The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dec 8, 2009 4:33am

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ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Abortion Vote Divides Democrats on Health Care” LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: “End of Public Option?” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Public option compromise takes shape” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “Vitter must answer $300M question” <a href=
Politico’s Andy Barr: “Michael Steele doubts Harry Reid’s ‘fitness to lead’” LINK

Boston Globe’s Susan Milligan: “Abortion dispute threatens overhaul” LINK

Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Reid compares health care delay to slavery, suffrage” LINK

Time’s Karen Tumulty: “Economists Growing More Wary of the Senate Health Bill” LINK

Time’s Amy Sullivan: “The Health Reform Abortion Wars, Part Deux” LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook: “Senate healthcare talks pick up pace” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Two issues threaten to divide Senate Dems on healthcare reform” LINK

The Hill’s Eric Zimmermann and Jordan Fabian: “GOP hits Reid on slavery comments” LINK

The Washington Times’ Chuck Neubauer: “Obama health ‘czar’ was chief of legally troubled firms” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Health care debate turns to abortion” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Liberal Senators Press for Expansion of Medicare” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “Senate turns to health bill’s major obstacles” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Janet Adamy: “Senate Turns to Medicare, Medicaid” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alicia Mundy: “Grassley Asks Medical Nonprofits About Financial Support” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Greg Hitt: “Health-Bill Amendment Restricting Abortion Is Introduced” <a href=
Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen: “Health-Bill Negotiators May Drop Public Option, Expand Medicare” LINK


USA Today’s Dan Vergano: “Obama team launches its interactive ‘openness’ policy with online access” LINK

Politico’s Amie Parnes: “W.H. Nixes Receiving Lines?” LINK


ABC News’ Luis Martinez: “Adm. Mullen Rallies U.S. Troops: ‘Slope on This Insurgency Is Going in the Wrong Direction’” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Joseph Williams: “Afghan debaters choose their words carefully” LINK

The Associated Press’ Anne Flaherty: “Gates to Afghans: US `in this thing to win’” LINK

The Hill’s Jordan Fabian: “Gates makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Some Democrats seek votes by attacking Obama’s plan” LINK

The New York Times’ mark Landler and Helene Cooper: “Officials Try to Unite on Afghan Plan” LINK

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: “Gates: We’re in this thing to win” LINK

The Washington Post’s Griff Witte: “Taliban shadow officials offer concrete alternative” LINK

The Washington Post: “From Clinton, plain talk on Afghanistan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Anand Gopal: “Karzai’s Cabinet Picks Closely Watched” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Spiegel: “Protection of Afghan Civilians Is Stressed to Troops in Surge” LINK

Bloomberg’s Eltaf Najafizada and Ed Johnson: “Karzai Delays Naming Cabinet as Pentagon Chief Lands for Talks” LINK


The Washington Post’s Jean Lee: “U.S. special envoy heading to North Korea” LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger and Eric Schmitt: “Pakistan Told to Ratchet Up Fight Against the Taliban” LINK


USA Today’s Ken Dilanian, Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker: “Army mentoring deals bypass ethics law” LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: “House likely to move defense bill; Senate plans less clear” LINK


ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Karen Travers, and Mathew Jaffe: “Will Wall Street Funds Now Bail Out Main Street?” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “TARP Debated on Capitol Hill” LINK

USA Today’s Emily Bazar: “Food banks adapting for record demand” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Political Notebook: “US may use bailout funds to create jobs” LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and Christi Parsons: “Improved TARP forecast could mean $200 billion to help create jobs” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Conrad open to using Wall Street bailout to pay for jobs package” <a href=
The Hill's Silla Brush: "House Democrats eye 'cramdown' measure for regulatory reform bill" LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Frank proposes to use TARP funds to help home owners” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: “Time running out for House Dems to move major jobs measure in ’09″ LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “W.H. predicts a stimulating winter” LINK

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Obama mulls use of bank bailout Money for jobs” LINK

The New York Times’ David Segal: “Debt Raters Avoid Overhaul After Crisis” LINK

The New York Times’ Erik Eckholm: “A Plea to Congress on Jobless Benefits” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho and Michael Fletcher: “Obama preparing new push to add jobs, tackle deficit” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Melanie Trottman and Kris Maher: “Solis Pushes Agenda to Bolster Labor” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Use of Cash From TARP Hits Hurdle” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Roger Runningen: “Obama Targets Job Creation With No ‘Silver Bullet’ Available” LINK


USA Today’s Brian Winter: “Green on display at Copenhagen summit” LINK

USA Today’s Julie Schmit: “EPA’s carbon dioxide emissions ruling could raise energy costs” LINK

Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “EPA carbon finding sparks climate debate” LINK

Time’s Bryan Walsh: “The Stolen E-Mails: Has ‘Climategate’ Been Overblown?” LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley: “‘Hopenhagen’ is the mood as global climate summit opens” LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Jim Tankersley: “EPA clears a path for emission limits” LINK

The Hill’s Ben Geman and Jim Snyder: “EPA finding gives U.S. negotiators added weight at Copenhagen summit” LINK

The New York Times’ Andrew Revkin and Tom Zeller: “Under Banner of Urgency, Delegates Tackle Policy” LINK

The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and David Fahrenthold: “EPA is preparing to regulate emissions in Congress’s stead” LINK

The Washingon Post’s David Fahrenthold: “It’s natural to behave irrationally” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: “Political battle over climate change heats up as Obama calls for regulating greenhouse gases” LINK


Los Angeles Times’ Borzou Daragahi: “Iran streets and campuses erupt in protest” LINK

Time’s Robin Wright: “Latest Iran Protests Show a Resilient Opposition” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Martin Vaughan: “House to Raise Taxes on Fund Managers” LINK


The Associated Press: “Plan to round up wild horses draws opposition” LINK

The Associated Press: “Obama spokesman: ‘Silly’ not to allow Va. flagpole” LINK

Time’s Pat Dawson: “Max Baucus and His Women: Influence and Controversy” LINK

Time’s Andrew Lee Butters: “Jerusalem: A Growing Powder Keg in Mideast” LINK

Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage: “Supreme Court will decide appeal of Christian student group” LINK

The New York Times’ David Kocieniewski: “Senate Panel in N.J. Approves Gay marriage Bill” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Rights and Religion Clash in Court” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Campaign-Finance Ruling Looms” LINK

Bloomberg’s Terrence Dopp: “New Jersey Gay Marriage Bill Clears Panel, Goes to Full Senate” LINK


“Tapper on TARP ‘Windfall’” LINK

“U.S. Marines Battle for Now Zad” LINK

“192 Nations Attend Climate Summit” LINK

“Reid Compares Health Reform Bill With Slavery” LINK

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