The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dec 10, 2008 5:20am

Compiled by ABC News’ PETER MARTINEZ, CARRIE HALPERIN, LAURA GREENE, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, JAYCE HENDERSON, STEPHANIE WASH and JUSTIN GRANT

2008: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Blagojevich Saw ‘Sunshine’ Before His Fall" LINK

"Obama: I’ve Had No Contact With Ill. Gov." LINK

"Ill. Governor’s Corruption Crime Spree" LINK

"What Happens to the Senate Seat?" LINK

2008: ILLINOIS SENATE SEAT SCANDAL / GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH:

ABC News’ Brian Ross: "FBI: Illinois Governor Sought To ‘Sell’ Obama’s Senate Seat" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Blagoje-palooza" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama’s Answer on Blagojevich — and the Questions it Raises" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Union-Affiliated Group Denies Any Role in Blago Scandal" LINK

The Associated Press’ Mike Robinson: "Ill. Governor Charged in Obama Successor Probe" LINK

USA Today’s Judy Keen and Mimi Hall: "Feds: Governor tried to sell Senate seat" LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "Ill. Scandal Roils Congress" LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Clues To Identity Of Candidates #1-6" LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: "Republicans Hail Swing Of The Pendulum" LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obama Adviser: ‘I Was Mistaken’" LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: "State Dems Look To Set Up Election" LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "RNC: Obama’s Statement On Blagojevich ‘Insufficient’" LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar & Jonathan Martin & Carrie Budoff Brown: "Special Election Could Give GOP Hope" LINK

Politico’s Charles Mahtesian & Jonathan Martin: "Blagojevich Scandal Will Test Obama" LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers & Fred Barbash: "What’s Wrong With Illinois?" LINK

The New York Times’ Monica Davey: "Illinios Governor in Corruption Scandal" LINK

The New York Times’ Susan Saulny: "A Portrait of a Politician: Vengeful and Profane" LINK

The New York Times’ Mike McIntire and Jeff Zeleny: "Obama’s Intervention for Ethics Bill Indirectly Led to Case Against Governor" LINK

The New York Times’ Scott Shane: "Fond Ties Have Grown Between Chicago and Its Corruption Fighter" LINK

The New York Times’ Richard Perez-Pena: "Governor Threatened Tribune Over Criticism" LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro and David W. Chen: "Bloomberg Campaign Manager Was Aide to Embattled Illinois Governor" LINK

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson: "FBI Says Illinois Governor Tried to Sell Senate Seat" LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: "Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team" LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Slevin: "Brazen Words on Tape Left Agents ‘Shocked’" LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear and Chris Cillizza: "Obama Tries to Stay Above the Hometown Fray" LINK

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz: "Complaint Cites Plan To Silence Journalists" LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: "Filling III. Senate Seat Gets Trickier" LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Dirk Johnson: “‘A Senate Seat on Ebay’: Inside the case against Illinois Gov. Blagojevich” LINK

Time Magazine’s Alyssa Fetini: “Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich” LINK

Time Magazine’s Massimo Calabresi: “Can Obama Escape the Taint of Blagojevich?” LINK

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Editorial Staff: “Gov. Blagojevich must go — right now” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “Scandal casts cloud over Obama presidency” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Step down, Gov. Blagojevich” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “Durbin calls for special election” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "Blagojevich arrested in conspiracy to benefit from Obama’s replacement" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "GOP ridicules Obama over scandal" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin, Lauren Etter and Timothy W. Martin: “Governor Is Arrested On Graft Charges” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook: “It’s the Democrats’ turn to cope with scandals” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage: “In the old days, buying a Senate seat was not unusual” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Joanna Lin: “Blagojevich ran on an anti-corruption platform” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jeff Coen, Rick Pearson, Dan Morain and Michael Finnegan: “Illinois governor faces corruption charges” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Simon and Mike Dorning: “Top Democrats in Senate call for new tack to fill Obama seat” LINK

Boston Globe Political Intelligence’s Foon Rhee: “No allegations against Obama in Illinois governor case” LINK

2008: PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA AND THE WHITE HOUSE TRANSITION:

ABC News’ Special Index for The 44th President: LINK

ABC’s Sunlen Miller: "Obama Meets With Gore to Discuss Climate Change" LINK

ABC News’ Lindsey Ellerson: "Want a Day in President-elect Obama’s Shoes?" LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers and Rick Klein: "RNC: Obama Explanation “Insufficient” LINK

The Associated Press: "Obama and Gore talk energy, economy" LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "’Al Gore Waves Off Official Role’" LINK

The New York Times’ Christopher Drew: "A Fighter Jet’s Fate Poses a Quandary for Obama" LINK

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Kara Spak: “Obama Senate seat listed on eBay” LINK

The Washington Times’ William Triplett: “Beijing looks at Obama” LINK

The Washington Times’ David Ramstack: “Justices to mull Obama citizenship again” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Catherine Dodge: “Obama Wins Praise From Americans Even As Gloom On Economy Grows” LINK

Bloomberg’s Catherine Dodge and Michael Tackett: “Illinois Governor’s Arrest May Cause Collateral Damage To Obama” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley: “Obama May Have To Decide On Execution For Accused Terrorists” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “Gates expected to use new clout to scale back Pentagon weapons plans” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: “L.A. deputy mayor reportedly sough for Obama environment team” LINK

2008: PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA’S INAUGURATION:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "Should Schools be Closed on Inauguration Day?" LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Q. Seelye: "Tuskegee Airmen Invited to Obama inauguration" LINK

The Washington Post’s Nikita Stewart and Michael E. Ruane: "Inaugural Parade Meets Battle of the Bands" LINK

