The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Feb 3, 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’ JAYCE HENDERSON, PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES and CARRIE HALPERIN

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PRESIDENT OBAMA:

The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow: “Despite his roots, Obama struggles to show he’s connected to middle class” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein and William Wan: “Religious leaders worry that Obama’s faith council is for show” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot: “Defiant President Obama raps GOP in New Hampshire” LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama back in the political ring, this time with Senate Democrats" LINK

The Boston Globe's Susan Milligan: "Obama takes jobs pitch to N.H." LINK

Time's Jeffrey Kluger: "No Liftoff: Obama's Plan Grounds NASA" LINK

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN:

USA Today's The Oval: "Biden to lead delegation to Olympics opening ceremony" LINK

TERRORISM:

The New York Times’ Mark Mazzetti: “Senators Warned of Terrorist Attack on U.S. by July” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “Abdulmutallab Again Talking to FBI” LINK

The Hill's Jordy Yager: “Intelligence officials warn new attacks are 'certain'” LINK

The Hill's Susan Crabtree: “Christmas Day bombing suspect cooperates, producing new leads” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Richard A. Serrano and Greg Miller: “Suspect in plane bomb plot is reportedly cooperating again with authorities" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Alex Rodriguez: “Is she a victim of the U.S. or is she 'Terror Mom'?" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Greg Miller: “Concerns grow over Al Qaeda's group in Yemen" LINK

BANKS / FINANCIAL OVERHAUL / BUDGET:

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Mathew Jaffe: “Tax Proposals in 2011 Budget: What’s In It for you?” LINK

ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe: “AIG to Dish Out $100 Million Bonuses Wednesday” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “Fiscal hawks balk at budget cuts” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama critics mobilize to restore spending cuts” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Obama eyes bailout cash for small loans” LINK

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “Budget-strapped states avoid T-word” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Dour forecast underpins Obama’s budget plan” LINK

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus: “Obama budget seeks 13.4 percent increase for National Nuclear Security Administration” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “Dodd Vents on Bank Plan” LINK

The Hill's Silla Brush: “Insurers divided on budget” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Puzzanghera: “AIG begins awarding abbreviated bonuses” LINK

‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’:

ABC News’ Russell Goldman: “Adm. Mullen: Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is ‘Right Thing to Do’” LINK

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Hearing – Mullen Strong on Repeal – UPDATED” <a LINK

The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock and Greg Jaffe: “Pentagon supports ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law for gays in military” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: “McCain appears to shift on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’” LINK

Newsweek’s Eve Conant: “This Week in Conservative Media: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Don’t write About it” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi J. Dreazen: “Military Chief Says Gay Ban Should Go” <a LINK

ARMED FORCES:

USA Today's Tom Vanden Brook: "MRAP can take fight off-road" LINK

Time's Mark Thompson: "U.S. Cyberwar Strategy: The Pentagon Plans to Attack" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ Steven Erlanger: “Europe Feels Snubbed as Obama Cancels Trip” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Rosenberg: “Karzai Seeks Saudi Role in Peace Talks” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “U.S., Russia Agree to Nuclear-Arms Accord” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Chip Cummins: “Iran Says It Is Now Ready for a Nuclear Deal” LINK

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols: “Obama Plan to Meet Dalai Lama Prompts New Friction” LINK

Bloomberg’s Eltaf Najafizada and James Rupert: “Afghanistan Invites New Iron Mine Bids Over Transparency Issues” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Barbara Demick: “North Korea's economic moves bring new misery” LINK

Time's Bruce Crumley: "The U.S. Is Not Alone — Europe's in Debt Too" LINK

GITMO:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Brennan: All Transferred Detainees Who Returned to Terrorism Were Released by Bush, No Recidivism for Those Released by ObamaLINK

HAITI EARTHQUAKE & RELIEF EFFORTS:

USA Today's Ken Dilanian: "Rebuilding will mean reversing past failures" LINK

USA Today's Cathy Lynn Grossman: "Mass graves may have lasting spiritual impact in Haiti" LINK

HEALTH CARE:

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor and Carrie Budoff Brown: “Nancy Pelosi plans two tracks for health care reform” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Stumping for Jobs Plan, Obama Pushes Health Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Patrick Yoest: “Democrats Change Health-Care Tack” LINK

Time's Kate Pickert: "So is Health Care Reform Dead or Just in a Democratically Induced Coma?" LINK

JOBS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid and Greg Hitt: “Democrats to Unveil Jobs Package; Spending Fight Looms” LINK

EDUCATION:

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Obama Plans Revamp of ‘No Child Left Behind’ Education Law” LINK

SENATE:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Obama’s Home State Holds First Primary Election of 2010” LINK

Politico’s David Cataniese and Josh Kraushaar: “Ginnaoulias, Kirk win Senate nods” LINK

Politico’s Jessica Taylor: “Deutch wins Dem nod in Florida’s 19th” LINK

G.O.P.:

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and Jeff Zeleny: “Obama Acts to Engage G.O.P., Testing Party’s Intentions” LINK

CLIMATE/CAP-TRADE BILL:

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson: “Obama Retreats From Goal of Cap-Trade Bill” LINK

Time's Bryan Walsh: "Climate Accord Suggests a Global Will, if Not a Way" LINK

ELECTION:

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin: “Kirk Wins Primary for Illinois” LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Obama Basketball Buddy to Defend His Old Senate Seat” LINK

The Hill's Aaron Blake: “Giannoulias, Kirk to fight each other for Obama's old Senate seat” LINK

The Hill's Aaron Blake: “FEC reports show Senate primaries growing tighter” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Joel Millman: “Duo Pushes Rhode Island to Decriminalize Pot” <a LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Sen. Gregg: TARP Is Not a 'Piggy Bank'!” LINK

“Ex-Edwards Aide: I Put Wife Through Hell” LINK

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