The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nov 10, 2009 3:57am

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 JAYCE HENDERSON, PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES, CARRIE HALPERIN and JESSICA HOPPER

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

USA Today's Richard Wolf: "Some key Obama administration jobs still unfilled" LINK

The Associated Press: Nancy Benac: "CAPITAL CULTURE: Obama pastry chef the Crustmaster" LINK

The Washington Times’ Jim McElhatton: “Defense Nominees Won’t Reveal Potential Conflicts” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies: “President Obama Heads to Asia: Trade, North Korea, Global Security to be the Focus” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Obama will send top diplomat to North Korea for direct talks” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “U.S. Lowers Goals for Asia Trip” LINK

Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: “Clinton Says U.S. Wants ‘Civil,’ Diplomatic Ties With Iran” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Democrats Torn On Afghanistan, Women’s Rights” LINK

DEFENSE:

The Hill's Roxana Tiron: "Inouye seeks missile defense project" LINK

The Associated Press' Anne Gearan and Steven R. Hurst: "Sources: Obama near decision on Afghanistan troops" LINK

HEALTH CARE/ABORTION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Karen Travers, and Sunlen Miller: “Obama: ‘This is a Health Care Bill, Not an Abortion Bill’” LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “DNC Targets Republicans Who Opposed Health Care Bill – Though Not Democrats” LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Liberals to Pelosi: Get Rid of Stupak Language or We Won’t Back Health Reform” LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Interview with the President: Jail Time for Those without Health Care Insurance?” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Ex-presidents to address Dems” LINK

ABC News’ Emily Friedman: “Abortion Rights Activist Say Stupak-Pitts Amendment Would Hurt Women’s Rights” LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: “GOPer Collins Opposes House Dems” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Jonathan Allen: “Senate faces abortion rights rift” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Democrats Raise Alarms Over Costs of Health Bills” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Obama Seeks Revision of Plan’s Abortion Limits” LINK

The Hill's J. Taylor Rushing: "Senate Democrats look to start health reform debate next week" LINK

The Hill's Mike Soraghan: "Pelosi kept public plan in the frame" LINK

The Hill's Molly K. Hooper: "House GOP mulled ‘present’ strategy on abortion amendment" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Nicole Santa Cruz: "Cedars-Sinai finds more patients exposed to excess radiation" LINK

The Hill's Jeffrey Young: "Liberals threaten to sink health bill over Stupak abortion amendment" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Naftali Bendavid: “Health Bill Faces Senate Heat” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Anna Wilde Mathews: “Effort to Assist Older Voters May Raise Costs for the Young” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Laura Litvan: “Abortion Issue Threatens U.S. Health-Care Overhaul Legislation” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Fuzzy Math Could Drive Health Care Bill’s Cost Higher” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn and S.A. Miller: “Health Care Debate Risky For Moderates” LINK

ECONOMY:

Politico’s Victoria McGrane: “Dodd to unveil financial regulation bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ianthe Jeanne Dugan: “Benefits Requests Jump” LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

Politicos Nia-Malika Henderson: “Michelle Obama’s poll numbers slide” LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

The New York Times’ john Broder and Leslie Kaufman: “Environmental Agency Warns 2 Staff Lawyers Over Video Criticizing Climate Policy” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Edmund Sanders: "Glorious vision in Kenya's sky melts away" LINK

DEMOCRATS:

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney and David Herszenhorn: “Trick for Democrats Is Juggling Ideology and Pragmatism” LINK

GOP:

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Jodi Rell won’t run for re-election” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Scozzafava loses post” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta and Michael R. Crittenden: “Curbing Size of Big Firms” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today's John Fritze: "Candidates pour more of own cash into races" LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "Conn. governor says she won't seek re-election" LINK

USA Today's Lindsey Anderson: "L.A. project Strawberry Flag helps veterans through a rough patch" LINK

The Associated Press: "US starts effort to boost hiring of veterans" LINK

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “Republicans Face Fights Over Primary Races” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama: Health Plan Must Be Deficit Neutral” LINK

“Obama on Economy: My Job Is to 'Dig Us Out'” LINK

“Health Care Reform: All Eyes on the Senate” LINK

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