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Like Donna Martin years ago, Bristol Palin has managed to overcome one drunken mistake to graduate along with the rest of her high school classmates.

Looking like just another high school senior, America's most famous teen mom took the stage in Wasilla Sports Complex last night to receive a diploma.

Of course, she was still more worried mom than irreverent teen.

"Where's my baby?" Bristol mouthed, searching the front rows crowd where her proud family sat until she finally spotted son Tripp near the back door.

Bristol spotted and waved to her little guy - held by her Aunt Heather and being fed a bottle – and crossed "graduate high school" off her to-do list.

Previously checked off that list? Levi Johnston.

"I knew it would be hard work, but I knew I was going to do it," Bristol, 18, said, referring to finishing high school even after giving birth.

Her mom, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the former Republican V.P. nominee, was not always so sure she could do it. Palin said one of her first thoughts when Bristol announced her pregnancy last spring was, "Oh, there goes her education."

"And that's why I'm so proud of her ... and really relieved," said Sarah, who yesterday voiced support for another controversial figure in Carrie Prejean.

"It has been a very challenging and exciting year - her senior year - and I'm so pleased that we are where we are today," the Alaska Governor added.

Bristol Palin boasted a 3.497 GPA, "point zero-something" away from graduating with Honors. Now a budding activist supporting the prevention of teen pregnancy, she says she hopes to go to an area college and obtain a business degree.

Congratulations, Bristol!

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Facing a May 18 trial date on charges of selling OxyContin, Sherry Johnston - the mother of Levi Johnston - says relations between her family and that of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are thawing, and that she saw grandson Tripp at her own home.

"When Bristol came to pick up Tripp this week, she said if we want him more often, all I have to do is call ... She said if I want to come to their house, I can come over and see him all the time," Sherry Johnston, 42, tells Momlogic.com.

"I am hopeful we'll be able to work together to raise Tripp."

The families have been feuding in recent weeks as Levi embarks on a whirlwind media tour for some ridiculous reason, talking about boning Bristol and feeling sorry for himself for not getting to spend more time with his son.

Johnston, who spent Mother's Day with Levi and his twin sister Mercede, said she sent a Mother's Day text message to Tripp's mom, Bristol Palin, May 10.

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Three generations of Johnstons: Sherry, Levi and Tripp.

But despite signs of easing of the tension between the two Alaskan families, Sherry says she still would like to see her baby grandson more often.

Perhaps she should have considered that before getting involved - allegedly, sorry - in dealing prescription drugs. Not great for the reputation, typically.

"We see him a few hours a week, but I did spend time with him this morning. It tears me apart. Every time I see him he's a different child."

"Before he wasn't rolling over, now he is," Sherry Johnston added. "Now he's trying to crawl. I am missing him so much that it tears me up."

Johnston pleaded innocent to all charges and says she got hooked on the opiate after a hysterectomy that led to seven additional surgeries.

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Their parents were paired together on the Republican ticket in the 2008 election. Now Meghan McCain and Bristol Palin are both speaking up on premarital sex.

Bristol, a teen mom and the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is now a "teen ambassador" for the Candie's Foundation, and an advocate for abstinence.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Meghan McCain doesn't see eye-to-eye with her counterpart, though.

Senator John McCain's daughter, 24, says that Bristol Palin has a right to her opinion and she respects it, but there's a lot more to consider on the topic of sex.

"Daughters of Republican politicians aren't expected to have sex, let alone enjoy it - as if there were some chastity belt automatically attached to us female offspring," she writes in her column for The Daily Beast.

"God forbid that anyone talk realistically about life experiences and natural, sexual instincts. Nope, the answer is always abstinence."

So if Meghan McCain is not advocating abstinence only, like Bristol Palin is, what is her proposed solution to prevent unwanted teenage pregnancies?

"Honestly, the key is communication between parents and children. At the end of the day, the worst thing parents can do is raise children who are not prepared for the situations they may encounter, especially when they’re not planned," she says.

And she's not taking it easy on her dad's party either.

"Unfortunately, Republicans typically don’t like to discuss or deal with things they think are wrong or immoral. And that’s a huge mistake," she writes in her column, appropriately called "The GOP Doesn't Understand Sex."

"If we can’t discuss birth control in addition to abstinence, in a non-judgmental way, kids will make bad choices for lack of access to informed, safe options."

So what she's saying is, teens may have unprotected sex, get knocked up, be forced into sham engagements to their thuggish baby-daddies, and have their allowance raised if they agree to become spokespersons for sham abstinence groups?

Makes sense to us. Click to enlarge more Meghan McCain pictures ...

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You gotta love any event that brings Bristol Palin and Hayden Panettiere together ... even if many teenage males would have preferred a threesome to some forum extolling the virtues of abstinence and fighting teenage pregnancy.

