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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 06/10/2011

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With more than 24,000 e-mail documents from Sarah Palin’s tenure as governor of Alaska on the way, we’ve created a Twitter account that will dispatch updates from the Post newsroom. Check @PalinEmails for micro updates and posts from the Fix’s Rachel Weiner, who is on the scene in Juneau.

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Posted at 09:16 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Background: Sarah Palin’s family

In advance of the release of thousands of e-mails from Sarah Palin’s time as governor, we take a look at some of the issues that marked her tenure.

The spotlight on Sarah Palin has often extended to her family, whose constant presence at her side during her vice presidential campaign reinforced her family-oriented image but also provided fodder for tabloids and investigative journalists.

Todd Palin — an oilfield operator and snowmobile racer who was known in Alaska as the “first dude” while his wife was governor — was unusually involved in official affairs for a governor’s spouse, records show.

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Posted at 09:07 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Background: Sarah Palin as VP nominee

In advance of the release of thousands of e-mails from Sarah Palin’s time as governor, we take a look at some of the issues that marked her tenure.

John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin for the No. 2 slot on the 2008 Republican ticket helped him regain his “maverick” tag, elevated the obscure governor of a distant state to GOP stardom and ignited his race for the White House by galvanizing conservatives.

Palin had been elected governor of Alaska in 2006 and, before the presidential campaign, she had been little-known nationally, although she was a darling of the conservative elite. Once on the campaign trail, the mother of five quickly became a favorite among grass-roots activists with her folksy, everywoman charm. From her first days on the ticket, the former mayor of Wasilla made a direct appeal to women, praising Geraldine A. Ferraro, the only other woman named to a presidential ticket, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Posted at 08:47 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Background: ‘Troopergate’

In advance of the release of thousands of e-mails from Sarah Palin’s time as governor, we take a look at some of the issues that marked her tenure.

Days after being picked by Sen. John McCain as his vice presidential running mate in August 2008, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin faced a drumbeat of ethics questions about her firing of her state police chief earlier that summer. The matter was dubbed “Troopergate” by her foes and critics in Alaskan politics.

Investigators were looking into allegations that Palin had pressured the state’s public safety commissioner to dismiss her estranged brother-in-law and that she later fired the commissioner when he refused to do so. Palin’s sister had been involved in a bitter divorce and custody battle with her brother-in-law, state trooper Michael Wooten, in 2005 and 2006.

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Posted at 08:16 PM ET, 06/09/2011

Background: Sarah Palin’s expenses

In advance of the release of thousands of e-mails from Sarah Palin’s time as governor, we take a look at some of the issues that marked her tenure.

Sarah Palin billed Alaska taxpayers more than $17,000 for travel expenses when she stayed in her own home during her term as governor in Juneau. The money was part of a “per diem” system of travel stipends, which the governor was able to claim for trips to her home town of Wasilla.

The Washington Post reported in September 2008 that Palin claimed expenses for 312 days spent in her own home, and an additional $43,000 in travel cost for her family — much of it between Juneau and Wasilla.

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