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Fox News mainstays and tea-party superstars Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are joining forces for a big-ticket event in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept. 11. Ostensibly, it's just a "coincidence" that this right-wing pep rally is happening on such an auspicious date.

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A new lawsuit alleges that the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church sent problem priests to remote Alaskan villages, where their crimes would have a reduced chance of discovery. A former monk and advocate for sex abuse victims told the Anchorage Daily News, "They were specifically targeting the Athabascan and the Yup'ik cultures, because they wouldn't talk."

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As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin is entitled to bill the state for certain expenses she incurs on the job, such as travel (for herself and her family), food and lodging. That said, The Washington Post has delved into her records and discovered that Palin "billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office," charging per diem expenses intended to cover costs related to travel.

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The GOP merchandising machine is kicking into gear following VP nominee Sarah Palin's Wasilla-to-Washington pep rally on Wednesday night, angling to compete with those ubiquitous Shepard Fairey Obama T-shirts and such by offering "Sarah Is My Homegirl" cotton separates and, yes, "Wonder Palin" thong underwear.

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Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska was indicted Tuesday on seven felony counts in a corruption scandal stemming from some mutual back-scratching he allegedly engaged in with oil service and construction company VECO. The charges against the Republican include secretly accepting renovations to his vacation home in exchange for official favors to VECO.

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