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“I’m thankful that that has historically been the view, because it was churches and religious people who established the hospitals in this country,” Mr. Perkins said. “We do have an obligation to care for the poor. But it’s not the government’s obligation.”

This isn’t the first time Mr. Schultz has invoked Jesus in the health care debate. In an Aug. 13 program, he said Christian leaders like Rick Warren needed to “step up.”

“These Christian leaders need to get engaged and support a Christian president on the public option in providing health care for all Americans,” he said. “Isn’t it the Christian thing to do? Their silence is deafening. When Jesus walked the face of the Earth he was feeding the hungry, he was clothing the poor and healing the sick. He didn’t ask anybody for their health insurance card and he didn’t heal anybody for profit. Yet, we hear nothing from the Christian leadership in this country on health care reform and the moral obligation we face as a nation to address this issue.”

Changing Levis

The juicy gossip Levi Johnston dished out in a Vanity Fair tell-all about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (his ex-girlfriend’s mother and grandmother to his child) sure sounded different from what he was saying about her earlier this year, when he spoke of her amicably.

In a spread titled “Me and Mrs. Palin,” Mr. Johnston said the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee pressured him to let her adopt the child he had with her daughter, Bristol, and described her as a greedy, lazy prima donna. Also, according to him, Mrs. Palin was never an experienced hunter or fisher and sought his help in learning how to shoot a gun and sent him out to fetch Taco Bell Crunchwraps for her, among other things.

“Sarah was sad for a while,” he said. “She walked around the house pouting. I had assumed she was going to go back to her job as governor, but a week or two after she got back she started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make ‘triple the money.’ It was, to her, ‘not as hard.’ She would blatantly say, ‘I want to just take this money and quit being governor.’ ”

How things change.

In an interview with “Good Morning America” in March, well after the campaign was over, he said got along well with the Palins. “They’re good people,” he said. “They don’t push me, you know. They kind of - they don’t really tell us what to do, they don’t tell us, you know, they’re good people. So I like ‘em.”

Vanity Fair also recorded video of Mr. Johnston getting decked out in designer duds for an elaborate photo shoot to go with the story where he was assisted by his “right-hand man” Tank Jones, a massive, intimidating-looking fellow who once worked as an private investigator in Anchorage but now travels with Mr. Johnston.

In it, they joked about posing for Playgirl next, which wouldn’t be that much of a stretch considering Mr. Johnston’s recent appearance on the red carpet with self-described “D-list” comedienne Kathy Griffin for the Fox Teen Choice Awards. There, he held hands with her and smooched the much older woman on the cheek for the paparazzi. Mr. Johnston has also made appearances on “The Tyra Banks Show” and “Larry King Live” as part of his latest round of media outings.

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at acarpenter