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The Sarah Palin Chronicles

(For articles after May 1, 2011, go to homepage and see Categories: Campaign 2012.)

Is Obama Right to Quiet Debate?
President Obama tamped down anger over the Tucson massacre, but is he just postponing a crisis, asks Lawrence Davidson. January 13, 2011

Palin Depicts Herself as Tucson Victim
Stung by criticism of her incendiary rhetoric, Sarah Palin now sees herself as a victim of the Tucson massacre, notes Robert Parry. January 12, 2011

Dangerous Right-Wing 'Victimhood'
The Tucson shooting reminds us of the danger to democracy when the Right exaggerates its "victimhood," writes Robert Parry. January 10, 2011

Sarah Palin's Belated Remorse
Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hastily pulled her map putting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the crosshairs, notes Dennis Bernstein. January 10, 2011

Palin, Summers and the Crisis of Kitsch
Though intellectual opposites, Sarah Palin and Larry Summers are two pieces of a destructive puzzle, writes Phil Rockstroh. August 4, 2010

Palin, Psy-Ops & 'Condescending' Libs
The neocon Washington Post slams "condescending" liberals while Sarah Palin mocks them condescendingly, says Robert Parry. February 9, 2010

The Madness Returns
The hoopla over Sarah Palin's memoir is the latest sign that right-wing irrationality is making a comeback, says Robert Parry. November 22, 2009

Republicans, a Threat to the Republic?
Last year, the Republican Party thought Sarah Palin was ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, notes Robert Parry. July 5, 2009

Palin Gets Positive 'Troopergate' Ruling
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got a favorable ruling on the "Troopergate" scandal from a report released by the Republican-controlled state personnel board, Jason Leopold reports. November 4, 2008

New Front in Palin's 'Troopergate' Mess
An Alaska lawmaker calls for an independent probe of whether John McCain's staff tampered with witnesses to protect Sarah Palin from the "Troopergate" scandal, reports Jason Leopold. October 21, 2008

Palin, the Energy Expert?
Sarah Palin touts her energy expertise, but her accomplishments may be more illusory than real, reports Barbara Koeppel. October 21, 2008

Palin's New 'Troopergate' Troubles
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insists she's been cleared in the "Troopergate" investigation, but her troubles actually appear to be growing, with civil lawsuits likely to be filed, reports Jason Leopold. October 14, 2008

Why Are McCain Backers So Angry?
As Americans grapple with the disasters of the Bush years, one might think they have more reason to be angry about Republicans than Republicans do to be angry about Barack Obama, writes Robert Parry. October 12, 2008

Gov. Palin Cited for Ethics Violation
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's use of her office to try to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state troopers has led to a finding that she abused her power, Jason Leopold reports. October 11, 2008

Todd Palin Defends Trooper Actions
The husband of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes some of the heat from the "Troopergate" case, Jason Leopold reports. October 10, 2008

Should Palin Forgive Bill Ayers?
Sarah Palin is attacking Barack Obama over guilt by association with ex-radical Bill Ayers, but Sherwood Ross asks in this guest essay why Ayers doesn't deserve some Christian forgiveness? October 10, 2008

McCain-Palin Put 'Country Last'
With their ugly rhetoric about Barack Obama, John McCain and Sarah Palin are stirring up the angry Right in a way that creates new dangers and puts "country last," writes Robert Parry. October 9, 2008

Election '08: Here Comes the Sludge
Sarah Palin's new guilt-by-association attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism mark Campaign 2008's long-expected descent into the sewers, reports Robert Parry. October 6, 2008

Alaska GOP's Last-Ditch Palin Defense
Only days before a scheduled report on Gov. Sarah Palin's "Troopergate" scandal, Republican allies in Alaska are trying to shut down the inquiry, Jason Leopold reports. October 6, 2008

Neocon Desperation Is Showing
Neoconservative commentators cheered Sarah Palin's debate performance, but the praise was so excessive it had a touch of desperation to it, Robert Parry reports. October 3, 2008

New Witness Said to Implicate Palin
A key witness in Alaska's "Troopergate" investigation now recalls getting pressured by aides of Gov. Sarah Palin to punish her ex-brother-in-law, reports Jason Leopold. October 1, 2008

Alaskan Officials Allege Palin Cover-up
A lawyer for the Alaskan lawmakers investigating an alleged abuse of power by Gov. Sarah Palin claims the McCain-Palin campaign is behind an obstruction of the inquiry, Jason Leopold reports. September 26, 2008

