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8:25 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.
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.
Discussion: Salon and Gateway Pundit
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
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.
Chicago Tribune:   Pfleger puts Obama in unwelcome spot again
Fox News:
Obama Resigns Church Membership in Chicago
Discussion: FREEDOM EDEN
Byron York / The Corner:
Report: Obama Quits Trinity
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama Quits His Church
Discussion: Commentary and Political Punch
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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.”
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 Swamp
Eric Pianin / The Fix:   Obama and Clinton Allies Vigorously Debate Seating of Delegates
Marc Ambinder:
RBC Live Wire 6: The Deliberations
Discussion: Salon
Associated Press:
Officials say Fla., Mich. delegates will get half-votes
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.
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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
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Florida (almost) a done deal
Discussion: Salon and AMERICAblog
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.
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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