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Bristol Palin Bar Heckler Lawsuit Tossed

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(NEW YORK) -- A defamation lawsuit filed by a man who made headlines for heckling Bristol Palin in a California bar has been tossed out, her attorney John Tiemessen told ABC News.

In September 2011, Palin was heckled at a West Hollywood bar and restaurant by a man who called her mom, 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, a “whore” and made a crude reference about Bristol’s former relationship with Levi Johnston, the father of her 3-year-old son, Tripp .

Stephen Hanks’ lawsuit noted that Palin suggested he is a homosexual during their exchange, which occurred while she was shooting a segment for her Lifetime series, “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.” Hanks claims he’s been featured in ads for the show despite the fact that he never signed a waiver.

Hanks also states that Palin falsely claimed to a magazine that the incident was the reason why she moved from Los Angeles back to her native Alaska. He argues that Palin bought a home in Alaska two months before the incident.

Hanks has been ordered to pay Palin’s attorney’s fees.

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Meghan McCain Reveals to 'Playboy': ‘I Love Sex’

Dustin Finkelstein/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- John McCain may have recently come to former running mate Sarah Palin’s defense, but in an interview with Playboy magazine, his daughter Meghan revealed still-simmering tensions between the McCain and Palin clans.

Meghan McCain told Playboy that a memoir written by Bristol Palin, Sarah’s daughter known for her teen pregnancy, was a “total lie.”

Bristol, she said, avoided her at the White House Correspondents' Dinner and “totally took off” when she saw Meghan across the room, lest Bristol be confronted about jabs she made about the McCain women in a recent memoir.

In her book Not Afraid of Life Bristol dings Meghan and mother Cindy McCain for having “so much Louis Vuitton luggage, so many cell phones, and so many constant helpers to do hair and makeup.” Bristol also writes of Meghan that after their first meeting she had the “sneaking suspicion that I might need to watch my back.”

“I saw her across the room,” Meghan, a conservative commenter on MSNBC, told Playboy of seeing Bristol at the correspondents’ dinner. “That girl biffed it fast, totally took off. All that stuff she wrote was a total lie. I have, like, one Louis Vuitton purse. She’s just young and confused and was thrust into all this. The media aren’t kind to her. But once someone signs up for Dancing with the Stars, it’s hard to sympathize.”

Meghan, who was interviewed for the magazine but did not pose nude, also revealed to Playboy that she “almost overdosed on Xanax,” the anti-anxiety drug, the day before the 2008 election.

“I gained a lot of weight,” she said of her time on the campaign trail, “because of Starbucks and Snickers.”

Meghan, who has departed from her father in her strong support of same-sex marriage, dismissed any rumors that she was gay. Using an obscene rhyme, she said was “strictly” straight, adding: “I can’t help it. I love sex and I love men.”

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Sarah Palin Threatens to Sue ‘Rogue’ Book Publisher

Allison Shelley/Getty Images(WASILA, Alaska) -- Sarah Palin’s family attorney John Tiemessen has written a letter to Maya Mavjee, the publisher of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, that Palin may sue her, the company, and the book’s author Joe McGinniss “for knowingly publishing false statements” in his book released last week, The Rogue, ABC News has learned.

The book was widely panned by critics for using unnamed sources to criticize Palin and her family. Tiemessen cites an email they have access to in which McGinniss writes that attorneys from Crown Publishing told him “nothing I can cite other than my own reporting rises above the level of tawdry gossip. The proof is always just around the corner, but that is a corner nobody has been able to turn” and that McGinniss “ran out of time” to sufficiently source the book.

A source close to the Palins tells ABC News that the “Palins are fighting back and demanding answers from Random House.”

“Random House is at the top of the food chain and published a book based upon acknowledged unsubstantiated gossip,” the source said. “The revealing email is key as evidence of this defamatory approach to politics through proxies.”

Tiemessen writes in the letter that the email “clearly describes the fact that Mr. McGinniss researched and investigated many false and scurrilous allegations, and concluded that there was absolutely no evidence anywhere backing these allegations.”

