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11:25 AM ET, December 10, 2009

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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.
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Associated Press:
Text of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech  —  By The Associated Press (AP) - 1 hour ago  —  The text of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, delivered Thursday in Oslo, Norway, as provided by the White House:  —  Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses …
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  —  Barack Obama's trip to Oslo to pick up his Nobel peace award is in danger of being overshadowed by a row over the cancellation of a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner.  —  Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit.
The Takeaway:
Newt Gingrich On the President's Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: The Swamp
CNN:
CNN Poll: Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama accepts Nobel, seeks ‘just peace’
Washington Post:
Emerging Medicare buy-in proposal could have costly unintended consequences  —  THE ONLY THING more unsettling than watching legislative sausage being made is watching it being made on the fly.  The 11th-hour “compromise” on health-care reform and the public option supposedly includes …
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senators await price tag on health bill
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: Republican leaders have ‘gone to the left’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Democratic Senate Primary  —  2010 Pennsylvania Senate Primary: Specter 48%, Sestak 35%  —  Longtime Senator Arlen Specter holds a 13-point lead over his Democratic Primary challenger Joe Sestak.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey …
Discussion: The Hill and pa2010.com
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Bloomberg:
Americans Want Government to Spend for Jobs, Send Bill to Rich  —  Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) — Americans want their government to create jobs through spending on public works, investments in alternative energy or skills training for the jobless.  —  They also want the deficit to come down.
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Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
Bankers Lose to Congressmen Among Americans Furious Over Pay
Discussion: DailyFinance and The Big Picture
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.
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.
Giles Tremlett / Guardian:
Police called to jazz festival that had no jazz  —  Festival-goer claims it was ‘psychologically inadvisable’ for him to hear Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core perform  —  Jazzman Larry Ochs has seen many things during 40 years playing his saxophone around the world but, until this week, nobody had ever called the police on him.
Discussion: Lean Left
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.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Wyden, Collins team up on healthcare amendments  —  A bipartisan set of amendments to the Senate's healthcare bill filed Thursday would permit employees already covered by their employers' healthcare policies to purchase insurance in the proposed exchange.  —  The changes would also allow patients …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public  —  Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines.  It's a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian.
Discussion: The American Mind and TechCrunch
Washington Post:
Ginnie Mae's growth gives fuel to risky lenders  —  Ginnie Mae enables the firms to issue more taxpayer-backed loans  —  The trouble signs surrounding Lend America had been building for years.  A top executive was convicted of mortgage fraud but still helped run the company.
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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