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10:35 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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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: Majikthise
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
In a surprise, Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize  —  OSLO — 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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and
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: Commentary
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize.  No, really.  —  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 that the committee's turned the Peace Prize into a …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Unexpected Developments  —  It's not the accustomed stance of a writer or blogger.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Limbaugh: ‘Greater embarrassment’ than losing Olympics
Scott / Power Line:
A peace prize for hope
Jacob Heilbrunn / The Huffington Post:   President Obama's Noble Nobel Prize
Agence France Presse:   World leaders hail Obama's Nobel Prize
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Nobel Prize for Peace
Discussion: Mediaite
Sharon Otterman / The Lede:   World Reaction to a Nobel Surprise
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
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:
Washington Post:
Poll May Point to Democrats' Worries Beyond Old Dominion
Discussion: Commentary and Wizbang
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
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