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2:40 PM ET, May 31, 2008

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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Sources: DNC Florida Compromise Reached, Michigan Hangs In Balance  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  Two sources, including a high-ranking official with the Florida delegation, have confirmed that the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee reached an agreement last night …
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Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama, Clinton camps seek end to delegate dispute  —  WASHINGTON - Supporters for Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton staked out competing positions Saturday as Democrats searched for a compromise to seat disputed convention delegations from Florida and Michigan and clear the way for a smooth end …
James W. Pindell / Politicker:
DNC Committee meets behind closed doors and ends without agreement  —  WASHINGTON — Setting the stage for what could be a full day of testimony, voting, and planned protests, members of the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee held a private, behind closed doors meeting Friday night …
Discussion: MoJoBlog, TIME.com, Spin Cycle and USA Today
Lanny J. Davis / Wall Street Journal:
The Argument for Nominating Hillary  —  After the votes are in from Puerto Rico tomorrow and South Dakota and Montana on Tuesday, neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton will be able to make a facts-based case that they represent a significant majority of grass-roots Democrats.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hot Air and Oliver Willis
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Michigan Case Begins  —  INSIDE THE RULES AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE MEETING — Mark Brewer, the chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, has taken his seat in the eye of the storm to make a pitch for the full recognition of the Wolverine State.  —  Solving Michigan is likely to prove far trickier …
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Tuesday May Not End Democratic Fight
Discussion: TIME.com and The Other McCain
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Democrats Meet Over Fla., Mich. in Late-Night Session
Marni Soupcoff / National Post:
David Frum on Scott McClellan's new book: George Bush got the team he deserved  —  Except maybe for MSNBC's wild-eyed commentator Keith Olbermann, nobody in politics or media seems to have a good word to say for Scott McClellan, the former George W. Bush press secretary turned ferocious Bush critic.
Discussion: Democracy Project and Nitpicker
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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Exclusive: McClellan pitch softer on Bush
Discussion: TIME.com
Fox News:   Bob Dole Calls Scott McClellan a ‘Miserable Creature’
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 …
Tom Raum / Associated Press:
Obama says his ears too big for Rushmore  —  MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — Democrat Barack Obama paid an unscheduled late-night visit to Mount Rushmore Friday, visiting the national memorial at closing time and joking that his ears were too big to ever be included in such a display.
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Are We Serious?  —  They're at war, we're catching crooks.  —  A Memoir of the Jihad  —  by Andrew C. McCarthy  —  Encounter, 250 pp., $25.95  —  In the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, America has tried to understand how she could have been so blind.
Discussion: Power Line and protein wisdom
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Hillary's Choice  —  Perhaps I'm being melodramatic, but tomorrow is one of the most critical events of the 2008 election.  At this point, you're thinking “aha, rules committee meeting.”  But that's not actually what I'm talking about.  The truly truly critical event tomorrow …
Hendrik Hertzberg / New Yorker:
“DEMOCRATS WIN LANDSLIDE VICTORY”  —  That's the subject line on today's e-mail from the Republican Senatorial Committee.  The text is worth a look: … The e-mail is signed by … Dr. Frist is not a psychoanalyst, but if he were he might offer these observations about the author of the e-mail …
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:
Irish referendum could scupper EU treaty  —  In 1973, when Ireland joined what is now the European Union, it was the poorest country on the continent.  —  Today, thanks in no small part to £32 billion in EU grants, it is the second richest per capita (after Luxembourg).
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McAuliffe doesn't like McClellan book, either