The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, November 2, 2009

By Jayson

Nov 2, 2009 4:24am

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’ George Stephanopoulos: “Gillespie: Health Care Stakes – Dems Could Lose House” LINK

Rep. John Dingell: "Op-Ed: Numbers, Not Shouting, Overwhelm Health Care Debate" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “GOP Set to Propose Its Own Health Bill” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Laura Litvan: “Senate, House Move Closer on Health Bills as Battle Goes Public” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Michael Hiltzik: "An antitrust exemption for insurers? That's not the real problem'" LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama Strategy on Health Care Legislation Appears to Be Paying Off” LINK

The Associated Press' Erica Werner: "Flex spending accounts face hit in health overhaul" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Roundtable on Race: ‘Obama Can’t Walk on Water’” LINK

The New York Daily News' Kenneth R. Bazinet and Richard Sisk: "White House visit list includes Ayers, Wright, Moore; Names don't match controversial figures" LINK

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “Limbaugh: Obama’s Dover visit a ‘photo op’” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Jason Horowitz: “High-stress position, low-key personality” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON:

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “Clinton Reasserts Her Role in U.S. Foreign Policy” LINK

Politico’s Laura Rozen: “HRC’s Middle East misfire” LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Afghanistan: Abdullah Withdrawal Won’t Complicate Obama’s Strategy – His Decisions Could Slip” LINK

The New York Times’ Carlotta Gall and Jeff Zeleny: “Out of Race, Karzai Rival Is Harsh Critic of Election” LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger: “With Karzai, U.S. Faces Weak Partner in Time of War” LINK

The Washington Post’s Pamela Constable: “Status of Afghan runoff unclear as Karzai’s chief rival withdraws” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yaroslav Trofimov and Anand Gopal in Kabul and Peter Spiegel in Washington: “Karzai Scores a Win as Rival Quits” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jay Shankar and James Rupert: “Afghan Candidate’s Election Pullout Adds Risk for Karzai, Obama” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “U.S. looks past Karzai rival’s decision to quit” LINK

Time Magazine's Aryn Baker: "Abdullah Pullout Casts Doubt on Afghan Runoff Poll" LINK

2009 ELECTIONS:

ABC News’ Joel Siegel: “Obama Rallies for Gov. Corzine In N.J.; Dems Hope Win There Will offset Expected Virginia Loss” LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Palin Smacks New Jersey’s Daggett for False ‘Drop Out’ Claim” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Obama puts prestige on line for Corzine” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “Obama puts clout to test in N.J.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Chris Herring: “New York's Bloomberg Poised to Win Again” LINK

The New York Times’ David Chen and David Halbfinger: “Democrats Strive to Hold Governor Posts in Two States” LINK

The Associated Press: "N.Y. race dropout backs Democrat" LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “New York Republican Dede Scozzzafava Backs Democrat Bill Owens, After Suspending Her Bid for U.S. House Seat” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Jarrett: NY-23 Shows Republicans More and More Extreme” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Outsiders’ influence irks voters in N.Y. House race” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Charles Mahtesian: “Winning Dede Scozzafava: How Dems got her nod” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Israel met secretly with Scozzafava” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Naftali Bendavid: “Late Moves Jumble House Race” LINK

The Hill's Molly K. Hooper: "Rep. Barton wants hearing with Sebelius, CBO before vote" LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: "With election looming, Reid boosts his standing among Nevada liberals" LINK

The New York Daily News' Brian Kates: "Congressional defense appropriations subcommittee rocked by ethics probe leaked by hacker: report" LINK

USA Today's Thomas Frank: "Analysis: Airports get $1.1B for pet projects" LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / REGULATIONS:

USA Today's Paul Davidson: "Lean manufacturing helps companies survive recession" LINK

The Boston Globe's Megan Woolhouse: "Billions in aid to banks not reaching many seeking loans" LINK

The Associated Press' Matt Apuzzo and Justin Juozapavicius: "As jobs vanish, factory towns slow to see stimulus" LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “GOP hits Fed on $2.3 billion loss from CIT” LINK

ENERGY / ENVIRONMENT:

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin: “Climate bill faces hurdles in Senate” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Democrats' Quiet Changes Pile Up” LINK

The Boston Globe's Susan Milligan: "GOP moderates aim for 2010 rebound" LINK

GAY RIGHTS:

The Washington Post’s Karl Vick: “Maine to vote on gay marriage” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

Bloomberg’s Michael Quint: “New York Ex-Senate Head Bruno’s Trial Focuses on $3 Million Sum” LINK

Time Magazine's Andrea Sachs: "Mike Huckabee on the (Book Tour) Trail" LINK

Time Magazine's Steven Gray: "Can Detroit's First Openly Gay Pol Save the City?" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Sharpton On Race – Obama Can't Walk On Water” LINK

“Will: GOP Civil War – It's Not Over Yet” LINK

“Gillespie on Health Care: 'Dems Could Lose House'” LINK

“Afghanistan: Obama's Decision Could Slip” LINK

“Clinton Says Pakistan Helping Al Qaeda” LINK

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