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Bristol Palin's baby daddy is chiming in on her mom's recent resignation.

Levi Johnston says that when he lived with Bristol and her mom, Sarah Palin, he heard the Alaska Governor say several times say how nice it would be to take advantage of lucrative deals being offered to her, like a reality show and book deal.

"She had talked about how nice it would be to take some of this money people had been offering, and you know, just run with it, say 'forget everything else,'" he said.

Levi said he thinks book deals were really what appealed to Sarah Palin.

"I think the big deal was the book. Millions of dollars," said Levi, who has had a strained relationship with the family but now says things have improved.

Compensation details of Palin's book projects haven't been disclosed.

Johnston came forward, according to his attorney, Rex Butler, because people in Alaska want to know why Palin decided to resign, effective the end of July.

Asked if he would vote for her if she ran for president, Johnston said: "I think she's a great lady, but after seeing what she did now, I would have to say no."

"Obviously she's stressed out as governor. Moving up to the vice president or president is huge. I just don't think anymore that she's cut out for the job."

Palin family spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton shot back at Levi, who is pursuing his own career opportunities these days, with a statement: "It is interesting to learn Levi is working on a piece of fiction while honing his acting skills."

Hilarious and intelligent stuff, as always, Meghan Stapleton. Way to engage and give credence to a teenager who knocked up your client's daughter.

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Despite her surprise move of resigning as Governor of Alaska last Friday, a move some called foolish if she still harbors grander political aspirations, a new poll finds that Sarah Palin's support among Republican voters is still strong.

In fact, her resignation seems to have even boosted her among GOP constituents. A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted this week shows close to 67 percent of Republicans want Palin to be "a major national political figure" in the future.

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That number would surely go up if likely voters clicked through our gallery of Sarah Palin pictures. Talk about an outdoorsy charm, and what a cute family she has!

Moreover, 71 percent of them say they would likely vote for her if she ran for president in 2012. "To political pros [Palin's resignation] may be a problem. To the base, I'm not sure it's a problem at all," CNN analyst Bill Bennett said.

So much for conventional wisdom.

Just as Republicans as a whole are unfazed by Palin's move, the poll shows Democrats and Independents are as unhappy with her as ever, as 75 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of independents preferring she leave the national stage altogether.

So basically, in the eyes of the public, the soon-to-be former Governor and Runner's World model is still a lightning rod who neither gained or lost anything from this, and has her entire future ahead of her. Not a bad position to be in really.

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In her first interview since her announcement Friday that she was resigning as Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin told the Today show that she did the right thing for her state, as she already knew she wasn't going to seek re-election in 2010.

This ignores the fact that she could simply not run again upon completing of the term the people she claims to care about elected her to serve, of course.

Sarah Palin basically blames being chosen as the Republican V.P. candidate last year, saying "everything changed" that day and that "nothing would be the same for our administration." Because she stopped caring about Alaska, that is.

Once she entered the national spotlight, says Palin, "The choice I had to make was, how am I going to react to the circumstances, the changed conditions?"

HALF-BAKED ALASKA: Palin's explanations for quitting just don't cut it.

"Am I just going to keep plugging away, keep my head down and not going to affect any more change, because every time we try to do something we get hit with an ethics-violation charge or a lawsuit, because that's the political game that's being played?"

She raises a valid point. Why keep "plugging away" at a job you were elected to do, when you just don't give a $h!t anymore? And why put up with jerks accusing you of trivial "ethics violations" when you just wanna do whatever you please?

Public service just isn't worth it.

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While Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska continues to be debated by pundits and casual observers alike, Palin wants to "set the record straight."

Sort of. By no means is any record actually set straight here.

She is asking her supporters to remain supportive, though.

"Critics are spinning, so hang in there as they feed false info on the right decision made as I enter last yr (sic) in office to not run again," Palin Twittered.

That's good to know. Whatever it means.

Some of Palin's other Tweets over the weekend were personal, including about her husband Todd, who had gone to work the family's commercial fishing grounds.

She said: "slaying salmon and working the kids. Anxious to join 'em."

