaul health care, spells out details; Denounces misrepresentations, and evokes Senator Kennedy’s moral stance.

President Obama urges Congress to overhaul health care, spells out details; denounces misrepresentations, and evokes Senator Kennedy’s moral stance.

I loved Pres. Obama’s speech. It rallied dispirited Democrats, reassured disenchanted independents and intimidated Republicans. He called a lie a lie, and pledged to call out the right-wing thugs if (well, when) they continue lying.

The President shone a spotlight on the sin of rescission — the process by which insurance companies protect their profits by dumping customers when they get sick. This outrage has been under-covered by the media, but congressional hearings revealed that just three insurance companies have kicked 20,000 customers off their plans. They included the woman President Obama referred to tonight, whose aggressive breast cancer was denied treatment because she once had acne. The congressional hearings uncovered documents proving that the insurance companies had saved themselves $300 million by kicking those folks off — and insurance bureaucrats got bonuses and promotions based on who they dumped. This is an outrage. If Sarah Palin wants to see a real-world death panel, she should look no further than the corporate insurance executives whom she and her fellow Republicans so zealously defend.

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“We Can’t Afford To Wait” (VIDEO)

An R.E.M. song provides the soundtrack for a new video from MoveOn.org in support of health care reform. The ad, which uses personal stories to make a case for a public option, uses the slogan “We Can’t Afford To Wait” to emphasize the urgency for far-reaching reform. MoveOn members from all walks of life hold up handmade signs explaining how their medical conditions or those of loved ones rendered them out of money and almost out of hope. The series of images is touching and plays towards an emotional reaction, which is only enhanced by the strained pleading of Michael Stipe’s vocals over a lonely mandolin.

Julian Hattem
The Huffington Post