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2:35 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 …
Guardian:
Norwegians angry over Obama snub
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: 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.
CNN:
Poll: GOP erases popularity gap in Congress
Discussion: Washington Monthly and AmSpecBlog
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Take Aim At GOP Flip Flops On Medicare
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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Megan McArdle:   Media Death Watch
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   Editor & Publisher folding
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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The State:
Sanford pleased impeachment saga is mostly behind him
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Sarah Posner / ReligionDispatches:
Rick Warren Urges Ugandan Pastors to Speak Out Against Proposed Anti-Gay Law
Discussion: Think Progress and Joe. My. God.
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.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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.
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.
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.
Louise Grey / Telegraph:
Copenhagen climate conference: Met Office predict 2010 will be warmest on record  —  Next year will be the hottest on record, the Met Office has predicted, as scientists released the latest figures supporting evidence for climate change.  —  A new forecast for 2010 predicted it will be almost 1F …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
David Frum / FrumForum:
The Cost of No Deal  —  Two reports last night of what the GOP's “No, no, no” policy has wrought:  —  1) Instead of a healthcare reform to slow cost increases, Democrats in the Senate seem to be converging upon an expansion of Medicare to include age 55-64 year-olds and an expansion in Medicaid …
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
 
 
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