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David Letterman has apologized for his jokes about Gov. Sarah Palin and her family that sparked angry replies from the former V.P. nominee earlier this week.

Sort of.

Tuesday night on The Late Show, Letterman quipped that Palin's daughter was knocked up Alex Rodriguez during a Yankees game, and that the hardest part of the Palins' New York City trip was keeping Eliot Spitzer away from their daughter.

This prompted the governor and her husband, Todd Palin, to slam Letterman for his "sexually perverted comments" about their 14-year-old daughter, Willow.

Todd fumed on Facebook: "Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old are despicable. Alaskans know it and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too."

A familiar David Letterman expression, certainly applicable to this story.

Last night, Dave said he was referring to Bristol Palin, 18, not Willow. He admitted his jokes were in "questionable taste" and that he regrets telling them.

But, he added, he did nothing to advocate sexual relations with a minor, nor would he ever. As far as being guilty of anything but making jokes in bad taste, of which he has told thousands over the years, the talk show host pleaded innocent.

That about sums it up if you ask us. An acknowledgment that he crossed the line was warranted, as was clarification on what he meant by the aforementioned jokes. But, by the same token, the Palins could chill the eff out a little.

Letterman even invited Sarah to come on the show as a gesture of good faith. Here's his explanation of, and commentary on, the recent controversy:

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin recently paid a visit to the Big Apple, and as he has been known to do on The Late Show, David Letterman had some fun at her expense.

The 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee and her husband were hardly amused.

Tuesday night, Letterman joked in his monologue that when Sarah visited Yankee Stadium, she sat in "far, far right field" with Rudy Giuliani. Ba-dum-ching.

"They had a wonderful time," the talk show host continued. "The toughest part of her visit was keeping Eliot Spitzer away from her daughter." Ooooooh.

That, of course, is a reference to the disgraced former N.Y. Governor who was caught sleeping with hooker Ashley Dupre and forced to resign his office.

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

While clearly digs at A-Rod and Spitzer and not the Palins, Alaska's first couple took to - what else - Facebook to post the following message in response:

"Any 'jokes' about raping my 14-year-old daughter are despicable. Alaskans know it and I believe the rest of the world knows it, too," Todd Palin wrote.

Meanwhile, from Sarah Palin:

"Concerning Letterman's comments about my young daughter (and I doubt he'd ever dare make such comments about anyone else's daughter): 'Laughter incited by sexually-perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood/NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands – that acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others.'"

While in somewhat poor taste, does anyone think Dave is really advocating "perverted" acts against 14-year-old Willow... or Track, or Field, or whichever one it is?

And is it not a comedy show, where stars are lampooned?

Not to mention the fact that Bristol Palin, the couple's oldest daughter, actually was knocked up in early 2008, when she was 17. But that's neither here nor there.

One could even argue that the only exploitation of the Palins' daughter is courtesy of the Palins themselves, who are making a giant deal out of a relatively harmless joke to play the victim and get attention. Would you put it past them?

Either that, or they're complete nut jobs. Perhaps a little of both.

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Sarah Palin most often makes news for bashing Levi Johnston, giving props to Carrie Prejean, sitting in $2,000 seats at Yankee Stadium despite describing herself as an average hockey mom, talking about seeing Russia from Alaska or some nonsense.

But there was no controversy to be found Sunday when the Alaska Governor paid a visit to Long Island, N.Y., to speak about the joys of raising her son Trig.

Trig Palin, 1, was born with Down syndrome.

"We are just so blessed to have this child in our lives," Palin said before a crowd of about 1,000 people. "What God has shown us with Trig in our lives is 'Yes, every single person has purpose no matter their developmental abilities.'"

Also at the fundraiser for Independent Group Home Living, which supports children and adults with developmental disabilities – were Palin's husband, Todd; their daughter Willow, 14; and Palin's sister Heather Bruce and her autistic son Karcher, 14.

"Having a son being born with Down syndrome is a whole new chapter of our lives," Sarah Palin said, her voice wavering slightly as she continued:

"I tell Todd that God has blessed us, and we don't ask, 'Why me? Why us?' We say at this point, finally – and to be honest with you it's taken a while for us to get to this point - 'Thank you, God for allowing us to recognize the special needs community.'"

