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Sunday with Palin (UDPATED: Video)

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

We just returned from Gov. Sarah Palin's home in Wasilla, where we shared a wide-ranging, 30-minute interview with KTUU.

UPDATE: Here are a few excerpts:

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As we arrived at the house -- past the the tiny green ATV parked next to the door -- Greta Van Susteren was about to leave. An Entertainment Tonight crew camped out at the nearby Best Western. Inside the home, Van Susteren talked to Todd and moose chili cooked on the crockpot. (Not a prop, Palin insisted.) Also on the menu: Moose cheesedogs and a cake made by Piper, who walked around with an apron and a notebook, asking people want they wanted to drink.

Todd watched the interview from the living room, holding Trig while Meg Stapleton listened from behind the cameras. One of the kids went upstairs, where exercise equipment points toward frozen Lake Lucille, to surf the Internet. Sean Cockerham & KTUU reporter Rebecca Palsha took turns asking questions.

A few of the topics:

-- The dueling Troopergate reports.
-- The future of federal funding for Alaska. "I'm sure there will be fewer earmark requests and they will be sensible earmark requests."
-- Life on the trail. And Tina Fey.
-- Whether Palin plan to continue to charging the state a per diem (meant to cover meals and incidental expenses) when staying at her Wasilla home.
-- Palin's frustration over what she called some of the "goofy" stories that emerged during the campaign, such as the claim that Trig isn't her baby. "I'm Trig's mom," she said, raising her hand.
-- What the campaign should/could've done differently, if anything, and why Palin thinks Obama won. She made a point to avoid criticizing the campaign, rather than expanding on what she said Friday about the anonymous sources within the McCain camp being jerks.
-- Mending fences at home. "Everybody's big boys and big girls in this world of politics," Palin said.

Afterward, Sean asked if she's been asked to go work for Fox News.

"I keep hearing the rumor also,' she said, hands in pockets. "That would require me to leave Alaska probably. So I haven't considered such a thing."

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