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1:05 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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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 …
James Fallows:
Obama's Nobel speech  —  Just after Barack Obama was chosen for the Nobel Prize, I confidently predicted that his acceptance address would not become the second-ever truly memorable address in the long history of such presentations by storied writers, thinkers, leaders, etc.
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
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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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
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 …
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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck: We Should ‘Just Abolish Medicare’  —  Yesterday, Senate Democrats working on health care reform reached a compromise on the public option that will create a network of nonprofit insurers and allow Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into Medicare.
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New York Times:
Senate Democrats See Room for Hope on Health Care Bill
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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Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election
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.
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.
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 …
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Recession Elsewhere, but It's Booming in China
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
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.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: POWIP and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
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.
Claudia Rosett / Forbes:
Give North Koreans A Chance  —  For them to curse their government in public takes a lot of courage.  —  While climate delegates are quarreling in Copenhagen, and President Barack Obama is collecting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, an important story is unfolding in relative obscurity, in North Korea.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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
 
 
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