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9:35 AM ET, October 10, 2009

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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 …
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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.
Fox News:
State Department Lauds Obama's Nobel Peace Prize by Making Jab at Bush  —  In a clear dig at former president George W. Bush, the State Department lauded President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award by saying it's better for the U.S. to have “accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes.”  —  FOXNews.com
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Townhall.com
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 …
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
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
Room for Debate:
What Does a Nobel Do for U.S. Leaders?  —  The Nobel committee said it awarded the Peace Prize to President Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation.”  The surprising news drew mixed reactions around the world, with many applauding the choice …
Diane Marie Amann / The Huffington Post:   Only Nine Months, But Still Deserving of the Prize
Matt Yglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Nobel Prize Winner Barack Obama
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.
Ynetnews:
Iran: Israel's threats inexplicable  —  Iran's ambassador to UN demands Security Council take steps against comments made by Ephraim Sneh, who said Israel would attack Iran if sanctions weren't in place by Christmas  —  Iran's ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee, sent a letter of protest …
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 …
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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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.
Gateway Pundit:
Charles Krauthammer: Liberal Ascendancy Has Set Us On a Course for Decline (Video)  —  “The new liberalism is rooted in the conviction that America is so intrinsically flawed, so inherently and congenitally sinful that it cannot be trusted with, and does not merit, the possession of overarching world power.”
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.
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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.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Baucus Conundrum  —  The longer the health care debate goes on …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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