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

Jan 18, 2010 4:23am

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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//
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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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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