The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, February 12, 2010

Feb 12, 2010 4:40am

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, CLAUDIA MORALES and CARRIE HALPERIN

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HEALTH CARE:

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “WellPoint Takes Heat Over Rates” LINK

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick and Duff Wilson: “Health Reform in Limbo, Top Drug Lobbyist Quits” LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “Administration Rejects Health Insurer’s Defense of Huge Rate Increases” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama: ‘Agnostic’ on debt commission proposals for higher taxes” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama to meet Dalai Lama next week” LINK

The Hill’s Sydelle Moore: “The Big Question: Should Obama push recess appointments?” LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper: “House GOP document: We won showdown with President Obama” <a href=http://thehill.com/homenews/house/80839-house-gop-document-we-won-showdown-with-obamahe Hill's Molly K. Hooper: “House GOP document: We won showdown with President Obama" LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin: “Obama’s Consumer Agency Imperiled by Senate’s Bipartisan Talks” LINK

FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON:

ABC News’ Emily Friedman and Brian Braiker: “Former President Bill Clinton Gets Two Stents in Coronary Artery” LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson and Steve Sternberg: “Bill Clinton gets two stents in heart artery” LINK

Time’s Alice Park: “Clinton’s Heart Procedure: Common for Bypass Patients” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Celeste Katz, David Saltonstall and Bill Hutchinson: “Former President Bill Clinton in ‘good spirits’ in New York hospital after surgery on clogged artery” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “Bill Clinton Has Heart Procedure” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Peter S. Green: “Clinton Likely to Leave Hospital Today After Heart Procedure” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney and Megan Thee-Brenan: “Poll Finds Edge for Obama Over G.O.P. Among the Public” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Angela Macropoulos: “Bill Clinton Has Procedure for Chest Pain” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and David Brown: “After heart procedure, former president Bill Clinton could return home on Friday” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Tracy Wilkinson: “Calderon visits Ciudad Juarez” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Rosenberg and Habib Zahori: “Outreach Precedes U.S. Offensive” LINK

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols and Julianna Goldman: “Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting Set; China Urges U.S. Cancel” LINK

Bloomberg’s Bomi Lim: “North Korea Nuclear Envoy May Visit U.S., Yonhap Says” LINK

TERRORISM / TSA / 9-11 TRIALS:

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: “10,000 TSA staff to get secret intel” LINK

The Associated Press Matt Apuzzo: “Obama strategy widens assault on terrorists” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Sources: WH negotiating with Hill on 9/11 trials” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Carrie Johnson: “Obama will help select location of Khalid Sheik Mohammed terrorism trial” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / STIMULUS:

ABC News’ Bryon Wolf: “Reid Splits up Jobs Bill, Talks Bipartisanship Cloture Reform” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Reid puts his bill before bipartisanship” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Reports sees more jobless, cites Bush for bad economy” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “How might unemployment reshape America?” LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer and Glenn Thrush: “Few fans of Harry Reid’s jobs bill turn around” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and David Herszenhorn: “Deal on Jobs Shows Limits of Push for Bipartisanship” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Ben Pershing: “Reid plans to push pared-down bill designed to create jobs” LINK

The Washington Post’s Daniel de Vise: “Stimulus funds helped public colleges avert disaster” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

ABC News’ Gary Langer: “Doubts About Obama, Economic Discontent Lead to GOP Rise” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jonathan Martin: “Patrick Kennedy won’t seek reelection” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “Republican Breaks Rank on Finance Bill” LINK

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick: “Democrats Try to Rebuild Campaign-Spending Barriers” LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane: “3 House retirements spur debate on whether Republicans are losing momentum” LINK

CONGRESS:

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Senator’s Capitol clout clouds Texas run” LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: “ “Dem senators seek to kill filibuster” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Congress pushes back against Supreme Court ruling on corporate spending” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan D. Salant: “Few Americans Want Members of Congress Re-Elected, Poll Finds” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “Harkin and Shaheen seek to change Senate filibuster rule; Reid dismisses effort” LINK

PATRICK KENNEDY:

A WSJ News Roundup: “Patrick Kennedy Says He Won’t Run Again” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot, Edward Mason and O’Ryan Johnson: “End of the line for Patrick Kennedy” LINK

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Rep. Kennedy to bow out, spelling end to family era” LINK

CENSUS:

The Boston Globe’s Hope Yen: “States get more leeway to count prisoners in census” LINK

SENATOR SCOTT BROWN:

Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender: “Brown may win seat on key panel” LINK

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Brown hires press secretary” LINK

The Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein, Lucy Shackelford and Dan Keating: “New senator Scott Brown was a quiet presence in Massachusetts” LINK

SARAH PALIN:

The Orlando Sentinel’s David Damron and Ludmilla Lelis: “Media barred from recording or photographing Sarah Palin at Florida events” LINK

ARMED FORCES:

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe and Jennifer Agiesta: “75% back letting gays serve openly” LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Howard Dean on Global Warming: Republicans ‘Don’t Believe in Science’” LINK

USA Today’s Paul Davidson, Paul Wiseman and Mimi Hall: “Snow slows, doesn’t stop, most government services” LINK

OTHER:

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Army boots single mom who refused to deploy” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Rhode Island gets its first black, gay House speaker” LINK

The Hill’s Bob Cusack: “Tauzin stepping down as head of PhRMA” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger: “Drug industry lobbyist Billy Tauzin to resign” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Glenn Blain and Kenneth Lovett: “Gov. Paterson points blame at disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer in Larry King chat” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin and Brody Mullins: “New Rules Proposed On Campaign Donors” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

“Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Heart Issue” LINK

“Reid: We Are Moving Forward on Jobs Bill” <a href=http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/harry-reid-moving-forward-jobs-bill-9810315“Biden: Snow Storm Creates Economic Concerns” LINK

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