The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, February 4, 2010

Feb 4, 2010 4:07am

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:

The Washington Post’s John Pomfret: “Obama to meet with Dalai Lama in mid-February” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Obama Deconstructs the ‘Axis of Evil’” LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: “Tough talk comes after Obama exits" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama's Session With Senate Democrats is Campaign Prelude” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ Jane Perlez: “Soldier Deaths Draw Focus to U.S. in Pakistan” LINK

The New York Times: “U.S. Keeps North Korea Off Terror List” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “Currency Dispute Likely to Further Fray U.S.-China Ties” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Margaret Coker: “Iraqi Court Lifts Election Ban” LINK

Time's Jeffrey Wasserstrom: "China and the U.S.: Too Big to Fail" LINK

Time's Joe Klein: "Hold the Hyperbole" LINK

INTERROGATION:

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson and Anne Kornblut: “Criticism of Obama on National security likely to remain big issue” LINK

TERRORISM:

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas, Huma Khan, and Jayson Ryan: “Officials: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Provided Valuable, Chilling Intelligence” LINK

ABC News’ Jayson Ryan: “License to Kill? Intelligence Chief Says U.S. Can Take Out American Terrorists” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Richard A. Serrano: “Holder defends arrest of alleged airline bomb plotter" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jeffrey Fleishman and Haley Sweetland Edwards: “Ruling Yemen gets even more complicated" LINK

The New York Daily News' James Gordon Meek: “Experts: Al Qaeda in Yemen may send American jihadis, recruited by Anwar al-Awlaki, to attack U.S." LINK

Bloomberg’s Justin Blum: “Holder Defends Decision on Prosecution of Accused Plane Bomber” LINK

‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’:

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “Colin Powell now says gays should be able to serve openly in military” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane: “Obama suggests Republicans could have a role in health-care bill” LINK

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “Colin Powell Scuttles McCain’s ‘Don’t Ask’ Rationale” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Deals survive with bill on life supports” LINK

The Hill's Jeffrey Young: “Health spending consumed record portion of economy in 2009, report says" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Landers: “Public Share of Health Tab to Top 50%” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA / ECONOMY / BUDGET:

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Bernanke starts new term with speech acknowledging critics’ points” LINK

Bloomberg’s Craig Torres: “Bernanke Vows to Defend Fed Autonomy at Swearing-In Ceremony” LINK

USA Today's Mimi Hall: "Obama's budget curbs border programs" LINK

USA Today's Kevin Johnson: "2011 budget gives federal prisons $528M" LINK

The Associated Press Ben Feller: "Obama prescribes election plan to Democrats: Lead" LINK

TEA PARTY:

Newsweek’s Suzy Khimm: “Party Time” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Dave Wedge: “Sarah Palin has top billing at Hub event” LINK

SENATE / CONGRESS:

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “Senate Likely to Move (Uncharacteristically) Quickly to Seat Brown” LINK

Bloomberg’s Catherine Dodge and David Voreacos: “Loopholes Allowing Tainted Money Into U.S., Senate Report Says” LINK

G.O.P. / DEMOCRATS / ILLINOIS ELECTION:

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Obama to Senate Democrats: Don’t Play it Safe ‘We Still Have to Lead’” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “House Republicans Assail White House Briefing on Christmas Day Bomber” LINK

Politico’s Jessica Taylor: “Dems line up behind Quinn” LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “Republican PACs gear up for 2010” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Tea party aside, Republicans play to win” LINK

Politico’s James Hohmann and Jake Sherman: “Term limits rule dismays ranking GOP” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Obama’s outreach to GOP: Wield club, olive branch” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan and Kara Rowland: “’Holds’ a two-edge sword for Obama” LINK

The New York Times’ Monica Davey: “Illinois Senate Race Worries Democrats Anew” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “G.O.P. Group to Promote Conservative Ideas” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin: “Illinois Picks Senate Candidates; Governor Races Uncertain” LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “‘Tony Soprano’ Faces ‘Insider’ for Obama Senate Seat” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Neil King Jr.: “GOP Chases Wall Street Donors” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael M. Phillips: “McCain Feeling Primary Heat From His Right Flank” LINK

SCOTT BROWN:

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Heidi Przybyla: “Republican Brown to Be Certified Today for Senate Swearing-In” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot: “The time is now for Scott Brown” LINK

Boston Globe's Matt Viser: "Brown pushes swearing-in to today" LINK

CLIMATE / ENVIRONMENTAL:

The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson: “EPA biofuels guidelines could spur production of ethanol from corn” LINK

The Hill's Ben Geman: “EPA ruling boosts ethanol after fierce lobbying effort for corn-based fuels" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Russell Gold: “Investment Dollars Flow To Green Energy Start-Ups” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Anna Schecter and Brian Ross: “’Stop Driving’ Advice Sends Owners into Panic, Drives Stock Down” LINK

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Rahm Emanuel “Retarded” Comment Puts Offensiveness in Spotlight” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: “Emanuel says he will join effort to stop use of ‘retarded’” LINK

The Hill's Kevin Bogardus: “Report: Lobbyists helped launder millions" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“LaHood to Toyota Owners: 'Stop Driving'” LINK

“Obama: Don't Lose Sight of Why We're Here'” LINK

“New Terror Attempt 'Certain'” LINK

“Feinberg Defends AIG Bonuses” LINK

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