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Before Sarah Palin spoke at a ceremony Thursday for her son's Iraq-bound Army brigade, the Pentagon sent a message to the vice presidential candidate: Watch your language.

During campaign season, the Defense Department is quick to remind those running for office about its rule barring them from using U.S. military bases and personnel as election-year props.

Palin was invited to speak at the base near Fairbanks, Alaska, long before Sen. John McCain selected her as his running mate.

The deployment ceremony honored Fort Wainwright's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The brigade, a unit that includes 19-year-old Pfc. Track Palin, is heading to Iraq for a yearlong assignment. Associated Press

Obama to be on ‘SNL'

Barack Obama's campaign revealed Thursday he will be making his second appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” for the season premiere this weekend. Also to appear is Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps.

Obama last was on the program in November, a cameo during an opening skit about a Halloween party at Hillary Clinton's house, where she was portrayed as the presumptive president.

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Obama, Bill Clinton talk

Barack Obama and former President Clinton talked for two hours Thursday. Clinton predicted Obama will win “handily.”

Their conversation started with small talk about the former president's commute to his office and ended after lunch.

“They discussed the campaign briefly, but mostly talked about how the world has changed since September 11, 2001,” their spokesmen said in a joint statement. Associated Press

Palin threatens action

Gov. Sarah Palin's administration is threatening legal action to block any subpoenas by the Alaska Legislature as part of its investigation into whether she abused authority in trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.

In a letter to lawmakers, an assistant attorney general wrote that the administration was prepared to go to court to quash the subpoenas of Department of Administration staff if they're issued as expected today.

However, the letter also suggested that if lawmakers agree that the governor has legal authority to designate staff to review confidential personnel files, the staff members will speak with the Legislature's investigator – no subpoenas necessary. Associated Press

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