The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dec 22, 2009 3:54am

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, JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES and JESSICA HOPPER

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HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Z. Byron Wolf: “President Obama Praises Senate for Advancing Health Care Bill” LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Steele Says He’s Tired of Congress ‘Flipping a Bird to The American People’” LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Obama Downplays Differences Between Senate, House Health Care Bills” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Democrats Face Challenge in Merging Health Bills” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Health-care vote means senators will spend Christmas Eve at the Capitol” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “Senators ready to cast second of three votes on health-care bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: “Both sides question health bill’s abortion compromise” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: “Now Democrats must sell health plan to voters” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid, Janet Adamy and Avery Johnson: “Republicans Take Aim at Deal-Making” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Barbara Martinez: “Cosmetic Surgeons Get Reid to Tax Tanning Salons Instead” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Democrats Hope to Reconcile Senate, House Bills Quickly” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Janet Adamy: “Senate Democrats Clear Health Hurdle” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s M.P. McQueen: “Cobra Benefits Expanded” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan D. Salant and Ryan J. Donmoyer: “Senate Health Measure Gets AMA Backing Ahead of Second Vote” LINK

Bloomberg’s Ryan J. Donmoyer: “Senate Congeniality a No-Show as U.S. Health-Care Vote Looms” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “Dem senators to get good polling news” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “Senate still on track for final Christmas Eve vote on healthcare” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Obama: Public option ‘not the most important’ part of healthcare bill” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The New York Times’ John Markoff: Obama to Name Chief of Cybersecurity” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Erin Einhorn: “Mayor Bloomberg takes pass on grading President Obama” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman: “Cyber Chief Selected by Obama” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “President Obama tightens reins on contractors” LINK

The Hill’s Christina Wilkie: “Seven-year-old challenges Obama to game of foosball” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Obama, small banks to discuss lending” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Washington Post’s Amy Gardner: “Va. Republicans aim to take 4 democrats’ congressional seats” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: “Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani expected to announce Tuesday he will not run for U.S. Senate” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon and Brody Mullins: “Defense Bill Earmarks Total $4 Billion” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Margaret Aro and Mark Mooney: “Exclusive: Iran Prez Won’t Say Yes-or-No to Nuclear Bomb” LINK

Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: “Clinton Meets Japan Ambassador as Base Spat Persists” LINK

Politico’s Bill Nichols: “Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismisses secret document” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Laura Rozen: “FBI leaker should have raised flags” LINK

COPENHAGEN / ENVIRONMENT:

The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith: “Green Battle Rages in Desert” LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer: “GOP warns of harsh climate on energy bill” LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer: “Copenhagen fizzle won’t help bill” LINK

2010 ELECTIONS:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “10 Races to Watch in 2010” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama: Senate Vote Is ‘Big Victory’ for Reform” LINK

“Iranian President on American Hikers” LINK

“McCain on Health Reform: Unsavory Process” LINK

“Roundtable: Climate Clash in Copenhagen” LINK

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