The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jan 12, 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 AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

Politico’s Glenn Thrush and Mike Allen: “How long will Rahm Ramnuel remain?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama in no rush for State of Union” LINK

The Washington Times’ David R. Sands: “Veto by Obama raises questions” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jason Horowitz: “Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes is penning a different script for the world stage” LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "Obama budget may include fees on bailed-out banks" LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "Obama and labor unions at odds over health care" LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: “Tough Sanctions May Not Persuade Iran to Quit Nuclear Program” LINK

The Hill's Mark Magnier: “In Karachi, politics means urban warfare, literally” LINK

Time's Bill Powell: "Is North Korea Ready to Do (Another) Nuke Deal?" LINK

YEMEN:

The Washington Post’s Susarsan Raghavan: “Somas fleeing to Yemen prompt new worries in fight against al-Qaeda” LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

ABC News’ Gary Langer: “Views Improve Sharply in Afghanistan, Though Criticisms of the U.S. Stay High” LINK

TERRORISM:

ABC News’ Dana Hughes and Nadine Shubailat: “Dad of Alleged Bomber Abdulmutallab Called ‘Heroic,’ Invited to Congress” LINK

ECONOMY / FEDERAL RESERVE / WALL STREET / BANKS / BAILOUT:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “’Top Line’ – Can Obama Sell a Cadillac Tax?” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan: “Jobs take priority on Hill as elections loom” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Obama Weighs Tax on Banks to Cut Deficit” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Federal Reserve earned $45 billion in 2009” LINK

The Wall Street Journals’ Deborah Solomon and Damian Paletta: “Banks Brace for Bailout Fee” LINK

Bloomberg’s Thom Weidlich and David Glovin: “Federal Reserve Seeks to Block Release of U.S. Bailout Secrets” LINK

Bloomberg’s Ryan J. Donmoyer: “Obama Must Confront Complexity in Structuring Any Fee on Banks” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Dems stiffen spines on health bill” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Labor warns against high-end health tax” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Steven Greenhouse: “President Signals Flexibility on Health Plan Tax” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: “Obama meets with union leaders to discuss health-care reform” LINK

The Wall Street Journals’ Alicia Mundy: “New Breast Screening Limits Face Reversal” LINK

USA Today's John Fritze: "Analysts question savings, revenue in health care bill" LINK

Time's Karen Tumulty: "Can the Dems Bridge Their Health Care 'Cadillac' Tax Divide?" LINK

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE:

Newsweek’s Eve Conant: “Gay Marriage on Trial: Today Could Be the Start of Something Historic” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

The Washington Post’s John Pomfret: “On Asia-Pacific trip, Hillary Clinton Downplays U.S.-China friction” LINK

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers: “Reid’s Racial Remark: Some Truth to It?” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen and Glenn Trush: “Harry Situation: Inside the eruption” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “Reid’s outreach begins back home” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Reid ‘warmed’ after his apology” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ann Gerhart: “Sen. Reid and Son Rory each considered a burden for the other’s campaign in Nevada” LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Not Using Negro Dialect Does Not Make Obama an Exception Among Black Politicians” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Brian Faler: “Democrats Back Reid as Republican Calls for Ouster” LINK

The Hill's Christina Wilkie: “Scheduled weeks ago, 'African Americans for Harry Reid' will launch” LINK

The Associated Press: "Reid says he won't dwell on race-based controversy" LINK

FORMER GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Sarah Palin to Fox News – a Step Away from 2012?” LINK

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz: “Sarah Palin to appear regularly on Fox News” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Palin Lands a Talk Show-Well, Kind Of” LINK

The New York Daily News' Thomas M. Defrank In Washington and Richard Huff: "Sarah Palin to Fox News: Former Alaska Gov., 2008 GOP VP nominee, inks multi-year deal" LINK

USA Today's Fredreka Schouten: "Palin returns to broadcast roots as Fox News pundit" LINK

Time's Mark Halperin and John Heilemann: "Her GOP Critics Unleashed, Will Palin Fire Back?" LINK

ROD BLAGOJEVICH:

USA Today's On Deadline: "Blagojevich backpedals for saying he's 'blacker than Obama'" LINK

G.O.P. / DEMOCRATS:

Time's Ramesh Ponnuru: "Why the GOP Shouldn't Get Too Confident" LINK

SENATE:

Politico’s Jessica Taylor: “Final debate Marks Massachusetts stretch run” LINK

The Boston Globe's Matt Viser and Andrea Estes: "Coakley, Brown in bitter debate" LINK

ARMED FORCES:

USA Today's Jim Michaels: "U.S. general: Taliban beaten in Helmand province" LINK

WHITE HOUSE / 2010 CAMPAIGN RACE:

The Wall Street Journals’ Peter Wallsten: “White House Picks Favorites in 2010 Races” LINK

OTHER:

The Wall Street Journals’ Suzanne Sataline: “New Jersey Set to Allow Medical Pot” LINK

The Hill's Michael Rothfeld and Richard Simon: “Washington fires back at Schwarzenegger” LINK

USA Today's Haya El Nasser: "Black coalition pushes for 'unified' 2010 Census tally" LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "VA says suicide rate for vets jumped 26% from 2005-2007" LINK

USA Today's Joan Biskupic: "States protest Supreme Court ruling on live testimony" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Holder Defends Reid Despite Race Remark” LINK

“Blagojevich: 'What I Said Was Stupid'” LINK

“Sen. Reid Apologizes for 'Negro' Remark” LINK

“Top General Optimistic Over Afghanistan” LINK

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