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9:55 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.
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 …
Dan Gilgoff / God-o-Meter:   Obama's Church Resignation: Not a Rebuke
The Moderate Voice:   Senator Obama's Letter Resigning from Trinity: Trinity's Response
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Quits His Church
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Commentary
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.
New York Times:
Democrats Approve Deal on Michigan and Florida  —  To jeers that showcased party divisions, officials agreed to give each delegate from disputed primaries half a vote, dealing a blow to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Discussion: The Swamp, Tom Watson and BAGnewsNotes
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:   50% version of the Michigan solution passes 19-8
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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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.
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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 and TIME.com
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
Washington Post:
The Iraqi Upturn  —  THERE'S BEEN a relative lull in news coverage and debate about Iraq in recent weeks — which is odd, because May could turn out to have been one of the most important months of the war.  While Washington's attention has been fixed elsewhere, military analysts have watched …
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
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
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Consumers Lean on Rebate Checks for Bills and Gas  —  MIAMI — The federal government is showering households with tax rebates to spur spending and invigorate a troubled economy.  But many Americans are so consumed with debt and the soaring price of gasoline that they are opting to save …
Discussion: The Reaction
 
 
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Obama used party rules to foil Clinton
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