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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hasn't yet said anything publicly about her four-day-old grandson, Tripp Johnston, but she does want people to know that Tripp's parents – Palin's daughter Bristol and her fiancé Levi Johnston - are hard at work.

"You need to know that both Levi and Bristol are working their butts off to parent and going to school and working at the same time," Palin told People in a phone message Wednesday. "They are certainly not high school dropouts."

The former GOP V.P. candidate said she wanted to be clear about their continuing work toward high school degrees because suggesting otherwise "harms Bristol's reputation and Levi's reputation and their chances for good work opportunities."

Sarah and Todd Palin became proud grandparents when their oldest daughter Bristol Palin gave birth to her first child, Tripp, with Levi Johnston.

Bristol Palin, 18, who gave birth Saturday, is intending to finish her high school degree through correspondence courses. Levi, also 18, has said that he left high school to enroll in an apprenticeship program training him as an electrician.

Sarah Palin said at the time that she hoped Levi would eventually earn his GED, adding that "I respect that Levi is out there working hard."

We recommend that Levi follow the same career path as his mother, Sherry Johnston. Prescription drug dealing is a pretty recession-proof field.

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When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin confirmed that her teenage daughter, Bristol Palin, was expecting a baby, the celebrity gossip world believed the first photos of her newborn child would likely spark a bidding war among several publications.

Looks like Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, born December 28 to Bristol and her baby daddy, Levi Johnston, is already delivering on that promise.

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According to one source, bidding for the celebrity baby photos began at $100,000. People won out in the end, but In Touch Weekly was the only other weekly to make serious bids, according to several sources involved in the process.

STRAIGHT TRIPPIN': That's actually Trig Palin, Sarah Palin's son, with Bristol and Levi. No photos of their baby, Tripp, have been released yet, but People won the rights.

The price didn't soar immediately, according to sources, because Sarah Palin gossip just doesn’t sell all that well for the magazines on newsstands.

“Sarah was on the cover of People, Us Weekly, and OK! the same week, and really only People saw a bump in sales," says an inside source.

But then the recent, felony drug-related arrest of Levi Johnston's mother, Sherry Johnston, caused the price tag for the photos to go up suddenly.

"The bidding started well before the baby was born, but once Levi Johnston’s mom was arrested - well, then you had a story,” says one editor.

None of the magazines would confirm the exact figure for how much Bristol Palin made from the deal - most estimates hover around the $300,000 range.

No word on whether the money from the pics will go to charity, or whether it will all be spent on Sarah Palin's wardrobe and/or 2012 presidential bid.

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Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican V.P. candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth Sunday to a healthy baby boy in Palmer, Alaska.

"We think it's wonderful," said Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol's grandmother Sally Heath (Sarah Palin's mother), who confirmed the exciting news early this evening.

"The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited."

The baby's name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston. Yes, Tripp. His name is actually less weird than we were predicting, considering that we're talking about Bristol Palin here. But at the same time, she lived up to the family standards nicely.

Tripp Johnston weighed seven pounds and four ounces at the time of his birth.

The little guy takes his surname from his dad, Levi Johnston, 18, a former Wasilla High School hockey player who has been dating Bristol for three years.

THE PROUD, UNWED PARENTS: Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, both 18 and seen here at the Republican National Convention in August, have welcomed baby Tripp!

Bristol Palin is currently residing in her hometown of Wasilla, laying low and completing her high-school diploma through some correspondence courses.

Levi Johnston is in the process of studying to become an electrician. His mother, Sherry Johnston, was recently busted on several felony drug charges.

The eldest of Sarah and Todd Palin's three daughters (the couple also have two sons, Trig and Track), Bristol Palin made headlines with her pregnancy last summer, just as her mom was being selected as John McCain's running mate.

Bristol plan and Levi to wed in 2009 and raise the child together.

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The first grandchild of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be a boy, her father, Chuck Heath, revealed to the website Grandparents.com, which apparently exists.

Heath, who apparently needs some money or attention, said that his pregnant granddaughter, Bristol Palin, has a due date of December 20 - this Saturday!

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Asked what Bristol and her baby-daddy-turned-fiance Levi Johnston will name their baby, Heath answered, "Oscar ... No, I'm just kidding." Good one, Chuck!

Seen here at the RNC in August, Bristol Palin cradles baby brother Trig while Levi Johnston stares solemnly at the floor, lamenting not using a condom.

In reality, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston don't have a name for it yet, but there are 87 boxes of unopened mail that might contain some suggestions.

Here are some baby names we think would be fitting of Sarah Palin's grandson. Vote for your favorite, and/or leave a comment with your own!

 

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Nothing new here - just a photo from the Republican National Convention last week in St. Paul, Minn. But it's a cute picture we had to pass along.

With Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin expecting a child soon, they need all the practice they can get! Fortunately, Bristol's mother - Alaska Gov. and GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin - just gave birth to a son, Trig, earlier this year! See below ...

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AWW: Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston look like naturals tending to Trig Palin.

Regardless of your political views, the Palin family has made for some cute baby photos and funny commentary in the last week and a half. On that note, if you haven't already, be sure to check out this week's Caption Contest!