The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, January 8, 2010

By Jayson

Jan 8, 2010 4:41am

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, PETER MARTINEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES and CARRIE HALPERIN

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AIR SECURITY / CHRISTMAS TERROR ATTACK / TERRORISM:

ABC News’ Brian Ross: “Shock: Obama Forced to ‘Order’ Follow-Ups of Terrorists Tips” LINK

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas, Karen Travers, and Devin Dwyer: “Obama Releases Security Review of Attempted Bombing” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “9/11 Commission Vice Chair Lee Hamilton: Obama, Other Leaders, Too Complacent About Protecting Nation From TerrorismLINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Helene Cooper: “Obama Orders Improvements in Security Policies” LINK

The Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan: “Yemen’s internal divide complicates U.S. efforts against al-Qaeda, analysts say” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “’Buck stops with me; Obama says’” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth R. Bazinet and James Gordon Meek: “White House admits it didn’t believe Al Qaeda from Yemen had ability to attack the U.S.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Siobhan Gorman: “Obama Orders Security Fix” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Melanie Trottman and Mike Esterl: “Wariness Persists at Airports” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman: “Years of Spotty Data-Sharing on Suspects” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Margaret Coker: “Yemen Ties Alleged Attacker to al Qaeda and U.S.-Born Cleric” LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Obama orders security upgrade” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “White House releases text of security review” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama: I’m responsible for Christmas Day security failures” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama counterterrorism aide took leave after Christmas attack” LINK

USA Today’s Thomas Frank and Peter Eisler: “Body scanners key to anti-terror plan” LINK

Time’s Theo Emery: “How Should America Try Terror Suspects?” LINK

Newsweek’s Andrew Romano: “Why the Christmas Day Plot Was a Blessing in Disguise” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Laura Rozen: “President Obama: ‘The buck stops with me’” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Will It Pass? Health Care Bill at Risk” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing: “House Democrats confer on health-care reform” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Duke Helfand: “Healthcare overhaul could save money and boost jobs, researchers say” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tony Perry: “Marines in Afghanistan take ‘The Village’ to heart” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Timothy W. Martin and Peter Wallsten: “Health-Care Views Hurt Dorgan’s Bid” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan: “Nelson Wants to Give All States Nebraska’s Medicaid Assistance” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama: More health care talks today” LINK

Time’s Kate Pickert: “UPDATE: Health Reform and the States” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith: “Govs. Enlisted in health care cause” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen and Jeffrey Young: “Pelosi vows to defend House healthcare bill” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Post’s Del Quentin Wilber: “U.S. appeals court wary of habeas corpus challenge by detainees in Afghanistan” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joshua Partlow: “U.S. military investigates allegations of detainee abuse in Afghanistan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “U.S. Seeks a New Path to Peace in Middle East” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Zahid Hussain in Islamabad and Matthew Rosenberg in New Delhi: “U.S. Insists Pakistan Ease Limits On Staffers” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Lauria: “U.N.’s Afghan Envoy Makes His Case in Washington” LINK

GITMO:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Obama Administration Refers Sixth Gitmo Detainee to Military Commission” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “President Is Said to Decide to Renominate Six Choices” LINK

ECONOMY:

USA Today’s Paul Wiseman: “Outlook for job market is grim” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “Senate panel gavels to change hands in ‘11” LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar: “Craig James wants to run for Senate in Texas” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Reid to Bloomie: Drop Ford!” LINK

DEFENSE SECRETARY ROBERT GATES:

Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio: “Gates to Keep Defense Job at Least Another Year, Spokesman Says” LINK

Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio: “Gates Returns Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop Programs to Spend Plan” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Times’ Ralph Z. Hallow: “Steele to GOP critics: Fire me or ‘shut up’” LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: “In Massachusetts, Anxiety for Favored Democrats” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Steele comments have GOP aides pleading, “Get him to stop’” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane and Chris Cillizza: “GOP casting wide net in effort to recruit 2010 hopefuls” LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns and Charles Mahtesian: “Unresolved questions for 2010” LINK

ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin: “EPA proposes stricter limits on smog pollutants” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger: “Pressure builds against mountaintop coal mining” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley and Margot Roosevelt: “EPA proposes nation’s strictest smog limits ever” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Mark W. Peters and Stephen Power: “EPA Proposes Tighter, Costlier Smog Limits” LINK

USA Today’s Brian Winter: “Companies balk at EPA’s smog-limit recommendations” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “Senate Democrats look at infrastructure, ‘caulkers’ in jobs bill” LINK

GAY MARRIAGE:

The New York Times’ David Kocieniewski: “New Jersey Senate Defeats Gay Marriage Bill” LINK

USA Today On Deadline: “N.J. Senate defeats same-sex marriage” LINK

OTHER:

ABC News’ Kate Snow and Kristina Wong: “Tea Party Activists Gaining Steam Across The Country” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers: “Vice President Biden Rushes to Bedside of Seriously Ill Mother” LINK

The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan: “PETA latest to use an ad with an Obama without permission” LINK

Newsweek’s Krista Gesaman: “An American Dream Gone to Pot” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama: ‘The Buck Stops With Me’” LINK

“Steele to Critics: ‘Get a Life’” LINK

“Counterterrorism Advisor Brennan Offers Mea Culpa” LINK

“Obama Orders Air Marshal Surge” LINK

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