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Obama dumps controversial church

Barack Obama said Saturday he has resigned his 20-year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago "with some sadness" in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and more recent fiery remarks at the church by a visiting priest. "This is not a decision I come to lightly ... and it is one I make with some sadness," Obama said at a news conference after campaign officials released a letter of resignation he sent to the church on Friday.
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Obama used party rules to beat Clinton

Unlike Hillary Rodham Clinton, rival Barack Obama planned for the long haul. Clinton hinged her whole campaign on an early knockout blow on Super Tuesday, while Obama's staff researched congressional districts in states with primaries that were months away. What they found were opportunities to win delegates, even in states they would eventually lose.
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A few will decide the fate of many

The fate of nearly 2.3 million Democratic presidential primary votes belongs to 30 party activists. The activists sit on the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee, which was to meet Saturday to decide what role Michigan and Florida should play at the national convention in August.
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Democratic leaders: ‘End this thing’

Top Democratic leaders intend to push for a quick end to the battle for the presidential nomination when primaries are over next week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday, adding that he, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and party chairman Howard Dean will urge uncommitted delegates to choose sides. "By this time next week, it will all be over give or take a day," Reid said of the marathon race between the front-running Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Obama is within 44 delegates of clinching the nomination, according to The Associated Press tally, and leads Clinton by roughly 200 delegates.
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Is it past time for Hillary to end it?

Hillary Clinton says she's still in it to win it. Although pundits and political observers say there's almost no way she can wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Barack Obama, Clinton is still campaigning. She even raised controversy recently when she invoked the June 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy to note that previous nominating campaigns extended into the summer.
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More pastor problems for Obama

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday that he was "deeply disappointed" by a supporter's sermon at his church that mocked Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Chicago activist, also apologized for last Sunday's sermon at Obama's church, in which he said Clinton's eyes welled with tears before the New Hampshire primary because she felt "entitled" to the Democratic nomination and because "there's a black man stealing my show."
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Hillary can learn lesson from McClellan

Hillary Clinton could learn something from Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who bit the hand that stopped feeding him. McClellan came to Washington as a close aide to President George W. Bush and became his chief spokesman until a new chief of staff ushered McClellan out the door, basically suggesting he was ineffective.
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Dems have high hopes for Ohio

Republicans stepping down from office, President Bush's unpopularity, and a struggling economy are combining to make Ohio fertile ground for a Democratic Party hoping to expand its majority in Congress. Three of the 11 Ohio congressional districts that are currently represented by Republicans -- in the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Canton areas -- are being aggressively courted by Democrats.
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Libertarians and other lost causes

In all the Memorial Day excitement you might have missed it, but over the weekend the Libertarian Party nominated former Georgia congressman Bob Barr as its presidential candidate. Barr was chosen on the sixth ballot in Denver, a far livelier and more contested convention that either the Republicans or Democrats are likely to have.
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