The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: Feb. 5, 2010

-Authorities in Alaska claim that Sarah Palin failed to pay taxes on two house-sized “cabins” built on her land. [ AP ]

- Nancy Pelosi hinted that Democrats may wait until after midterm elections to vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. [ Politico ]

-Turkish teen was buried alive by family members in an honor killing. The crime? Talking to boys. [ Guardian ]

-Illinois Democrats picked a lieutenant governor who dates hookers and has been accused of beating and raping his ex-wife. [ Gawker ]

- DoubleX contributor Rebecca Skloot has a new book about Henrietta Lacks , an African-American woman whose cancer cells populate biology labs all over the world. While Lacks’ descendants languish in poverty, her cells continue to contribute to some of the most important advances in medicine. [ New York Times ]

- Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn talks about family, competition, and crouching on the cover of Sports Illustrated . [ New York Times Magazine ]