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In a statement sent to Greg Sargent, a Democratic National Committee spokesman comparing the Republican Party with the Taliban and Hamas.

"The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists -- the Taliban and Hamas this morning -- in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize," Brad Woodhouse said in a statement.

The Taliban called the Peace Prize "unjust" and said President Obama has done nothing to create peace in Afghanistan. RNC chairman Michael Steele asked, "What has President Obama actually accomplished?"

The DNC statement continues:

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In response to an inquiry by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Congressional Budget Office chief Doug Elmendorf finds that medical malpractice reform would reduce the deficit by about $54 billion over 10 years.

"Combining the effects on both mandatory spending and revenues, a tort reform package of the sort described earlier in this letter would reduce federal budget deficits by roughly $54 billion over 10 years," Elmendorf writes. That $54 billion is comprised of an expected $41 billion reduction in mandatory spending, and about $13 billion in new revenues.

And just what sort of statutory changes would be needed to generate the reduction?

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President Obama in the Rose Garden just now said the Nobel Peace Prize is "a call to all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century."

Calling himself "surprised and deeply humbled," Obama said he does not feel he deserves to be in the company of the "transformative" and inspiring people who have earned the prize.

He said the prize often is given "as a means to give momentum to a set of causes."

"I will accept this award as a call to action," Obama said, outlining his goals - a world without nuclear weapons, confronting the threat of climate change and respectful of its peoples' diverse religions and practices.

"These challenges can't be met by any one leader or any one nation," he said.

He called for "unwavering commitment to the rights of all Israelis and Palestinians to live in security in nations of their own."

"This award is not simply about the efforts of my administration," he said, it's shared with everyone who fights for "justice and dignity."

Full text of his statement after the jump.

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Rush Limbaugh has already responded strongly to President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, declaring that this amounted to international praise of Obama's "intentions to emasculate the United States":

"This fully exposes the illusion that is Barack Obama," Limbaugh told POLITICO in an e-mail. "And with this 'award' the elites of the world are urging Obama, THE MAN OF PEACE, to not do the surge in Afghanistan, not take action against Iran and its nuclear program and to basically continue his intentions to emasculate the United States."

Limbaugh continued: "They love a weakened, neutered U.S and this is their way of promoting that concept. I think God has a great sense of humor, too."

We've gotten more detail on that press conference that Washington GOP lawyers Joesph diGenova and Victoria Toensing held in Phoenix yesterday, to talk about their hiring as special prosecutors probing Don Stapley, a Maricopa County official whose high-profile arrest by deputies of Sheriff Joe Arpaio caused a stir recently.

In an apparent effort to blend in, reports the Phoenix New Times, diGenova wore cowboy boots. But aside from that, the limelight-seeking power couple apparently didn't reveal too much.

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Here's a nice get by the Billings Gazette, which went to court to pry another document from the hands of Hardin, MT, officials on the town's deal with the shadowy American Private Police Force.

The August 18 agreement, signed by APPF's Michael Hilton and Hardin economic development chief Greg Smith, who resigned this week, makes clear that Smith wanted APPF to provide a police force for the town, which doesn't have its own department. Read the whole thing here.

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Mike Steele's statement:

"The real question Americans are asking is, 'What has President Obama actually accomplished?' It is unfortunate that the president's star power has outshined tireless advocates who have made real achievements working towards peace and human rights. One thing is certain - President Obama won't be receiving any awards from Americans for job creation, fiscal responsibility, or backing up rhetoric with concrete action."

Bush U.N. Ambassador John Bolton weighs in on President Obama's Nobel Peace prize. Not surprisingly, the mustachioed neocon takes issue with the Nobel committee's decision.

From the National Review:

"He should decline it and then ask to be considered again in three or four years when he has a record."


"Today's news is just another demonstration of how politicized the Nobel Peace Prize has become, from President Carter winning in 2002, to Al Gore in 2007, and President Obama in 2009."

"When the award was given to President Carter, the chairman of the committee said that it was a 'kick in the leg' to the Bush administration," recalls Bolton. "This is yet another 'kick in the leg' for the Bush administration."

Bolton says the main problem is that basis for the award itself. Bolton says awards should go for deeds not words:

"Today's prize, by the terms of the award itself, was made for President Obama's 'extraordinary efforts.' The Nobel Peace Prize should be for achievement, not effort," says Bolton. "Just look at the other Nobel prizes awarded this week, from physics to chemistry, they were given to those who have made tangible progress and achieved in their respective fields. Obama's award is just for effort."

Bolton also offers some advice on who's more deserving of the prize:

"I was nominated three years ago and I'm still waiting for the call."

NYT: Withdrawal From Iraq Daunting, Complicated The New York Times reports that the withdrawal from Iraq is an enormous logistical task: "By itself, such a withdrawal would be daunting, but it is further complicated by attacks from an insurgency that remains active; the sensitivities of the Iraqi government about a visible American presence; disagreements with the Iraqis about what will be left for them; and consideration for what equipment is urgently needed in Afghanistan."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will deliver remarks at 10:30 a.m. ET, presumably on his having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He will meet with Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) at 11:35 a.m. ET. He will meet with Vice President Biden at 12:30 p.m. ET for lunch. At 1:40 p.m. ET, he and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner will meet with five Americans who have been hurt by outdated rules regulating the financial sector, and Obama will deliver remarks on regulatory reform at 2 p.m. ET. Obama will meet with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan at 2:30 p.m. ET. Finally, the President and First Lady will host a barbecue for Secret Service members and their families on the South Lawn.

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