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9:55 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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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 …
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.
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.
Erik Sean Nelson / The Huffington Post:
Palin Will Run In '12 On More Retardation Platform  —  In Sarah Palin's resignation announcement she complained about the treatment of her son Trig who always teaches her life lessons.  She said that the “world needs more Trigs, not fewer.”  That's a presidential campaign promise we can all get behind.
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.
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.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
GOP Official Who Emailed With Palin Moments Before Decision, Explains Her Move  —  The head of the Republican Governor's Association said on Friday that in emails sent to him moments before she announced her resignation as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin discussed expanding the role she played in the Republican Party.
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
10 Possible Reasons for Palin's Decision  —  1. Her political standing has slipped enough that she could have lost a re-election bid if she tried to retain her current office.  —  2. Her political standing has slipped enough that even if she had run and won, she would have likely been bloodied in the race, maybe even in a primary.
Kimberly Krautter / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin — What a Schmuck
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Mother Palin  —  Who knows all the reasons — Todd and Sarah Palin …
Washington Wire:
Transcript of Palin's Announcement
Discussion: Don Surber
Shannyn Moore / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Resigning as Alaska's Governor (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Firedoglake
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Analysis: Palin Plays by Her Own Rules, Again
Discussion: Pajamas Media
CNN:   DNC reacts: Palin decision ‘continues a pattern of bizarre behavior’
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
My Letter To Sarah Palin
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin plans to stay visible
Discussion: Hot Air and Daily Kos
Fox News:
Palin Quits as Alaska Governor
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
In Big Shocker, Palin Resigns As Governor
Discussion: TBogg
Quin Hillyer / AmSpecBlog:
Palin's Dereliction of Duty
Discussion: MyDD
Washington Post:
Palin to Resign as Alaska Governor by End of Month
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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