The Heroes star, 19, and America's most famous unwed teen mom (sorry Jamie Lynn Spears), 18, attended the Candie's Foundation town hall meeting on teen pregnancy prevention for National Teen Pregnancy Awareness Day in NYC.

Oh, The Passion

"It's a topic that's not talked about enough," Hayden said. "This is just a human thing. It's natural, it's what everyone does, but most people don't realize how serious things are until it directly impacts them and their lives."

"As a young female you go, 'Oh, it'll never happen to me, oh, it happens to people, but it'll never happen to me,' and then it does happen."

Hayden was not asked what type of birth control she uses. Come on, there's no way Milo Ventimiglia and Stephen Colletti didn't hit that.

Hayden Panettiere and Bristol Palin. Together at last.

Although Panettiere hadn't met Bristol Palin until the event, she was happy the unwed mother could serve as a fellow teenage ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, essentially becoming the new abstinence poster child.

"It's nice that she's come out to support this," Hayden said. "Teens get to look at her, and she can say, 'This happened to me.' This is all politics aside. She is just a girl out here saying, 'Look, it happened to me - it can happen to you.'"

Hayden stopped short of explicitly promoting abstinence, however she said she believes teenagers need to be more responsible when sexually active.

"There's a lot of different viewpoints on sex, and I'm not someone who will ever boo-hoo anything or say, 'This is not right,' or, 'This is wrong,'" she said.

"You're going to do what you're going to do, but at the end of the day, it's okay as long as you educate yourself, as long as you're safe, and smart."

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Promoting sexual abstinence for fellow teens in appearances on ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today show this morning, Bristol Palin was questioned on how exactly she can preach something she obviously didn't practice.

Declining to discuss what methods of birth control she may or may not have used, Bristol, 18, told GMA's Christopher Cuomo, "Regardless of what I did personally, abstinence is the only ... 100 percent foolproof way to prevent pregnancy."

Bristol Palin also acknowledged that abstinence is "difficult."

Later, sexy beast Matt Lauer asked on Today what message she was sending by talking about not having babies while she was holding her sleeping son, Tripp.

"I'm just here to tell teens this is a really hard job," Palin replied.

The TV appearances, in which she was joined by her father, Todd Palin, were keyed to Bristol's new role as the Candie's Foundation's ambassador for a national campaign to raise awareness about the consequences of teen pregnancy.

She was asked about her former fiancé - and the father of her child - Levi Johnston, who appeared on various talk shows last month and spoke candidly about banging her and about his icy relations with the Palin family over Tripp.

"I'm not here to talk about my personal life," Palin said, though she did add, with no further explanation, that "I'd love Levi to be part of [Tripp's] life."

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Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin split a few months ago. That we saw coming.

What we could not have predicted was the unwed teenage baby daddy turning into a complete media slut, talking to every TV show that will take him and throwing Bristol and her mom, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, under the bus.

According to a report in the National Enquirer, Bristol Plain is getting a bit fed up with the act - and wants to keep their baby, Tripp, away from him.

"What Bristol is doing amounts to emotional blackmail," says a source close to the previously engaged couple. "She no longer wants Levi in her life and she's been threatening to have him cut out of their newborn son Tripp's life."

Levi, along with his drug-dealing mother Sherry and sister Mercede, appeared on Larry King Live on April 22 to discuss the ongoing feud they're having with the former Republican candidate for Vice President and her family.

According to a source, the escalating feud between former lovers Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston is very ... well, high school. They are just 18 and 19, after all.

"Bristol holds a grudge against Mercede because some of her friends dated Levi. The girls meant nothing to Levi, but Bristol wouldn't accept that."

"The irony is that Bristol stole Levi from her childhood best friend, Lanesia Garcia, who dated Levi for almost three years before Bristol did!"

Levi has said throughout his media tour that he is not allowed to take his 4-month-old son out of the Palin home. Both Levi and his mom confirmed to King that they've retained lawyers to help Levi battle for custody of his child.

Levi also admitted he isn't paying Bristol Palin child support, but denies he's a deadbeat dad, saying: "I have everything my boy needs back home."

Bristol is said to be stunned that Levi is fighting back publicly.

"Bristol constantly threatens Levi, telling him that if he keeps up these publicity stunts she won't let him see Tripp," said the source.

"In the end, she'll have to do to whatever a judge decides. Her mother may be governor, but Levi has a right to see his son, like it or not!"

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In part two of his interview on CBS' The Early Show, Levi Johnston - the 19-year-old father of Sarah Palin's grandson - continued to accuse the Palin family of trying to prevent him from spending time alone with his 3-month-old son, Tripp.

Levi said that while he still talks to Bristol Palin, 18, "every day, every other day," the conversations are "real short ... You know, I call her to see - see how my baby's doing, that kind of thing. But we don't really sit there and talk."

