In her latest ill-advised broadside against Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin accused the soon-to-be Playgirl model of "sell[ing his] body." It's a peculiar complaint for a former beauty queen to make, but particularly peculiar for one who told People, "I did the beauty pageants to earn money for college"; who, by placing in the Miss Alaska contest did, in fact, earn a scholarship (of which she reportedly said, "that's what got me through college"); and who described the process thus in Vogue: "They made us line up in bathing suits and turn our backs so the male judges could look at our butts." In re


Brian Clough is a legend among English soccer managers. He was the youngest coach in the league when, at 30, he took over Hartlepools United in 1965. In the early 1970s, he lifted a mediocre Derby County team from the Second Division to champion of the First, playing in a European Cup semifinal along the way. And in the late 1970s, he took an obscure Nottingham Forest squad all the way to back-to-back European Cup trophies, a feat considered one of the greatest in the history of the sport.


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The Power of O

Yet one more reason Obama shouldn't go to Copenhagen to lobby for the Olympics: Chicago doesn't need him, since, judging from this report, it looks like Oprah's got things under control: ``Everyone is mesmerized by Oprah,'' said Charmaine Crooks, an Olympian and former International Olympic Committee member from Canada. One of those taking a picture of Chicago's queen - of talk - was Maria Celeste Pedroso, secretary to the leader of Rio 2016 bid chairman Carlos Nuzman. ``So they love Oprah in Rio, too?'' Pedroso was asked. ``Like all the world,'' she said, with a smile. Is all of this starting


Kaballist pop queen Madonna touring Jerusalem holy sites, will meet with Netanyahu on Friday. For real. Wonder what she thinks about a settlement freeze.... Photo: AP

The Drama Queen

One of the most alarming things about Katherine Harris--remember her?--was her persistent fantasy that she was a modern-day Queen Esther, dramatically proclaiming, "If I perish, I perish." Now Sarah Palin is saying, "If I die, I die." Is she also indulging the Queen Esther fantasy? --Jonathan Chait

Wishin' and Mopin'

Dusty!: Queen of the Postmods By Annie J. Randall (Oxford University Press, 219 pp., $24.95) We do our best to keep up, those of us tottering into the back of The New Republic's book once a fortnight. So I have my work and my life as well as those of my wife and children. I have revenues to raise and taxes to pay. On Super Bowl Sunday, I cared just about enough to watch the game, though I was more certain to watch Chelsea versus Liverpool, live, in the West Coast morning. I hope to read a couple of books a month. I worry, but I like to have time for doing nothing.


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A Date With The Queen

As the First Couple continues their first visit across the pond, they took a break this afternoon from diplomatic talks to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II. According to the BBC, and as Jon pointed out below, Obama gave the Queen an iPod with footage of her 2007 visit to the U.S. and the Queen gave Obama what she gives all visiting dignitaries, a silver framed photograph of herself and her husband. This meeting places Obama in a long line of former presidents who have met with the royal Brit. From Truman to Obama, the Queen has now met 11 of the last 12 U.S. presidents (all but LBJ).


Drama Queen

Last month, President Obama scandalized the United Kingdom by presenting its Prime Minister with a collection of movie DVDs rather than a lavish, personalized gift. Today, Obama met with Queen Elizabeth and presented her with an iPod filled with video and photographs of her 2007 visit to the Richmond, Jamestown and Williamsburg. And it still isn't enough.The Telegraph sniffs, "The Queen already has an iPod, a 6GB silver Mini version she bought in 2005 at the suggestion of Prince Andrew." Well, you know, it's kind of hard to find something that's both useful and new for a queen.