Palin’s attorney writes that it is “malicious” for Crown to publish the book when it has proof McGinniss and Crown “were fully aware the statements in the book were false, intended to be false, and were intended to harm.”

Tiemessen ends the letter by warning the publishing house not to “delete emails or destroy records” that may be used in the suit.

The email Tiemessen cites in his letter to Mavjee came to light last week when conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart posted an email between McGinniss and liberal Alaskan blogger Jesse Griffin. In the email posted on Breitbart’s site without explanation for how it got access to it, McGinniss writes, “Legal review of my manuscript is underway and here’s my problem: no one has ever offered documentation of any of the lurid stories about the Palins.”

This isn’t the first legal scuffle for Palin and McGinniss. A media firestorm erupted when McGinniss moved next door to the Palins in Wasilla when he was doing the research for his book. When he was featured in Palin’s reality series in Alaska last year, he sent TLC a cease-and-desist order demanding they not air footage of him sitting next door. The clip aired on the first episode.

Neither Crown Publishing nor Joe McGinniss immediately responded to requests for comment.

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Bristol Palin Gets in Verbal Brawl at Bull Riding Bar

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Bristol Palin got into a heated argument with a bar patron in Los Angeles Thursday after he called her mother, Sarah Palin, a “whore.”

Bristol was riding a mechanical bull at the Saddle Ranch bar and restaurant Thursday night when a heckler yelled out, “Did you ride Levi like that?” referring to Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol’s baby. The man went on to call her mother, the former Alaska governor, a “whore.”

After being bucked off the bull, Bristol walked over to confront the heckler. A video of their exchange shows the two talking for several minutes about why he doesn’t like Sarah Palin.

Heckler: “She’s evil.”

Bristol: “Is it because you’re a homosexual?”

Heckler: “Pretty much. And why did you say I’m a homosexual?”

Bristol: “Because I can tell you are.”

Their back and forth ended when the heckler said, “You don’t look anything like Glen Rice, I thought you would,” referring to the allegations that Sarah Palin had a one night stand with the former NBA player.

“You’re right, you’re right, I’m half African American, you caught me,” Bristol said, before storming out of the bar with her reality TV show camera crew. She passed another group of hecklers on the way, one of whom yelled, “You’re white trash from Wasilla.”

Representatives for Sarah and Bristol Palin did not immediately respond to’s request for comment.

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Bristol Palin: Virginity Was 'Stolen'

Ida Mae Astute/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Bristol Palin's contention that former boyfriend Levi Johnston "stole" her virginity is no attempt to bash him for their first sexual encounter, she said Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America.

"I'm not accusing Levi of date rape or rape at all," Palin said on GMA. "But I'm just looking back with the adult eyes I now have and just thinking, 'That was a foolish decision.'"

Palin also wants her mother to run for president in 2012, despite the harsh glare of the political spotlight in 2008, she said on GMA.

"Absolutely. I think she's awesome," Palin, 20, said. "I think she's smart. I think she would be awesome for our country."

Palin, the oldest daughter of former Alaska governor and potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin, would take a lesson from the 2008 campaign, however, in which she describes her family as being "thrown under the campaign bus" by GOP runningmate Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

"I think they could have stuck up for our family more," Palin said of the former presidential candidate's campaign team. "Because they never really did."

Palin is revealing much in a new memoir, Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, writing candidly about everything from the McCain family to her sexual relationship with Johnston, her child's father.

In the book, released Friday, Palin writes that she "had a sneaking suspicion I might need to watch my back," after first meeting the McCain family, and describes Cindy McCain, the senator's wife, as looking "like a queen" and holding "herself like royalty."

Palin writes that she was shocked when the senator's wife offered to be a godmother to her unborn baby: "I had just met her and I wondered why she wanted any type of guardianship over my child," she wrote.

But Palin saves her most biting words in the book for Johnston, the father of that unborn child, her now 2-year-old son Tripp.

