The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, January 18, 2010

Jan 18, 2010 4:23am

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, JAYCE HENDERSON, KRISTEN RED-HORSE and CARRIE HALPERIN

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HAITI EARTHQUAKE & RELIEF EFFORTS:

ABC News’ Michael S. James, Jeffrey Kofman, Dan Harris and Kate Snow: “Haiti Sadness and Joy: 70,000 Bodies Collected — but a Record 70+ Rescues” LINK

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and Nancy Ayala: “Haiti Help Is Near — but Where to Land?” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Bush On Lessons from Previous Disasters: Don’t Set Expectations Too High” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Bush: ‘Ought To Be No Politicization’ on Haiti” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Clinton Says He’s Frustrated With Lag Time in Relief” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Presidents Clinton and Bush React to E-mail from Haiti” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Keen on Death Toll: ‘Prepared For the Worst’; 150,000 to 200,000 ‘A Start Point’” LINK

ABC News’ Kate Snow: “Secretary Clinton: U.S. Prepared to Help Rebuild Haiti” <a href=http//abcnews.go.com/GMA/Weekend/secretary-clinton-pledges-us-stay-haiti/story?id=9586165
USA Today's Marisol Bello and Donna Leinwand: "Aid frustration: 'We're racing against the clock'" LINK

USA Today’s Oren Dorell: “More U.S. military personnel head to Haiti for relief effort” LINK

USA Today’s Jim Michaels: “Aid mission uses lessons of war” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Maria Sacchetti: “Frustrated throngs flee Haiti’s capital” LINK

Time’s Jeffrey Kluger: “Haiti: After the Devastation, the Emotional Wreckage” LINK

Bloomberg’s Justin Blum and Chris Dolmetsch: “Clinton Visits Haiti in Bid to Speed Earthquake Relief Efforts” LINK

The Washington Times’ Nicolas Kralev: “Security concerns slow aid to quake survivors” LINK

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu: “Officials try to prevent Haitian earthquake refugees from coming to U.S.” LINK

Newsweek’s Karen Fragala Smith: “Haiti: A Historical Perspective” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan: “Shah, Keen step into Haiti spotlight” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tracy Wilkinson and Joe Mozingo and Ken Ellingwood: “Quake victims seek comfort in prayers” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tina Susman: “Gasoline, the lifeblood of Haiti, runs low” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong and John Berman: “Coakley vs. Brown: President Obama’s Agenda Hangs in Balance” LINK

ABC News Analysis by Gary Langer: “President Obama at One Year: Lower Ratings, Higher Doubts” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Roundtable Report Card” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama agenda on trial in Massachusetts?” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser and Eric Moskowitz: “Pulling out all the stops” LINK

The Associated Press: “Lending a hand: Ways the Obamas have helped out” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper: “In Church Visit, Obama Addresses Race, Struggle and Hope” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Agiesta and Jon Cohen: “Fewer Americans think Obama has advanced race relations, poll shows” LINK

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift: “A Modern-Day LBJ?” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Beverly Ford In Boston and Celeste Katz: “Coakley in Massachusetts in bid to save Senate supermajority” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Associated Press’ Amir Shah: “Militants, Afghan Police Battle in Afghan Capital” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yaroslav Trofimov and Alan Cullison: “Kabul Rocked by Explosions” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Habib Zahori: “Karzai Faces New Woes” LINK

Bloomberg’s Mark Lee: “Google Says It’s in Talks With China on Search Engine” LINK

Bloomberg’s James G. Neuger: “NATO to Rebuff Russian Bid for Separate Treaty, Officials Say” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Staff: “Taliban launches attack in Kabul; gun battle rages” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Chris Kraul: “Billionaire Pinera wins Chile runoff” LINK

The Associated Press’ Amir Shah: “Militants, Afghan Police Battle in Afghan Capital” LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

ABC News’ Jeunée Simon: “First Lady’s Surprise Birthday Bash” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “With Senate seat in jeopardy, Democrats seek health options” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Lawmakers ready to spar over abortion” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “Hoping It Won’t Be Needed, Democrats Ponder a Backup Plan on Health Plan on Health Care Bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane and Karl Vick: “His health-care agenda at risk, Obama stumps in Massachusetts” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Democrats Push to Salvage a Flailing Candidacy” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anita Kumar and Rosalind Helderman: “Va. Democrats Successfully press McDonnell to drop nominee” LINK

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. & CIVIL RIGHTS:

ABC News’ Ron Claiborne and Kari Pricher: “Martin Luther King Jr.’s Message Lives On” LINK

USA Today: Honoring King’s Dream: LINK

The Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender: “US cloaks case files involving civil rights” LINK

SENATE RACE / CONGRESS:

The Boston Herald’s Jessica Van Sack and Hillary Chabot: “President Obama aims to beat back Scott Brown for Dem” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot: “Brown, Coakley will cross paths at event” LINK

Boston Herald Staff: “AG Martha Coakley in for full final day on stump” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan and Joseph Curl: “Obama stumps at last minute to save agenda” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “His Agenda on the Line, Obama Stumps in Massachusetts” LINK

Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla and Kate Andersen Brower: “Obama Says Massachusetts Race Critical for Democratic Policies” LINK

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick: “Intended to Rein in Lobbyists, Law Sends Them Underground” LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Cooper: “In Senate Race, Massachusetts Bucks a Political Stereotype” LINK

The New York Times’ John Harwood: “Digging Into Massachusetts Campaign, Democrats Might Find Midterm Strategy” LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates and Manu Raju: “Brown win could spark legal battle” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin & Ben Smith: “Mass. Pols vie to channel voters’ anger” LINK

TERRORISM:

The New York Times’ Eric Lipton, Eric Schmitt and Mark Mazzetti: “Review of Jet Bomb Plot Shows More Missed Clues” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Roundtable: Obama’s Report Card” LINK

“Bush, Clinton on Haiti: Lessons from the Past” LINK

“Green Room: The U.S. Relief Effort” LINK

“Rescues Continue Days After Quake” LINK

“Secretary Clinton Pledges Support” LINK

“New Poll Finds Support Low for Obama” LINK

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