The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, December 14, 2009

Dec 14, 2009 4:36am

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

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News' Jake Tapper: "President Obama Traces His Love of Basketball to an Xmas Gift from his Absent Father" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power and Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Efforts Face Diplomatic Hurdles” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson: “Obama Slams 'Fat Cat' Bankers” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kate Andersen Brower: “Obama Criticizes ‘Fat-Cat Bankers,’ Defends Afghan War Strategy” LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Sunday's best: Prime time Obama" LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: "Obama: 'Fat-cat' bankers owe help to U.S. taxpayers" LINK

The Hill's Jordy Yager: “Obama shifts bioterrorism strategy to preventive, global approach" LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Combative Obama defends plans” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / BANKING / HOUSING:

ABC News' Betsy Stark, Catherine Cole and Justine Schiro: "How a Small Business Holds It Together" LINK

ABC News' Kristina Wong: "Recession Is Over, White House Adviser Says" LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: "White House Forecasts Job Growth Next Year" LINK

The Washington Times’ To LoBianco: “Obama economists send mixed message” LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum: “Obama presses bank chiefs to lend more” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Greg Hitt: “White House Puts Jobs Over Deficit” LINK

Bloomberg’s Bradley Keoun: “Citigroup Said to Near Agreement on TARP Repayment” LINK

USA Today's Marisol Bello: "Benefits backlog stalls millions in need" LINK

USA Today's Stephanie Armour: "Can home market bounce back without more help?" LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen and Eamon Javers: “Banks: We’ll step up now” LINK

THE SENATE'S SPENDING BILL:

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “Senate Passes Spending Bill Amid Debate on Raising Debt Limit” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Senate Sends $1.1 trillion budget bill to Obama” LINK

The Associated Press: "Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill" LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “Congress Sends Obama Measure With 12% Average Budget Increases” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “Nelson, Lieberman balk at Medicare buy-in” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Lieberman Rules Out Voting for Health Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Greg Hitt: “Two Senators Doubt Medicare Compromise” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jeremy van Loon and Kim Chipman: “Developing Countries Say ‘No Money, No Deal’ in Climate Talks” LINK

USA Today's Richard Wolf: "Medicare 'buy-in': A bargain or burden?" LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates: “High hurdles ahead for health plan” LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

The Washington Post’s Griff Witte: “Afghan promises to insurgents often empty” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s August Cole: “For U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Supplies Are Another Battle” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times' Greg Miller and Julian E. Barnes: “Drone attacks may be expanded in Pakistan" LINK

The New York Daily News' Thomas M. Defrank: “President Obama tells '60 Minutes': If Afghanistan strategy doesn't work in a year, I'll change it" LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “GOP hopes rise for Obama, Biden Senate seats” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Leahy: “The Republicans’ war within” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jon Cohen and Dan Balz: “A party both united and divided” LINK

COPENHAGEN/ENVIRONMENT:

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin: “U.S. unveils plan to rev up clean technology in poor nations” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Tankersley: “Climate negotiators eye the 'forgotten 50%' of greenhouse gas pollutants" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jeffrey Ball: “Summit Is Seen as U.S. Versus China” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Arrests, rattled nerves in Copenhagen” LINK

SENATOR JOHN McCAIN:

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “McCain, Distanced From Race, Raises Senate Voice” LINK

LARRY SUMMERS:

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos: "Arianna on Summers: 'Wrong Man For The Job'" LINK

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos: "Summers to Bankers: 'They’ve Got Obligations'" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “Lawmakers wage war of words over Army deal” LINK

USA Today's Fredreka Schouten: "More companies are disclosing their political activity" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"George's Bottom Line on Terror Threats" LINK

"Larry Summers: New Jobs?" LINK

"Summers to Bankers: 'They've Got Obligations'" LINK

"Summers: Job Growth By Spring" LINK

"Summers Draws Line on Deficits but Not on Costs" LINK

"Arianna on Summers: 'Wrong Man' for the Job" LINK

"George: Thank You" LINK

"Roundtable: New Jobs on The Way?" LINK

"Eric Cantor: GOP Jobs Plan" LINK

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