Todd Palin is the husband of Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for Vice President in 2008. He began dating his wife in Wasilla High...

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Sarah Palin’s husband is endorsing Newt Gingrich for president. Yes, Todd Palin has offered an official endorsement, as Sarah is still - shockingly - making up her mind.

The former Alaska governor and John McCain’s 2008 Republican running mate has yet to decide “who is best able to go up against Barack Obama,” Todd Palin said.

Todd, however, respects Gingrich for what he went through in the '90s and compared that scrutiny in public life to what Sarah Palin went through running for V.P.

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Todd Palin said he believes being in the political trenches and experiencing the highs and lows help prepare a candidate for the future and the job of president.

He has not spoken to the Gingrich campaign and did not criticize any of the other GOP candidates and said his “hat is off to everyone” in the Republican race.

But Todd did point to last summer, when a large portion of Gingrich’s staff resigned and the candidate was left, largely by himself, to run the campaign.

Gingrich’s ability to overcome the obstacle and still move up in the polls showed his ability to campaign and survive, according to an impressed Todd Palin.

"Newt Gingrich is not one of the typical beltway types" and his campaign has “burst out of the political arena and touched many Americans,” he said.

No word if the First Dude plans to appear on the former House Speaker's behalf or if his wife will follow suit in the run-up to the South Carolina primary.

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Sarah Palin is looking to produce a reality show about Todd Palin's life as a snow machine racer. Astonishingly, the reception among networks so far has been ... icy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Palin and producer Mark Burnett are pitching a show that would turn the camera on Todd Palin's winning career on the circuit.

The price tag and subject matter have driven bidders away thus far, though.

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Discovery Networks, the company that the former governor's last show on TLC, paid over $1 million per episode for the rights to Sarah Palin's Alaska, airing in 2010.

Now, Discovery is unwilling to pay that price, as is A&E.

Sarah Palin's Alaska debuted to massive ratings, with network record audience of five million, but fell precipitously, including a 40 percent drop by its second episode.

The show certainly generated buzz, with her shooting animals, acting all folksy, hosting Kate Gosselin and her children and so forth. But the buzz ultimately waned.

It was cancelled after its first and only season. Having declined to run for president, and with little interest from the reality TV world, what WILL Sarah Palin do next?

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Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, denounced Joe McGinniss' new book about Alaska's most famous family as "disgusting lies, innuendo and smears" in a statement.

The former governor's camp is looking to discredit the biography - a racy, detailed, provocative tell-all, even as Palin gossip goes - which is due out next week.

Todd Palin slammed The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, specifically denying that his business partner Brad Hanson had an affair with his wife.

The part about Glen Rice nailing Sarah Palin, sadly, went unmentioned by Todd.

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Todd Palin wrote of McGinniss:

"This is a man who has been relentlessly stalking my family to the point of moving in next door to harass and spy on us to satisfy his creepy obsession with my wife." 

"His book is full of disgusting lies, innuendo and smears. Even The New York Times called this book 'dated, petty,' and that it 'chases caustic, unsubstantiated gossip.'"

Hang on ... the Palins read The New York Times?

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In his new book, Levi Johnston claims Bristol Palin not only wanted to get pregnant, she did so to spite her famous mom, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs is due out next week, and within its pages, Johnston airs more dirty Palin laundry than ever.

Considering it's what Levi does for a living, that's saying something!

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Levi Johnston says Bristol Palin was angry when she discovered Sarah was expecting her fifth child (son Trig) and felt she should be the one preggo instead.

According to Johnston, Bristol told him in March 2008, "let's get pregnant."

Whether that HOT directive actually took place or not, he obliged all right.

Johnston also refutes Bristol's earlier claim that she lost her virginity drunk on a camping trip, saying they were sexually active earlier in their relationship.

He also writes that he was "too dumb" to use protection. That we believe.

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Levi Johnston's sister, Mercede, continues to absolutely unload on the Palin family in quotes excerpted from her interview with Playboy. She just makes headline writing ridiculously easy ... not unlike getting in Bristol's pants, apparently.

The 19-year-old Mercede Johnston, known as “Sadie” to friends, sat down with Playboy to dish about the famous family that nearly became her brother’s in-laws.

Some new excerpts from the interview appear below:

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On Bristol Palin: “Honestly, she is the meanest person. I didn’t know someone could be so vindictive and pure evil ... [She’s] a sociopath. She doesn’t think anything she could do or does is wrong.”

On Levi and Bristol’s re-engagement in 2010: “I don’t think Bristol wanted to be with him whatsoever, not at all. It was all about her using her body to get Levi to retract his statements, and it worked."

