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2:05 PM ET, October 9, 2009


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New York Times:
In Surprise, Nobel Peace Prize to Obama for Diplomacy  —  OSLO — President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” a stunning honor that came less than nine months after Mr. Obama …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's Nobel Peace Prize  —  (updated below)  —  When I saw this morning's top New York Times headline — “Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize” — I had the same immediate reaction which I'm certain many others had: this was some kind of bizarre Onion gag that got accidentally transposed onto …
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.
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.
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 …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize: He's Becoming Jimmy Carter Faster Than Jimmy Carter Did.  —  I did not realize the Nobel Peace Prize had an affirmative action quota for it, but that is the only thing I can think of for this news.  There is no way Barack Obama earned it in the nominations period.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
DNC: Steele And GOP Have Thrown In Their Lot With The Terrorists By Criticizing Obama's Nobel  —  Dems intend to go on the offensive today by holding up Republican criticism of Obama's Nobel as the latest example of Republicans desperately hoping for America's failure, placing it alongside GOP cheer …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Open Left
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.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
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: Washington Post
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 …
Mark Finkelstein /
White House: Scarborough ‘A-Hole’ For Mocking Nobel
Discussion: Hot Air and Villainous Company
Sharon Otterman / The Lede:
World Reaction to a Nobel Surprise
Dan / Riehl World View:
BBC Call: NO FREAKIN' WAY!: Obama Wins 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Richard Cohen / PostPartisan:
Palin, Vaughn, Rabinowitz Win Awards
Discussion: Washington Wire and Commentary
Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
Obama's Nobel Farce
Discussion: PostPartisan and Time
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Meet the People Who Were Passed Over for Obama
Discussion: The Confluence
Praise and skepticism greet Obama's peace prize
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weekly Standard
Tom Scheck / Minnesota Public Radio:
Pawlenty to Obama: Congratulations
Discussion: Huck PAC and Ben Smith's Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Obama, the Nobel Prize and What It All Means
Yuval Levin / The Corner on National Review Online:   The Nobel for Narcissism — By: Yuval Levin
John Podhoretz / Commentary:   The Michael Moore of Oslo
Obama: Nobel Peace Prize ‘a call to action’
Discussion: Below The Beltway
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Maybe if we changed the name ... — By: Andy McCarthy
Jacob Heilbrunn / The Huffington Post:   President Obama's Noble Nobel Prize
Associated Press:
President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: and Commentary
John Dickerson / Slate:
Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Discussion: Right Wing Nut House
Amber Bellaire / Globe and Mail:
Who were the Nobel nominees?
Discussion: All American Blogger
Adam Sage / Times of London:
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