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Whatever you may think of her, former vice presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) knows how to leave an impression.

Her appearances as a Fox News contributor over the past several years were shining examples of that.

Whether it was publicly bashing Fox News — while appearing on Fox News — or giving such a garbled speech that a Fox anchor questioned whether the TelePrompTer was working, Palin produced a few gems.

Thus, the news Wednesday that Fox had dropped Palin as a contributor on June 1 came as a surprise for the simple fact that Palin was good TV.

In honor of her tenure as a Fox News contributor, here are five of her most notable appearances.

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In voting to uphold Obamacare Thursday, the Supreme Court preserved health care insurance for millions of Americans, ended what is likely the last major legal challenge to the core elements of the president's signature legislative achievement, and bitterly disappointed conservatives who saw this case as the last best hope for mortally wounding the sprawling health care reform law.

Adding insult to injury, it was Chief Justice John Roberts who joined with Justice Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal justices in the majority in King v. Burwell. Roberts authored the opinion himself in a case which was tailor-made by conservative legal activists to undermine Obamacare. Their challenge centered on a four-word phrase in the statute that the challengers said invalidated the subsidies offered to consumers in the states where insurance exchanges were operated by the federal government. Had the challengers prevailed, the subsidies for certain consumers in 34 states with federal exchanges would have been invalidated, insurance markets would have been massively disrupted in each of those states, and the Republican-controlled Congress would have tried to use the decision as leverage to force concessions from the President in future negotiations over Obamacare.

Other than that, no big deal.

Here's the rationale Roberts and the majority fashioned for upholding the Obamacare subsidies:

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Ask Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and he himself will say it: he's not part of the 1 percent. And a Tuesday report in The New York Times goes into detail about the 2016 candidate's fraught financial history, which includes using the Florida Republican party's credit card for personal purchases, buying multiple houses, and appointing unqualified family members to serve in political positions with fiscal responsibility.

The piece notes that Rubio, like many Americans, carries credit card debt, and has had to grapple with mortgages and paying off student loans. What sets Rubio's financial troubles apart from those of many Americans, however, is that Rubio's had the long-time financial support of billionaire Norman Braman, a major campaign donor who helped fund Rubio's job as a college instructor, hired Rubio as a lawyer, and continues to employ his wife.

Here are the five key takeaways from the Times story:

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is hankering to pick a fight -- any fight -- with the Obama administration over Obamacare subsides. In a mini-drama that is more theater than substance, Cruz is now threatening to issue subpoenas to the Treasury Department after it refused last week to produce the officials from whom Cruz demanded testimony.

Here are the five points on how Cruz found himself facing an empty row of seats last Thursday:

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The unexpected news of a confrontation between law enforcement officers and a potential terror suspect in Boston Tuesday left many unanswered questions in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, in which Usaama Rahim was shot dead.

Why were police already surveilling Rahim? What was he plotting? What were the circumstances of the shooting? Were police justified in using deadly force? And then later in the week, news emerged that Rahim had allegedly entertained the idea of beheading anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller and may have been influenced by Islamic terrorists.

Here's what is now known and where things stand:

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As Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) continues to flirt with a presidential run, he has placed himself at the center of an abortion debate in his home state.

It's a position Walker has relished before.

In 2013, he signed a bill into law that required women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds. It's a law he brought up as recently as last month during an interview with conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

"I think about my sons who are 19 and 20, and we still have their first ultrasounds," Walker said. "It’s just a cool thing out there."

This time around, Walker has thrown his support behind a 20-week abortion ban being debated in the state legislature.

The measure, which in its current form doesn’t provide exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape and incest, was debated Tuesday at a joint legislative hearing. No vote has been scheduled, but Walker has said he plans to sign the bill if it comes to his desk.

Here are five things to know about the Wisconsin bill:

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law the USA Freedom Act, which extends three expiring surveillance provisions of the 9/11-era USA Patriot Act. It also overhauls the most controversial provision, which had been interpreted to allow bulk collection of U.S. phone records by the National Security Agency.

Questions and answers about the bill the Senate passed on Tuesday and the House approved earlier:

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Before he announces that he's jumping into the 2016 presidential race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants to finish work on his latest state budget and in the process pack it with conservative goodies he can tout on the campaign trail. For Walker, this is key to his 2016 game plan.

"The budget is important, because Walker has been delaying an announcement before he officially announces as President. It gives him a list of popular red-meat items to check off in the primaries," University of Wisconsin Public Policy Professor Donald Moynihan told TPM.

Here is a list of five of the big items Walker is hoping to sign into law that will appeal to conservative primary voters:

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As he gears up his putative 2016 presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has found himself increasingly mired in a mess back in Wisconsin.

It's not the kind of scandal that sends tabloids into a lather, but it has Democrats pouncing and good government types scolding, and even some state Republicans have piled on Walker.

The mess involves an entity called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), a state agency Walker himself established when first elected to fulfill his promise of creating a wave of new jobs. The problems at WEDC have multiplied since. Recently, Walker was forced to give up on a proposal meant to shore up some of the problems at the agency in the face of calls for a federal investigation from Democrats, criticism from a few Republicans, and an audit by the state's nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau.

Here's your quick and dirty guide to sorting through the Walker mess:

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