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3:20 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  —  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: Commentary and Balloon Juice
Chicago Tribune:
Pfleger puts Obama in unwelcome spot again
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Moderate Voice:   Senator Obama's Letter Resigning from Trinity: Trinity's Response
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:   Obama's painful new headache
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  —  Howard Dean may hope that the “healing will begin today,” but two blocks away from the northwest Washington Marriott where the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting right now to try to figure out Florida and Michigan, the Hillary protesters …
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
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dean's remarks  —  “We are going to nominate eithe rthe …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Democratic Daily
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.”
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 …
Associated Press:
Florida, Michigan delegates will get half-votes
Discussion: FREEDOM EDEN
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:   50% version of the Michigan solution passes 19-8
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: Stubborn Facts
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Alcee Hastings To Boycott Convention Due to FL Delegate Travesty
New York Times:
No Road Map for Democrats as Race Ends  —  The big drama now facing the Democratic Party in the presidential contest is how, when and even whether Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will depart the race.  —  The contest is coming to a close as Puerto Rico votes on Sunday and Montana and South Dakota on Tuesday …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
THE NEW MATH  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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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