"Without Trig this would be absent from us. I am at a point in my life of thanking God for blessing us with this bundle of joy, this typical rowdy 1-year-old."

Palin, in a black and white layered skirt and a black sweater set, arrived to a cheering crowd, and spoke to a group who yelled for her to stop for a chat.

The former Republican nominee for Vice President reiterated a pledge she made during the 2008 election campaign to help those with disabilities.

"Just because our ticket placed second, second out of two," the 45-year-old mother of five said, jokingly, "you still have an advocate for the cause."

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Embattled Miss California Carrie Prejean certainly has her share of critics, but rest assured, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is firmly in her camp.

The 2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee released a statement last night slamming "the liberal onslaught of malicious attacks" against Prejean, who first ignited controversy for coming out against same-sex marriage at last month's Miss USA pageant.

"I can relate, as a liberal target myself," Sarah Palin said.

"What I find so remarkable is that these politically-motivated attacks fail to show that what Carrie and I believe is also what President Obama and Secretary Clinton believe - marriage is between a man and a woman."

"I applaud Donald Trump for standing with Carrie during this time. And I respect Carrie for standing strong and staying true to herself, and not letting those who disagree with her deny her protection under the nation's First Amendment Rights."

DUMB AND DUMBER: Carrie Prejean has a new, high-profile political backer.

"Our Constitution protects us all - not just those who agree with the far left," the mother of Bristol Palin went on.

Amazingly, the governor of a U.S. state apparently does not realize that:

  • She was only a "liberal target" because she was running for Vice President of the United States, and representing the other party.
  • The First Amendment has nothing to do with being criticized for speaking one's mind; it simply protects one from being imprisoned for it.
  • Prejean nearly lost her crown not for her gay marriage stance, but for violating the terms of her contract with a private organization.
  • Prejean did not lose her crown! Rather, she received national acclaim, even becoming a hero to the National Marriage ... whatever it is.

Last week, Prejean's father, Will, told E! Online that Palin personally called him to voice support for his daughter, but didn't reveal any more details.

On Tuesday, Trump announced at a news conference that Prejean will keep her crown despite the release of semi-nude and topless photos that she blamed on the wind ... or Satan ... or liberals, or ... whatever, who the hell cares.

Miss California pageant director Shanna Moakler resigned her position a day later, saying she "no longer believes" in the Miss Universe organization. When Shanna Moakler is your new moral compass, you've got issues, Miss Universe.

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On the campaign trail, Sarah Palin chided Barack Obama for writing two books about his relatively young life while not passing any worthwhile legislation.

Now the former Republican V.P. candidate is ready to follow suit!

Palin will publish a memoir with HarperCollins that will come out in Spring 2010 - the same time she becomes eligible for reelection as Alaska's governor.

The Alaska governor's book, as yet untitled, will cover her many career accomplishments some of the controversies surrounding herself and her family.

The memoir will span her Alaskan childhood through last year's campaign and beyond, and will likely cover her political beliefs and family life.

The pregnancy of her teen daughter Bristol Palin, who gave birth in December, will surely be included. Whether or not Levi Johnston tapped that while Sarah slept in the next room will probably remain shrouded in mystery, however.

"In fairness to my family, this is going be a good opportunity for me to cash in on them, too, because there have been so many misperceptions out there about who we are and what we believe in," Palin said in a statement. 

Other possible topics that Palin's ghostwriter of choice might cover:

  • Emotional family bonding sessions on the front porch, while sipping on wolf blood and enjoying the view of Russia
  • Her incredible wedding night sex with Todd Palin, after they waited to do it until they were married, of course
  • Patented techniques for different kinds of winks
  • The Palin-Carrie Prejean ticket strategies for 2012

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Carrie Prejean's father, Will, believes his daughter will not be stripped of her title as Miss California in wake of the growing scandal surrounding the semi-nude and topless photos she posed for during her teenage years.

Will Prejean told Radar Online that he was "extremely excited" about a news conference being held Tuesday by Donald Trump, owner of Miss USA.

Sarah Palin Shaking Hands

If he does know something about what Trump will say, he would not reveal what it is, only that it was "confidential" and would be announced in due time.

