The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, December 15, 2009

By Jayson

Dec 15, 2009 4:12am

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 CLAUDIA MORALES

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HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Z. Byron Wolf, and Kristina Wong: “Lieberman’s Muscle: Senate Democrats Struggle for Health Care Compromise” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and David Kirkpatrick: “Lieberman Gets Ex-Party to Shift on Health Plan” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery: “Senate health bill unlikely to include Medicare buy-in” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “Drug makers fight plan to allow imports” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook: “Senate Democrats move to drop Medicare proposal” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Democrats Drop Plan to Expand Medicare” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen: “Senators May Omit Health ‘Public Option,’ Medicare Expansion” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Senate Democrats move to cut Medicare buy-in” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Democrats may drop Medicare buy-in” LINK

Time’s Kate Pickert: “Who Should Pay for Health Care Reform – the Rich or the Richly Insured?” LINK

The Associated Press’ David Espo: “Dems Weigh Dropping Medicare Expansion” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Senate rejects stricter abortion rules” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Manu Raju: “Dems may drop Medicare expansion” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor: “Lieberman: I told Reid Friday of opposition to buy-in” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / BANKING / TARP / HOUSING:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Devin Dwyer: “Obama Urges ‘Fate Cat Bankers’ to Start Lending” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper and Eric Dash: “Obama Presses Biggest Banks to Lend More” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Bank CEOs Pledge to Push for Re-Regulation” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rebecca Christie and Robert Schmidt: “TARP Repayments Push Geithner to Focus on Unemployment, Credit” LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: “Housing bust’s aftershocks hurt Rockies region” LINK

Time’s Stephen Gandel: “Citi’s TARP Repayment: The Downside for a Troubled Bank” LINK

GITMO/ILLINOIS PRISON:

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “U.S. Said to Pick Illinois Prison to House Detainees” LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Slevin: “U.S. to announce transfer of detainees to Ill. Prison” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons: “U.S. to house Guantanamo detainees in Illinois, officials say” LINK

The Associated Press’ Henry C. Jackson: “AP: Illinois prison to get some Gitmo detainees” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Obama-Buffett alliance a family affair” LINK

The Associated Press’ Philip Elliott: “Obama’s Chicago plans a no-go” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia: “Clinton: No Basis for Charges Against Hikers in Iran” LINK

The New York Times’ Jane Perlez: “Rebuffing U.S., Pakistan Balks at Crackdown” LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Schmitt: “Military Faces Challenges in Deploying More Troops to Afghanistan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yuka Hayashi: “Japan Delays Decision on U.S. Base Relocation” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Anand Gopal: “Afghan Police Killings Highlight Holes in Security” LINK

CONGRESS:

Bloomberg’s Scott Lanman and Steve Matthews: “Fed May Delay Tightening Next Year as Congress Debates Powers” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan and Walter Alarkon: “House heads for Saturday defense vote” LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “House budget splits defense, jobs” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten: “Another Top House Democrat to Retire” LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Dan Balz: “Democrats lose fourth congressman to retirement” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “House Democrats discard larger debt limit” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “House Dems’ tough task: Defending ‘swing’ seats in 2010″ LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: “Yet another red-state Dem announces his retirement” LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “Conservatives grab for Tea Party Cash” LINK

COPENHAGEN / ENVIRONMENT:

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Biden Updates Obama on Recovery Act Investments in Clean Energy Projects” LINK

The New York Times’ John Broder and James Kanter: “China and U.S. Hit Strident Impasse at Climate Talks” LINK

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

The Wall Street Journal’s Shai Oster: “World’s Top Polluter Emerges as Green-Technology Leader” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Most back a treaty on global warming” LINK

The Hill’s Tony Romm: “Sen. Boxer fears climate change debate becoming ‘personalized’ over events” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Copenhagen Connection: Al Gore slips on the ice” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush and Louise Roug: “Africa cool on Obama in Copenhagen”LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Immigration bill backers try again despite jobless rate” LINK

Newsweek’s Arian Campo-Flores: “Luis Gutierrez Keeps Up the Pressure On Immigration” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Post’s Hope Yen: “Census ready to start counting” LINK

The Washington Post: “Agency will not reinstate man who criticized policies” LINK

The Associated Press’ Pete Yost: “Technicians find 22 million missing e-mails from Bush years” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Tamara Audi: “Gay-Marriage Backers Split on 2010 Ballot Effort” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Californians to vote on legalizing pot” LINK

The Associated Press’ Kimberly Hefling: “Female veterans don’t feel at home” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

“Obama to Banks: Do More in ‘Every Responsible Way’” LINK

“House Dems Anxious to See Senate Health Care Bill” LINK

“Citigroup Paying Back Billions” LINK

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