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11:50 AM ET, June 1, 2008

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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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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.
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.
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” …
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 …
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.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Obama used party rules to foil Clinton
Discussion: Salon and New York Times
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:   50 percent version of the Michigan solution passes 19-8
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Dan Gilgoff / God-o-Meter:   Obama's Church Resignation: Not a Rebuke
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Changes  —  Barack Obama's resignation from Trinity United Church …
The Moderate Voice:   Senator Obama's Letter Resigning from Trinity: Trinity's Response
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Bye-Bye Trinity  —  Barack Obama announced tonight …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Quits His Church
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 …
Kathleen Hennessey / AOL News:
Obama picks up Nevada superdelegate  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has picked up the support of Nevada superdelegate Yvonne Gates, nudging him closer to the nomination.  —  The former Clark County Commissioner and member of the national party's Rules Committee told …
Discussion: TIME.com
Fester / Newshoggers.com:
The other, other PTSD crisis  —  By Fester:  —  Building on Cernig's post on Iraqi civilian PTSD, I want to point out the threat of systemic social PTSD for Iraqi society as the past five years have been a massive shock to the Iraqi Arab populations with between twenty and thirty percent …
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
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
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Entitled to Their Opinions, Yes.  But Their Facts?  —  ON May 12, The Times published an Op-Ed article by Edward N. Luttwak, a military historian, who argued that any hopes that a President Barack Obama might improve relations with the Muslim world were unrealistic because Muslims would be …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
McCain's McClellan Nightmare  —  THEY thought they were being so slick.  When the McCain campaign abruptly moved last Tuesday's fund-raiser with President Bush from the Phoenix Convention Center to a private home, it was the next best thing to sending the loathed lame duck into the witness protection program.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Sideshow
 
 
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