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2:10 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
Ian Woods / Sky News:
Dalai Lama: Obama's Nobel Is ‘A Little Early’
Discussion: Townhall.com and Weasel Zippers
The Takeaway:
Newt Gingrich On the President's Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: The Swamp
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: Washington Post and 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.
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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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Editor & Publisher folding
Discussion: Megan McArdle
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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 …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Pelosi wants health care for Christmas  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) still sees a slight chance that congressional Democrats can wrap up work on a landmark health care bill over Christmas - all while insisting the House wants a full say in the final version.
Discussion: The Page
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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
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.”
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
GOP candidates sport best performance yet
Discussion: GOP 12
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
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
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.
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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