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5:30 PM ET, July 3, 2009


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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 …
First on the Ticker: Palin will not run for re-election  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to announce Friday that she will not seek a second term, three sources tell CNN.  —  Palin has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET news conference at her home in Wasilla.
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.
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 |  4:59 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.
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.
Palin stepping down as governor by end of July, not seeking re-election  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday that she will step down as Alaska's chief executive by the end of the month.  She will not seek election to a second gubernatorial term in 2010.
Discussion: American Power, and PoliBlog
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.
Fox News:
Palin Quits as Alaska Governor  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday that she is stepping down at the end of the month, setting up a potential run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  —  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin shocked the political word Friday by announcing …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
SARAH PALIN RESIGNING JULY 25th  —  Breaking: Sarah Palin Will Not Seek Re-Election as Governor  —  Her big statement, tipped by GOP sources.  —  [DrewM]...She's resigning at the end of the month.  Wow.  —  [Ace] And that is that.  —  It's over.  You can't resign from a governorship and then run for higher office.
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: The BRAD BLOG
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin announces resignation
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Palin to Resign as Alaska Governor
Discussion: Washington Wire and Fausta's Blog
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Palin to resign at end of month
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Anchoress:
Palin's announcement w/ Updates!
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP sources: Palin won't run for re-election
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
The world awaits (and speculates about) Palin announcement
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
My Letter To Sarah Palin
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Health director says she was forced out
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.
Shlomo Shamir / Haaretz:
Report: U.S. to block Iran sanctions at G8 summit  —  The United States is opposed to enacting a new set of financial sanctions against Iran that are due to be discussed in the G8 summit next week, diplomatic officials in New York reported Friday.  —  According to officials, sanctions against Iran are expected to top the G8's agenda.
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Court Filing Shows Evidence Cheney Swayed White House Response to CIA Leak  —  Discussions of CIA Agent Listed in Filing  —  A document filed in federal court this week by the Justice Department offers new evidence that former vice president Richard B. Cheney helped steer …
Jon Ward / Washington Times:
Powell airs doubts on Obama agenda  —  Colin Powell, one of President Obama's most prominent Republican supporters, expressed concern Friday that the president's ambitious blitz of costly initiatives may be enlarging the size of government and the federal debt too much.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Powell as CW monitor
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