She'll have plenty of time to soon, having ditched out on her state's highest office because it no longer suited her personal ambitions. We're just saying.

Other Tweets were fiercely political. The Washington Post hinted that an ethics investigation into the Palins' conduct may be launched in the near future.

"See letter from my attorney [Thomas V. Van Flein] on baseless allegations of past 24hrs," the mother of five and soon-to-be former Governor said.

The lawyer's letter, posted by Fox News, reads:

"Several unscrupulous people have asserted false and defamatory allegations that the 'real' reasons for Governor Sarah Palin's resignation stem from an alleged criminal investigation pertaining to the construction of the Wasilla Sports Complex."

"This canard was first floated by Democrat operatives in September 2008 during the national campaign and followed up by sympathetic Democratic writers. It was easily rebutted then as one of many fabrications about Sarah Palin."

"Just as power abhors a vacuum, modern journalism apparently abhors any type of due diligence and fact checking before scurrilous allegations are repeated as fact."

As for why Palin quit? Maybe she'll Tweet about that at some point. But for now, "I head 2 West AK villages today, look forward to their busy comm fish activity!"

Communal? Committed? Commercial? OMG, can't w8 for the next Tweet 2 find out! In the meantime, follow the link for our gallery of Sarah Palin pictures!

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin announced at a press conference yesterday that she is stepping down from her post July 26 and won't seek re-election in 2010.

Palin, who has 18 months left in her first term of office, said she is going to spend more time with her family, but specific reasons why she quit are unclear.

Her rambling, holiday-eve decision to resign as governor blindsided both her supporters and critics and left everyone trying to come up with an explanation.

As Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic Monthly put it, "it was only a matter of time before she imploded or exploded or some gruesome combination of the two."

Does Palin simply want to devote more time to her family - or her status as a celebrity gossip fixture? Is she starting her 2012 White House bid super early?

Below are 10 theories why Sarah Palin is stepping down ...

  1. She's running for president. Conventional wisdom prior to yesterday was that Sarah Palin would be running - and not just in Runner's World - in 2012. Maybe she still is, and is just launching her White House bid three years early?
  2. She's not running for president. Conversely, some believe Palin isn’t aiming for the White House or any other office. If that's true, why stay Governor?
  3. She's pregnant. Pure, baseless speculation. But would you be surprised?
  4. She's sick of Alaska. A CNN source says Palin "thinks she has had a positive influence on people's lives" from traveling around the country like she did last year. Maybe she really believes this is what's best for the party.
  5. It was spontaneous. Hey, no one ever accused the loose cannon of thinking things through. See her response to all things Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston.
  6. A federal indictment is looming. The Daily Beast's Max Blumenthal reports that Todd Palin's snowmobile sponsor, Spenard Building Supplies, may have been mixed up in questionable political and Palin family business.
  7. The media got to her. Palin is never one to shy away from butting heads with media, but Vanity Fair's 10,000-word critique of her this month was a killer.
  8. She is unstable. Well, to a point there's no doubt about this one.
  9. Her staff is incompetent. Ditto #8.
  10. She is a narcissist. Is her ego such that she is angling for greater fame, fortune and publicity than the Alaska Governorship could offer? Does she desire a TV show to go along with her recently-signed book deal?

We are interested to hear why you think she is stepping down. Share your theories with us via comments below. Here's the video of Sarah Palin's resignation ...

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Alaska Governor Sarah Palin says she would come out ahead if she went one-on-one in a race with President Barack Obama - a race, as in a long run.

"I betcha I'd have more endurance," she told Runner's World magazine.

"My one claim to fame in my own little internal running circle is a sub-four marathon" in Anchorage, she said, referring to a 2005 race. "What I lacked in physical strength or skill, I made up for in determination and endurance."

Palin, 45, a former beauty queen and the first woman to be Alaska's governor, is featured in the August issue of the magazine for running aficionados.

Here's a patriotic shot from Sarah Palin's Runner's World photo shoot ...

