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9:45 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.”
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Surprise!  President Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize  —  Obama Becomes Third Sitting U.S. President to Win the Prestigious Award, After Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson  —  In a major surprise, even to the White House, President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today …
Scott / Power Line:
A peace prize for hope  —  President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after only nine months on the job.  It seems a tad premature, but is undoubtedly a token of the committee's high expectations for what is to come.  Obama's five disciples on the prize committee are helping …
Associated Press:
President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize  —  OSLO (AP) - President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach …
Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize  —  (CNN) — President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.  —  The first African-American to win the White House, Obama was praised by the Norweigan Nobel Committee for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
The Politico:
Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize
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
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Emerging Strategy Calls for Weakening, Not Routing, Taliban
Discussion: Laura Rozen's Blog
Michael Scherer / Time:
Calling 'Em Out: The White House Takes on the Press
Michelle Malkin:
Do the Watusi: Art, imitation, and the Obamas  —  Yesterday, we chuckled over the indecision-themed “word art” that the Obamas chose to hang in the White House.  —  Today, a Free Republic poster notices another of the Obamas' curious art choices: “Watusi (Hard Edge),” by Alma Thomas …
Brian C. Ledbetter / Snapped Shot:
Fraudulent Art in the White House?
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
John / Power Line:
Fair and Decent?  —  Scott Rasmussen periodically polls Americans on whether their country is “generally fair and decent,” as opposed to “basically unfair and discriminatory.”  The former view, of course, tends to predominant, but the latest results are rather sad: … Note where the change has come:
Barack Obama adviser says Sharia Law is misunderstood  —  President Barack Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs, Dalia Mogahed, has provoked controversy by appearing on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist group to talk about Sharia Law.
Jason Rosenbaum / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: 30 Senate Democrats Stand Up for a Public Option  —  30 Senate Democrats today signed a letter to Majority Leader Reid ($), urging him to include a “robust, Medicare-like public option” in the bill he brings to the floor of the Senate: … A full half of the Democratic Caucus …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
The Note:
DNC Launches New Attack on GOP ‘Faces’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: The Democratic National Committee today is launching a new initiative aimed at highlighting controversial comments and votes by leading Republicans, with Web videos identifying “The Faces of the GOP.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Victor Parkins / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
No DNA match for sperm found on Channon Christian's underwear  —  Test shows sperm does not match any suspect in torture-slaying death, or boyfriend Chris Newsom.  —  SEVIERVILLE — Former President George W. Bush addressed a capacity crowd Wednesday night at the Wilderness Resort and Convention Center in Sevierville.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Weasel Zippers
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Opt Me Out of Public Option Purism  —  Some of the usual suspects are out this morning with criticism of Tom Carper's compromise proposal to insert a robust public option into the Democrats' health care bill, but allow states to opt out of it by legislative or popular action.
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