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9:10 AM ET, December 11, 2009

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Surprise!  Palin likes Obama's Nobel speech  —  Sarah Palin and President Obama don't agree on much, but last year's Republican vice presidential nominee just gave the president's defense of “just wars” a thumbs up in an interview with USA TODAY.  In fact, she said that the president's address in Oslo …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Snubbed Norwegians replace absent Obama at event with …
Discussion: Classical Values
David Frum / FrumForum:
A Graceless Nobel Speech
Richard Cohen / PostPartisan:
Obama may grow into his Nobel speech
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The Huffington Post:
Medicare Buy-In Filibuster-Proof?  Senate Dem Deeply Concerned  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democrats in the Senate may not have a filibuster-proof majority for the latest health care compromise after all.  —  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), expressed deep concern on Thursday that a new proposal …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Washington Post
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman: Even Unpullable Trigger Is An ‘Irritant’ That I Will Filibuster  —  Since the details of a looming public option compromise have begun to leak out, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has reiterated his opposition to a triggered public option—which is reportedly part of a new health care agreement.
New York Times:
Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.'s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Putting the Plodding Moralism Back In  —  Chris Mooney has a smart post on the vicious—and viciously effective—comeback campaign that's been mounted by climate change deniers.  I highly recommend it, but his claim that deniers “didn't need good science to make another sally …
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Why Progressives aren't blocking the bill: Medicaid  —  The largest public option in the health care bills is, and has always been, the significant expansion of Medicaid.  In terms of the number of people it covers, this expansion dwarfs any other public option expansion currently on the table in Congress.
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David Cho / Washington Post:
Unemployment plan would change rules on bank bailouts  —  Executive pay, other limits may be lifted  —  The Obama administration plans to channel money from the government's massive financial bailout program to small businesses as part of an effort to limit the political and economic damage of high unemployment.
Aileen Yoo / San Francisco Chronicle:
SoCal councilman wears a Stalin-ized Pelosi  —  That protesters on both sides of the political spectrum equate America's leaders with dictators like Hitler isn't new.  But critics were shocked when such a comparison was made by an elected official.  —  Last Friday, a group rented a room …
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Matt Ortega / Astrotruth.org:
Photoshop Follies of API  —  Everybody's favorite Big Oil lobby, American Petroleum Institute, distributed a pamphlet at an API forum last week that includes a delightfully diverse collection of people that apparently agree with their dirty agenda.  —  It appears to be just a typical iStock Photo image …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bernanke's Unfinished Mission  —  Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman, recently had some downbeat things to say about our economic prospects.  The economy, he warned, “confronts some formidable headwinds.”  All we can expect, he said, is “modest economic growth next year …
Steve McIntyre / Climate Audit:
IPCC and the “Trick”  —  Much recent attention has been paid to the email about the “trick” and the effort to “hide the decline”.  Climate scientists have complained that this email has been taken “out of context”.  In this case, I'm not sure that it's in their interests that this email …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The new socialism  —  In the 1970s and early '80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided to cash in.  OPEC was pulling off the greatest wealth transfer from rich to poor in history.  Why not them?  So in grand U.N. declarations …
E.D. Kain / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
conservatives as self-parodies  —  This interview with Andy Schlafly [below] of conservapedia.com is hard to watch.  It's almost embarrassing.  I think Colbert is at his best for most of the exchange, and the zinger about creating his own reality is marvelous.
Shawn Moynihan / Editor and Publisher:
‘Editor & Publisher’ to Cease Publication After 125 Years  —  NEW YORK Editor & Publisher, the bible of the newspaper industry and a journalism institution that traces its origins back to 1884, is ceasing publication.  —  An announcement, made by parent company The Nielsen Co. …
The Politico:
Baucus gave girlfriend $14K raise  —  Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, gave a nearly $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer in 2008, at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her, and later that year took her on a taxpayer-funded trip …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Gateway Pundit
Barbarossa / The Jawa Report:
CAIR attorney demands ban and seizure of all Christmas cards sent to Rifqa Bary  —  In a stunning development in the ongoing legal saga of Muslim-turned-Christian convert Rifqa Bary, the parents' attorney, Omar Tarazi, filed a motion with the Franklin County courts last week moving to ban …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Exclusive Interview: Andrew Breitbart Announces Launch of New “Big” Sites  —  When Andrew Breitbart launched Big Government in September, we asked if he was gearing up to be the next Arianna Huffington: An opinion blog rainmaker with a one-stop digital powerhouse, but presented from the opposite end of the political spectrum.
City Room:
Police Shoot and Kill Man Outside Hotel in Times Square  —  A plainclothes police sergeant fatally shot a 25-year-old man Thursday morning outside the parking garage of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square following a crackdown on street vendors who were using counterfeit CDs to intimidate tourists, the authorities said.
Online NewsHour:
Senate Deal Attempts to Strike Compromise on Public Option  —  The health care debate reached a potential turning point in the Senate on Wednesday after leaders reached a compromise that drops the so-called “public option” from the bill.  Gwen Ifill talks to experts about the politics and policy of the move.
Nathaniel Fick / New York Times:
Military Time, Civilian Time  —  THE problem with public military timelines is that if they are too short, your enemy will wait you out, and if they are too long, your enemy will drive you out.  President Obama has come under fire for saying that United States forces would begin their withdrawal from Afghanistan in July 2011.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Prairie Weather
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Two Parties?  —  Reader NS asks “can you recommend any good works about why the two party system is so entrenched here?  There doesn't seem to be any good constitutional reason — just historical tradition.”  —  I think it's the confluence of three different elements of our institutional structure:
 
 
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msnbc.com:
‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ for Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Obama's Big Sellout
Michael Massing / NYRblog:
The News Crisis: What Google Can Do
Discussion: Forbes, The Agonist and Achenblog
Rowena Mason / Telegraph:
Copenhagen climate summit: Carbon trading fraudsters in Europe pocket €5bn
Discussion: Power Line and EU Referendum
Simon Scowl / Deceiver.com:
Al Gore Is as Awesome at Math as He Is at Science
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Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA Promotes New Air-Traffic Approach
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
79 percent of NRA members believe Obama will ban gun sales
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Poll: Obama, Huckabee running even
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Ezra Klein:
Steny Hoyer explains how Newt Gingrich broke Congress
Paul Krugman:
The jobs deficit  —  It was truly amazing the way last week's …
Discussion: Ezra Klein