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8:00 PM ET, May 31, 2008

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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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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.
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.
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.
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
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Quits His Church  —  WASHINGTON - Senator Barack Obama is ending his membership at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, a congregation he has belonged to for about two decades and one that had become a lightening rod in his Democratic presidential bid.
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
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama Quits His Church
Discussion: Commentary and Political Punch
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Swamp
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Florida (almost) a done deal
Discussion: Salon and AMERICAblog
Nick Baumann / MoJoBlog:
Clinton Surrogate Says FL-MI Struggle = Civil Rights Movement
Marc Ambinder:
RBC Live Wire 7: Clinton Nets 24 Delegates  —  Clinton nets 24 delegates out of the day.  —  A Democratic official close to Sen. Carl Levin says: “He is pleased they have made progress over where they were this morning.  He is confident that the full delegation will be seated with full voting rights at the convention.”
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Eric Pianin / The Fix:   Obama and Clinton Allies Vigorously Debate Seating of Delegates
Associated Press:
Officials say Fla., Mich. delegates will get half-votes
Marc Ambinder:
RBC Live Wire 6: The Deliberations
Discussion: Salon
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Michigan Case Begins
Lanny J. Davis / Wall Street Journal:
The Argument for Nominating Hillary  —  After the votes are in from Puerto Rico tomorrow and South Dakota and Montana on Tuesday, neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton will be able to make a facts-based case that they represent a significant majority of grass-roots Democrats.
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New York Times:
No Road Map for Democrats as Race Ends
Discussion: Don Surber and TIME.com
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
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
The LA Times looks into the Obama-Che iconcography connection  —  This is buried deep within a (worthwhile, if creepily non-judgmental and incomplete) piece about the merchandising of Che Guevara's image, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the LA Times make the connection between the visual cult of Che and the cult of Obama:
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Mahablog
 
 
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