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Ms. Palin, the publisher says, “gives readers an intimate behind-the-scenes look at her life for the first time, from growing up in Alaska to coming of age amid the media and political frenzy surrounding her mother’s political rise; from becoming a single mother while still a teenager to coping as her relationship with her baby’s father crumbled publicly — not once, but twice.”

GAS BIAS

Broadcasters don’t link escalating gas prices with President Obama in their coverage. But President George W. Bush? Uh-huh. His fault.

“They connected Mr. Bush, not Mr. Obama to high prices. As gas prices rose in 2008, network reporters mentioned Mr. Bush in 15 times as many stories than they brought up Mr. Obama in a similar period in 2011,” says Julia Seymour, a researcher with the Business & Media Institute who examined every news report on ABC, CBS and NBC that mentioned gas prices during those time periods.

She also found that not one single story brought up any of Mr. Obama’s “anti-oil policies” this year, despite the impact they could have on supply and prices.

CHINA’S CHINA

Not too tasty: A Department of Emergency Medicine research team at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University tested cooking utensils and dinnerware made in China and sold in the city to find that almost 30 percent contained lead, which “astounded” them. The researchers dutifully reported it to the Food and Drug Administration.

The officials in turn “were so alarmed at the significant amount of affected items” that the federal agency is initiating further studies of imported Chinese — and Mexican — cookware, says Dr. Gerald O’Malley, who led the study.

POLL DU JOUR

• 36 percent of Americans would blame Republicans if the federal government shuts down this week.

• 8 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats agree.

• 35 percent overall would blame the Obama administration.

• 69 percent of Republicans and 11 percent of Democrats agree.

• 17 percent overall blame “both equally.”

• 17 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Democrats agree.

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