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11:40 AM 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Jacob Heilbrunn / The Huffington Post:
President Obama's Noble Nobel Prize  —  It would be hard to think of a more electrifying and deserved recipient of this year's Nobel Peace prize than President Obama.  Obama is the fourth American president to win the Nobel prize.  His predecessors are Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter.
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 …
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: TalkLeft, TPMDC and RealClearWorld
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Meet the People Who Were Passed Over for Obama
Discussion: The Next Right
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRESIDENT OBAMA WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE.... I didn't even know he'd been nominated.
Discussion: Financial Times
Obama awarded 2009 Nobel Peace Prize
Sharon Otterman / The Lede:
World Reaction to a Nobel Surprise
Discussion: Althouse
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
DNC: Steele And GOP Have Thrown In Their Lot With The Terrorists …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Raw Story
Scott / Power Line:
A peace prize for hope
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:   Kristol: Liberalism's Gorbachev?
Charles Krauthammer / Weekly Standard:
Decline Is a Choice  —  ADVANCE COPY from the October 19 …
Discussion: Commentary
Peter Beinart / Blogs and Stories:
Obama's Nobel Farce
Discussion: PostPartisan and The New Ledger
Amber Bellaire / Globe and Mail:
Who were the Nobel nominees?
Discussion: All American Blogger
Washington Examiner:   Sam The Dog Trainer
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 Weasel Zippers
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Emerging Strategy Calls for Weakening, Not Routing, Taliban
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