The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, December 11, 2009

Dec 11, 2009 4:35am

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

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HEALTH CARE & ABORTION:

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Health care debate: Hope and skepticism on the front lines” LINK

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

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Pelosi Indicates Support for Senate’s Medicare Deal” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley: “Senators Unveil New Climate Bill Draft” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Moderates uneasy with Medicare plan” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Clash over re-import of drugs stalls health bill” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Pharmaceutical deal holding up bipartisan health amendment” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook and Tom Hamburger: “Senate health debate hits snag over imported drugs” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “High Premiums in Senate Democrats’ Health Plan” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Senate Tied in Knots Over Proposal to Allow Imported Drugs” LINK

The Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein: “Pelosi backs Medicare buy-in plan in Senate health-care deal” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA & NOBEL PEACE PRIZE:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “The Obama Doctrine” LINK

ABC News: “Closing Arguments: Obama’s War and Peace” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin & Manu Raju: “John McCain, critic-in-chief?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Mathew Mosk: “Giving nod to war, Obama accepts Nobel” LINK

The Associated Press Ben Feller: “Obama Defends War As He Accepts Prize” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Defends ‘Just War’ at Oslo” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Obama Cites ‘Hard Truth’ of War’s Necessity in Accepting Nobel” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons: “War plays a role in peace, Obama says at Nobel ceremony” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: “Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize speech: President delivers defense of ‘just war’ against evil” LINK

Newsweek’s Howard Fineman: “In Oslo, Obama Sounds Like Bush” LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Huma Khan: “In Nobel Peace Prize Speech, Obama Addresses Criticism on Afghanistan Strategy” LINK

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: “McChrystal’s Last Day” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yaroslav Trofimov: “West Urges Afghanistan to Delay Election” LINK

Bloomberg’s Viola Gienger: “Obama Plan Aims to Empower Afghans Beyond Kabul, Officials Say” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman: “Obama gains popularity in poll of Israelis” LINK

Time’s Bobby Ghosh: “Americans Held in Pakistan ‘Planned to Attack U.S.’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Zahid Hussain, Siobhan Gorman and Neil King Jr.: “Students Linked to al Qaeda” LINK

Bloomberg’s Justin Blum: “Homegrown Terror Tests U.S. as Cases Hit Post-Sept. 11 High” LINK

The Washington Post’s Blaine Harden: “N. Korea says talks narrowed differences with U.S.” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / BANKS / BAILOUT / TARP:

ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe: “Obama’s Pay Czar to Release New Rulings on Executive Pay” LINK

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Financial regulation in trouble” LINK

USA Today’s Andrew M. Seaman: “Earmarks ‘robust’ in House $1T spending bill” LINK

USA Today’s Laura Petrecca: “Employee benefits bounce back as raises, 401(k) matches slowly return” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “House to take up financial overhaul bill amid consumer-agency controversy” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Simon: “House OKs $3.9 billion in earmarks in spending bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho: “Joblessness plan revamps rules on bank bailouts” LINK

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis: “House steps closer to passing financial regulation overhaul” LINK

The Washington Post’s Renae Merle: “Foreclosure relief program is stuck in first” LINK

COPENHAGEN / CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT:

The Associated Press’ H. Josef Hebert: “Stolen e-mails embolden climate change skeptics” LINK

Politico’s Tim Grieve & Lisa Lerer: “Copenhagen connection: EU scrambles” LINK

Politico’s Meredith Shiner: “Sens. Outline bipartisan climate approach” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley: “Enforcement of nations’ reduction promises is an obstacle at climate talks” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin: “Senators propose cutting greenhouse gas emissions 17% by 2020” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Associated Press’ Stephen Ohlemacher: “House Votes to Extend $31B in Tax Breaks” LINK

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina: “House Approves Bill That Would Ease Federal Grip on Washington” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Ben Pershing: “Democrats to seek higher limit on the federal debt” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein: “One problem with Republicans: They’ve got the wrong Mitch” LINK

SARAH PALIN:

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Palin’s thinking is ‘still 2010′” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Dennis Cauchon: “For feds, more get 6-figure salaries” LINK

The Associated Press’ Pamela Hess: “Report: Blackwater guards linked to CIA raids” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish: “Both sides dig in as vote nears on Wall St. rules” LINK

The Associated Press: “Pentagon Found in Contempt in Gitmo Case” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Mike Gravel says Sarah Palin will run for president” LINK

The New York Times’ James Risen and Mark Mazzetti: “Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A.” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jeffrey Smith and Joby Warrick: “Blackwater tied to clandestine CIA raids” LINK

The New York Times’ Rachel Swarns: “Washington Fuss Over White House Hanukkah Party” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“House Minority Leader Boehner Pushes Hand Truck” LINK

“Jake Tapper on Obama’s Nobel Prize” LINK

“Obama Accepts Peace Prize as Wartime President” LINK

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