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9:05 PM ET, December 10, 2009

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New York Times:
Obama's Nobel Remarks  —  Following is the prepared text of President Obama's speech at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday, as released by the White House:  —  Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world:
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On Politics:
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 …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Accepting Peace Prize, Obama Evokes ‘Just War’  —  OSLO — President Obama, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize here on Thursday, acknowledged the age-old tensions between war and peace but argued that his recent decision to escalate the conflict in Afghanistan was justified to protect the world from terrorism and extremism.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
A Noble Lecture  —  How does a rookie President, having been granted the Nobel Peace Prize, go about earning it?  Well, he can start by giving the sort of Nobel lecture that Barack Obama just did, an intellectually rigorous and morally lucid speech that balanced the rationale for going to war …
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
GOProud calls for President to speak out against Uganda's execute gays bill
James Fallows:
Obama's Nobel speech
Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:   Obama Invokes “Just War,” But Is the War in Afghanistan “Just”?
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. …
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Nielsen folds Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews  —  Nielsen Business Media Update  —  Today, we announced that Nielsen Business Media has reached an agreement with e5 Global Media Holdings, LLC, a new company formed jointly by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
My Last Words on the Public Option  —  We've been a little light on health care coverage this week.  But to be honest, it's probably not a bad thing that I've been out of the country.  Any time I write about the public option — which appears have been sacrificed in pursuit of a health care deal …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Snowe: Medicare buy-in loses her vote  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Thursday that she does not support the Medicare buy-in because it would “aggravate an already-serious problem” with the program - the low reimbursement rates for hospitals and doctors.  —  “I have serious concerns,” Snowe told reporters.
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Washington Post:
Emerging Medicare buy-in proposal could have costly unintended consequences
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Low Reimbursement Rates Are a Feature Not a Bug
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Can Republicans Retake the Senate in 2010?  —  Probably not, but their candidate recruitment so far has been stellar.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Democrats began the year as masters of the political universe, winning the White House and increasing their majorities in Congress.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: Republican leaders have ‘gone to the left’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Limbaugh vs. McConnell: GOP leader targeted by conservative groups
Discussion: Daily Kos and Think Progress
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“This Terrible Bill”  —  Rick Warren disowns the new Uganda bill designed to inform on, round up, imprison, forcibly submit to “psychological cures”, and execute homosexual Ugandans:  —  This is an extremely positive if overdue development.  I remain deeply concerned that Uganda's public policy …
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Josh Nathan-Kazis / The Jewish Daily Forward:
In Shift, Oren Calls J Street ‘A Unique Problem’ … Published December 09, 2009, issue of December 18, 2009.  —  Breaking with his previous restraint, Israel's ambassador to the United States delivered an unprecedented blast against J Street, the new dovish Israel lobby that has made waves …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Cook Political Report's dire forecast for Dodd  —  The Cook Political Report's Senate race analyst Jennifer Duffy doesn't think much of Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) re-election prospects, in her latest update on the Connecticut Senate race.  —  And she's moving the race rating to “Lean Republican” …
Paul Krugman:
The jobs deficit  —  It was truly amazing the way last week's employment report was hailed by many people as a sign that our troubles are over.  Here we are, having suffered huge job losses, and needing to make up the lost ground — and a report showing that we're still losing jobs, but not as fast, is grounds for celebration?
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Jenny Anderson / New York Times:
Goldman Sachs Alters Its Bonus Policy to Quell Uproar  —  Moving to quell the uproar over the return of big paydays on Wall Street, Goldman Sachs announced on Thursday that its top executives would forgo cash bonuses this year and that it would give shareholders a say in determining compensation.
Ezra Klein:
Steny Hoyer explains how Newt Gingrich broke Congress  —  On Monday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer delivered a startling speech on the obstructionism of minority Republicans and the dangers that poses to Congress and the country.  It's not common for politicians to address structural problem directly, or at length.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In trouble, White House searches for a billionaire to blame  —  In 1998, when the Clinton White House found itself in the middle of the Lewinsky scandal, one of its key defense strategies was to attack the conservative philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife as the dark power behind the allegations against the president.
Ezra Klein:
How liberal is Obama?  —  It's not every day that Christian conservative Ross Douthat enthusiastically recommends people read social democrat Tony Judt: … The first year of the Obama presidency has been a long tutorial on the difference between liberal ends and liberal means.
Hotline On Call:
A Sneak Peek At Tomorrow's Insider Polls  —  This week's National Journal polls Congressional and political insiders on their favorite members of Congress, the member they'd like most to shut up, the brightest thinkers and strategists in their parties and much more.  —  And Hotline OnCall is giving everyone a sneak preview.
Heritage Foundation:
Why the Personal Mandate to Buy Health Insurance Is Unprecedented and Unconstitutional … This statement from a 1994 Congressional Budget Office Memorandum remains true today.  Yet, all of the leading House and Senate health-care reform bills being debated in Congress require Americans …
 
 
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