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4:20 AM ET, October 10, 2009

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC official: GOP siding with terrorists  —  A top Democratic National Committee official reacted furiously to a statement from Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele mocking — and describing as “unfortunate” — President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize.  —  “The Republican Party has thrown …
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James Fallows:
Obama's Nobel remarks: four very skillful paragraphs  —  Six months ago I mentioned that it would be hard to improve on Barack Obama's impromptu press conference answer as to whether he believed in such a thing as “American exceptionalism.”  I think the same is true of his remarks this morning about the Nobel Peace Prize.
CNN:
State Dept. on Nobel: ‘Better to be thrown accolades than shoes’  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - “Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum — when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes.”  —  That's the take of Hillary Clinton's State Department …
Spectator:
Some facts appear to be more sacred than others at the Guardian  —  Here is a little quiz.  The Guardian has posted up a list here of everyone who has won the Nobel Peace Prize since its inception.  —  Q: Which three names are omitted from the Guardian list ( even though they do appear …
Totus / Barack Obama's Teleprompter's Blog:
That's Nobel-Prize Winning Teleprompter to You ...  Wow.  What I can I say.  Wow.  I'm honored.  Clearly Big Guy - who can't stop dancing on the bed up in the residence right now, by the way - won this award for his speeches.  I mean, after nominating himself for the Nobel Prize for Peace …
Discussion: American Power
Washington Wire:
Steele's Nobel Comments Spark Backlash on the Backlash  —  Susan Davis reports on the Nobel Peace Prize.  —  The only thing fiercer than Republican National Committee chairman's reaction to President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize is the backlash it's prompting—even within the GOP …
Discussion: The Hill and Midwest Voices
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Reactions Similar Only in Their Intensity  —  The new winner of the Nobel Peace Prize walked out of his house just after 11 a.m., dressed handsomely in a dark suit and a classic blue tie.  He descended a marble staircase into a manicured garden, flowers in full bloom, and stepped up to a podium on a perfect autumn day.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
David A. Graham / Newsweek Blogs:
Obama Not First Surprising Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Seven Controversial Recipients  —  President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today, only eight months into his term.  It's a bold—and some might say strange—move to fete a president who's still in the beginning of his diplomatic career.
Diane Marie Amann / The Huffington Post:   Only Nine Months, But Still Deserving of the Prize
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize: He's Becoming Jimmy Carter Faster …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's Nobel Peace Prize
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Limbaugh: ‘Greater embarrassment’ than losing Olympics
Michael Binyon / Times of London:
Comment: absurd decision on Obama makes a mockery of the Nobel peace prize
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Surveying the Anti-Climactic Moon Bombing Scene
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Matt Yglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Nobel Prize Winner Barack Obama
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Wasserman Schultz Rival Takes Aim At Rifle-Range Target Marked ‘DWS’  —  [Video from The Sun-Sentinel.]  —  Politico: … You gotta love that “Culture of Life” the Republicans like to tout.  Shooting at a target with your election rival's initials on it?  Classy, classy, classy.
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Associated Press:
Rep. Skelton To Rep. Akin: “Stick It Up Your Ass” (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  (AP) WASHINGTON — Show me some civility, Republicans cried Friday after a Missouri congressman speaking on the House floor was caught on microphone apparently cussing out a fellow Missourian.
Adam Sage / Times of London:
Nuclear engineer from Cern lab arrested for al-Qaeda links  —  French agents have arrested a researcher from Europe's top atomic lab on suspicion of links to al-Qaeda, fuelling fears that terrorists could be targeting the nuclear industry.  —  The 32-year-old man, who was detained along with his brother …
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Warner Todd Huston / Publius Forum:
How ACORN Hides Behind Fake Names  —  Many states have ways to look up the businesses, organizations and people with whom the state does business.  Illinois has such a service on the Secretary of State's website.  —  In Illinois there is a way to search the folks the state does business …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rep. Steve King: Matthew Shepard's Sexual Orientation Had Nothing To Do With His Murder  —  Yesterday, the House voted “to expand the definition of violent federal hate crimes to those committed because of a victim's sexual orientation” by passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Michelle Marsh / CBSAtlanta.com:
Restaurant Sign Attacking Obama Sparks Race Debate  —  Restaurant Owner Opposes Obama Healthcare Plan  —  TEMPLE, Ga. — When you walk into the Georgia Peach Oyster Bar in Paulding County, you feel like you've walked into a different era.  —  Behind the pool tables stands a mannequin …
Discussion: Gawker, Alas, a blog, Raw Story and Wonkette
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Sotomayor Puts Stamp on a Day at Court  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor may be new, but she is not shy.  She quickly established herself this week as a significant force in Supreme Court arguments, asking clipped, pointed and sometimes impatient questions.
Ezra Klein:
Bipartisanship Lost  —  I give David Brooks a hard time sometimes, but I really do wish the conservative movement would follow his example.  “If I were in Congress, I'd figure there's an 80 percent chance of something like [the Baucus bill] passing anyway,” he writes.
Discussion: The New Republic
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David Brooks / New York Times:   The Baucus Conundrum  —  The longer the health care debate goes on …
 
 
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President Barack Obama and the ‘socialist’ fabrication
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Charles Krauthammer / Weekly Standard:
Decline Is a Choice  —  ADVANCE COPY from the October 19 …
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