Johnston was Palin's high school boyfriend who, she writes in the book, "stole" her virginity on a camping trip while Palin was drunk on wine coolers.

Palin's experience as a young, unwed teen mother led her to become a spokeswoman for abstinence, making hundreds of thousands of dollars lecturing to young adults about abstinence, and came under fire from critics questioning whether she was the right person to spread that message to young girls.

"I hate the word 'abstinence,'" Palin told GMA in response to critics. "I'm not an abstinence teacher."

Palin might not want to be held up high, but she does hope that, through her book, young girls and women can use the lessons she learned the hard way to protect themselves in their own lives.

"I hope that other women with jerk boyfriends can read the book and be like, 'You know what? I don't have to be with this guy,'" she said.

"And I think parents can read the book and open up a dialogue to their kids."

Palin writes in her memoir she and Johnston soon became intimate again after their first encounter, and she got pregnant with their son shortly after. She writes that she was taking birth control pills at the time to treat menstrual cramps; she went through eight home pregnancy tests before she was convinced of the positive results.

"I talk about in the book how I was on birth control," she said. "Abstinence is the only way that you're going to prevent teenage pregnancy. But, if you're going to have sex, practice safe sex, very safe sex."

Palin refers to Johnston as a "gnat" throughout the book and claims he "cheated on me about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates." She writes that while her parents accepted her pregnancy, he wasn't so supportive, saying the child, "Better be a f**king boy."

The "tough skin" Palin told GMA that she shares with her well-known mom has helped her as she has become a celebrity in her own right, through her broken relationship with Johnston, her time as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars and, most recently, a barrage of negative media after undergoing what she labeled "corrective surgery" on her jaw.

"Whatever they say, it really doesn't bother me," Palin said of her reaction to critics. "Especially something like that."

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Wikipedia Hit with Multiple Revisions to Paul Revere's Page

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The revisionists are coming!  The revisionists are coming!

Officials at the website Wikipedia say that since Sarah Palin gave her widely-publicized description of Paul Revere's midnight ride, her supporters have tried to change the Paul Revere page to match the former Alaska governor's version of events.

In describing the famous 1775 ride from Boston to Concord, Palin said in Boston last week that "He who warned, uh, the...the British that they weren't gonna be taking away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells and, um, by making sure that as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free...and we were gonna be armed."

On Fox News Sunday, where Palin is a paid contributor, the former Alaska governor insisted she got the facts right, adding, "I didn't mess up.  I answered candidly and I know my American history."

Just the same, there has since been information added to Paul Revere's Wikipedia page, including, "Revere did not shout the phrase later attributed to him ('The British are coming!'), largely because the mission depended on secrecy and the countryside was filled with British army patrols; also, most colonial residents at the time considered themselves British as they were all legally British subjects."

This was removed by Wikipedia with the notation, "content not backed by a reliable source."  There have been numerous other revisions that have been edited out over the past few days.

One place where Palin's supporters don’t have to worry about having their changes removed is Conservapedia, where Revere is now described as "famous for riding from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts with William Dawes on the night of April 18, 1775 ringing bells to warn the British that colonists would exercise their natural rights to both bear arms and use them in an effort secede from the United Kingdom in response to Big Government bullying and interfering with Colony's Rights."

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Sarah Palin's Eldest Son Gets Married

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(HATCHER PASS, Alaska) -- Sarah Palin has something to celebrate – her eldest son, Track Palin, 22, just married his high school sweetheart, Britta Hanson, 21.
"Our families couldn't be happier!" the Palins and the Hansons told People magazine in a joint statement released Thursday. "These are two hard working, humble, active, studious young adults who grew up together. We're tickled that after two decades of friendship we proudly witnessed their marriage, knowing their new life together will be blessed."
The two wed in a small ceremony in Hatcher Pass, Alaska, according to the statement. The couple will have a larger wedding celebration this winter at Alaska's Alyeska Ski Resort .

