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September 20th, 2011
02:23 PM ET

Author of controversial new book about Palin discusses allegations about drugs, sex

Joe McGinniss' controversial new book about Sarah Palin, "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin," is set to hit stands today and it is already generating a lot of buzz.

The book touches on virtually every controversy, rumor and accusation about Palin's political and personal life. Among other claims, McGinniss alleges that Palin was an image-obsessed governor and a poor parent who once used cocaine.

The book has received a hefty amount of criticism from both Palin's supporters and other outlets like the New York Times, which calls the book "dated" and "petty".

McGinniss responds to this criticism today on American Morning and discusses the various claims he made in the book.

Filed under: Books • Sarah Palin
September 2nd, 2011
09:13 AM ET

Tea Party-backed group calls Romney 'poseur,' protests his appearance at Tea Party event

In his bid for the 2012 GOP presidential ticket, Mitt Romney has so far not made much effort in terms of reaching out to the Tea Party. However, this will chance on Sunday when he makes his debut at a Tea Party Express bus tour stop in New Hampshire.

One Tea Party-backed group FreedomWorks – founded by "Tea Party Godfather" Dick Armey – is protesting Romney's appearance, saying they have to defend the Tea Party against "poseurs."

Sarah Palin will also attend a Tea Party event on Saturday, following back and forth drama over whether her or Christine O'Donnell should be on the event's program. Palin will be speaking at the "Restoring America Event" in Indianola, a function that generated national buzz as she approaches a final decision about whether to run for president.

Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks who has been called "one of the masterminds" of Tea Party politics by Newsweek, joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to explain why the group is against Romney's appearance and to weigh in on infighting within the Tea Party.

Filed under: Mitt Romney • Politics • Sarah Palin • Tea Party