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11:15 AM ET, October 9, 2009


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New York Times:
Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize  —  OSLO — In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Michael Binyon / Times of London:
Comment: absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize  —  The award of this year's Nobel peace prize to President Obama will be met with widespread incredulity, consternation in many capitals and probably deep embarrassment by the President himself.
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2009  —  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.  The Committee has attached special importance …
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
What Obama Should Do With His Nobel Peace Prize  —  Turn it down!  Say he hasn't had the time yet to accomplish what he wants to accomplish.  Result: He gets at least the same amount of glory—and helps solve his narcissism problem and his Fred Armisen ('What's he done?') problem …
Obama wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize  —  US President Barack Obama has been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.  —  The Nobel Committee said he won it for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples”.  —  The committee highlighted …
Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize  —  OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for giving the world “hope for a better future” with his work for peace and calls to reduce the global stockpile of nuclear weapons.  —  The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
But Should He Turn It Down?  —  At Slate, John Dickerson writes that the Nobel committee shouldn't have awarded the prize to Obama, and Mickey Kaus urges Obama to turn it down.  Kaus's reasoning is politics: Obama's narcissism problem — Kaus's bolds — will be exacerbated.
Washington Post:
President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize  —  President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for his work to improve international diplomacy and rid the world of nuclear weapons — a stunning decision to celebrate a figure virtually unknown in the world before he launched his presidential campaign nearly three years ago.
Dan / Riehl World View:
BBC Call: NO FREAKIN' WAY!:  Obama Wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize  —  Update 2: Just came in email after a lively phone chat with the BBC producer: … Sometimes these things don't come off for whatever reason.  But if it does, I'll be on the BBC TV network discussing the award with some folks from around the globe.
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House and PoliBlog
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Unexpected Developments  —  It's not the accustomed stance of a writer or blogger.  But this one does have me at something of a loss for words.  I notice the condemnation of the Taliban, the edged snark of the superciliati.  But I also see Ana Marie Cox's first-off Twitter …
Discussion: Corrente
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize.  No, really.  Update: “It's not April 1, is it?”  —  Am I awake? … In other words, they gave him a Nobel for ... being Hopenchange-y.  And you thought Mark Halperin's grade inflation was bad.  This makes three times, incidentally, in just seven years …
Michael Russnow / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Laureate: Whatever Happened to Awarding for Deeds Actually Done?  —  I am generally a supporter of Barack Obama.  I voted for him and campaigned in print for his election.  However, as I turned on CNN early this morning and saw the news that he'd been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize …
Associated Press:
President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize  —  OSLO (AP) - President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
Richard Cohen / PostPartisan:
Palin, Vaughn, Rabinowitz Win Awards  —  In a stunning announcement, Millard Fillmore Senior High School chose Shawn Rabinowitz, an incoming junior, as next year's valedictorian.  The award was made, the valedictorian committee announced from Norway of all places, on the basis of …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Commentary
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Conservatives, Critics Blast Obama's Nobel Peace Prize  —  Probably the main political impact of the news that the Nobel Committee has pronounced Barack Obama “the one” is that it will enhance his international standing, giving a major boost to his foreign policy agenda …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Limbaugh: ‘Greater embarrassment’ than losing Olympics  —  Conservatives pounced on the the Nobel Prize committee's decision to award President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, with talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh calling it a “greater embarrassment” than losing the Olympics.
Jacob Heilbrunn / The Huffington Post:   President Obama's Noble Nobel Prize
Washington Wire:
Nobel Committee Member: Nuclear Disarmament Efforts Won Obama the Prize
Good Morning Mr. President, You've Won the Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: CNN and Weekly Standard
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Kristol: Liberalism's Gorbachev?
Scott / Power Line:
A peace prize for hope
Agence France Presse:   World leaders hail Obama's Nobel Prize
David Ignatius / PostPartisan:   Obama's Nobel and America's Popularity
Washington Examiner:   Sam The Dog Trainer
Sharon Otterman / The Lede:   World Reaction to a Nobel Surprise
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRESIDENT OBAMA WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.... I didn't even know he'd been nominated.
Discussion: Financial Times
Joe Weisenthal / Clusterstock:
Discussion: Telegraph and MyDD
Washington Post:
Afghanistan Commander McChrystal's Washington Trip Delayed  —  The White House has told the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan to delay a planned trip here Friday to brief President Obama and his senior advisers on his recommendation for a major troop increase.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Neptunus Lex
Akiva Eldar / Haaretz:
‘U.S. furious over Israeli incitement against Obama’  —  The U.S. administration is furious over Israeli incitement against President Barack Obama, Democratic congressmen close to Obama told an Israeli source who returned from a visit to Washington this week.
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
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