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Levi Johnston has a good gig.

Just 19 years old, he lives his life largely out of the limelight, but once in awhile gets a nice paycheck to dish about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose teenage daughter he famously impregnated in early 2008. Nice work!

Vanity Fair is the latest to profile America's most beloved unwed teen baby daddy. In the magazine's October issue, Levi explains what happened behind the scenes of the 2008 campaign for the White House - and inside the Palin home.

Johnston wastes little time dispelling myths about the former Alaska Governor ...

Levi on Sarah's parenting: "There wasn’t much ... The kids do it all themselves: cook, clean, do the laundry, get ready for school. Most of the time [Bristol Palin] would help her sister with homework. I’d barbecue chicken or steak on the grill."

Levi and Mrs. Palin

On Sarah's reaction to him knocking up Bristol: "Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret - nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant. She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him."

"Sarah kept mentioning this. She wouldn’t give up. She would say, 'So, are you gonna let me adopt him?' We kept telling her definitely not. I think that Sarah didn’t want people to know her 17-year-old daughter was going to have a kid."

On Palin's response to criticism that John McCain lost because of her: "She thought she was running for president. She'd say 'I brought everything to the table' and 'the majority of people were out there voting because of me!'"

On Sarah changing post-campaign: "Sarah walked around the house pouting ... one or two weeks after she got back, she started talking about how nice it would be to quit, write a book or do a show and make 'triple the money.'"

Quality stuff, and certainly there will be plenty more where that came from. Just write Levi Johnston a check and he'll bash Sarah all you like!

Here's a behind-the-scenes video of Levi's photo shoot with Vanity Fair ...

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Sarah Palin and her husband Todd are getting a divorce. Beyond a doubt. Right?

A reputable magazine like Star would never report this if Sarah and Todd's marriage weren't in turmoil, leaving the parents of five on the brink of a split, would it?

According to Star's coverage of their "disintegrating union," Todd and Sarah are sleeping apart, arguing 24/7 and losing control of their party-animal daughters!

"Sarah and Todd fight all the time," says Mercede Johnston, sister of Levi Johnston, ex-boyfriend and baby mama of Sarah's eldest daughter, Bristol Palin.

"When they do, Todd ends up sleeping on the couch at their home in Wasilla. Bristol used to tell Levi that her parents would argue and bicker over the littlest things, like who was supposed to take out the trash or wash the dishes."

Levi Johnston, the father of 7-month-old son Tripp with Bristol, also spoke this week about Sarah Palin's marital problems, which he said have been happening "from day one," and blamed for her decision to resign as governor of Alaska.

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Todd Palin is "tired of living a lie." Star, on the other hand, thrives on it.

The Palins shot down the previous batch of divorce rumors, for the record. But fueled by Sarah's resignation as governor, similar stories continue to dog the pair.

Now Mercede Johnston predicts: "If they ended their marriage within the next year, I wouldn't be surprised. It really seems it's just a sham for the cameras now!"

Another possibility, an "Alaskan insider" tells Star, is that with Sarah Palin's new book deal in place, "she might even come to some financial agreement for him to stay with her and give the impression of a loving husband."

This source then calls them the "Jon and Kate Gosselin of politics!"

The comparison may not be too off-base. Like the TLC reality stars, Todd and Sarah have a brood to worry about, and the worries keep growing amid new scandal.

Star says 15-year-old daughter Willow Palin was drinking vodka and smoking pot at a house party, "her eyes getting more and more glazed as the night went on."

We hope the magazine has some good lawyers on retainer.

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Bristol Palin's baby daddy, Levi Johnston, hasn't trashed the Palin family in a few weeks, so we're so glad he found a mic at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards (yes, he went) and told the world what he thinks of Bristol's campaign for abstinence.

"I don't buy it," Levi told Radar Online. "The first time it [the subject of abstinence] came around, she said it wasn't realistic. Now she says it is. So I think she caught herself in a little thing there. I don't buy it. It's all a show."

Strong words from Johnston, although pretty accurate.

As for the mother of Bristol Palin, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Levi says he's back on good terms with for the sake of his new baby, Tripp.

But that didn't stop him from saying how her marriage has been in trouble for some time, and ultimately led to her resignation as Alaska governor.

When we asked if his would-have-been in-laws, Sarah and Todd Palin, had marital problems, Levi responded: "Oh yeah. There have been from day one."

Asked if he thought marital problems were the reason she stepped down as governor, Levi Johnston again didn't hesitate: "Oh yeah, I definitely do."

