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2:30 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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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.
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 …
Guardian:
Norwegians angry over Obama snub
The Takeaway:
Newt Gingrich On the President's Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: The Swamp
Ian Woods / Sky News:
Dalai Lama: Obama's Nobel Is ‘A Little Early’
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Limbaugh vs. McConnell: GOP leader targeted by conservative groups  —  Rush Limbaugh and conservative interest groups are criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for not putting up a strong enough fight to stop the Democratic healthcare legislation.
Discussion: Think Progress
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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.
CNN:
Poll: GOP erases popularity gap in Congress
Discussion: Washington Monthly and AmSpecBlog
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Take Aim At GOP Flip Flops On Medicare
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: Republican leaders have ‘gone to the left’
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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Megan McArdle:   Media Death Watch
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   Editor & Publisher folding
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Joys of Political Sex  —  It's time for political sex scandals to reclaim their rightful place in our national discourse.  The way things have been going lately, you'd think extramarital sex only happened to professional athletes.  —  Consider the case of Senator Max Baucus of Montana.
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The State:
Sanford pleased impeachment saga is mostly behind him
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Writing Is On Wall: Pelosi Softens On Public Option  —  In yet another sign that the writing is on the wall for the public option, Nancy Pelosi repeatedly refused to say today that a bill without one could not pass the House, backing away from a marker she'd laid down in the past.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Pelosi wants health care reform for Christmas
Discussion: The Page
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.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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 …
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.
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Send Us Your Tired, Your Poor, But Only if They're ‘Culturally Unique’  —  Immigration Caseworker AA0089 Has Some Thoughts About What Is Art  —  LOS ANGELES — When Jordan Peimer booked an Argentine band that fuses Jewish Klezmer music with tango, he thought he had the perfect act to headline his “Fiesta Hanukkah” concert.
Discussion: Law Blog and The BLT
The Note:
Reid Asks Republicans for Weekend Off, Has Big Easy Fundraiser to Get To  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Senators and staffers watched CSPAN breathlessly from their offices Wednesday evening as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated they might not have to work this weekend.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Poll: 39% of Israelis believe Obama is ‘Muslim’  —  The New America Foundation's poll of Israelis, released today, contains a finding suggesting campaign-trail rumors about Barack Obama's religion penetrated deeply in the Jewish state.  —  The survey, by Jim Gerstein, asked Israelis …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Obama Leads Potential 2012 Match Ups  —  A new Public Policy Polling survey tests potential 2012 presidential match ups and finds Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Tim Pawlenty “all have their best performances relative to Obama in this month's poll and Mitt Romney matches his strongest standing yet.”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Low Reimbursement Rates Are a Feature Not a Bug  —  To continue with the Medicare reimbursement rate blogging from yesterday, it's important to understand that the program's low reimbursement rates are a feature not a bug.  Probably the single most persuasive conservative critique …
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
An elemental conflict in the Middle East
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David Wilkes / Daily Mail:
PC controller gets steamed up over Thomas ‘the Sexist’ Tank Engine
Sarah Posner / ReligionDispatches:
Rick Warren Urges Ugandan Pastors to Speak Out Against Proposed Anti-Gay Law
Discussion: Think Progress and Joe. My. God.
Lauren Sher / ABCNEWS:
First Lady Michelle Obama: Most Fascinating of '09
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner on National …:
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Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
Give North Koreans A Chance
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Wyden, Collins team up on healthcare amendments
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck: We Should ‘Just Abolish Medicare’
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election
Giles Tremlett / Guardian:
Police called to jazz festival that had no jazz
Discussion: Lean Left