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Updated: Bloggers as surprised over Obama Nobel Peace Prize win as White House

President Obama may have been snubbed by the International Olympic Committee last week in Copenhagen, but the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize committee gave the president a boost this morning by presenting him with the Nobel Peace Prize. The response from various bloggers both conservative and liberal and is that of shock to say the least.  However, not every supporter of Mr. Obama believes he deserved the award just yet.

Off the beaten path online: Pelosi wants 'windfall profits tax'...

Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: President Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize for 'what he might be able to do,' Nancy Pelosi wants a "windfall profits tax" on insurance companies, and two New York GOP congressional candidates for a special election are compared.

Local news blogging: Tight NJ gubernatorial race

The New Jersey gubernatorial race between incumbent Jon Corzine and GOP candidate Chris Cristie is too close to call three weeks before election day.  Polls show both candidates in lockstep and rhetoric is revving up on both sides. New Jersey bloggers offer poll updates, commentary, and campaign news.

DOJ denies existence of a 'blog squad'

Various conservative blogs are talking about the existence of a "blog squad" at the U.S. Justice Department.  The website, the muffled oar writes that a  blogging unit formed within the Department of Justice to counter websites with posts, articles, and user comments critical of the Obama administration.

Gender bender ACORN scandal in Cleveland

ACORN has figured out how to register one person more than once.  Establish that individual as the other gender in another alias. Matthew Vadum at the American Spectator writes about an unusual ACORN story involving dual gender aliases and the usual voter fraud.

Local news blogging: Deeds crumbling in VA race

The Virginia gubernatorial race is in full control of Republican candidate Robert McDonnell.  One month before elections, Mr. McDonnell holds an average 7.6 percent poll lead over Democrat opponent Creigh Deeds, and the White House appears to be backing away from full-fledged support of Mr. Deeds Bloggers in Virginia discuss.

AUDIO: Kevin Jennings railed against boy scouts in public school system

Below is audio and a partial transcript of Kevin Jennings', President Obama's safe school czar, thoughts on keeping the Boy Scouts out of the public school system.  This is from a 2000 speaking engagement with his former organization the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in Iowa. Mr. Jennings also advocated for mandating a gay friendly curriculum in the public schools from kindergarten onward in the same speech.

Pelosi mum on Rangle

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led an outdoor political rally at the Capitol Tuesday advocating women's health provisions in health care reform packages. Though the gathering was billed as a news conference, Ms. Pelosi wasn't taking any questions.  After trumpeting the benefits of health care reform for women, she made a quick exit toward the Capitol doors.  She remained tight-lipped as reporters walked beside her asking questions.