The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, December 4, 2009

Dec 4, 2009 4:19am

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’ JAYCE HENDERSON, PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES AND CARRIE HALPERIN

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND JOB SUMMIT:

ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe, Karen Travers, and Sunlen Miller: “White House Jobs Summit: Real Progress or PR Stunt?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Obama: More money needed to boost jobs” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Obama Tackles Jobless Woes, but Warns of Limited Funds” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher: “Jobs summit underscores dilemma” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Senators critical of Bernanke at hearing” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Competing Job Summits Full of Pomp, Little Consequence” LINK

USA Today's Richard Wolf and Justin Hyde: "Obama: Don't expect additional stimulus spending from feds" LINK

The Associated Press' Tom Raum: "Obama canvasses for ideas on job creation" LINK

Boston Globe's Political Intelligence: "Obama gets back to jobs" LINK

Time's Michael Scherer: "Obama's White House Job Summit Takes On Unemployment, Baking Bread" LINK

Time's Jay Newton-Small: "Congress Looks Toward a Jobs Stimulus" LINK

The Hill's Walter Alarkon: “Obama calls for jobs measures despite budget deficit worries'" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Puzzanghera and Walter Hamilton: “Bank bailouts appear to be paying off" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Surge forces Democrats to pick: Base or White House” LINK

USA Today's Justin Hyde and Richard Wolf: "President says he shouldn't put focus on blacks' troubles" LINK

USA Today: "Obama sees trend of corporate recovery without job growth" LINK

The Associated Press: "Deputy AG to leave post, return to firm" LINK

Time's Michael Scherer: "No Testifying for Obama's Social Secretary?" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath: “Bernanke Fights for Second Term” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND AFGHANISTAN:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Wasn’t Talking About Rumsfeld Under-resourcing Afghanistan—but Experts Say He Under-resourced Afghanistan” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and Adam Nagourney: “Obama’s Afghanistan Decision Is Straining Ties With Democrats” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “Gates: No deadlines on troop withdrawal” LINK

The Boston Globe's Andrew Ryan: "In poll, majority of young adults disapproves of US troop buildup in Afghanistan" LINK

The Associated Press' Kathy Gannon: "U.S. deadline encourages self-reliance, Afghan leader says" LINK

The Boston Globe Political Intelligence: "Poll: Support for Obama's Afghan plan, but not in details" LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / BANKS:

USA Today's Oren Dorell: "Economy hits groups helping military families" LINK

Boston Globe's Jenn Abelson: "Cold cash gains new warmth as holiday gift in hard times" LINK

The Associated Press' Stevenson Jacobs: "Bank of America’s repayment puts pressure on rivals" LINK

The Hill's Silla Brush: “Van Hollen: GM, Chrysler efforts on dealers 'fall far short'" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Naftali Bendavid: “TARP Cash Targeted in Jobs Push” LINK

OTHER FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Times’ Eli Lake: “Bush backer Chalabi now cozying up to Obama” LINK

Politico’s Shekhar Gupta: “Put developing world first” LINK

The Washington Post’s William Booth: “U.S. lagging in sending anti-drug aid to Mexico, GAO says” LINK

Time's Christopher Allbritton: "The Pakistani Taliban's War on Schoolchildren" LINK

The Associated Press' Anne Flaherty and Pauline Jelinek: "Some in Senate doubt Pakistan" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Christi Parsons and Julian E. Barnes: “Obama homed in on an Afghanistan pullout date" LINK

HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL:

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Democrats win $400B in Medicare cuts” LINK

The New York Times’ Kevin Sack: “Doctors Divide on Bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “Reid’s recipe for getting health-care deal done” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Senate votes down GOP plan to strip Medicare cuts from bill” LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "Senate bill retains $400B in Medicare cuts" LINK

The Associated Press' David Espo and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar: "Senate passes coverage for mammograms, cuts in Medicare" LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: “Nelson amendment expected to fall short even with GOP support" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Naftali Bendavid: “Crowded Agenda Dogs Health Bill” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Laura Litvan: “Abortion Funding Emerges Again as Threat to Health-Care Measure” LINK

WHITE HOUSE DINNER CRASHERS:

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Secret Service: Admitting Salahis Was ‘Unacceptable and Indefensible’” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama Backs Secret Service, Rejects Black Caucus Criticism” LINK

The New York Times’ Ginger Thompson and Janie Lorber: “3 Secret Service Officers Put on Leave in White House Gate-Crashing” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jason Horowitz: “House hearing keys on Secret Service role and Rogers’s absence” LINK

The Associated Press' Eileen Sullivan: "3 Secret Service officers placed on leave" LINK

GITMO:

The Washington Post’s Peter Finn: “Resumed military panels face new challenges” LINK

C.I.A.:

The New York Times’ Scott Shane: “C.I.A. Authorized to Expand Use of Drones in Pakistan” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Obama’s Jobs Summit” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Democrats call for temporary ‘don’t ask’ immunity” LINK

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “Tancredo rouses gun rights advocates” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Senate Backs Preventive Health Care for Women” LINK

G.O.P.:

Newsweek’s Andrew Romano: “Absurdly Premature 2012 Watch, Vol. 3: Why Hasn’t Romney Weighed In on Obama’s Afghanistan Plan?” LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “White House Pushes Back on Climate Change Email Controversy” LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: “Ken Salazar Interior secretary” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Carol Browner, Director, Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy” LINK

Politico’s John F. Harris and Mike Allen: “Politico Q & A: Al Gore” LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer: “Politico Q & A: Jim Sensenbrenner” LINK

Time’s Elliot Hannon: “The Dirty Secrets of Carbon Trading” LINK

USA Today's Wendy Koch: "Green homes red-hot: 17% of new builds get Energy Star seal" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Staff: “Allegedly green Obama lights national Christmas tree, leaves them on" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson: “Stevens prosecutors face questioning” LINK

USA Today On Deadline: "Georgia House speaker quits amid lobbying scandal" LINK

The Associated Press: "Surgeon general: More minority doctors needed" LINK

The Associated Press: "Isolationism growing in US, poll says" LINK

The Associated Press: "Britain denies entry to bin Laden son" LINK

The Associated Press' Richard Lardner: "Use of social scientists in war criticized" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“The Effect of the Stimulus Package” LINK

“Is the Troop Surge Too Little Too Late?” LINK

“Tapper on Obama's Job Summit” LINK

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