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8:55 PM ET, July 3, 2009

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KTUU-TV:
Gov. Sarah Palin to resign her office  —  Updated:  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin will resign her office in a few weeks, she said during a news conference at her Wasilla home Friday morning.  —  Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will be inaugurated at the Governor's Picnic at Pionner Park …
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CNN:
Palin won't run for re-election in Alaska, source says  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to announce Friday that she will not seek a second term, a Republican source close to Palin tells CNN.  —  Palin has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference at her home in Wasilla.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: A Contrarian Take  —  If Palin wants to run in 2012, why not do exactly what she announced today?  It's an enormous gamble - but it could be a shrewd one.  —  After all, she's freeing herself from the duties of the governorship.  Now she can do her book, give speeches …
Michelle Malkin:
But I'm doing what's best for Alaska"  —  Lots of heavy media anticipation over a Sarah Palin announcement expected any minute from Wasilla.  —  Here's CBS: … Feel free to speculate.  —  Allahpundit has a developing round-up; multiple sources reporting that Palin will say she's not going to run for governor again in 2010.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: Palin to resign within weeks?  Update: Is her career over?  —  No word as to why but Stephanopoulos has a hunch.  If it's related to her plans for next year, which way should Palinistas be rooting?  Presumably they hope she's not running for reelection so that she can devote herself full …
Mitchell L. Blumenthal / The Caucus:
Palin to Resign as Governor of Alaska  —  Update |  5:30 p.m. Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska announced Friday that she would step down by the end of the month and not seek a second term as governor, fueling speculation that she is seriously weighing whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
Paul Volpe / The Fix:
Palin To Resign, Focus on Presidential Run  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is looking to build a national political operation in advance of 2012.  (AP Photo/Chris Miller, File)  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will resign her office later this month, according to several sources familiar with her decision …
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
A Letter to Sarah  —  You're blowing it.  —  We haven't met, but you might remember I was one of the first columnists to tout you for John McCain's running mate.  I cheered you mightily when Senator McCain selected you, and I still believe that you were the smartest choice he could have made given the obstacles before him.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
First Signs What Happened  —  Okay, we're getting our first indication of what happened.  It seems like a colossal sulk on Palin's part, or perhaps better to say an effort on her part to ingeniously combine anti-liberal media bias agitation with Christianist politics by portraying herself as having been crucified by the liberal media.
Discussion: Firedoglake
msnbc.com:
Palin to resign as Alaska governor  —  Former vice presidential hopeful says she won't finish out first term  —  WASILLA, Alaska - Sarah Palin announced Friday she plans to resign as governor of Alaska in a few weeks, saying she will try to “affect positive change” from outside government.
Kimberly Krautter / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin — What a Schmuck  —  Sarah Palin has announced her abdication of the Governorship of Alaska.  If I were a citizen of Alaska, and especially if I had voted for her, I'd be pissed off.  —  Who cares if she feels she has checked off her personal laundry list of things to do?
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Mother Palin  —  Who knows all the reasons — Todd and Sarah Palin, presumably fully understand.  Listening to her, it seems like this is a combination of stepping back and moving forward.  Stepping back, because it's way too overwhelming to be Sarah Palin, political phenom, Sarah Palin …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin announces resignation
Washington Wire:
Transcript of Palin's Announcement
Discussion: Don Surber
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Is Palin's national political career over?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, The Corner and PoliGazette
Fox News:
Palin Quits as Alaska Governor
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
My Letter To Sarah Palin
CNN:   DNC reacts: Palin decision ‘continues a pattern of bizarre behavior’
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Analysis: Palin Plays by Her Own Rules, Again
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin plans to stay visible
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
10 Possible Reasons for Palin's Decision
Discussion: Alarming News
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
In Big Shocker, Palin Resigns As Governor
Discussion: TBogg
Paul Krugman:
Secrets of the WSJ  —  This morning's Wall Street Journal opinion section contains a lot of what one expects to see.  There's an opinion piece making a big fuss over the fake scandal at the EPA.  There's an editorial claiming that the latest job figures prove the failure of Obama's economic plan — something I dealt with in the Times.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Miniseries Ends  —  I guessed right, which I suppose reflects just how much time I've spent trying to figure what goes on in her head.  I think the simple truth is that, as even Alaskan Republicans told us last September, she was far from able to be governor of Alaska, let alone vice-president of the United States.
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
 
 
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