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Obama: Detailing the break up

The New York Times has a tick-tock from earlier this week of when Obama finally saw Rev. Wright's antics, and the piece delves into what remains of the relationship between the two men. "Only in this hotel room, confronted with the televised replay of the combustible pastor, did the candidate realize the full import of the remarks, his aides say. At the same time, aides fielded phone calls and e-mail from uncommitted superdelegates, several demanding that the candidate speak out more forcefully."

"As Mr. Obama told close friends after watching the replay, he felt dumbfounded, even betrayed, particularly by Mr. Wright's implication that Mr. Obama was being hypocritical. He could not tolerate that." More: "Theirs was a long and painful falling out, marked by a degree of mutual incomprehension, friends and aides say. It began at the moment Mr. Obama declared his candidacy, when he abruptly uninvited his pastor from delivering an invocation, injuring the older man's pride and fueling his anger."

The Boston Globe editorial board weighs in on the Wright controversy. "[N]o one who chafes at the idea of guilt by association should feel comfortable holding Obama responsible for every divisive word Wright has uttered. The Illinois senator has made a career of pushing in the opposite direction -- of promoting common understanding among those who might distrust each other. To see those efforts bogging down in the same old swamp is just depressing."

The Wall Street Journal looks at how Obama's call for parental responsibility is playing with voters.