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7:40 PM ET, May 31, 2008

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The New Republic:
Scenes From Today's RBC Hillary Protest  —  Howard Dean may hope that the “healing will begin today,” but two blocks away from the northwest Washington Marriott where the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting right now to try to figure out Florida and Michigan, the Hillary protesters …
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Jaketapper / Political Punch:
A Clinton Hurricane Hits Outside the DNC Hearing Room  —  There was a tornado watch outside the Democratic National Committee's Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel Saturday afternoon.  And there was a brewing storm inside the hotel as well.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Dean's World
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Lanny Davis Loses His Cool On DNC Member  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  A brief but spittle-filled shouting match broke out in the halls of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee hearing on Saturday between a committee member and a surrogate for Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Sources: DNC Florida Compromise Reached, Michigan Hangs In Balance  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  Two sources, including a high-ranking official with the Florida delegation, have confirmed that the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee reached an agreement last night …
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dean's remarks  —  “We are going to nominate eithe rthe first woman or the first African-American to our party,” he says.  —  He thanks all the candidates, “especially Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.”  —  “These two candidates have helped transform our party”, he continues.
Discussion: The Swamp
Marc Ambinder:
RBC Live Wire 7: Clinton Nets 24 Delegates
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Obsidian Wings
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Michigan Case Begins
Eric Pianin / The Fix:   Obama and Clinton Allies Vigorously Debate Seating of Delegates
Marc Ambinder:
RBC Live Wire 6: The Deliberations
Discussion: Salon
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Florida (almost) a done deal
Discussion: Salon and AMERICAblog
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
The D.N.C. Deliberates  —  The Clinton Camp's Rebuttal …
Discussion: Threat Level, MyDD, The Nation and Redstate
Nick Baumann / MoJoBlog:
Clinton Surrogate Says FL-MI Struggle = Civil Rights Movement
James W. Pindell / Politicker:
DNC Committee meets behind closed doors and ends without agreement
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Spin Cycle
CNN:
Obama resigns from controversial church  —  (CNN) — Barack Obama resigned Saturday from his Chicago church — where controversial sermons by his former pastor and other ministers had created repeated political headaches for the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination — his campaign confirmed.
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Monroe Anderson:
Wright out or wimp out?  Obama quits Trinity  —  In the wake of the Father Michael Pfleger  —  controversial sermon last Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack Obama sent a letter yesterday resigning from his place of worship for the past 20 years.  —  I sort of, kind of, understand why he did it.
John McCormick / Baltimore Sun:
Obama leaving Trinity United church  —  Sen. Barack Obama is leaving Trinity United Church of Christ, his longtime religious home in Chicago and a place that has triggered repeated controversies during his presidential bid.  —  Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt has confirmed Obama is essentially resigning from the church.
Lynn Sweet:
Obama resigns from Trinity United Church of Christ.  UPDATE.  Obama to answer questions about his church Saturday night.  —  WASHINGTON—UPDATE—Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirmed that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) quit Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's painful new headache  —  WASHINGTON — The Rev. Michael Pfleger's “I'm white!  I'm entitled ... black man stealing my show” outburst about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton from the pulpit of the Obama family church, Trinity United Church of Christ, created a political problem …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama leaves Trinity  —  The Chicago journalist Monroe Anderson, and subsequently CNN, reported today that Obama yesterday sent a letter to Trinity United Church of Christ to inform them that he is leaving the congregation.  —  Spokesman Bill Burton confirmed the report.
Discussion: Cogitamus and CNN
Byron York / The Corner:
Report: Obama Quits Trinity  —  CNN is reporting, based on CNN contributor Roland Martin, that Barack and Michelle Obama have resigned from Trinity United Church of Christ.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama leaving his church  —  by John McCormick and Manya A. Brachear  —  Sen. Barack Obama is leaving Trinity United Church of Christ, his longtime religious home in Chicago and a place that has triggered repeated controversies during his presidential bid.
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama Quits His Church
Discussion: Commentary and Political Punch
New York Times:
No Road Map for Democrats as Race Ends  —  The most fiery and exhausting presidential primary campaign in at least a generation is sputtering to an end, with Senator Barack Obama likely to gain enough delegates to claim the Democratic nomination later this week as the party faces another drama …
Discussion: Don Surber and TIME.com
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Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's stance on women sparks extremist debate  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Muslim extremist women are challenging al-Qaida's refusal to include — or at least acknowledge — women in its ranks, in an emotional debate that gives rare insight into the gender conflicts lurking beneath one of the strictest strains of Islam.
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Are We Serious?  —  They're at war, we're catching crooks.  —  A Memoir of the Jihad  —  by Andrew C. McCarthy  —  Encounter, 250 pp., $25.95  —  In the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, America has tried to understand how she could have been so blind.
Discussion: RADAMISTO
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Willful blindness  —  The new issue of the Weekly Standard …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
 
 
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