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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 …
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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 …
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Conservative praise for Nobel speech  —  President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize speech Thursday is drawing praise from some unlikely quarters - conservative Republicans - who likened Obama's defense of “just wars” to the worldview of his predecessor, Republican George W. Bush.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Snubbed Norwegians replace absent Obama at event with …
The Huffington Post:
Medicare Buy-In Filibuster-Proof?  Senate Dem Deeply Concerned  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Democrats in the Senate may not have a filibuster-proof majority for the latest health care compromise after all.  —  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), expressed deep concern on Thursday that a new proposal …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Washington Post
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Lieberman: Even Unpullable Trigger Is An ‘Irritant’ That I Will Filibuster  —  Since the details of a looming public option compromise have begun to leak out, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has reiterated his opposition to a triggered public option—which is reportedly part of a new health care agreement.
New York Times:
High Premiums in Senate Democrats' Health Plan
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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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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Aileen Yoo / San Francisco Chronicle:
SoCal councilman wears a Stalin-ized Pelosi  —  That protesters on both sides of the political spectrum equate America's leaders with dictators like Hitler isn't new.  But critics were shocked when such a comparison was made by an elected official.  —  Last Friday, a group rented a room …
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Speaker Pelosi: We would do ‘almost anything’ to pass healthcare this year
New York Times:
Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A.  —  WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.'s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan …
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Matt Ortega / Astrotruth.org:
Photoshop Follies of API  —  Everybody's favorite Big Oil lobby, American Petroleum Institute, distributed a pamphlet at an API forum last week that includes a delightfully diverse collection of people that apparently agree with their dirty agenda.  —  It appears to be just a typical iStock Photo image …
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.
E.D. Kain / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
conservatives as self-parodies  —  This interview with Andy Schlafly [below] of conservapedia.com is hard to watch.  It's almost embarrassing.  I think Colbert is at his best for most of the exchange, and the zinger about creating his own reality is marvelous.
City Room:
Police Shoot and Kill Man Outside Hotel in Times Square  —  A plainclothes police sergeant fatally shot a 25-year-old man Thursday morning outside the parking garage of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square following a crackdown on street vendors who were using counterfeit CDs to intimidate tourists, the authorities said.
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” …
David Cho / Washington Post:
Unemployment plan would change rules on bank bailouts  —  Executive pay, other limits may be lifted  —  The Obama administration plans to channel money from the government's massive financial bailout program to small businesses as part of an effort to limit the political and economic damage of high unemployment.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Heritage Foundation:
Why the Personal Mandate to Buy Health Insurance Is Unprecedented and Unconstitutional … This statement from a 1994 Congressional Budget Office Memorandum remains true today.  Yet, all of the leading House and Senate health-care reform bills being debated in Congress require Americans …
Michael Massing / NYRblog:
The News Crisis: What Google Can Do  —  “How Google Can Help Newspapers,” ran the benign-sounding headline atop an Op-Ed column by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in the December 1 Wall Street Journal.  In it, Schmidt sought to rebut claims that, as Les Hinton, the CEO of Dow Jones, has put it …
Discussion: Forbes, The Agonist and Achenblog
Ezra Klein:
Steny Hoyer explains how Newt Gingrich broke Congress  —  On Monday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer delivered a startling speech on the obstructionism of minority Republicans and the dangers that poses to Congress and the country.  It's not common for politicians to address structural problem directly, or at length.
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
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA Promotes New Air-Traffic Approach  —  Seeking to accelerate the rollout of new air-traffic control technology, the top U.S. aviation regulator predicted that a satellite-based system designed to allow aircraft to fly shorter, more direct routes would largely pay for itself in fuel savings in just a few years.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Steve McIntyre / Climate Audit:
IPCC and the “Trick”  —  Much recent attention has been paid to the email about the “trick” and the effort to “hide the decline”.  Climate scientists have complained that this email has been taken “out of context”.  In this case, I'm not sure that it's in their interests that this email …
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
GOProud calls for President to speak out against Uganda's execute gays bill  —  Well here's a statement from the conservative gay group GOProud I can get behind.  Something's terribly wrong if elected Republicans can call out the obvious wrong - a nation considering legislation that includes the death penalty for being gay.
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Simon Scowl / Deceiver.com:
Al Gore Is as Awesome at Math as He Is at Science  —  I'm going to start calling him Dysfunction Al.  He's a nervous-making stiff even under the best of circumstances, and when you confront him with the end of all his dreams, you have to wipe the flopsweat off the lens:
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
79 percent of NRA members believe Obama will ban gun sales  —  The vast majority of the National Rifle Association's (NRA) members believe President Barack Obama will try to ban the sale of guns, a new poll found.  —  A new national survey of gunowners both affiliated and unaffiliated …
 
 
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Poll: Obama, Huckabee running even
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