The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, March 19, 2010

By Jayson

Mar 19, 2010 4:35am

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:

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “EXCLUSIVE: Biden Says White House Getting Earful from Nervous Lawmakers Over Health Care” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan, Z. Byron Wolf and Dean Norland: “Obama Delays International Trip, Says Health Bill Is Rx for Deficit” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor: “Democrats steam toward Sunday vote” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Democrats make final reform push” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Republicans work hard to sway Dems” LINK

USA Today: “Highlights of health care bill” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Health care bill heads for showdown” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama delays Asia trip to work on health care” LINK

Boston Globe’s Susan Milligan: “Democrats offer $940b health bill for final test” LINK

The Associated Press’ Ben Evans: “New Dem lawmakers feeling heat on health care” LINK

Time’s Jay Newton-Small: “You Can Take the Man Out of Politics…” LINK

Time’s Karen Tumulty: “Abortion and Health Reform” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer: “Health Care Brawl: Why Obama’s Team Thinks It Can Win” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Special Provision for North Dakota Bank Removed From Health Bill” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Obama Postpones Asian Trip to Focus on Health Care” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Gibson: “Abortion Language in Health Bill Pits Catholic Against Catholic” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Democrats Say Health Bill Will Pay for Itself in the Long Run” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “In Health Vote, Democrats Weigh Success vs. Survival” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Pail Kane: “House leaders announce $940 billion health-care compromise bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Congressional Budget Office’s sunny forecast carries big uncertainties” LINK

The Washington Post’s Rosalind Helderman: “Obama’s final health-care rally to be held in Virginia” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen and Jeffrey Young: “$138 billion saving boosts Dem hopes as more pledge ‘yes’ votes” LINK

The Hill’s Michael O’Brien: “Dems defeat GOP effort to force separate vote on Senate health bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Janet Adamy: “Health Showdown Is Set” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Republicans Plot Ways to Nullify Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Avery Johnson and Suzanne Sataline: “Health Insurers Toughen Stance In Disputes Over Hospital Rates” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “How Does It Cost $940 Billion—and Cut Deficit?” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Roger Runningen: “Obama Delays Indonesia Trip to Focus on Health Care” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen: “Democrats Gain Support as They Move Toward Health-Vote Showdown” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Roger Runningen: “Obama Delays Indonesia Trip to Focus on Health Care” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald: “Stephen Lynch strong ‘no’ on health bill despite talk with President Obama” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama pledges to push immigration reform” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama to host state dinner for Mexico” LINK

The Associated Press: “Obama assures Indonesians he will visit this year” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tim Diemer: “Obama Signs Jobs Bill, Seeks More Cooperation With GOP” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama endorses immigration blueprint” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson: “Obama Calls for Fast Action on Jobs” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON / FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia: “Israeli PM (Finally) Calls Clinton Back” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: “U.S., Russian negotiators ‘at the finish line’ on new START nuclear pact” LINK

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: “U.S. to send envoy back to Mideast as Israel moves to smooth relations” LINK

Bloomberg’s Chris Dolmetsch: “Powell Says New Sanctions on Iran Won’t Stop Nuclear Program” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Helene Cooper: “From Bitter Campaign to Strong Alliance” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “Iran Dispute Becomes Focus of Clinton’s Russia Trip” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Megan K. Stack: “Hillary Clinton, Russians clash publicly over Iran reactor” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Richard Boudreaux: “Russia Greets Clinton With Gift to Iran” LINK

Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan, Lyubov Pronina and Lucian Kim: “Clinton to Meet Putin After Urging Iran Plant Delay” LINK

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL / GAY RIGHTS:

ABC News’ Steven Portnoy and Sunlen Miller: “’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Protesters Chain Themselves to White House Fence” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: “Retired gen. rips Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal” LINK

Newsweek’s Eve Conant: “Gay-Rights Protesters Stage Sit-In at Nancy Pelosi’s Office: Leaders Stand Ready to Bail Out Activists” LINK

ECONOMY / FINANCE:

The Associated Press’ Hope Yen: “For love or money, more families living together” LINK

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis and Steven Mufson: “Bankers lobby against financial regulatory overhaul” LINK

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis: “Financial reform bill headed to party-line vote” LINK

CENSUS:

Politics Daily’s Walter Shapiro: “The Census and Me — Life in 10-Year Chunks” LINK

EDUCATION:

The Washington Post’s Nick Anderson and Alec MacGillis: “Obama’s student loan plan moving forward with health bill” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

Politico’s Jessica Taylor: “Balfour out of Ga. House race” LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper and Bob Cusack: “Boehner vows his speakership would be a new era for GOP, too” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin and Greg Hitt: “Wavering Democratic Lawmakers Walk Highwire” LINK

VICE-PRESIDENT BIDEN:

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Biden Leaves ‘Em Laughing at Media Dinner” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The New York Times’ Julia Preston: “2 Senators Offer Immigration Overhaul” LINK

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu: “Senators draft plan to rework U.S. immigration policy” LINK

GITMO:

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Evan Perez: “Deal Near On Gitmo, Trials for Detainees” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Potty Parity: Congress Weighs Equal Toilets for Women, Men in Federal Buildings” LINK

FORMER BUSH ADMINISTRATION:

Newsweek’s Mark Hosenball: “Bush Administration Was Concerned About Sanctions Used Against Alleged Terror Financiers” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Los Angeles Times’ Bettina Boxall: “Scientists side with smelt, salmon protections” LINK

OTHER:

USA Today’s Donna Leinwand: “Senators challenge Postal Service’s 10-year rescue plan” LINK

Boston Globe’s David Abel: “Bullying bill OK’d in House, 148 to 0″ LINK

Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Frank says Boehner should apologize for ‘punk staffers’ remark” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “’Potty Parity Act’ seeks restroom equality in federal buildings” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Howard Saul: “Party-Switcher Roils New York Race” LINK

Bloomberg News: “Google May Shut Down China Unit in April, CBN Says” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Exclusive: Biden Talks 2010, Health Care Reform” LINK

“Obama: Health Reform Is Rx for Deficit” LINK

“Lt. Dan Choi Protests DADT” LINK

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