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8:25 AM ET, December 10, 2009

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hours before Barack Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a new national poll indicates that fewer Americans than ever think the president deserves the award.  But according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
Political Punch:
In Oslo, President Obama is Asked About His “Premature” Nobel Peace Prize  —  Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report:  —  OSLO, NORWAY — At his press conference in Oslo, Norway, with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, President Obama was asked by a local reporter about criticism …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval  —  Each result is based on a three-day rolling average  —  Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president.  —  Editorial note: Gallup did not conduct interviews Dec. 8 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Obama FAIL  —  We just sent this email out: … Click here to sign the petition.
Discussion: The Confluence, Invictus and Docudharma
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New York Times:
Senate Democrats See Room for Hope on Health Care Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said on Wednesday that they were not sure exactly what was in a deal that the majority leader said would surmount a disagreement over a proposed government-run health plan.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Making the case for the compromise  —  In the wake of the tentative Senate health care compromise, I am going to reiterate the case I made last night that the public option campaign was actually a real success.  While it looks like we didn't get a new public option program, we have received at least:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP IS PRO-CHRISTMAS.... It was just six weeks ago that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided he was fed up with empty, meaningless congressional resolutions.  These largely symbolic measures are taken up all the time — it's been routine fare for years …
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the nytpicker:
NYT Gift Guide Includes A Separate Section For “People Of Color.”  White NYT Readers, You May Skip To The Next Page!  —  We don't like to throw around words like “racist” in the same sentence as the NYT's name, but there's no other word we can think of to describe this page …
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Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
This Exists: NYT Holiday Gift Guide For People Of Color
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
NYT Creates Separate But Equal Holiday Gift Guide for People of Color
Lee Fang / Wonk Room:
A Case Of Classic SwiftBoating: How The Right-Wing Noise Machine Manufactured ‘Climategate’  —  In mid-November, thousands of emails from the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit webmail server — a top climate research center in the United Kingdom — were hacked and dumped on a Russian web server.
Discussion: Get Energy Smart! and Hullabaloo
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Hotline On Call:
Baird Retires; GOP Lands Solid Recruit  —  Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) announced his retirement tonight, becoming the third Dem in a vulnerable seat to announce his departure in the last few weeks.  “The time has now come to pursue other options, other ways of serving.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Baird Retires in Washington State
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Grayson To Cheney: ‘STFU’  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) appeared on Hardball this evening, and dispensed some of his signature wit against the Republicans: Telling former Vice President Dick Cheney to “STFU,” speculating that gasoline would only cost a dollar per gallon if former President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Hot Air, Weekly Standard and Raw Story
The Huffington Post:
Bank-Friendly Dems Shut Down House, Threaten To Kill Wall Street Reform  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A group of Democrats friendly to Wall Street interests forced a delay in consideration of the landmark financial regulatory reform bill scheduled to hit the House floor on Wednesday …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Bachmann: ACORN could regulate the financial sector
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New York Times:
Poll Finds Slim Majority Back More Afghanistan Troops  —  WASHINGTON — A bare majority of Americans support President Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, but many are skeptical that the United States can count on Afghanistan as a partner in the fight or that the escalation …
The State:
Panel votes 6-1 against Sanford impeachment  —  An impeachment resolution against Gov. Mark Sanford has been essentially killed, as a majority of the 7-member committee formed to weigh evidence against the governor voted against it today.  —  The vote, which came shortly after 3:30 p.m., was 6-1 against the resolution.
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems to lift debt ceiling by $1.8 trillion, fear 2010 backlash  —  In a bold but risky year-end strategy, Democrats are preparing to raise the federal debt ceiling by as much as $1.8 trillion before New Year's rather than have to face the issue again prior to the 2010 elections.  —  “We've incurred this debt.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Hockey stick observed in NOAA ice core data  —  At the Foresight Institute, J. Storrs Hall had some interesting graphs made from NOAA ice core data (Alley, R.B. 2000. … It sure seems to mirror other hockey sticks this past century.  Dr. Mann will be thrilled to see this I'm sure.
Washington Post:
Tea party conservatives gear up to affect 2010 elections with fundraising, PACs  —  'It's time to take control,' say ‘tea party’ groups  —  The energized “tea party” movement, which upended this year's political debate with noisy anti-government protests, is preparing to shake up the 2010 elections …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
Little Miss Attila:
What Goldstein Said.  —  Patrick tries to get the Charles Johnson-ish charges of racism against Robert Stacy McCain to stick, and fails.  —  For the record, I do not buy Pat's argument that anyone who has hangups about interracial dating and marriage is racist.
Emma Graves Fitzsimmons / New York Times:
Illinois Limits Donations in Elections  —  CHICAGO — Gov. Patrick J. Quinn on Wednesday signed a law placing limits on campaign contributions in Illinois, a change that grew out of the arrest of Rod R. Blagojevich, the former governor, on corruption charges one year ago.
Kos / Daily Kos:
Idiocy  —  I get spam: … Really?  All we have to do is send the DNC $5 and we get ponies?  The same DNC that is enabling corporatist Democrats to water down and destroy any hope for health care reform?  That DNC?  —  This is so freakin' obnoxious I can hardly stand it.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Solar geomagnetic activity is at an all time low - what does this mean for climate?  —  I've mentioned this solar data on WUWT several times, it bears repeating again.  Yesterday, NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center released their latest data and graph of the interplanetary geomagnetic index …
Mark Eyerly / Penn Law News:
Penn Law Professor C. Edwin Baker, a Leading Communications Law Scholar, Dies at Age 62  —  C. Edwin Baker, the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a leading scholar in the fields of constitutional law …
 
 
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