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3:25 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 …
The Takeaway:
Newt Gingrich On the President's Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: The Swamp and The Huffington Post
Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:   Obama Invokes “Just War,” But Is the War in Afghanistan “Just”?
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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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. …
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
Megan McArdle:   Media Death Watch
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   Editor & Publisher folding
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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Democrats Take Aim At GOP Flip Flops On Medicare
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: Republican leaders have ‘gone to the left’
CNN:
CNN poll: GOP has erased party popularity gap in Congress  —  Washington (CNN) - Eleven months before crucial midterm elections, a  —  national poll indicates that the public is divided over whether the country  —  would be better off with Democrats or Republicans controlling Congress.
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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 …
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Toomey leads Specter, Sestak
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Pennsylvania Senate Election
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: Ben Smith's Blog and The Plum Line
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.
Discussion: The Page
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Low Reimbursement Rates Are a Feature Not a Bug
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Pelosi Backs Off Public Option  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The public health insurance option died on Thursday, December 10, 2009, after a months-long struggle with Senate parliamentary procedure.  The time of death was recorded as 11:12 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Discussion: The Hill and Weekly Standard
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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
 
 
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GOP Health Care Strategy Memo
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The Note:
Reid Asks Republicans for Weekend Off, Has Big Easy Fundraiser to Get To
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Beck: We Should ‘Just Abolish Medicare’
Giles Tremlett / Guardian:
Police called to jazz festival that had no jazz
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