The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jan 14, 2010 4:13am

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

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PRESIDENT OBAMA, HIS ADMINISTRATION AND HAITI:

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Bill Clinton: Haiti Quake Tragedy for Millions, United Nations” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama to National Security Staff: I Want to Know Why It Is We’re Not Doing More” LINK

The New York Times’ Simon Romero: “Haiti Lies in Ruins; Grim Search for Untold Dead” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan, William Branigin and Scott Wilson: “Tens of thousands feared dead after Haiti earthquake” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear: “Obama orders rapid mobilization of U.S. rescue, relief efforts for Haiti” LINK

The Washington Post’s John Pomfret: “Clinton cancels Asia trip to help with Haiti earthquake response” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ann Scott Tyson and Spencer Hsu: “U.S. military dispatches aircraft carrier, other assets to help in Haiti” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Tina Susman and Joe Mozingo and Ken Ellingwood: “Haiti quake survivors sought amid 'unimaginable' destruction" LINK

The New York Daily News' Barry Paddock, Katie McFadden and Corky Siemaszko: “Haitian NYers' fear and anxiety as some get tragic news, others just can't get through" LINK

Time's Dan Fletcher: "Why Is Pat Robertson Blaming Haiti?" LINK

Time's Karen Tumulty: "Re Re: What's A Natural Disaster Without Pat Robertson To Explain?" LINK

Time's Michael Scherer: "President Obama In 2010: Publicly Demonstrating Leadership In Crisis" LINK

Time's Mark Thompson: "How the U.S. Military Will Help Haiti" LINK

Time's Bryan Walsh: "After the Quake Comes the Disease. Can Haiti Cope?" LINK

USA Today's Martha T. Moore: "Haitian Americans await word" LINK

USA Today's Marisol Bello, Brian Winter and Donna Leinwand: "Haiti earthquake devastation 'immense'" LINK

USA Today's Alan Gomez: "Private donations critical to relief" LINK

USA Today's Alan Levin: "Supplies brought in despite Haiti's main airport getting hit" LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "Americans already mobilizing to help Haiti" LINK

USA Today's Judy Keen: "Facebook, Twitter 2-way 'lifeline' for Haiti" LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "U.S. sends humanitarian armada to Haiti" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Pooja Bhatia and John Lyons: “Haiti Despairs as Quake Deaths Mount” LINK

Bloomberg’s Peter Green and Bill Faries: “Haiti Rescue Effort Races to Find People Buried in Quake Rubble” LINK

FORMER PRESIDENT CLINTON:

The Washington Post’s Bill Clinton: “What we can do to help Haiti, now and beyond” LINK

OTHER FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Politico’s Laura Rozen: “Clinton on way back to D.C.” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: “Carl Levin blasts Afghan troop training” LINK

The New York Times’ John Pomfret: “U.S. faces long odds in improved relations with Asia” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Laura King: “Afghan civilian deaths in 2009 were the most since the invasion, U.N. says" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Anand Gopal: “Insurgent-Caused Civilian Deaths Jump in Afghanistan” LINK

Bloomberg’s Mark Drajem: “Google China Threat May Reflect U.S. Companies’ Growing Unease” LINK

Bloomberg’s Mary Childs and Amy Thomson: “Google May Trade Phone Sales for Free Speech in China” LINK

Bloomberg’s Viola Gienger and Tony Capaccio: “NATO Commander Predicts More Alliance Troops for Afghanistan” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “EXCLUSIVE: Obama wins more cuts in spending than Bush” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Obama Approval vs. Disapproval Hits Even Split” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PUBLIC TRANSIT:

The New York Times’ Michael Cooper: “Administration Loosens Purse Strings for Transit Projects” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA / BANKS / BANK EXECS:

ABC News’ Alice Gomstyn and Mathew Jaffe: “Bank CEO’s Admit Mistakes at Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Hearing” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Jobs impact of stimulus disputed” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: “Gates meets defense industry heads” LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama rolls out bank fee plan Thursday" LINK

USA Today's Paul Wiseman: "Bank executives say sorry for bad choices" LINK

Time's Stephen Gandel: "Goldman Tries to Put a Halo on Bonuses" LINK

The Hill's Walter Alarkon: “House Democrats turn focus to economy" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon and Michael R. Crittenden: “Panel Rips Wall Street Titans” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta, Deborah Solomon and David Enrich: “White House's Tax Proposal Targets Big Banks' Risks” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Ryan J. Donmoyer: “Obama to Announce Fee on Some Large Banks to Help Recoup Funds” LINK

BEN BERNANKE:

Bloomberg’s Scott Lanman and James Rowley: “Senate Aims for Bernanke Vote Before Fed Term Ends in January” LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “After a Year of Learning, the First Lady Seeks Out a Legacy” LINK

The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan: “We’ve gotten a lot done, Michelle Obama says of year one as first lady” LINK

G.O.P. / DEMOCRATS:

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: “Democrats Fight to Hold Crucial Seat: Kennedy’s” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Harold Ford’s Play Against Obama Health Care Bill” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Patrick O’Connor: “President Obama pushes for a deal on health bill” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “Pressure to pass health bill exposes divisions among Democrats” LINK

The New York Times’ Reed Abelson: “Proposals Clash on States’ Role in Health Plans” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama and Lawmakers Seek Accord on Health Care” LINK

The Hill's Jared Allen and Jeffrey Young: “Obama trying to 'force some decisions' on healthcare measure" LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: “After learning of campaign donations, Dems turn up heat on insurance companies" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook and Noam N. Levey: “Tax expansion could pay for healthcare overhaul" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama, Democratic leaders: 'Progress' in health talks" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama: Long talks on health care; long call list on Haiti" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy, Naftali Bendavid and Laura Meckler: “Democrats Make 'Significant Progress' in Health Talks” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley and Roger Runningen: “Obama Seeks to Resolve Lawmakers’ Differences Over Health Care” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “Campaign finance activists on pins and needles awaiting Supreme Court ruling” LINK

GAY MARRIAGE:

Newsweek’s Eve Conant: “SCOTUS Bans Video in California Gay-Marriage Trial” LINK

Newsweek’s Eve Conant: “Gay Marriage Supporters Outnumber Opponents at Trial” LINK

MASS. SENATE SEAT:

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot: “Scott Brown: Obama not invited to this party” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Howie Carr: “Rattled Dems fret over health of Senate seat” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: "National groups put funds into Mass. race" LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power: “Chu, Orszag at Odds Over Yucca Funding” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today's Thomas Frank: "TSA plan skips many checkpoints" LINK

USA Today's Greg Zoroya: "Army wives with deployed husbands suffer higher mental health issues" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stu Woo and Jim Carlton: “Former Congressman Campbell to Drop California Gubernatorial Bid” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“School Kids Angry With Obama” LINK

“Bank CEOs Grilled on Bonuses” LINK

“Obama Extends Support, Prayers to Haiti” LINK

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