He also said Sarah Palin will be chasing bigger paychecks now that she’s out of office and on the speaker circuit. “She took the money,” Johnston said.

“That’s what she’s talked about for awhile now, that’s what I’m gathering and I think that’s what she’s doing,” shared the 19-year-old aspiring actor.

Not sure how long he'll be in their good graces after this, but we're glad he shared - and we look forward to Meghan Stapleton's ridiculous response.

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Rumors of a Todd Palin-Sarah Palin divorce gained some traction today after a website out of Alaska reported that the state's former chief executive and her husband were calling it quits, but further investigation reveals it is not true.

Sarah Palin's spokeswoman, Meg Stapleton, has denied the story by an Alaskan blog that just hours ago claimed to have inside info on an impending split.

On Palin’s Facebook page, Stapleton posted the following rebuke:

“Yet again, so-called 'journalists' have decided to make up a story."

"There is absolutely no truth to the recent “story” (and story is the correct term for this type of fiction) that Sarah and Todd Palin are divorcing."

"The Palins remain married, committed to each other and their family, and have not purchased land in Montana (last week it was Long Island).”

“Less than one week ago, Governor Palin asked the media to 'quit making things up.' We appreciate that the more professional journalists decided to question this story first before repeating it.”

Sarah Palin may have recently quit on Alaskans, but despite Internet reports, she and husband Todd Palin aren't saying farewell to their marriage anytime soon.

Sarah Palin’s attorney, Thomas Van Flein, also went on record shooting down the divorce story, telling CBS News that reports of a split are “categorically false.”

The initial report claimed that previous affairs by both Palins had led to a deterioration of their marriage, and that the Palins were noticeably not speaking to one another at Sarah's resignation speech in Fairbanks, Alaska, last Sunday.

No word on whether the website that reported the divorce rumor really is "makin' things up," or whether they just received faulty intel from Levi Johnston.

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If there's anything more comedic than Sarah Palin's farewell speech, delivered Sunday as the Alaska Governor resigned her office, we haven't heard it.

Although William Shatner reciting portions of Sarah Palin's farewell speech verbatim on The Tonight Show the following night has to come pretty close.

The master of the spoken-word and master thespian delivered, as only he can, a different take on the now-ex-governor's classic rambling, nonsensical goodbye.

Here's William Shatner channeling his inner Sarah Palin ...

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"With this decision, I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right, for truth. I have never felt like you need a title to do that." - Sarah Palin

Three weeks after announcing her resignation Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin's farewell speech was her explanation of why she doesn't need a title to be a public servant, or care about what anyone thinks, especially the media.

Her rambling address Sunday was a far cry from the carefully crafted speech she gave at the RNC last fall, launching herself to national political prominence.

That debut was also her peak. Sunday's farewell speech? More of a valley.

Laden with strange sentence structure and trademark weird metaphors, the selfish quitter's not only went on too long, but seemed to go a bit overboard, too.

As unassuming and unapologetic as she is unpolished, Palin clearly appeals to a broad range of voters. But can she ever woo people on the fence to her side?

Check out Sarah Palin's farewell speech below and see what you think ...

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Levi Johnston is certainly not passing up opportunities to cash in on Sarah Palin's fame by speaking about the Alaska governor every chance he gets.

This at least makes sense from the standpoint of him wanting to be in the news. Why she actually plays along by continuing the feud is another story.

Addressing her impending resignation as Governor of Alaska on the Today Show this morning, Levi Johnston said Sarah Palin quit to get rich, basically.

Living with the Palin family, "she was always talkin' about how [being governor] is a very stressful job," Johnston said. "After the campaign and things, we had tons of offers ... from everybody out there; just all kinds of ridiculous things."

Johnston, who knocked up Sarah's daughter Bristol Palin, said he believes Sarah earned more than the $7 million that's been reported for her Harper Collins book deal: "I've heard anything from $7 to $9 million. It's up there."

Other observations from Levi Johnston:

  • Fame "definitely got to her head."
  • He is weighing many career opportunities.
  • Sarah Palin is not being up front about why she resigned, and "there are times when she's not up front with everybody."
  • America "for the most part" has the right impression of Palin.
  • He would not vote for Sarah for president after her "quitting on Alaska."
  • He's not gonna let anyone intimidate him.

Levi says relations with the Palins were icy for awhile, but are now much better, and "everything's fine." At least that was true until this morning.

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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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Sarah Palin Biography

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Sarah Louise Heath Palin

Sarah Palin Quotes

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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