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12:35 PM ET, July 4, 2009


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The Daily Beast:
Did a Scandal Sink the U.S.S. Palin?  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The suddenness of Sarah Palin's resignation raises questions about whether a coming scandal caused her to leave office.  Max Blumenthal looks at one possibility.  —  Plus: Read more of The Daily Beast's coverage of Palin's resignation and the GOP implosion.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
EXCLUSIVE: PALIN RESIGNATION ‘DAMAGE CONTROL’ FOR COMING ‘ICEBERG SCANDAL’ ... MORE: EMBEZZLEMENT INDICTMENTS COMING?  —  [See update below for exclusive source details from Alaska...FURTHER UPDATE now added below: AK sources say ‘embezzlement’ scandal related to Palin's house, federal indictments may be in offing.
Bruce Reed / Slate:
In Sarah Palin's GOP, the leaders keep quitting and the troubles don't.  —  “It may be tempting and more comfortable to just keep your head down [and] plod along,” Sarah Palin said Friday, in an attempt to suggest that serving her full term as governor would add to the nation's apathy.
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.
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,11, 12, 13, 14 Palin Theories  —  I can see [5 6 7] [8] [9 10] [11 12] [13] 14 Palin theories ... and counting: 1) She's running for president; 2) She's undergoing fame withdrawal and plans to get more attention in the lower 48; 3) She wants to cash in ($); 4) …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Did an embezzlement scandal force Sarah Palin to resign?  —  Max Blumental reports on The Daily Beast that Sarah Palin may have quit her job today because she was trying to avert a major, yet-to-be-disclosed corruption scandal.  The gist of the rumor is that an Alaska building company called …
Rachel Sklar / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin, You Owe The Media An Apology  —  “I told you so” moments are pretty sweet — and thanks to Sarah Palin, now I've got one.  Ten months to the day after her speech at the Republican National Convention, I would like for this woman to eat her words:
New York Times:
Palin's Move Shocks G.O.P. and Leaves Future Unclear  —  Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska abruptly announced on Friday that she was quitting at the end of the month, shocking Republicans across the country and leaving both parties uncertain about whether she was leaving national politics or laying the groundwork for a presidential run.
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 …
Phoebe Connelly / American Prospect:
SARAH PALIN INSISTS YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE INTERNET ON HOLIDAY.  —  Never a slow news day with these Republicans.  —  Couple of quick hits — it's worth re-reading Ann and Tim's initial reactions to the arrival of Sarah Palin on the national political scene as McCain's VP.  (Shorter Tim: it's a gimmick.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin's exit as Alaska governor stuns, puzzles observers
Discussion: The Swamp and Megan McArdle
The Campaign Spot:
The Weak Spot In Every Political Figure
Discussion: The Corner and Wizbang
Gov. Sarah Palin to resign her office
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
First Signs What Happened  —  Okay, we're getting our first indication of what happened.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Three Theories of Palin's Resignation
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Miniseries Ends  —  I guessed right, which I suppose reflects …
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Palin To Resign - ‘State Media’ Wins!
Discussion: RADAMISTO
DNC reacts: Palin decision ‘continues a pattern of bizarre behavior’
Discussion: The Other McCain
Washington Wire:   Transcript of Palin's Announcement
Michelle Malkin:
But I'm doing what's best for Alaska"
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Cutting bait  —  With respect to many of the Palinologists below, I think they're getting way too hepatomantic over the entrails.  As a political move for anything other than the 2010 Senate race, today's announcement is a disaster.  And I'm not sure it's a plus for the Senate - and …
Victoria Gill / BBC:
How honeybee mobs smother giant hornets to death  —  Honeybees mount a very effective mobbing defence  —  Honeybee hordes use two weapons - heat and carbon dioxide - to kill their natural enemies, giant hornets.  —  Japanese honeybees form “bee balls” - mobbing and smothering the predators.
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Top Reformers Admitted Plot, Iran Declares  —  CAIRO — Iranian leaders say they have obtained confessions from top reformist officials that they plotted to bring down the government with a “velvet” revolution.  Such confessions, almost always extracted under duress, are part of an effort …
Tracy Wilkinson / Los Angeles Times:
Tensions mount as Honduras defies OAS  —  Supporters of the new government, lead by Roberto Micheletti, rallied at the presidential palace as the Honduran army maintained control.  Ousted President Manuel Zelaya is set to return to the country over the weekend; Micheletti has threatened to arrest him.
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