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6:30 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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Health director says she was forced out  —  Wooley's boss says her ‘personal values’ didn'  —  One of the state's top public health officials says she was forced out of office because Gov. Sarah Palin felt she wasn't in step on social issues.  —  Beverly Wooley, who has worked more than 20 years …
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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN TO RESIGN.... Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) decided to shake up an otherwise slow news day with an astounding announcement: not only has she decided to skip a re-election campaign next year, she's also resigning from office altogether later this month. … Palin is making a terrible mistake.
Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: SARAH PALIN RESIGNS!  (Video)  —  SARAH PALIN RESIGNS!  —  Here's a longer version of the governor's announcement.  —  KTUU reported: … God bless this courageous woman.  —  Charles Krauthammer and Jonah Goldberg were the latest conservatives to question her future in the party.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin announces resignation
Fox News:
Palin Quits as Alaska Governor
Palin stepping down as governor by end of July, not seeking re-election
The Anchoress:
Palin's announcement w/ Updates!
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
My Letter To Sarah Palin
Kimberly Krautter / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin — What a Schmuck
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
Shannyn Moore / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Resigning as Alaska's Governor (VIDEO)
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Palin to resign at end of month
Discussion: Emptywheel and Sweetness & Light
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Palin to Resign as Alaska Governor
Discussion: Washington Wire and Fausta's Blog
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 …
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