The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dec 9, 2009 4:22am

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 and CLAUDIA MORALES


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HEALTH CARE & ABORTION:

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Z. Byron Wolf: “Senators Defeat Anti-Abortion Amendment in Health Care Bill By 54-45” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown & Patrick O’Connor: “Reid: Dems reach ‘broad agreement’ LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Democrats reach agreement on public option” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Supporters add hidden nuggets to health care bills” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Senate Democrats reach deal on ‘public option’ health plan” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Senate rejects bid to add abortion limits to health bill” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “Democrats temper public option” LINK

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

Time’s Kate Pickert: “Is the Public Option Dead? Plus, Amendments That Might Actually Matter” LINK

The Associated Press: “Sources: Dems Reach Deal to Drop Public Option” LINK

Time’s Amy Sullivan: “Senate Kills Nelson Amendment–Over To You, Bishops” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Senate rejects amendment on abortion” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook and Noam N. Levey: “Senate Democrats reach healthcare deal on ‘public option’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Janet Adamy: “Senators Strike Health Deal” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Nicole Gaouette: “Democrats Said to Agree to Drop Full Health-Care Public Option” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Reid Says Deal Resolves the Impasse on the Public Option” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery: “Senate may drop public option” LINK

Newsweek’s Sarah Kliff: “The Senate Abortion Debate That (Still) Did Not Matter: An Update” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

The Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Cheney keeps after Obama” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Black Caucus reminds Obama of pledge not to “forget” race” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson: “Obama’s Nobel Balance” LINK

Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla and Nicholas Johnston: “Obama’s War Plan Gains Amid Doubts on Domestic Policy” LINK

The New York Times’ Donald McNeil Jr.: “Obama Is Criticized on AIDS program” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Accepting Peace Prize Will Be a Test for Obama” LINK

AFGHANISTAN & McCHRYSTAL:

ABC News’ Luis Martinez and Huma Khan: “McChrystal on Afghanistan: ‘We Can and Will Accomplish This Mission’” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “McChrystal says he backs Obama’s Afghan timetable” LINK

The Associated Press: “Lawmakers slam office overseeing Afghan rebuilding” LINK

The Associated Press’ Robert Burns: “US officials predict success for new Afghan plan” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman: “US’s long view in Afghanistan troubles Congress” LINK

Time’s Tim McGirk: “The Afghanistan Surge: How Will the Taliban Respond?” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: “Gen. Stanley McChrystal: Afghanistan rebels will hit wall in 2010″ <a href=http//www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/12/08/2009-12-08_ambassador_eikenberry_and_army_gen_mcchrystal_both_behind_obamasafghanistan_surg.html The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi J. Dreazen and Peter Spiegel: “McChrystal Expects Effects of Surge Within a Year” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s August Cole: “U.S. Seeks New Guards in Kabul” LINK

Bloomberg’s Viola Gienger and Tony Capaccio: “McChrystal Says Afghan Push Will ‘Absolutely’ Bring Success” LINK

The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe and Glenn Kessler: “General offers assurances on Afghan war” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Ned Parker, Raheem Salman and Usama Redha: “Baghdad bombs kill 127 as Iraq vote is set” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ John M. Glionna: “U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth arrives in North Korea for high-level talks” LINK

WHITE HOUSE CRASHERS:

The Associated Press: “White House crashers to stay quiet if subpoenaed” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / BANKS / BAILOUT / TARP:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Today’s Jobs Proposals – What Are They and How Much Will They Cost?” LINK

ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe and Karen Travers: “Obama’s Number One Job? Jobs” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Charles Herman, and Matt Jaffe: “Sources: Obama Administration To Extend TARP to October 2010” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “’Main Street’ TARP” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Obama wants to use TARP for new jobs bill” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “President Obama says spare bailout funds can be redirected” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Obama offers more jobs ideas” LINK

Time’s Kristi Oloffson: “The Job Market: Is a College Degree Worth Less?” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Proposed changes to finance reform bill splits business” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman and Walter Alarkon: “Bailout for Main Street” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and James Oliphant and Nathan Olivarez-Giles: “Obama sketches a plan for job creation” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Pushes New Job Stimulus” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Obama Offers Help for Small Business” LINK

The New York Times’ Steven Pearlstein: “Obama’s Stimulus 2.0 acknowledges government’s limitations” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher: “Obama lays out strategy for jobs” LINK

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENT:

USA Today’s Julie Schmit: “California leads with 36% growth in ‘green’ jobs” LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer: “Critics start fast in Copenhagen” LINK

Politico’s Jake Sherman: “House GOP Copenhagen bound” LINK

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: “EPA finding doesn’t clear air on carbon” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley: “Green growth advocate hopes for bigger changes from the Copenhagen conference” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alessandro Torello and Selina Williams: “Developing Nations Call for Rich to Aid Emissions Cuts” LINK

IRAN:

Time’s Joe Klein: “Iran on Fire” LINK

CONGRESS:

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Attorney General Coakley bests other Dems in Mass. race” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser and Frank Phillips: “It’s Coakley vs. Brown” LINK

The Associated Press’ Andrew Taylor: “Congress Readies Year-End Spending Bill” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin & Josh Kraushaar: “Coakley easily takes Dem primary” LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “Congress breaks spending bill impasse” LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: “Top Lawyer Wins Primary to Replace Kennedy” LINK

FORT HOOD:

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson: “FBI to probe panels that reviewed e-mails from alleged Fort Hood gunman” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Kevin Johnson: “NYC top cop: 9/11 trials’ security costs higher” LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Court muddled by ‘vague’ anti-fraud law” LINK

Time’s Robert Baer: “Time to Give Up the Ghost on bin Laden” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan and Spencer Hsu: “U.S. to unveil biological threat strategy” LINK

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “U.S. Will Settle Indian Lawsuit for $3.4 Billion” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Sotomayor Draws Retort From a Fellow Justice” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich: “A Senator’s Gift to the Jews, Nonreturnable” LINK

The New York Times’ Joe Stephens and Lena Sun: “White House seeks federal oversight of rail-transit safety” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Timed Blasts Roar Across Baghdad” LINK

“Democratic Disunity on Health Care Bill” LINK

“Reid Defends Slavery Comments” LINK

“Tapper on ‘Main Street’ TARP” LINK

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