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Feb. 24 2012 3:17 PM

Sarah Palin Divorce Emails Todd Palin SEO Headline Justin Bieber

What we have here, gentleman, is more evidence that the words "Sarah Palin" work a magic spell that turns members of the media silly. The headlines:

Palin Emails: She Considered Divorce

Palin Talked About Her Inevitable Divorce in Emails

The actual email:

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Five years after the e-mail was sent, the Palins remain married. In 2010 and 2011, they knocked aside rumors that they were divorcing. Occam's razor: Palin really was joking, although the joke was colored by a previously-reported fatigue of working in Juneau far from her family. And the aide, Frank Bailey -- the author of a 2011 Palin tell-all, where he could have reported this stuff -- got the joke.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.