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We are squeezing in as many Sarah Palin stories as we can today, in the hopes that we will never have to type out her name again, whee! She voted this morning, in Wasilla, but refused to tell reporters who she'd voted for.Is she in the tank???


Certainly sounds like it, given this incredibly vague thing she told a cluster of freezing journalists: "I don't have to tell anybody who I vote for. Nobody does. And that's really cool about America, also."

Perhaps she was making an oblique reference to the Employee Free Choice Act, which opponents argue takes away the "secret ballot" in union elections. Or perhaps she was just saying the first thing that popped into her head, which is that there are various cool things about America. Whatever. She will have a chance to explain all of this when she announces her presidential exploratory committee tomorrow.

Thanks to Meagan and Michael for the super-exclusive Palin pic.

Palin votes in Wasilla, talks to reporters [Jonathan Martin]

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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