The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, October 29, 2009

Oct 29, 2009 4:09am

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, JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES, CARRIE HALPERIN and DOMINICK TAO

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HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: “Could Roland Burris Block Reid’s Health Care Bill?” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor: “Pelosi set to unveil health reform bill” LINK

NY Daily News’ Michael McAuliff: “I don’t want public insurance plan in health care reform, Sen. Lieberman says” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “House health-care reform bill to include public option” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “Business Groups Push Hard Against the Senate Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Martin Vaughan and Naftali Bendavid: “House Democrats Set Deal on Government Option” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley and Kristin Jensen: “House to Unveil Health Plan With Public Option, Millionaire Tax” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Top Obama fundraisers get posts” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Obama says he’s just getting warmed up” LINK

The Associated Press: “Obama makes overnight trip to honor fallen soldiers” LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “FEC puts Obama in a bind” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “Gibbs meets Fox exec” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “White House Denies Giving Donors Special Access” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / REGULATIONS:

USA Today’s Dennis Cauchon: “Stimulus helps fill coffers for states” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Gross: “The Chamber’s Mistakes” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Don Lee and Alana Semuels: “Government report is expected to mark end to recession” LINK

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb: “Credit-rating bill clears committee” LINK

The Washington Post’s Kimberly Kindy: “Stimulus dollars going to accused contractors” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and John D. Mckinnon: “FTC’s Powers Would Grow Under Financial Overhaul” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: “U.S. impeded in democracy efforts for Egypt” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kit Gillet: “China using stimulus to buy private rivals” LINK

H1N1:

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Shortage of Vaccine Poses Political Test for Obama” LINK

The Washington Post’s Rob Stein: “Top officials defend flu vaccination campaign” LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

The Boston Globe’s Brian MacQuarrie: “United in loss, 9/11 families are divided on Afghan war” LINK

The Associated Press: “Officials: Obama considers scaled-down Afghan plan” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson and Greg Jaffe: “Obama seeks study on local leaders for troop decision” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston: “Obama Attends Return of War Dead From Afghanistan” LINK

ENERGY / ENVIRONMENT:

ABC News’ Carrie Halperin: “U.S. Must Lead Way in Clean Energy Technology, Agency Heads Say” LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: “Oil execs sentenced for Alaska bribes” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Edmund Sanders: “Fleeing drought in the Horn of Africa” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON:

The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Ismail Khan: “Clinton Arrival in Pakistan Met by Fatal Attacks” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung and Haq Nawaz Khan: “Blasts eclipses Clinton’s Pakistan visit” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

Newsweek’s Arian Campo-Flores “Another Front in the Census Battle: Immigration” LINK

EDUCATION:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Shutting Down Schools To Save Them?” LINK

SENATE:

The Boston Globe’s Susan Milligan: “Ex-senator Brooke gets gold medal of Congress” LINK

USA Today’s Andrew M. Seaman: “Congress honors former U.S. senator Brooke” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Reps. Frank, Waxman square off over new consumer agency ” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Pelosi backs Off Having Set Rates for Public Option” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

Time’s Jay Newton-Small “House Republicans Hope the Economy Will Help Overcome the ‘Party of No’ Label” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Lobbyists receive DNC fundraiser invites” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson: “NFL Commissioner Faces Congress Over Concussions” LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Romney Not Endorsing in New York House Race” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen: “Richardson case sent to ethics panel” LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates: “Biz groups fire warning shot” LINK

USA Today’s Chris Hawley: “U.S. training bolsters Mexico’s war on drugs” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender: “Earmark applicant’s complaint fuels critics” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry bacon Jr.: “After 10-year dispute, expansion of hate crimes law to gays signed” LINK

The New York Times’ Alan Schwarz: “N.F.L. Scolded Over Injuries to Its Players” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ann Gerhart: “An honor for a Senate pioneer” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Taliban Trying to Influence Obama?” LINK

“Clinton in Pakistan Same Day as Attack” <a href=http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=8941269
“H1N1: White House Asks for Patience” LINK

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