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October 10, 2009
Melissa Harris-Perry

My reaction to Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize elicited some decidedly "un-peaceful" responses from my friends and followers on social networking and blog sites.

As readers here at The Notion can attest -whether with glee or disdain-I have been an ardent supporter of President Obama. Despite some disagreements, I have urged the left to view this administration as an opportunity for genuine change and to regard it as friendly to progressive aims. But my response to the Nobel Peace Prize announcement was not particularly celebratory.

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October 9, 2009
Leslie Savan

The good folks on the set of Morning Joe spent Friday morning dodging prairie oysters flung by the host at rival Rush Limbaugh, who had called Joe Scarborough a "neutered, chickified moderate." Rush had simply been trying to geld another Republican who dared criticize him, but this time Scarborough gelded back and it was not a pretty sight.

It all started earlier this week, when Scarborough ripped Rush for going "off the deep end" by jiggling with glee over Obama's failure to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago.

No forgiver of lese-majeste, Limbaugh hit back Thursday at Joe and "PMSNBC":

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Eric Alterman
Eric Alterman

We've got a new Think Again column called "CBS and Dan Rather--Doing theRight's Dirty Work," and it's here.

My Nation column, "Where have you gone, William Safire?" is here.

Sal's got an interview with Hall & Oates and Pierce follows below, whichis followed by more mail. Now here's Sal:

Alter-reviews: New H & O Box Set.

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October 9, 2009
Peter Rothberg
Peter Rothberg

As the President and Congress are currently reviewing US war policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, now is the time to apply as much popular pressure as possible against escalation. There are a range of ways for you to register your protest.

Venerable progressive stalwart Joanne Landy wrote in to ask Nation readers to sign the Campaign for Peace and Democracy's emergency statement calling for an end to military intervention in the region. Read the text of the statement, and if you agree with the sentiments expressed add your name to the call. CPD's goal is to collect a large number of signatures very quickly, and then publish the statement and list of signers as widely as possible, both in this country and internationally.

It's a strong, comprehensive statement which I was proud to sign, and it addresses the valid question asked by many critics of de-escalation, who argue that withdrawal equals an abandonment of the Afghan people.

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October 9, 2009
Eyal Press

Nicholas Kristof had a fine proposal in his column yesterday: if Congress fails to pass health care reform by the end of the year, he argued, its members should agree to become true representatives of the American people. Legislators should "surrender health insurance in proportion with the American population that is uninsured."

Under this formula, 15 percent of Senators and Representatives (and their families) would get no coverage. Another 8 percent would get inadequate coverage. For those who argue extending coverage to more people is too expensive, "here's their chance to save government dollars in keeping with their own priorities."

Big deal, some will say (though I suspect no members of Congress would dare say this): so a few legislators would have to make their way to emergency rooms for treatment. The government's role should be to protect Americans from lethal threats – terrorism, hostile states – and nothing else. Yet it turns out that America's health care system is a lethal threat. Kristof's column linked to this recently published Harvard study, which found that lack of access to medical insurance causes nearly 45,000 excess deaths every year.

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October 9, 2009
John Nichols
John Nichols

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, a health care reform champion who has (along with Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller) led the fight for a robust public option has gathered the signatures of thirty senators who are committed to real reform -- even if the insurance companies don't like it.

The signers are not the only public option backers in the Senate. MSNBC's Ed Schultz got Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-New Mexico -- who did not sign the letter -- to commit to vote for the public option in bills and amendments during an interview Thursday night.

But the signers of the letter are the committed stalwarts, and they will be essential players as the battle over health care reform plays out in the Senate. Many are supporters of bolder reform -- including a single-payer system. Their message to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and the Obama administration is that the public option is a compromise. They're not interested in compromising any further.

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Richard Kim
Richard Kim

I woke up, read the New York Times website and thought I had come to the Onion instead. I hit refresh. Still there: "Obama Wins Nobel for Diplomacy." Maybe this is one of my weird work-related dreams, I thought. Maybe I am still drunk from last night's party. Better close my eyes and wake up again in the real world. Five minutes later...and still no dice.

Yes, Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize. My first reaction is that this is going to be a test of how much crazier Orly Taitz and the Republican Anti-Christers can get. Not only does this prove that Obama is a socialist svengali--because he got the Norwegians to vote for him, probably as part of some UN-takeover of America--it also proves that Obama is piggy. Anti-Christs are so like that; they want everything right now (and losing the 2016 Olympics was just a red herring).

But back in reality, I'm still a little bewildered. It's as if the Nobel Committee gave Obama the award for behaving like a normal American president, instead of like a clueless corrupt cowboy.

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October 8, 2009
Eric Alterman
Eric Alterman

We've got a new Think Again column called "CBS and Dan Rather--Doing theRight's Dirty Work," and it's here.

My Nation column, "Where have you gone, William Safire?" is here.

The worst day of the Obama campaign for me was the day I got an emailsaying "Vote Charlie Rangel for Change." My congressman is quite properly a symbol of everything people hate about the Democratic Establishment and they are cowards for trying to sweep this away. If anyone can imagine a bettersymbol of corruption that a guy who can't be bothered to pay taxes onthe resort he owns in foreign country--who gives the excuse that theywere speaking Spanish to him when half his district is Spanishspeaking--writing the goddam tax laws that the rest of us losers have tofollow, I'd be mighty impressed... I wrote this columnin December 2008, things have only gotten worse.

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October 8, 2009
Christopher Hayes

The latest health care legislative compromise being floated is one in which states would be allowed to opt out of offering a public option. I suppose if someone put a gun to my head and the options were no public option or an opt-out compromise, I'd opt for the latter. (I should point out we're not at the gun-at-the-head stage yet). But it's also important to point out just how perverse the results of this compromise would be.

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