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Palin camp: Would be wise to keep Willow from Letterman

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) office kept its simmering feud with late night talk show host David Letterman alive into Thursday morning, taking another shot at Letterman's latest comments last night.

Per ABC's Kate Snow, Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton responded to Letterman's clarification of a controversial joke on his slow last night. (He wasn't joking about 14-year-old Willow Palin resisting the advances of Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, Letterman said, he was talking about 18-year-old Bristol.)

Snow tweeted the Palin camp's reaction Thursday mornining.

"The Palins have no intention of providing a ratings boost for David Letterman by appearing on his show," Stapleton said. "Plus, it would be wise to keep Willow away from David Letterman." Meg Stapleton."

The statement marks a choice jab at Letterman, who Gov. Palin says was "perverted" in his joke several nights ago.

Cross-posted to the Twitter Room.

2012 contender Pawlenty may face uphill 2010 reelection

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) may run for president in 2012, but must first decide whether or not to run for a third term as governor, a race a new poll Thursday indicated may be an uphill battle.

A SurveyUSA poll of Minnesotans released Thursday showed that 57 percent of voters said that Pawlenty shouldn't run for a third term in 2010.

41 percent of voters supported a third term for the incumbent Republican, while two percent were undecided.

For Pawlenty, a run for the governorship again could mean a sustained presence in political office before the 2012 presidential elections. It could also signal a deferred interest in seeking the top office until the 2016, so as to avoid going toe-to-toe with President Obama.

The prerecorded telephone poll of 500 adults, conducted May 11, has a 4.4 percent margin of error.

Bristol Palin: 'I would have waited'

Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), says she wishes she would have waited to become intimate with her boyfriend, which resulted in her pregnancy.

Palin, appearing on "Good Morning America" to kick off a campaign for teen abstinence, said that her infant son is a "blessing," but one she wishes she could have enjoyed later in her life.

"My son is a blessing; he's the best thing to ever happen to me," she told ABC's Chris Cuomo. "But I do wish that years from now I could have the same son."

"I would have waited -- waited for have sex, obviously," she explained. "Regardless of what I did personally, I just think abstinence is the only effective, foolproof, 100 percent way to prevent pregnancy."

Palin said that she hopes the baby's father, Levi Johnston, will stay in her child's life, and characterized her having to explain her pregnancy to her parents as being "harder than labor."

She also said remarks of hers about abstinence for teens being "unrealistic" were taken out of context, and that she pays little attention tot he chatter about her mother, the former Republican vice presidential candidate.

"I don't see myself as a celebrity, I don't want to be one," Palin said. "But I think using this experience in my life to help others is a blessing."

Palin going to 'prom'

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will attend this weekend's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, according to several reports.

The invaluable GOP12 blog points to stories by US Magazine and Entertainment Wise reporting that Palin will attend the dinner, the annual suaree for politicians and journalists.

Palin has avoided a number of engagements in Washington since last year's presidential election, including appearances at a June fundraiser for House and Senate Republicans and a speaking engagement at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

This year's dinner is set for this coming Saturday, and will feature entertainment by comedienne Wanda Sykes. It's informally known within Washington as "prom" for its once-a-year emphasis on glitz and glamor in D.C.

FEC: Elton John's an A-Ok Hilraiser

Concerts featuring foreign performers are fair game for political fundraisers, the Federal Elections Commission ruled today.

About a year after Sir Elton John caused a stir when he performed at a $2.5 million fundraiser for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign at Radio City Music Hall, the FEC ruled that the act was a "volunteer service" exempted from the "contribution" regulations in the Federal Campaign Act.

At the time of the fundraiser, the FEC did not have a quorum and could not rule on complaints filed by the anti-abortion 527 group American Right to Life Action and Judicial Watch alleging that the Clinton campaign was illegally accepting an in-kind contribution from a foreign national.

"The Commission found no reason to believe that a violation occurred and [has] closed the file," the FEC ruled.

-Samuel Rubenfeld

Will Biden run again for president?

Vice President Biden is apparently open to running for president again at theend of the Obama administration, despite an expectation that the vice presidency would be his final job.


Palin owes over a half million in legal bills; may start legal defense fund

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills to a law firm that defended her from ethics complains, and may create a defense fund to pay for them.

Palin owes more than half a million dollars to the law firm Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen & Thorsness, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

"I must defend against these baseless ethics accusations out of my own pocket as the use of public monies to do so could itself violate state law," Palin said in a written statement to the paper.

"Obviously we cannot afford to personally pay these bills -- and really no future governor should feel the sense of financial vulnerability at the hands of those with a political vendetta bent on personal destruction," she added. "Some have suggested a legal fund to pay these bills. We'll have to pursue that."

The debt piled up in defending the so-called "Troopergate" scandal, in which Palin was accused of inappropriately acting to fire the Alaska public safety commissioner.

Meghan McCain blasts Coulter as 'offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing'

Ann Coulter is "offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing," would-be first daughter Meghan McCain declared Monday.

In a blog post for The Daily Beast, McCain -- the daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- accused the conservative pundit Coulter of being "the poster woman for the most extreme side of the Republican Party."

"She does appeal to the most extreme members of the Republican Party

Palin Pulls Out of CPAC

Fans of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) won't get a chance to see her speak at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) after all.

Palin pulled out of a speaking gig later this month at the annual conference for conservative activists, U.S. News reported Tuesday.

Palin's speech had been one of the top attractions at this year's CPAC, along with speeches by radio host Rush Limbaugh and other conservative personalities.

Palin withdrew citing state business that would require her attention that weekend, Feb. 26-28.

Alaska Senate Censures 'First Dude' Todd Palin

Alaska's First Husband, Todd Palin, was held in contempt by the Alaska State Senate on Friday for failing to appear and answer questions about his role in the termination of a state safety commissioner's job.

Senators voted 16-1 with three absentions to hold Palin and two other men in contempt of the Senate for failing to appear before the state Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 19, 2008 to testify about the firing of Walt Monegan.

The bill imposes no penalty for their failure to appear. According to the Senate's legislation tracker, the bill is being transmitted to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) for a signature or veto.

Mrs. Palin had come under fire during her run for the vice presidency for having allegedly improperly dismissed Monegan from his position. A report issued by Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) campaign concluded the governor did nothing wrong.