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12:40 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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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 …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Democrats consider Fla., Mich. delegate plans  —  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: TIME.com and USA Today
Amy Chozick / Wall Street Journal:
Tuesday May Not End Democratic Fight  —  CHICAGO — With just three more Democratic primaries and a rules committee meeting remaining, many expect the long race for the Democratic presidential nomination to end on Tuesday.  But will it?  —  Sen. Barack Obama says the general election campaign …
Discussion: TIME.com
Greg Wallace / Political Radar:
Dems Behind Closed Doors Til 1:30 am — Still No Consensus  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Gregory Wallace Report: Democrats went behind closed doors until 1:30 am ET on Saturday but they did not reach their goal of developing a unified proposal regarding Michigan and Florida.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:   Democrats Meet Over Fla., Mich. in Late-Night Session
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Clinton's ‘briar patch’ scenario
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
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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’
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
What Happened?  —  Not since America's most revered feckless …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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 …
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.
Discussion: Power Line and The Corner
Emptywheel:
Howard, This Is Not About You, This Is About Your Country  —  Howard Dean has kicked off this meeting with a great speech.  He emphasized the superb turnout Democrats have had this year.  And he emphasized how strong we are to be able come together and disagree.
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.
 
 
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Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Reed Urges McCain to Appeal to Evangelical Flock, Not Leaders
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Marc Gunther / Fortune:
Chances dim for climate-change legislation
Louise Nordstrom / Associated Press:
Iran's foreign minister slams US foreign policy
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Japanese woman caught living in man's closet
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Intelligence Official Sees Little Progress Before Bush Exits
Los Angeles Times:
Four Japanese gang figures got liver transplants at UCLA
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Carbon Chastity  —  The First Commandment of the Church of the Environment
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Reporter Ordered To Testify About Sources
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Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Vatican says will excommunicate women priests
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McAuliffe doesn't like McClellan book, either
HTML Mencken / Sadly, No!:
Thanks, DNCC … No problem!  —  See, I was gonna cut my hair …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama plans election kick-off at GOP convention site
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Clinton's Last Stand; Challenges for Obama, McCain
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Kerry: On Sept. 11 We Were at Peace
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Iraqis Protest Long-Term U.S. Military Presence