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From NBC's Mark Murray
RBC co-chair Alexis Herman, who served as Bill Clinton's Labor secretary, discussed how we all got here: the DNC setting its nominating calendar (allowing IA, NH, NV, and SC to go before February 5); Florida and Michigan violating that window; and then the DNC stripping those states of all their delegates for doing that.

The fundamental question at today's meeting, Herman said, is to revisit that punishment. The automatic penalty, she added, was stripping those states of 50% of their delegates -- but the DNC chose to strip 100%.

"We had many states that wanted to violate the timing," she said. "We needed to send a very strong signal in order to prevent additional states from moving forward .. and to protect the integrity of the rules process."