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10:50 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.
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
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.
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Changes  —  Barack Obama's resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ over, in part, “a cultural and a stylistic gap” raises additional doubts about him.  The obvious question is what “cultural and stylistic gap” exists now that hasn't existed during the last two decades …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama leaves Trinity
Discussion: Cogitamus and CNN
Chicago Tribune:   Pfleger puts Obama in unwelcome spot again
Fox News:
Obama Resigns Church Membership in Chicago
Discussion: Don Surber and FREEDOM EDEN
Byron York / The Corner:
Report: Obama Quits Trinity
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll.com
DrewM / Ace of Spades HQ:
Obama Resigns His Church Membership
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama Quits His Church
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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 and The Democratic Daily
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
Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
Hastings boycotting Democratic convention  —  At least one high-profile Florida Democrat is not ready to set aside the dispute with the national party: U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Miramar said he would skip the nominating convention in Denver.  —  Here's his statement, a dramatic commentary on the right to vote by a black congressman:
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Alcee Hastings To Boycott Convention Due to FL Delegate Travesty
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Clinton Supporter Ejected From Rules Meeting, “McCain Will Be Our Next President”  —  Things grew increasingly contentious toward the end of the Rules Committee meeting, and a Clinton supporter — who identified herself as Harriet Christian — was ejected from the room.
Discussion: The Jed Report
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Clinton Supporter Shows Bruises She Received Being Ejected From Meeting
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
QUOTE OF THE DAY  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  “My momma taught me to play by the rules and respect those rules.  My mother taught me, and I'm sure your mother taught you, that when you decide change the rules, middle of the game, end of the game, that is referred to as cheatin.'” …
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
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
 
 
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