Stories You Should Know (12/11/09)

Politico (Washington, DC)
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.

FOXNews (USA)
Sen. Max Baucus gave a $14,000 raise last year to the female staffer he was dating and took her on a government-funded trip to Asia and the Middle East, Politico.com reported Friday.

USA Today (USA)
A $1.1 trillion spending bill laced with budget increases and more than 5,000 congressional pet projects passed the House on Thursday amid criticism from Republicans and watchdog groups.

The Hill (Washington, DC)
House Minority John Boehner (R-Ohio) will move Friday to force a vote on ending the $700 billion bailout program.

Google News (USA)
South Carolina’s first lady Jenny Sanford has filed for divorce months after her husband publicly confessed an affair with an Argentine woman. Sanford’s handling of the situation and refusal to play the role of traditional scorned wife has earned her praise from across the nation.

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