Palin's 'Troopergate' Battle Rages
Sarah Palin's push to stop the investigation into her firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner is running into resistance from lawmakers unwilling to surrender, reports Jason Leopold. September 20, 2008

Who Is Sarah Palin, Really?
In tracking the mystery of who is Sarah Palin, historian Lisa Pease looked back on the Republican vice presidential nominee's early days as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla. September 17, 2008

Lipstick on Polar Bears
While Campaign '08 focuses on metaphors about lipstick on various animals, the world's global warming problem is like the Titantic heading for a shrinking iceberg, Michael Winship observes. September 16, 2008

Palin Claims Right to See All State Files
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is fighting a probe into an alleged abuse of power by claiming an unlimited right to pry into the files of her ex-brother-in-law and all other state workers, Jason Leopold reports. September 14, 2008

Will McCain-Palin Lies Hurt Them?
John McCain and Sarah Palin are stretching the limits on campaign dishonesty as they tell lies about their records and their opponent. But Robert Parry asks, will they pay a price? September 13, 2008

Sarah Palin Stares Down the World
The Republican vice presidential nominee vows not to "blink" in the face of U.S. enemies. Watch's video. September 13, 2008

Equal Time for Joe Biden
If ABC News interviews Joe Biden covering the same ground as Sarah Palin, the voters might get a better sense of who's qualified, Mary MacElveen suggests in this guest essay. September 13, 2008

The Truth and Sarah Palin
When Sarah Palin was plucked from obscurity, we didn't focus on her personal life; we zeroed in on her record -- and discovered a very different reality from what was first reported. September 12, 2008

Mocking Constitutional Rights
Sarah Palin's derision toward Barack Obama for wanting to read terrorism suspects "their rights" underscored the growing contempt in the GOP for the U.S. Constitution, notes Nat Parry. September 10, 2008

Palin's Strange Probe of a Trooper
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd appear to have conducted a rogue investigation into worker's comp claims by her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper, reports Jason Leopold. September 9, 2008

Sarah Palin's Media No-Show
Three of the four big party nominees were slated for the Sunday talk shows, but not Sarah Palin, who refuses to submit to serious questioning from the political press corps, notes Mary MacElveen. September 7, 2008

Palin's 'Trooper-gate' Cover-up
Sarah Palin is learning from the GOP cover-up playbook as she obstructs a probe into her alleged abuse of power, trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state troopers, reports Robert Parry. September 6, 2008

McCain-Palin: 'Phonies Squared'
The John McCain/Sarah Palin ticket is hailed as "Maverick Squared," but a closer look at their records suggests a more accurate nickname might be "Phonies Squared," writes Robert Parry. September 5, 2008

A Dissent on Palin's Success
The U.S. news media is oohing over Sarah Palin's speech to the Republican convention, but Brent Budowsky disagrees about the long-term success of her negative tone. September 5, 2008

Palin Pits Herself as GOP 'Pit-Bull'
Sarah Palin energized the GOP with her eagerness to serve as John McCain's "pit-bull." Watch's video. September 4, 2008

Palin's 'Reformer' Myth
Sarah Palin built her short political career on an image as a "reformer," but some Alaskan journalists discovered she was committing the same abuses that she was decrying, writes Jason Leopold. September 3, 2008

Supposed Reformer Secured Earmarks
Many U.S. reporters bought the myth of Sarah Palin as government reformer, but it turns out she played the traditional lobbying game to secure pork spending, as Brent Budowsky notes. September 3, 2008

Palin Favored the 'Bridge to Nowhere'
You might say Sarah Palin was for the "Bridge to Nowhere" before she was against it. Watch's video. September 2, 2008

Did Palin Family Feud Affect Troopers?
Alaskan police representatives claim Gov. Sarah Palin may have let her animosity toward one state trooper spill over into retaliation against the entire department, reports Jason Leopold. September 2, 2008

Palin's Trouble with the Police
In her two executive jobs in Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin has fired senior police officials whom she deemed insufficiently loyal -- and now faces a probe into an abuse of power, writes Robert Parry. September 1, 2008

McCain VP Pick Has History of Clashes
John McCain's vice presidential choice, Sarah Palin, has a history as a small town mayor and novice Alaska governor of petty squabbles and retaliation, as Jason Leopold reports. August 30, 2008