The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nov 18, 2009 4:34am

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, JAYCE HENDERSON, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CARRIE HALPERIN and CLAUDIA MORALES

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HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Health Care: CBO Numbers Are in (Almost)” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Reid calls Dem caucus meeting” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Allen: “Becerra gets a brushback from the boss” LINK

Time Magazine’s Jay Newton-Small: “Trigger Happy” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Health timetable slipping” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Zajac: “FDA warns against mixing Nexium or Prilosec with Plavix” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Coverage Mandate Under Fire” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Greg Hitt: “Long-Term Care Plan to Be in Bill” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen: “Reid Pushes Party Holdouts to Vote for Health-Care Bill Debate” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “3 Democrats Could Block Health Bill in Senate” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery: “Reid optimistic about getting 60 votes on health bill” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA & FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Politico’s Laura Rozen: “White House rebukes Jerusalem housing plan” LINK

USA Today’s Calum MacLeod: “No breakthroughs made, but China keeps Obama busy” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama hears Chinese band play Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson” LINK

The Associated Press’ Steven R. Hurst: “White House: Israeli housing plans dismaying” LINK

Time Magazine’s Simon Elegant: “Cyberwarfare: The Issue China Won’t Touch” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Barbara Demick: “In China, Obama’s hosts show no signs of budging” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Alexandra Zavis: “Ridding Afghanistan of corruption will be no easy task” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Ian Johnson: “U.S., China in Strained Diplomatic Embrace” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “East Jerusalem Settlement Plan Deepens Rift With Washington” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper: “China Holds Firm on Major Issues in Obama’s Visit” LINK

The Washington Post’s Andrew Higgins and Anne Kornblut: “In Obama’s China trip, a stark contrast with the past” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

The Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “And the winner is…” LINK

GITMO:

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “In Senate vote, signs of shift on detainees” LINK

ARMED FORCES:

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook, Ken Dilanian and Ray Locker: “How some retired military officers became well-paid consultants” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / REGULATIONS / BANKING:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “White House Vows to Correct Stimulus Reports” LINK

The Associated Press: “Congress urged to act on overdraft fees” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Shane Goldmacher: “California faces a projected deficit of $21 billion” LINK

FORT HOOD:

The New York Times’ Scott Shane and David Johnston: “Republicans Seek Inquiry on Fort Hood” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “Republicans criticize Obama’s call to delay Hill inquiries on Fort Hood” LINK

CLIMATE/ENVIRONMENT:

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Ben Geman: “Chairmen split over climate bill” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Louis Sahagun: “San Bernardino County supervisor opposes solar energy project in Mojave Desert” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley: “Senate to Put Off Climate Bill Until Spring” LINK

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson: “U.S., China may come to talks with emission-reduction goals” LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

The Washington Post’s Joshua Partlow: “Afghan minister accused of taking bribe” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Abortion causes family feud for Dems” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “Democrats want homeowners and workers to get money from TARP” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: “Dems eye stock trade tax” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Financial reform pushed back into mid-December” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Miguel Bustillo: “Hutchison Chases Texas Right” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Creating Job Creation? Lawmakers Question Obama Administration Stimulus Claims” LINK

ABC News’ Robyn Weil: “Senate Hears Calls for Regulation of Overdraft Practices” LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: “Byrd to Become Longest-Serving Member of Congress” LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Dems alarmed as Independents bolt party” LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “Pelosi: Job help must be ‘right’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon and Greg Hitt: “House Leaders Push for Jobs Bill” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Kevin Johnson: “Senators have tough questions for Holder” LINK

The Associated Press: “N.Y. police car involved in accident ahead of Biden motorcade” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ann Scott Tyson: “Army’s record suicide rate ‘horrible,’ general says” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“George: U.S. ‘Deeply Divided’ on Health Care” LINK

“Stimulus Recipients Advised to Round Up?” LINK

“House Dems v. Stupak Amendment” LINK

‘What If China Collected on U.S. Debt?’ LINK

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