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7:10 AM ET, June 1, 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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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.
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Quits His Church
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Commentary
The Moderate Voice:   Senator Obama's Letter Resigning from Trinity: Trinity's Response
The Politico:
Obama quits Trinity
Discussion: Don Surber and Truthdig
Chicago Tribune:
Pfleger puts Obama in unwelcome spot again
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA HAD THE VOTES FOR 50-50 MI SPLIT  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Per multiple sources inside the closed Rules and Bylaws Committee lunch, Obama actually had the votes to get a 50-50 delegate split out of Michigan — but by just a vote or two.  —  However, it was decided to go with the 69-59 split to win a larger majority.
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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.”
New York Times:
Democrats Approve Deal on Michigan and Florida  —  WASHINGTON — To jeers and boos that showcased deep party divisions, Democratic Party officials agreed Saturday to seat delegates from the disputed Florida and Michigan primaries at the party's convention in August but give them only half a vote each …
Zzaki / Political Radar:
Obama Won't Wait for Clinton Concession  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Karen Travers Report: The Obama campaign is not worried about the tempest that erupted at a Washington, D.C., hotel on Saturday when top Clinton adviser Harold Ickes threatened to take the fight over Michigan's delegates all the way to the convention.
Discussion: The Jed Report
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:   50% version of the Michigan solution passes 19-8
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Obama used party rules to foil Clinton
Discussion: Salon and Liberal Values
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Clinton Supporter Shows Bruises She Received Being Ejected From Meeting  —  Deborah Foster, a Long Island school teacher and Hillary Clinton supporter who was ejected from the Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting on May 31, 2008 shows her bruises.  Foster and others were shouting “Denver, Denver” …
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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.
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.
The New Republic:
Scenes From Today's RBC Hillary Protest
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
A Clinton Hurricane Hits Outside the DNC Hearing Room
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Dean's World
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Hillary Clinton to be offered dignified exit  —  Hillary Clinton will be offered a dignified exit from the presidential race and the prospect of a place in Barack Obama's cabinet under plans for a “negotiated surrender” of her White House ambitions being drawn up by Senator Obama's aides.
Discussion: Too Sense and Vox Popoli
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:
Discussion: The Field and Stubborn Facts
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Alcee Hastings To Boycott Convention Due to FL Delegate Travesty
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
The Problem With the Corporate Tax  —  AT this point in the presidential campaign, Senator John McCain is the candidate of ideas on issues of tax policy.  Too many ideas, in fact.  While some of his ideas are great, others are almost laughable.  —  The one that has received the most attention recently …
Discussion: Economist's View and Redstate
 
 
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