She was dubbed the country's "hottest" governor when she stole the show as Sen. John McCain's running mate in 2008. The mother of Bristol Palin says running isn't just a body thing, as it helps keep her emotionally and mentally in shape.

"I feel so crappy if I go more than a few days without running. No matter how rotten I feel before or during a run, it's always worth it to me afterward," she said.

"Sweat is my sanity," Palin tells the magazine.

The second woman ever to be the Vice Presidential nominee of one of the two major parties likes that when she's out, she's just another mom in running shoes.

"When I run, I'm incognito because I'm not wearing a trough full of makeup. I can go running through a mob of tourists and they don't recognize me," Palin said.

Click to enlarge more Sarah Palin pictures from Runner's World ...

Hot Running Mom!

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Sarah Palin has accepted the second, and slightly more sincere, apology from David Letterman regarding the jokes he made about her family last week.

The Alaska governor issued a statement, speaking for her daughters (at the center of the jokes) and women everywhere, accepting Dave's apology.

Letterman's mea cupla was delivered on last night's Late Show.

"Of course it's accepted on behalf of women, like my daughters, who hope men 'joking' about public displays of sexual exploitation will evolve," she said.

"David Letterman certainly has the right to 'joke' about whatever he wants to, and thankfully we have the right to express our reaction."

Drawn out intentionally for publicity or not, hopefully with Palin's comments, the contentious war of words and opposing viewpoints will now end.

And, lest we forget Palin is a political figure and not merely an attention-starved instigator with a publicist, she worked in a nice shout-out to our troops.

"And this is all thanks to our U.S. military women and men putting their lives on the line for us to secure America's right to free speech - in this case, may that right be used to promote equality and respect," the 2008 V.P. candidate said.

CBS was quick to clarify that the decision to extend a second olive branch (his first was more of a clarification of his remarks, rather than an actual apology) was Letterman's alone, denying that they placed any pressure on him.

Still, despite Palin's acceptance of the apology, it may be too little, too late for some of her more ardent supporters. Supporters wanting CBS to fire David Letterman have tentatively planned to hold a rally outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre today.

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Offering a second apology for the Sarah Palin controversy that has erupted over the past week, David Letterman said his joke about the Alaska Governor's daughter was a lousy joke, no matter how you cut it, and he's sincerely sorry for it.

The late night talk show host still maintained that what got people really riled is the misconception over which Palin daughter the joke was about.

On Monday's Late Show, Letterman said the risque joke about Sarah's daughter getting knocked up by Alex Rodriguez was perceived as an attack on 14-year-old Willow Palin, but was actually a reference to 18-year-old daughter Bristol Palin.

The name of the daughter wasn't mentioned in the joke, part of Letterman's monologue on last Monday's show. Nevertheless, "The joke, really, in and of itself, can't be defended," he declared. It was "a coarse joke," "a bad joke."

"But I never thought it was (about) anybody other than the older daughter, and before the show, I checked to make sure, in fact, that she is of legal age, 18."

Even so, Sarah and Todd Palin issued pointed statements last week condemning jokes about "raping" Willow and calling Letterman "despicable." Sarah Palin decried these "sexually perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity."

Last night, a more somber Letterman said, "I'm wondering, 'Well, what can I do to help people understand that I would never make a joke like this?' I've never made jokes like this, as long as we've been on the air, 30 long years."

If that's the misconception - that the joke was aimed at a 14-year-old - he understands why people are upset, he said. "I would be upset myself."

David Letterman has said from the start that he thought the daughter who was at the Yankee game was Bristol Palin. But there were no excuses last night.

"I feel I need to do the right thing and apologize for telling that joke," he said. "It's not your fault it was misunderstood, it's my fault it was misunderstood."

He apologized to both daughters, "and also to the Governor and her family and everybody else who was outraged by the joke," he said as the studio audience applauded. "I'm sorry about it, and I'll try to do better in the future."

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Talk show host David Letterman has been hit with criticism over jokes he made last week about Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her daughter(s).

While Letterman has admitted that his comments were in poor taste, but were just jokes nonetheless, the former V.P. candidate has not backed off.

