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7:10 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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On Politics:
Surprise!  Palin likes Obama's Nobel speech  —  Sarah Palin and President Obama don't agree on much, but last year's Republican vice presidential nominee just gave the president's defense of “just wars” a thumbs up in an interview with USA TODAY.  In fact, she said that the president's address in Oslo …
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.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
A Noble Lecture  —  How does a rookie President, having been granted the Nobel Peace Prize, go about earning it?  Well, he can start by giving the sort of Nobel lecture that Barack Obama just did, an intellectually rigorous and morally lucid speech that balanced the rationale for going to war …
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
GOProud calls for President to speak out against Uganda's execute gays bill
Shawn Moynihan / Editor and Publisher:
‘Editor & Publisher’ to Cease Publication After 125 Years  —  NEW YORK Editor & Publisher, the bible of the newspaper industry and a journalism institution that traces its origins back to 1884, is ceasing publication.  —  An announcement, made by parent company The Nielsen Co. …
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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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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
My Last Words on the Public Option  —  We've been a little light on health care coverage this week.  But to be honest, it's probably not a bad thing that I've been out of the country.  Any time I write about the public option — which appears have been sacrificed in pursuit of a health care deal …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Snowe: Medicare buy-in loses her vote  —  Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said Thursday that she does not support the Medicare buy-in because it would “aggravate an already-serious problem” with the program - the low reimbursement rates for hospitals and doctors.  —  “I have serious concerns,” Snowe told reporters.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Low Reimbursement Rates Are a Feature Not a Bug
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
“Deal” Could Put Joe Lieberman In Charge of Regulating Your Health Insurance
The Huffington Post:
Pelosi Backs Off Public Option
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Limbaugh vs. McConnell: GOP leader targeted by conservative groups
Discussion: Think Progress
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: Republican leaders have ‘gone to the left’
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Putting the Plodding Moralism Back In  —  Chris Mooney has a smart post on the vicious—and viciously effective—comeback campaign that's been mounted by climate change deniers.  I highly recommend it, but his claim that deniers “didn't need good science to make another sally …
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Paul Krugman:
The jobs deficit  —  It was truly amazing the way last week's employment report was hailed by many people as a sign that our troubles are over.  Here we are, having suffered huge job losses, and needing to make up the lost ground — and a report showing that we're still losing jobs, but not as fast, is grounds for celebration?
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In trouble, White House searches for a billionaire to blame  —  In 1998, when the Clinton White House found itself in the middle of the Lewinsky scandal, one of its key defense strategies was to attack the conservative philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife as the dark power behind the allegations against the president.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Cook Political Report's dire forecast for Dodd  —  The Cook Political Report's Senate race analyst Jennifer Duffy doesn't think much of Chris Dodd's (D-Conn.) re-election prospects, in her latest update on the Connecticut Senate race.  —  And she's moving the race rating to “Lean Republican” …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
U.S. Military Joins CIA's Drone War in Pakistan  —  The headquarters for the American military's air war in Central Asia and the Middle East is located in a converted medical warehouse on an undisclosed base in a country the U.S. Air Force would rather not name.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“This Terrible Bill”  —  Rick Warren disowns the new Uganda bill designed to inform on, round up, imprison, forcibly submit to “psychological cures”, and execute homosexual Ugandans:  —  This is an extremely positive if overdue development.  I remain deeply concerned that Uganda's public policy …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Ohio Senate Race  —  2010 Ohio Senate: Portman 40%, Brunner 33%; Portman, Fisher Neck-and-Neck  —  Republican Rob Portman has managed to pull away somewhat from Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner but still finds himself in a highly competitive race with Democratic Lieutenant …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Senators offer Copenhagen boost  —  Three senators crafting a compromise climate bill have endorsed a national greenhouse gas emissions cut of 17 percent by 2020.  —  The emissions target was included in a proposed framework on Thursday from Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).
Jenny Anderson / New York Times:
Goldman Sachs Alters Its Bonus Policy to Quell Uproar  —  Moving to quell the uproar over the return of big paydays on Wall Street, Goldman Sachs announced on Thursday that its top executives would forgo cash bonuses this year and that it would give shareholders a say in determining compensation.
 
 
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