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11:45 AM 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  —  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.
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.
The Takeaway:
Newt Gingrich On the President's Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: The Swamp
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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The Huffington Post:
GOP Senator: We Will Unanimously Oppose Newest Health Care Compromise
Discussion: Hot Air
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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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: Republican leaders have ‘gone to the left’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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CNN:
Leading Senators call for fiscal commission  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - The push to address the United States' long-term fiscal problems - and to remove the debate from the partisanship in Congress - took a step forward Wednesday.  —  Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D. …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Ezra Klein
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
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
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 …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Pakistan arrests 5 N.Va. men, probes possible jihadist ties  —  Five young men from Northern Virginia have been arrested in Pakistan at the home of a man linked to a radical jihadist group, and Pakistani authorities are questioning them about any possible links to terrorism, diplomatic and law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
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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
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.
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 …
 
 
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