The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, October 26, 2009

Oct 26, 2009 4:37am

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Desk Assistants PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CARRIE HALPERIN, CLAUDIA MORALES and DOMINICK TAO

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HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ David Kerley: “Is the Health Care Debate Reaching a Tipping Point?” LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Liberal Group Urges Obama Not to Cater to GOP’s Olympia Snowe on Public Option” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Dems push for benefits to kick in by 2010” LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Chamber: Obama backtracking on promise to change tone” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Congress’ health care bills leave millions uninsured” LINK

Special to USA Today (Phil Galewitz): “Can ‘bundled’ payments help slash health costs?” LINK

The Associated Press: “New proposal for public option picks up support in Senate” LINK

The Associated Press’ David Espo: “AP sources: Health bill may cut employer mandate” LINK

The New York Times’ Joseph Berger: “Democrats Are Optimistic That Public Option Will Be Approved” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant and Kim Geiger: “Who might, or might not, be covered under the healthcare bills” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Greg Hitt: “Senate on Verge of Health Bill” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Laura Litvan: “Reid Lacks Consensus on Public Option as House Fine-Tunes Plan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ceci Connolly: “Next phase in health-care debate: The art of the deal” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Pledging Beta Omega?” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Allen: “White House attacks worry moderate Democrats” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “President Obama in campaign mode for Florida trip” LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers: “McCain, Hatch distance selves from jab” LINK

Newsweek’s Anna Quindlen: “Hope Springs Eternal” LINK

Newsweek’s Michael Saul: “Limbaugh falls for Obama thesis hoax – but is in no Rush to apologize” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Races for Cash” <a href=http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125651404955107091.htmlv
The Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear: “Chamber of Commerce criticizes Obama team” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Associated Press’ Ali Akbar Dareini: “U.N. watchdog team visits Iran nuclear site” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / REGULATIONS:

The Boston Globe’s Robert Gavin: “Bay State heads to a jobless recovery” LINK

The New York Times’ Stephen Labaton: “U.S. Considers Reining In ‘Too Big to Fail’ Institutions” LINK

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina: “With More Troubled Families, More Runaways” LINK

The New York Times’ John Harwood: “The Economic Bomb That Didn’t Drop” LINK

The Hill’s Jordan Fabian and Bridget Johnson: “Top Chamber lobbyist: White House has ‘raised up the Cain’” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger and Alexander C. Hart: “White House confronts the U.S. Chamber of Commerce” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tim Devaney “Zero-emissions ultracapacitors recharge in minutes” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath and Damian Paletta: “Fed’s Tarullo Shakes Up Bank Rules” LINK

IRAQ:

The New York Times’ Timothy Williams: “Iraq Bombings, Deadliest Since 2007, Raise Security Issue” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anthony Shadid: “Bombings rock Iraq’s political landscape” LINK

The Washington Times’ Eli Lake: “Baghdad blasts kill 147” LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

Tine’s Aryn Baker: “The Afghan Run-Off: Will It Be a No-Show Election?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Sara A. Carter: “U.S. troops hope Afghanistan sacrifices not in vain” LINK

The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe and Karen DeYoung: “U.S. tested 2 Afghan scenarios in war game” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joshua Partlow and Pamela Constable: “Afghan challenger considers runoff boycott” LINK

The Washington Post’s Pamela Constable: “Karzai holds head high as nation turns to runoff” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ned Parker and Caesar Ahmed: “Baghdad blasts: Bloodshed and mayhem” LINK

ARMED FORCES:

ProPublica’s Michael Grabell: “Defense Dept. investigation casts shadow on success story” LINK

ProPublica’s Michael Grabell: “Defense firms in probe received $30M in stimulus money” LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: “Defense appropriations delay irks lawmakers” LINK

ENERGY / ENVIRONMENT:

The Associated Press’ Josef Hebert: “Nuclear energy gains spot in climate debate” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Obama Won’t Go to Copenhagen for Climate Conference” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley: “Senate Panel Set to Take on Climate Bill” LINK

MARIJUANA POLICY:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Legalized Marijuana? We May Already Be on the Way” LINK

The New York Times’ Kirk Johnson: “States Pressed Into New Role on Marijuana” LINK

SARAH PALIN:

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Ideology trumps party for Palin” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Post’s Karl Vick: “Corzine comes back, but far enough?” LINK

The Washington Post’s Sandhya Somashekhar: “A crucial last dash for Deeds backers” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Endgame For Health Care Reform?” LINK

“Sens. McConnell and McCaskill on Healthcare” LINK

“Hunt: Health Care Reform Can’t Pass Without Snowe” LINK

“Podesta: Tax Pot to Pay for Health Care” LINK

“Obama Talks Small Business in Address” LINK

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