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10:25 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.
CNN:
Obama resigns from controversial church  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday that he has resigned from the church where controversial sermons by his former pastor and other ministers created repeated political headaches for the Democratic frontrunner.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama leaves Trinity
Discussion: Cogitamus and CNN
Fox News:
Obama Resigns Church Membership in Chicago
Discussion: Don Surber and FREEDOM EDEN
Chicago Tribune:   Pfleger puts Obama in unwelcome spot again
DrewM / Ace of Spades HQ:
Obama Resigns His Church Membership
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Byron York / The Corner:
Report: Obama Quits Trinity
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll.com
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama Quits His Church
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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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.
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:
Sources: DNC Florida Compromise Reached, Michigan Hangs In Balance
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dean's remarks  —  “We are going to nominate eithe rthe …
Discussion: The Swamp
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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Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
D.N.C. Cuts Fla., Mich. Votes in Half  —  Rules Wrap Up: After a nearly 10-hour marathon meeting of the Democratic party's rules committee, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton came away with a total of 24 more pledged delegates, but today's decisions on the seating of Florida and Michigan delegates fell far short …
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
50% version of the Michigan solution passes 19-8
Discussion: New York Times
Marc Ambinder:
RBC Live Wire 6: The Deliberations  —  6:00: Even the cognoscenti are being kept in the dark.  Florida Dem Party chair Karen Thurman is visiting the press corps.  She has no special info about the delay in resuming public deliberations.  —  5:54: Uh-oh.  Rep. Robert Wexler has taken his sportcoat off.
Discussion: Redstate and Salon
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Eric Pianin / The Fix:   Obama and Clinton Allies Vigorously Debate Seating of Delegates
New York Times:
No Road Map for Democrats as Race Ends  —  The big drama now facing the Democratic Party in the presidential contest is how, when and even whether Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will depart the race.  —  The contest is coming to a close as Puerto Rico votes on Sunday and Montana and South Dakota on Tuesday …
Discussion: Don Surber and TIME.com
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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
Dan Hoover / Greenville News:
McCall wins milestone GOP vote  —  COLUMBIA — Glenn McCall won a milestone intraparty election here during today's state GOP convention to become South Carolina's first black Republican National Committee member.  —  “It's time for the Republican Party to get out of the foxhole.
 
 
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