lzr0 - 1:45 pm on Jul 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
I view exact match domain as an under optimization issue. By removing the ranking boost Google used to grant to exact matching domains it exposed several websites that did not have enough other ranking signals.
I was talking about internal pages, not domains. Aside from this, emd update not just removed a boost that used to be there, but in some cases seemed to add huge negative "weight" in order to artificially push emd domains and individual pages far down.
I am still seeking input and advice from others on dealing with this and specifically with sub-pages with keyphrase in url (as I described in my first post).