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Ahiza Garcia

Ahiza Garcia is a newswriter based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Ahiza interned and freelanced for Nightline, Fox Sports, and ESPN the Magazine. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and an M.S. in digital journalism from Syracuse University. She can be reached at ahiza@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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It's rare for Sarah Palin to admit embarrassment, but she said on Thursday her family's drunken brawl in Alaska was downright humiliating.

The former GOP vice presidential nominee took to Facebook to finally address her family's involvement in a bloody, booze-fueled brawl that took place last month in Anchorage.

"What happened on the night in question wasn’t funny. It was humiliating and frightening," Palin wrote in her post. "My kids aren’t proud of what happened, nor are they seeking sympathy by playing the victim card – that’s why they haven’t commented on this for all these weeks."

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said during an interview on Wednesday following a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada that the U.S. needs to forget about political correctness and "go all out with surveillance" of Muslims.

“With ISIS making a concerted effort to bring about these domestic attacks we have to go all out with surveillance,” King said during an interview with NewsmaxTV's "America's Forum." “We have to monitor what’s happening in those communities and we have to be quick to call it terrorism.”

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Bristol Palin: feminist hero?

The eldest daughter of former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin broke her silence on Wednesday with a blog post about the role she played in a booze-fueled brawl last month at a house party in Alaska.

Bristol Palin had been accused by multiple eyewitnesses of repeatedly punching the homeowner, Korey Klingenmeyer, in the face. In the blog post, she said he had it coming, and that almost anyone else in her situation would be deemed a "feminist hero."

Published two days after police released photos and audio recordings from the incident, her blog post explained that she hit Klingenmeyer only after being attacked by a man who she said towered over her.

The Palin family had largely remained silent as eyewitnesses came forward, with Sarah Palin making only one oblique reference to the allegations. Even after the Anchorage Police Department released its official report, there was no word from the family.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly conceded on Wednesday night that comedian Jon Stewart was at least right about something during their debate about white privilege.

O'Reilly, a skeptic of the idea that white privilege even exists in modern America, faced off against the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" last week. During the debate, Stewart pointed out that O'Reilly's hometown of Levittown, N.Y., at one time didn't allow blacks to live there and was built as a racially segregated community.

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It may end up becoming an enduring mystery of the Palin family brawl: What happened to video that was supposedly recorded showing the melee?

And did the video really ever exist at all?

On Tuesday, police in Anchorage, Alaska released photos and audio from their investigation of the Sept. 6 house party, which was attended by former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family, and which turned into a bloody, violent mess.

The audio recordings contained even more evidence that someone made video recordings of the brawls, which allegedly involved multiple members of the Palin clan.

Yet no video has ever surfaced.

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All was going well at the party until the Palin clan showed up.

A homeowner in Anchorage, Alaska spoke to police on Sept. 6, not long after a house party he threw that night turned into a bloody brawl, and an audio recording of the conversation that became public on Tuesday made it clear just how angry he was at former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family for ruining his fun.

"These Palins running up here on my property acting like they own it is not gonna fly with me," homeowner Korey Klingenmeyer told police. "I don’t give a fuck if their name’s Palin or fucking Obama, cause they don’t mean shit to me."

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