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9:55 AM ET, May 31, 2008


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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Democratic panel considers delegate plans  —  WASHINGTON - 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 …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
The Huffington Post:
Post Updated Below  —  FOREWORD: Barack Obama and Howard Dean are about to walk into Harold Ickes' trap tomorrow, and they aren't likely to even realize their mistake until Hillary Clinton cries “foul!” next week and announces that “justice” and “voters' rights” are forcing her to carry …
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Clinton's Last Stand; Challenges for Obama, McCain  —  (05-30) 13:16 PDT SAN FRANCISCO —  Democrats are preparing for the final curtain in a long 2008 primary drama this weekend as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a last-stand effort for the party's presidential nomination …
Discussion: USA Today and The Moderate Voice
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Clinton's ‘briar patch’ scenario  —  At the end of a rally in Oregon last month, during a question-and-answer session with the candidate, a woman asked Barack Obama about his campaign's battle with Hillary Clinton's over how to count delegates from two disputed states.  Couldn't you just give them Florida? she asked.
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Times
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Former Bush donors now giving to Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Beverly Fanning is among the campaign donors who'll be joining President Bush at a gala at Washington's Ford's Theater Sunday night, but she says that won't dissuade her from her current passion: volunteering for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama plans election kick-off at GOP convention site  —  Senior political officials tell Politico's Mike Allen that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).is likely to hold a huge rally Tuesday night in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the site of the Republican National Convention from Sept. 1 to 4.
Discussion: TBogg and The Political Carnival
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Bill Clinton's enemies list?  —  Listen to audio of Bill Clinton's conference call below.  —  With Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign on the verge of defeat, Bill Clinton has been placing blame on enemies including a brazenly biased media that tried to suppress blue-collar votes …
Discussion: TownHall Blog and The Caucus
Fox News:
Bob Dole Calls Scott McClellan a ‘Miserable Creature’  —  Bob Dole says Bob Dole is mad at Scott McClellan.  —  The former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential candidate sent a nasty e-mail to McClellan calling him a “miserable creature” for his latest book blasting the Bush administration, FOX News has learned.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Don Surber
Congressman wants McClellan to testify under oath
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Vatican says will excommunicate women priests  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican issued its most explicit decree so far against the ordination of women priests on Thursday, punishing them and the bishops who try to ordain them with automatic excommunication.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire and DownWithTyranny!
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite / Washington Post:
President, Chicago Theological Seminary  —  Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is president of Chicago Theological Seminary and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.  She has been a professor of theology at the seminary for 20 years and director of its graduate degree center for five years.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Intelligence Official Sees Little Progress Before Bush Exits  —  Previewing the world for the next U.S. president, a top U.S. intelligence official this week predicted that the Bush administration would make little progress before leaving office on top national security priorities including …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Commentary
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McAuliffe doesn't like McClellan book, either  —  Give the Macker credit: he knows from loyalty.  —  In an interview with the multi-media Tammy Haddad for National Journal:
Discussion: Commentary and Political Machine
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Kerry: On Sept. 11 We Were at Peace  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) believes that on September 11 “we were basically at peace.”  —  Asked to clarify his remarks, specifically asking about the attacks on the U.S.S. Cole during Barack Obama campaign conference call, Kerry said, “well …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
OBAMA SLAMS MCCAIN ON IRAQ FACTS  —  From NBC's Mark Murray and NBC/NJ's Athena Jones  —  Obama isn't expected to speak until 7:45 pm ET at a rally in Great Falls, MT. But his campaign has released excerpts of his remarks, which go right after McCain's “pre-surge levels” misstatement yesterday.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
Michael Dobbs / Fact Checker:
HTML Mencken / Sadly, No!:
Thanks, DNCC … No problem!  —  See, I was gonna cut my hair, start pretending that Anne-Marie Slaughter is a Dirty F**king Hippie, go back into my archive and change a few things (I believe the cachet thing is to have been for the Iraq War before one was against it) …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and First Draft
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