Track Palin is an Army Reservist who spent a year in Iraq. According to People, he plans to study at the University of Alaska after the commercial fishing season. Hanson is a nursing student at the University of Alaska.

Track is the first of the Palin children to get married. Bristol Palin got engaged to Levi Johnston, the father of her two-year-old son, last July, but called off the wedding less than a month later.

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Snafu Costs Sarah Palin's Husband Iron Dog Title

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- Problems with his sled likely led to Todd Palin’s defeat in the world's longest snowmobile race, a competition that the husband of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin won three times before.

Todd Palin and his teammate, Eric Quam, lost the Iron Dog, a 2,000-mile race across Alaska, by just 14 minutes.

Palin was forced to stop mid-race to fix the skies on his sled, according to the Anchorage Daily News. The snafu allowed the team of Tyler Huntington and Chris Olds to pass Palin and Quam in the final 100 miles of the race.

Huntington and Olds went on to win the race for the second-straight year.

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Are Republicans Beginning Speak Out Against Sarah Palin?

Photo Courtesy - Virginia Sherwood/MSNBC(WASHINGTON) -- When television host and former Florida congressman Joe Scarborough published a scathing op-ed piece in Politico against Sarah Palin on Tuesday, he was not only trying to put a dent in her presidential ambitions. He was also encouraging Republicans to break what has largely been a vow of silence among GOP leaders when it comes to criticizing her.

"The same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private," wrote Scarborough, the host of MSNBC's Morning Joe. "Enough. It's time for the GOP to man up."

Scarborough joined other prominent conservative columnists and political strategists, including Peggy Noonan and Karl Rove, who have raised questions about Palin's presidential prospects, but his comments also show how rare it is for influential Republicans to say anything less than polite about her.

Even Rove, who has voiced criticism of the former Alaska governor in the past, has recently showed signs of softening. In an appearance on Fox News last week, he said that Palin's decision to make several stops in Iowa while on tour for her new book was a wise choice.

"She's going to make three stops out of 16 stops on her book tour -- three stops are going to be in the state of Iowa," Rove said. "That's a pretty smart move if you're thinking about running for president."

It's unclear whether Scarborough's blunt assessment of Palin's, in his words, "dopey dream" of running for president will embolden other prominent Republicans to deliver similar assessments. But at least as far as the field of potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates is concerned, almost everyone is practicing good manners -- especially when it comes to Palin.

All the friendly appearances and niceties of GOP leaders will no doubt seem downright tame six months or a year from now, when many of these Republicans are likely to be in the midst of a scrappy fight for the GOP nomination. And although Republicans may be walking on egg shells around Palin, in particular, Scarborough's op-ed points to deep divisions within the party about the wisdom of choosing her as the nominee.

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Congratulations, Sarah Palin: 'Refudiate' Named Word of the Year

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin has officially changed the modern lexicon, one tweet at a time. While one might expect the New Oxford American Dictionary to refudiate the former Alaska governor’s favorite verb, they embraced it on Monday, announcing “refudiate” as the official 2010 word of the year.

"From a strictly lexical interpretation of the different contexts in which Palin has used 'refudiate,' we have concluded that neither 'refute' nor 'repudiate' seems consistently precise, and that 'refudiate' more or less stands on its own, suggesting a general sense of 'reject.'" the New Oxford American Dictionary said Monday.

Palin’s use of “refudiate” launched critics into a frenzy when she first posted the made-up verb on her Twitter page over the summer.

“Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate,” the 2008 vice presidential nominee tweeted in July, launching a string of harsh responses from the media. Some called Palin’s linguistic mash-up egregious, while others said she would never hear the end of it.

While Palin may have made “refudiate” famous, she is by no means the first person to coin the term. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the Fort Worth Gazette was the first to publish the word in 1891.

"Refudiate" beat out other tough competitors for the top spot in 2010, including “gleek,” “vuvuzela,” “retweet,” and “tea party.”

It’s been a big week for Sarah Palin so far. The debut of her new reality show Sunday night was the number-one program launch in TLC’s history.

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