Neither have some of her supporters. A grass-roots campaign organized to get the late-night stalwart canned, FireDavidLetterman.com, is holding a rally outside Letterman's show at the Ed Sullivan theater tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Republican N.Y. State Assemblyman Brian Kolb, along with an attorney and radio host John Ziegler, the site also provides CBS contacts to whom people can complain about what many felt was a tasteless, potentially harmful quip.

"Firing Mr. Letterman would send a clear message that CBS will not tolerate any of its employees even an established media figure like Mr. Letterman making demeaning, degrading comments about women," Kolb wrote to CBS chief Les Moonves.

An accompanying Facebook group has about 1,800 members.

The campaign's supporters point to Don Imus and Howard Stern as examples of popular hosts who crossed the line - and were held accountable by employers.

According to TV Guide, Embassy Suites has pulled advertising on CBS because of complaints. The company was not an advertiser on The Late Show specifically.

Letterman made the offending joke on Tuesday's show, following a visit to New York by Sarah Palin during which she attended a Yankee game with Rudy Giuliani.

"One awkward moment for Sarah Palin at the Yankee game," Letterman said, "during the seventh inning, her daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez."

In addressing the controversy, Letterman says the outcry was due at least in part to a misunderstanding, as he intended the joke to be about Bristol Palin, 18.

Bristol Palin was very much knocked up by beau Levi Johnston last year, while in minor in fact. However, the Palin daughter at the ball game was Willow, 14.

The loudest response came from Sarah Palin herself.

She told Matt Lauer she didn't buy Dave's "convenient excuse," and said she would never let her daughter near him - implying he can't be trusted around girls.

Letterman clarified that he "would never made jokes about someone having sex with a 14-year-old girl," which Palin, who some believe is resorting to shameless attention-grabbing words and implications, and continues to accuse him of.

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Those that take issue with David Letterman mocking Bristol Palin need to hate the game, not the player.

Late-night talk shows exist for one reason: to make fun of those in the news.

Let's go back to 1995: One of Jay Leno's most famous skits was "The Dancing Itos." It was a comedy sketch that was based around lookalikes of those involved in the O.J. Simpson case, such as Judge Lance Ito.

Yes, Jay Leno made light of a double murder case. Not only was he never taken to task for it, audiences ate it up.

Meanwhile, just a few weeks ago, Conan O'Brien made this joke: "Sarah Palin is going to drop the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers' hockey game. Then, Palin will spend the rest of the game trying to keep the players out of her daughter's penalty box."

That is FAR more offensive than anything Letterman said, as it uses a pejorative term for "vagina" and it doesn't mention Eliot Spitzer or Alex Rodriguez, the two men that were equally at the forefront of Dave's jabs.

But did Palin utter a word about it? Of course not. O'Brien only aired at 12:30 a.m. at the time. His ratings were puny.

Here's a way to kill a few hours: go search the Internet for jokes made at the expense of Jamie Lynn Spears and Miley Cyrus over the past couple of years on late-night television.

The point is simple: talk show hosts make fun of celebrities.

Bristol Palin is a celebrity; not because her mother ran for a political office, but because her mother approved of her appearance on the cover of People.

Sorry, but the moment Bristol's face appeared on the front of the world's leading tabloid, Gov. Palin could no longer claim that her family's private world was being invaded. She has chosen a public life for herself and her children and must live with it.

This is also why Palin's claim of a double standard does not hold any merit.

In her interview with Matt Lauer, the governor said everyone respects President Obama's pleas to leave his family alone, but the same standard does not hold for her.

This is a laughable comparison.

Sasha and Malia Obama are 7 and 10 years old, respectively. Let us assure any doubters out there: if either of them gets caught with a fake ID, drives drunk or gets pregnant as a teenager, every late-night host will be overflowing with jokes.

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What I've had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the Blackberries and pick up the breast pump. Do a couple of things different and still get it all done.

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I am thankful to be married to a man who loves being a dad as much as I love being a mom so he is my strength. And practically speaking, we have a great network of help with lots of grandparents and aunties and uncles all around us. We have a lot of help.

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