"They only wanted them back together so they could control Levi, have him say he lied so no one would believe what he said again ... Everyone who knows Levi knows everything he said was true and then some.”

On Levi’s relationship with Bristol: “Levi was whipped like Todd, because Bristol is very manipulative. She’d use sex to get her way on many things.”

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Todd Palin, the husband of Sarah Palin, was accused last week of having an affair with Shailey Tripp, a massage therapist recently busted for prostitution.

An investigation into the alleged prostitution ring turned up nada against Todd Palin, however. No connection to illegal activity or to Shailey Tripp. Nothing.

Let's repeat. The Anchorage Police Department is adamant they have NO information connecting Sarah Palin's husband Todd to an alleged prostitution ring.

DUDE IN THE CLEAR: The Todd Palin scandal appears bogus.

The APD released a statement explaining they did seize evidence in a massage parlor sting operation (Tripp was in fact arrested) but none of the evidence supported any involvement between the massage therapist and Todd Palin.

The APD also called out the National Enquirer, saying the celebrity news magazine published their story without ever contacting officials to check their facts.

There's a shock.

Looks like they failed in their bid to uncover the next Rielle Hunter. No matter how you feel about Sarah Palin, you have to be glad this story had a happy ending.

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The First Dude implicated in a sex scandal?! Who would have guessed.

The National Enquirer, N.Y. Daily News, Gawker, Yahoo News, Vanity Fair and other sources report that Todd Palin, the husband of Sarah, has been linked to a female massage therapist, Shailey Tripp, who was recently busted for prostitution.

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Police have confiscated physical evidence in Tripp's arrest, according to reports, that could tie Todd Palin to the alleged extramarital affair.

TRIPPED UP: Will this story have an unhappy ending for the First Dude?

Hilariously, reports suggest that Shailey Tripp contributed free massages to an anonymous person working for Sarah's campaign for Governor of Alaska.

Reps for the Dude vehemently deny that he cheated on Sarah Palin, but allegations of Toddles' extramarital affair with Tripp first surfaced on January 4.

That's when an anonymous tipster sent out messages to news outlets making the allegation using the address thepalinmorals (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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Between Bristol's run to the finals and reports that her father, Todd, may be next, many people can't get enough of the Palins on Dancing With the Stars.

One judge on the show certainly can, though.

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"I think one Palin was enough," Carrie Ann Inaba told E! News, responding to Todd Palin speculation. "I think we need to go on a Palin vacation for a bit."

Palins mean ratings, but that's not enough to sway one judge.

"Although it was such great media attention, I think it was too controversial," Inaba explained. "I think people got confused about what they were rooting for"

"Are you voting for dancing on the show or are you voting for a Party? I think it made it uncomfortable for a lot of people who just want to see dancing."

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Bristol Palin brought unprecedented buzz and ratings to Dancing with the Stars. So much so that the producers are dying to go back to that well once again.

This time they want Bristol's dad, Todd, who reportedly turned it down this season before Bristol joined. "They want him big time," a source told E! News.

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This amid reports that Sarah forced her daughter to do the show. "They'd love Sarah herself, but that will never happen, so why not dad," the source said.

DANCING DUDE? Will Todd Palin follow in Bristol's footsteps?

The show is also after someone else connected with the 2008 GOP ticket: Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona Senator and two-time presidential hopeful John.

If producers have their way, the family members of the McCain/Palin ticket would be competing against each another ... kind of like two years ago in a way.

Jennifer Grey was named the champion of Dancing with the Stars this season, but Bristol Palin and her surprise run to the finals got the most attention.

Will her snow machine racin' dad follow her (two-left-footed) lead?

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Todd Palin, husband of Sarah and father of Bristol, was approached for this season of Dancing With the Stars as well, the former Alaska Governor said.

Bristol Palin has survived three weeks thus far on the current season, but was she even the dance competition's first choice among her own family?

"They wanted Todd to be on the show," Sarah Palin said at a Houston, Tex. speaking engagement. "I think that would have been cool to see, too."

Coming next season to DWTS: Todd Palin?!

The politician didn't say whether producers originally wanted him instead of Bristol, or in addition to the teenage mother of 18-month-old Tripp.

Bristol is doing great in any case, Sarah reports: "She is way out of her element, out of her comfort zone, and she is the first to admit that."

Would Sarah herself ever compete? Only if they incorporated basketball.

"They would have to let me dribble back and forth and maybe pivot and do a jump shot or something as part of the routine," she quipped.

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