The Washington Post’s David Nakamura: "Senators Cite Security, Oppose Inauguration Week Bar Hours" LINK

The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy: "Wanted: A Miracle of Compression" LINK

2008: ELECTIONS:

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: "Survey reveals voting disparities on Nov. 4" LINK

2008: ECONOMY/AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY BAILOUT:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Ann Compton and Kate Barrett: "No Deal Yet: Battle Over Details of Auto Bailout" LINK

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Z. Byron Wolf: "Auto Bailout Agreement Reached, Language Still Being Worked Out" LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: "Fannie, Freddie Ignored Risky Loan Warnings" LINK

ABC News’ Chris Bury and Lauren Sher: "Bank of America Extends Credit to Factory" LINK

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: "Economy puts emergency readiness in peril" LINK

USA Today’s Oren Dorell: "Bank offers loan in Chicago labor dispute at windows plant" LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: "’Agreement In Concept’ On Detroit Bailout" LINK

The New York Times’ Vikas Bajaj and Michael M. Grynbaum: "Investors Buy U.S. Debt at Zero Yield" LINK

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt: "$73 and Hour: Adding It Up" LINK

The New York Times’ David M. Herszenhorn: "Democrats and Bush Near Deal on Auto Bailout" LINK

The New York Times’ Bettina Wassener: "Rio Tinto to Slash 14,000 Jobs" LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: "Dire Forecast for Global Economy and Trade" LINK

The New York Times’ Karen Ann Cullotta: "bank Says It Will Consider Loan to Pay Workers in Factory Sit-In" LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane: "Vote on Detroit Bailout Nears" LINK

The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and Thomas Heath: "Wanted: Crisis Manager in Chief" LINK

The Washington Post’s Zachary A. Goldfarb: "Lawmakers Grill Mortgage Chiefs" LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum: "Credit Unions to Get Federal Assistance" LINK

The Washington Post’s Joshua Partlow and Lucien Chauvin: "S. American Nations Take Financual Action" LINK

The Washington Post’s Renae Merle and Steven Mufson: "In New Sign of Investor Fear, T-Bill Yields Go Negative" LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller and David R. Sands: “Bush, top Democrats OK $15 billion for Big 3” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Washington Maps Pact For Bailout Of Big Three” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Lattman: “Lawmakers Press Cerberus On Aid” LINK

Bloomberg’s Chua Kong Ho and Chan Tien Hin: “Asian Stocks, U.S. Futures Advance On Auto Bailout Agreement” LINK

Bloomberg’s Chris Reiter: “BMW, Daimler To Gain Along With Detroit From U.S. Auto Bailout” LINK

Bloomberg’s Scott Lanman: “Bernanke’s GM Rejection Aimed At Re-Establishing Rescue Limits” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta and Deborah Solomon: “Panel To Criticize Handling Of Bailout” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid and Christopher Conkey: “Specifics Of Stimulus Take Shape” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt: “Congressional Panel Overseeing U.S. Bailout Criticizes Treasury” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath and Damian Paletta: “Fed Weighs Debt Sales Of Its Own” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s James R. Hagerty: “Fannie, Freddie Executives Knew Of Risks” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Patrick J. Buchanan: “How We Dig An Even Deeper Economic Hole” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David Pierson: “Economic recovery not seen until 2010, Chapman University forecast says” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David Lazarus: “Employer-based health insurance plans no longer work” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jessica Guynn: “Recession prompts some couples to delay having kids” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and Ken Bensinger: “Framework of Detroit bailout set” LINK

Boston Globe’s Tracy Jan: “Harvard curtails tenure searches” LINK

Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish: “Regional split at root of auto vote” LINK

2008: CONGRESS:

The New York Times’ William Yardley: "Minnesota: Senator Loses Bid to Withdraw Plea" LINK

The Washington Times’ Richard C. Gross: "Housing honchos hit at House hearing" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons, John McCormick and Peter Nicholas: “Obama says he hopes to help ‘reboot America’s image around the world’” LINK

Boston Globe’s Sasha Issenberg: “Caroline Kennedy’s new political turn” LINK

Boston Globe Op-Ed’s Scot Lehigh: “Not the best choice for senator” LINK

2008: CURRENT ADMINISTRATION:

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: "Continue Pressing Al-Qaeda, Bush Urges" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Christina Boyle: "Bush’s abuse of language gets foot in mouth award" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Fawn Johnson: “Report Faults Fcc Chairman Martin” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Rangel’s Problems Dog Democrats” LINK

2008: NEW YORK SENATE SEAT:

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett: "Poll shows dead heat between Andrew Cuomo and Caroline Kennedy for Clinton’s seat" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett: "Weingarten enters Senate ring" LINK

2008: JOE THE PLUMBER:

Politico’s Andy Barr: "Joe the Plumber: McCain ‘appalled me’" LINK

2008: MUMBAI CRISIS:

Bloomberg’s M.C. Govardhana Rangan: “Mumbai Terror Attacks May Decimate Insurers’ Pool Of Funds” LINK

2008: SENATOR JOHN McCAIN:

ABC News’ Bret Hovell: "McCain to Appear on Letterman Thursday" LINK

2008: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE / PROPOSITION 8:

The New York Times’ jesse McKinley: "Gay Marriage Ban Inspires New Wave of Activists" LINK

The New York Times’ Kirk Johnson: "Iowa Justices Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case" LINK

2008: REPRESENTATIVE CHARLIE RANGEL:

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "Panel eyes Rangel link to oil exec" LINK

2008: OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Post’s Cecilia Kang: "FCC Chairman Abused Power, House Probe Finds" LINK

The Washington Post’s Joe Davidson: "Many Government Contractors Bring Home Little Bacon, Report Finds" LINK

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