"The e-mails were shown to The Washington Post by a former public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan, who was fired by Palin in July. Monegan has given copies of the e-mails to state ethics investigators to support his contention that he was dismissed for failing to fire Trooper Mike Wooten, who at the time was feuding with Palin's family," they write. "Palin had promised to cooperate with the legislative inquiry, but this week moved to change the jurisdiction of the case to the state personnel board, which Palin appoints."
"I think there are some questions now that, coming to light about how transparent and how honest she wants to be," Monegan tells ABC's Brian Ross, Joseph Rhee, and Len Tepper.
Add this: "Long before a legislative investigation into the firing of Alaska's public safety director began, Gov. Sarah Palin faced controversy for her management style," John Fritze and Matt Kelley write for USA Today. "Supporters -- including the man who picked her to be his running mate, Republican presidential candidate John McCain -- cite Palin as a leader willing to shake up the establishment. Others say she has been unnecessarily abrupt and dismissive of employees."
The scrutiny continues: "Sarah Palin got her first passport in 2006 and has visited just four countries, and has had little involvement in her state's cross-border issues, raising questions about her supporters' assertions that Alaska's proximity to Russia has given her unique experience on foreign affairs," Bryan Bender and Sasha Issenberg write in The Boston Globe. "A review of Palin's 20 months in office shows that aside from overseeing the National Guard's state-level emergency missions, as all governors do, the first-term governor played no role in any territorial defense or other national defense operations involving military forces."
"Palin has never personally ordered the state guard to do anything," George Bryson reports in the Anchorage Daily News. "The governor has no command authority overseas or anywhere in the United States other than Alaska, said Maj. Gen. Craig Campbell, the service commander of the Alaska National Guard."
That was quite a pushback against a National Enquirer report alleging Palin infidelities -- particularly a report that hasn't been published yet. "Obviously, they want to rally voters behind her. But are they doing Palin a service?" asks ABC's Jake Tapper.
And Rev. Jeremiah Wright, meet the Rev. Ed Kalnins. "Kalnins has begun to gain attention after The Huffington Post political website reported Tuesday that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee, may have drawn her religious convictions from Kalnins' Pentecostal church," Robert Stern writes for Religion News Service. "Kalnins has preached that critics of President Bush will be banished to hell; questioned whether people who voted for Sen. John Kerry in 2004 would be accepted into heaven; and preached that the Sept. 11 attacks and the war in Iraq were part of a world war over Christianity."
Wait until she comes down on this one: "Palin's record on immigration, as recorded by Nexis and Google, is practically nonexistent, and everyone from bloggers to members of Palin's own party seemed unsure of her views," Jim Snyder writes for The Hill.
"When it comes to matters like trade, immigration, Social Security and Medicare, her record is mostly a blank slate," Bloomberg's Matthew Benjamin and Nicholas Johnston report.