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2:35 PM ET, July 4, 2009

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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
It Always Has Been About Trig  —  I waited a whole day before posting about the Sarah Palin resignation.  Well, not a whole day, but longer than almost everyone else in the blogosphere.  Here's my take as of this moment in time, subject to change:  —  I don't know why Sarah Palin resigned …
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
More on Palin  —  I spoke to a few friends in Alaskan Republican politics yesterday.  None of them had a clue that Palin was going to resign her office, and none has any idea what her motivation might be in doing so.  It was widely assumed in Alaska that Palin wouldn't run for a second term.
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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.
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.
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
Fox News:
Options Abound for Palin After Alaska Governorship  —  Sarah Palin, 45, will have a variety of platforms to pursue her goals, from writing books to hitting the speaker's circuit to working with the Republican Party to get candidates elected.  —  FOXNews.com  —  What will Sarah Palin do after she quits as Alaska's governor?
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:
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: A Contrarian Take  —  If Palin wants to run in 2012 …
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Three Theories of Palin's Resignation
Steve / Sweetness & Light:
Palin To Resign - ‘State Media’ Wins!
Discussion: RADAMISTO, The Anchoress and The Hill
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 …
Randy Barnett / The Volokh Conspiracy:
July 5th Oration by Frederick Douglass: Tomorrow I am hoping to attend a recreation of Frederick Douglass's Independence Day oration at his home in Anacostia, DC. … Today, historian Jonathan Bean has a nice essay on National Review Online entitled, The Party of Lincoln, and of Douglass …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama summons spirit of independence
Ceci Connolly / Washington Post:
Advocacy Groups Should Halt Attacks on Moderate Democrats, Obama Says  —  Advocates Should Turn Attention to Promoting Legislation, President Says  —  President Obama, strategizing yesterday with congressional leaders about health-care reform, complained that liberal advocacy groups ought …
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.
Ashley Seager / Guardian:
Costa Rica greenest, happiest country  —  Latin American nation tops index ranking countries by ecological footprint and happiness of their citizens  —  Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country in the world, according to a new list that ranks nations by combining measures …
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