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6:55 PM ET, May 31, 2008

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The New Republic:
Scenes From Today's RBC Hillary Protest  —  Howard Dean may hope that the “healing will begin today,” but two blocks away from the northwest Washington Marriott where the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee is meeting right now to try to figure out Florida and Michigan, the Hillary protesters …
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Jaketapper / Political Punch:
A Clinton Hurricane Hits Outside the DNC Hearing Room  —  There was a tornado watch outside the Democratic National Committee's Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting at the Marriot Wardman Park Hotel Saturday afternoon.  And there was a brewing storm inside the hotel as well.
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Dean's World
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Lanny Davis Loses His Cool On DNC Member  —  stumble digg reddit del.ico.us news trust buzz up  —  A brief but spittle-filled shouting match broke out in the halls of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee hearing on Saturday between a committee member and a surrogate for Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign.
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 …
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dean's remarks  —  “We are going to nominate eithe rthe first woman or the first African-American to our party,” he says.  —  He thanks all the candidates, “especially Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.”  —  “These two candidates have helped transform our party”, he continues.
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Times:
Democrats Debate Seating Delegates From Two States  —  WASHINGTON — As hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside, leading Democrats called for unity as party officials gathered Saturday to settle a dispute over seating Florida and Michigan delegates and resolve a bitter impasse …
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
RBC Live Wire 6: The Deliberations
Discussion: Salon
James W. Pindell / Politicker:
DNC Committee meets behind closed doors and ends without agreement
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Spin Cycle
Nick Baumann / MoJoBlog:
Clinton Surrogate Says FL-MI Struggle = Civil Rights Movement
Discussion: TRAIL BLAZERS, Swampland and CNN
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Florida (almost) a done deal
Discussion: Salon and AMERICAblog
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
The D.N.C. Deliberates  —  The Clinton Camp's Rebuttal …
John McCormick / Baltimore Sun:
Obama leaving Trinity United church  —  Sen. Barack Obama is leaving Trinity United Church of Christ, his longtime religious home in Chicago and a place that has triggered repeated controversies during his presidential bid.  —  Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt has confirmed Obama is essentially resigning from the church.
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Obama's painful new headache  —  WASHINGTON — The Rev. Michael Pfleger's “I'm white!  I'm entitled ... black man stealing my show” outburst about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton from the pulpit of the Obama family church, Trinity United Church of Christ, created a political problem …
Monroe Anderson:
Wright out or wimp out?  Obama quits Trinity  —  In the wake of the Father Michael Pfleger  —  controversial sermon last Sunday at Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack Obama sent a letter yesterday resigning from his place of worship for the past 20 years.  —  I sort of, kind of, understand why he did it.
Lynn Sweet:
Obama resigns from Trinity United Church of Christ.  UPDATE.  Obama to answer questions about his church Saturday night.  —  WASHINGTON—UPDATE—Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirmed that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) quit Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.
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.
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New York Times:
No Road Map for Democrats as Race Ends
Discussion: Don Surber and TIME.com
Lauren Frayer / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida's stance on women sparks extremist debate  —  CAIRO, Egypt - Muslim extremist women are challenging al-Qaida's refusal to include — or at least acknowledge — women in its ranks, in an emotional debate that gives rare insight into the gender conflicts lurking beneath one of the strictest strains of Islam.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dubya The Great?  —  From the current issue, Ross's take on Bush's legacy: … It seems to me that if a policy can only be judged from the vantage point of thirty years into the future, the possibility of any sane or rational judgment of it as we decide is impossible.
Discussion: Eunomia
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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.
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Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Exclusive: McClellan pitch softer on Bush
Discussion: TIME.com
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: RADAMISTO
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Willful blindness  —  The new issue of the Weekly Standard …
Discussion: Fausta's blog
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.
 
 
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