The father of the embattled, unintelligent beauty queen also said he has not seen the Carrie Prejean nude shots, and "does not care" if they exist.

Regarding the other criticism directed at Carrie - for her adamant stance against gay marriage, Will Prejean said his children were brought up to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and accused the other side of intolerance.

In a separate interview with E! News, Carrie's father noted that none other than Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been personally in touch with his lightning-rod spawn: "She called her directly to offer support," he said.

Carrie Prejean has the support of Sarah Palin ... and of gays and lesbians, according to her father, Will. No word on what rock Will is currently residing under.

While he did not reveal the exact words of wisdom Palin offered, he clarified that the call came prior to Carrie lying about the racy photos that surfaced.

In addition to Sarah Palin, the proud father also claims that Carrie Prejean had been receiving well-wishes from an even more unbelievable source.

"The gay and lesbian community has been supportive of Carrie," he lied said, despite every shred of evidence to the contrary. "It's been overwhelming."

"Everyone has been coming up to Carrie and saying, 'We may not agree with you, but we respect you for what you say.' And they're very emphatic."

The elder Prejean also spoke out about explosive reports involving his nasty divorce with Carrie's mother and claims that he said Carrie's stepdad was gay because he had a mustache. Will denies this and says his family is very close.

He also addressed rumors that his ex-wife is now seeing a woman. Asked about this, Will, in a strange response said: "No... but she loves to play bingo." There you have it, folks. Consider that issue cleared up.

Should Carrie Prejean lose her crown?

 

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Sarah Palin might be able to see Russia from her house.

But can she also see what her ongoing family drama is doing to her political future?

Levi is the Man

Palin's father, Chuck Heath, is the latest to get involved in the back-and-forth between Palin's camp and Levi Johnston. Heath said his granddaughter's baby daddy "has not contributed anything" to Tripp, who was born last December.

A sign of things to come? Bristol was already holding babies away from Levi at the Republication National Convention.

Johnston, of course, has been making the media rounds.

First, he appeared on The Tyra Banks Show and claimed that the Alaska Governor likely knew he was banging Bristol; then, he went on The Early Show and said the Palin family won't let him be alone with his son.

"I don't agree with what he's doing right now," Heath told Us Weekly of Johnston's press tour. "It's not right. He's broke, so he's trying to capitalize on this. I wish he’d take some of this money he’s making and buy some diapers with it."

This would all be a typical, Hollywood family feud... if it didn't prominently involved someone that was A VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE SIX MONTHS AGO AND WHO IS CONSIDERED THE REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER FOR THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION!!!

As such, it's downright hilarious, and sort of depressing for the country.

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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:

  • Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston
  • Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston
  • Levi Johnston and Tripp Johnston
  • Levi Johnston Picture

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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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In a new interview, Todd Palin says the $150,000 spent on clothes and beauty services for his wife, Alaska Governor and vanquished Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign was "out of our control."

"She never went to Saks, any of that stuff," he says in Men's Journal. "You come into a campaign late, you put all your trust into the team, you got people who are working on VP ops for a long time, and we're just focused on debate prep."

Mugler Shot

"I couldn't give a rat's [expletive] about clothes," Todd Palin continues. "Please. I mean these are my Sunday go-to-meeting jeans!"

Sarah and John McCain came under fire after it was revealed thousands of dollars were spent to dress her family - $75,062 at Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, $49,425 at Saks Fifth Avenue and $4,902 at upscale men's store Atelier, etc.

The lavish shopping sprees contradicted Sarah's image as an average "hockey mom" - and even paled in comparison to relatively affordable Michelle Obama fashion.

Sarah Palin has said neither wanted nor asked for the clothes.

Todd says the Alaskan governor - who was routinely mocked on SNL while running for VP - was a seasoned politician before joining John McCain's ticket.

"You got to remember, it's not like they just plucked us off the fishing boat with scales still under our nails, you know?" says the father of Bristol Palin.

On a lighter note, during the campaign, Todd Palin, a champion snowmobile racer, had a blast chilling with his temporary Secret Service protection.

"They liked cruising around with me," he says, "we went to the Arctic Cat snowmachine factory and then drove up to North Dakota, went to a Penn State-Michigan football game, went to a NASCAR race. Rough duty, hanging out with me."

Sarah Palin Biography

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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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