He also talked about how he first met Sarah Palin's daughter and had been close to her for years, but that all changed when she was picked as the Republican party's nominee for Vice President last August, according to Levi.

In addition to calling the Palins liars about his past connection to them, Levi and his mother, Sherry Johnston, also say that the family won't let her see her grandson and wants to meet with the Palins to work out a custody arrangement.

In a perfect world, "everything will be reconciled," Sherry said. "[I hope] we can get together, if for no other reason, [than] for Tripp. He deserves to know both his grandmas and grandpas, and aunts and uncles. And mom and dad."

"I had a really rough summer," added Sherry, who faces six felony counts of possessing and selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin. "And Tripp ... just waiting for him ... was the only thing that really got me through."

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Just days after talking on the Tyra Banks Show about boning Bristol Palin in Sarah Palin's house, Levi Johnston ran his mouth some more on CBS' The Early Show about his many difficulties with the family of the former V.P. candidate.

One point of contention: Whether Johnston ever lived at Palin's home.

"They said I didn't live there," the ex-fiance of Bristol Palin and father of her son Tripp said. "[They say] I 'stayed' there. I was like, 'Okay, whatever you want to call it' – all my stuff was there. If you wanna call it staying there, that's fine."

"So, they're lying," said reporter Maggie Rodriguez.

"Yeah," Levi Johnston replied.

After Palin, the Governor of Alaska, lost the election and Levi and Bristol broke up, he says there was tension during his visits to see 3-month-old Tripp.

"I can go over there whenever I want and see my baby," says Johnston, 18. "But I'm not allowed to take him, and it's not as comfortable going over there anymore with that family sitting down on the couch. It's awkward. I don't know."

"They just, like, they don't think of me the same way anymore."

"I don't wanna go there every day and sit there when her family's there and try and play with my baby. I want to be able to take him and do our own thing with my family."

Levi wasn't the only Johnston to defend his story. His mom, Sherry (who is facing felony drug-dealing charges) and sister Mercede also weighed in.

"Look what they're doing," said Mercede in defense of Levi. "They are lying, trying to save themselves when they asked for it. They brought him to the campaign. They should have known what was coming. They can't try and take it back now."

As for why Levi Johnston is speaking out now, he explained, "We're not trying to cash in on their name, you know ... I'm just trying to get my side of the story out there. Letting people know who I am. Not what the magazines say I am."

The biggest misconception? "Probably that my family's white trash," he said. Or is that a misconception? Click to enlarge pics of Levi (and Mercede) below:

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  • Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston
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In the following clip from today's The Tyra Banks Show (airing today), Levi Johnston says ex-fiancee Bristol Palin - the mother of his 4-month-old son Tripp and the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - wants nothing to do with him.

We heard Ashley Biden is available, Levi.

"Some days we have a regular conversation without fighting," said Johnston, 19, who split with Bristol Palin, 18, in March after they welcomed Tripp in December.

"Most times, she's usually in a pretty bad mood. She's short. She doesn't want me around, I don't think," Levi told Banks. "She says that I can come see the baby, and that kind of thing, but won't let me take him anywhere."

On Friday, a rep for the Palins lashed out at Levi Johnston for talking to Banks about his sex life - specifically, he said Sarah Palin was aware he was boning Bristol and allowed it by letting them sleep in the same room at her home.

"We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship," the statement from the Palin family said.

"It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child."

Hey, dude's gotta make a buck and find a new girl to knock up somehow.

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While Barack and Michelle Obama are meeting heads of state, giving rousing speeches and winning raves for their representation of America (and fashion) in Europe, Sarah Palin is dealing with important diplomatic matters of her own.

Specifically, the Alaska Governor is lashing out against Levi Johnston for blabbing on TV about having sex with Bristol, her 18-year-old daughter.

After taking about having sex with Bristol Palin - and implying Sarah Palin knew he was doing so - on The Tyra Banks Show, Levi, 19, the father of Bristol's baby – was slapped with a blistering response from Sarah and Bristol.

The Palin family rep said in a statement:

"Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We are very disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship."

"Bristol's focus remains on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence. It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child."

Damn, you pretty much got served there, Levi.

The statement ends, saying, "Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions." Owned again!

On the show, which airs Monday, April 6, Johnston tells Tyra Banks that he believes Sarah Palin knew he and Bristol were having sex when they lived under her roof.

The couple, who were high school sweethearts, were forced to claim that they planned to wed after graduation – but ended up splitting earlier this year.

In other Palin family news, the half sister of Sarah's husband Todd Palin was accused of breaking into the same Wasilla, Alaska, house twice to steal money.

Diana Palin, 35, was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor criminal trespass and theft stemming from two break-ins. Solid week all around.

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Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with -- this isn't ideal. But I'm fortunate to have a supportive family, which is dealing with this together.

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Tripp is so perfectly precious; we love him with all our hearts. I can't imagine life without him now.

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