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1:45 PM 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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Walter Shapiro / Salon:
The new math in Florida and Michigan  —  After a day of wrangling in Washington, the magic number for the Democratic presidential nomination is now 2,118, and Hillary Clinton nets 24 largely symbolic votes.  —  Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee members, from left …
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
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.
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.
New York Times:
Democrats Approve Deal on Michigan and Florida
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Obama used party rules to foil Clinton
Discussion: Salon and New York Times
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Pews you can lose  —  As one of the early trailblazers for the Rev Wright put it, greater love hath no man than to lay down his friends for his life.  In among all the usual presidential ditching of inconvenient associations, I can't think of anything to compare with Obama's dumping of Trinity.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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 …
Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
The Comeback Id  —  Old friends and longtime aides are wringing their hands over Bill Clinton's post-White House escapades, from the dubious (and secretive) business associations to the media blowups that have bruised his wife's campaign, to the private-jetting around with a skirt-chasing, scandal-tinged posse.
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
Amanda / Think Progress:
McClellan promises to donate portion of book profits to Iraq veterans.  —  Yesterday, MoveOn launched a petition calling on former White House press secretary Scott McClellan to donate the proceeds from his new book to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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 …
 
 
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
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Paul Krugman:
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
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Discussion: TalkLeft