The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dec 10, 2009 4:45am

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ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf and Huma Khan: “Public Option No More? Obama Throws Weight Behind New Health Care Deal” LINK

ABC News’ David Chailan: “Bachmann: White House Has ‘Its Fingers in Its Ears’ on Health Care” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Medical groups balk at Medicare ‘buy-in’” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Health insurers may consider tobacco use, age when pricing” LINK

Time’s Kate Pickert: “Should Long-Term-Care Insurance Be Part of Health Reform?” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Not so fast, say senators on health bill as they anticipate price tag” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Naftali Bendavid: “White House Pins Hopes on Senate’s Deal” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “For Some Ages 55 to 64, Medicare Will Cost Too Much” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Senate Democrats See Room for Hope on Health Care Bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery: “Senate Democrats satisfied with deal” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: “If public option is no longer an option in Senate bill, then what?” LINK


ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Obama to Accept Nobel Peace Prize as War President, Address Afghanistan Troop Surge” LINK

Politico’s Nia-Malika Henderson and Jonathan Martin: “Race hurdles remain in post-Obama South” LINK

Politico’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “Obama to take peace prize, talk war” LINK

The Associated Press’ Ben Feller: “Obama to Note Irony of Peace Prize in Wartime” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley: “President Obama ‘proud’ to accept Nobel Peace Prize, knows Mandela, Mother Teresa deserved it more” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Obama’s Nobel Speech to Address Pursuit of Peace in Time of War” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher: “War president will address incongruity of accepting peace prize” LINK

Newsweek’a Ben Adler: “What Obama Should Say About Peace in Oslo: “What Obama Should Say About Peace in Oslo” LINK


Time’s Mark Thompson: “Behind an Afghanistan Plane Crash: Missed Signals” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi J. Dreazen: “U.S. Expects Surge to Exacerbate Afghan Violence” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney and Dalia Sussman: “Poll Finds Slim Majority Back More Troops in Afghan War” LINK

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: “Pay increase for Afghan troops boosts interests” LINK


ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “In Nobel Peace Prize Speech, President Obama to Discuss Sending Troop Escalation in AfghanistanLINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “The Presidential Planner Abroad” LINK

Politico’s Laura Rozen: “Iran links U.S. hikers case to detained Iranians” LINK

Politico’s Laura Rozen: “Iran sanctions drama” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Josh Meyer: “Five young Americans arrested in Pakistan” LINK


ABC News’ John Parkinson and Devin Dwyer: “White House ‘Crashers’ Slapped With Subpoenas” LINK

The Associated Press’ Eileen Sullivan: “Lawmakers Subpoena W.H. Gate-Crashers” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jason Horowitz: “Salahis get an elite invite they don’t want” LINK


Boston Globe’s Maria Sacchetti: “More immigrants leap into business ownership” LINK

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

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon and Sam Youngman: “Liberals say bill falls short on job-creation measures, projects” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama, GOP Spar Over Employment Plan” LINK

Bloomberg’s Mike Dorning and Catherine Dodge: “Americans Want Government to Spend for Jobs, Send Bill to Rich” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Darrell A. Hughes and Meena Thiruvengadam: “U.S. Extends TARP Until October 2010” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin and Lorraine Woellert: “U.S. House Debates Financial Rules Revamp Amid Clash Over Fund” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Fitzgerald: “Bankers Lose to Congressmen Among Americans Furious Over Pay” LINK

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis: “Centrist, conservative Democrats delay financial reform debate” LINK


USA Today’s Brian Winter: “Poor blame rich at climate talks” LINK

Time’s Bryan Walsh: “Copenhagen’s Real Challenge: Technology to Meet the Targets” LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper: “Destination Denmark: Political scuffle breaks out over Pelosi’s delegation” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley: “U.S. sends a parade of promises to Copenhagen” LINK


The Washington Post’s Michael Shear and Perry Bacon Jr.: “Black lawmakers call on Obama to do more on behalf of blacks” LINK

Newsweek’s Krista Gesaman: “Congress’s Latest Issue: Officiating College Football” LINK

Politico’s Victoria McGrane: “Moderates win Wall St. bill changes” LINK


The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen and Perry Bacon Jr.: “For Conservatives, a political surge” LINK


USA Today’s On Deadline: “S.C. Gov. Sanford dodges impeachment but is censured” LINK

USA Today’s Jessica Leving: “Jails cut costs, boost security by limiting inmates’ mail” LINK

Time’s Simon Schuster: “Putin: Yes, I May Run Again. Thanks for Asking” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Corey Dade: “Race for Atlanta’s Mayor Settled” LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: “In Bid to Replace Kennedy, Another Prominent Democrat” LINK

The New York Times’ Shaila Dewan: “South Carolina Panel Rejects Impeachment of Governor” LINK

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu: “TSA manual misstep leads to discipline” LINK


“Global Warming Controversy Heats Up” LINK

“’Poppy Palaces’ Icons of Afghan Corruption” LINK

“Health Care: Do We Have a Deal?” LINK

“George: CBO Will Referee Health Bill” LINK

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