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9:35 AM ET, December 10, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Guardian, Hot Air and normblog
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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Does Obama deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hours before Barack Obama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a new national poll indicates that fewer Americans than ever think the president deserves the award.  But according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
Associated Press:
Text of Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech  —  By The Associated Press (AP) - 1 hour ago  —  The text of President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, delivered Thursday in Oslo, Norway, as provided by the White House:  —  Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses …
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 …
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the nytpicker:
NYT Gift Guide Includes A Separate Section For “People Of Color.”  White NYT Readers, You May Skip To The Next Page!  —  We don't like to throw around words like “racist” in the same sentence as the NYT's name, but there's no other word we can think of to describe this page …
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
NYT Creates Separate But Equal Holiday Gift Guide for People of Color
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
This Exists: NYT Holiday Gift Guide For People Of Color
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Megan McArdle:
ClimateGate: Was Data Faked?  —  I am thoroughly unimpressed with the belief that global warming scientists have been engaging in some kind of massive conspiracy to conceal the truth.  First, because we seem to be able to observe things like polar ice sheets melting, which point to warming.
Washington Post:
Ginnie Mae's growth gives fuel to risky lenders  —  Ginnie Mae enables the firms to issue more taxpayer-backed loans  —  The trouble signs surrounding Lend America had been building for years.  A top executive was convicted of mortgage fraud but still helped run the company.
Washington Post:
Tea party conservatives gear up to affect 2010 elections with fundraising, PACs  —  'It's time to take control,' say ‘tea party’ groups  —  The energized “tea party” movement, which upended this year's political debate with noisy anti-government protests, is preparing to shake up the 2010 elections …
ABCNEWS:
Chris Cuomo Promoted to ‘20/20’ Anchor Desk  —  Chris Cuomo Ends Three-Year Run at ‘GMA’ News Desk, Promoted to ‘20/20’  —  After three years with “Good Morning America,” news anchor Chris Cuomo announced today that he will leave the morning show.  —  Cuomo has been promoted to “20/20” …
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
‘Client 9’ lust for '10  —  Eliot eyes comptroller  —  Eliot Spitzer, who stepped down from the governor's office amid scandal, is now strongly considering a run for state comptroller, sources told The Post.  —  Spitzer has in recent weeks had discussions with some Democratic donors …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Day Has Come: Facebook Pushes People to Go Public  —  Facebook announced this morning that its 350 million users will be prompted to make their status messages and shared content publicly visible to the world at large and search engines.  It's a move we expected but the language used in the announcement is near Orwellian.
Discussion: TechCrunch and The American Mind
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Limbaugh vs. McConnell: GOP leader targeted by conservatives  —  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
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Grayson To Cheney: ‘STFU’  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) appeared on Hardball this evening, and dispensed some of his signature wit against the Republicans: Telling former Vice President Dick Cheney to “STFU,” speculating that gasoline would only cost a dollar per gallon if former President George W. Bush …
Discussion: Hot Air, Weekly Standard and Raw Story
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: pa2010.com
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP IS PRO-CHRISTMAS.... It was just six weeks ago that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided he was fed up with empty, meaningless congressional resolutions.  These largely symbolic measures are taken up all the time — it's been routine fare for years …
Little Miss Attila:
What Goldstein Said.  —  Patrick tries to get the Charles Johnson-ish charges of racism against Robert Stacy McCain to stick, and fails.  —  For the record, I do not buy Pat's argument that anyone who has hangups about interracial dating and marriage is racist.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Bank-Friendly Dems Shut Down House, Threaten To Kill Wall Street Reform  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A group of Democrats friendly to Wall Street interests forced a delay in consideration of the landmark financial regulatory reform bill scheduled to hit the House floor on Wednesday …
Lee Fang / Wonk Room:
A Case Of Classic SwiftBoating: How The Right-Wing Noise Machine Manufactured ‘Climategate’  —  In mid-November, thousands of emails from the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit webmail server — a top climate research center in the United Kingdom — were hacked and dumped on a Russian web server.
Discussion: Get Energy Smart! and Hullabaloo
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.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
 
 
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