The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, March 18, 2010

By Jayson

Mar 18, 2010 4:37am

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’ Huma Khan: “Rep. Dennis Kucinich Switches Health Care Vote” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama Tells St. Patrick’s Luncheon on Capitol Hill that Ted Kennedy is Watching Them This Health Care Week” LINK

The Washington Times Stephen Dinan: “CBO feels crush of health care requests” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and Kathy Kiely: “Obama team wrapping up health package” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama: A vote is a vote is a vote” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Idaho is first to challenge federal health care mandate” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Survey shows how middle class hit by health-insurance crisis” LINK

Boston Globe’s Susan Milligan: “Catholic opposition to health bill fades” LINK

The Associated Press’ Philip Elliott: “Obama argues for health care effort on Fox News” LINK

Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Phone lines in Congress jammed from health care calls” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: “Obama’s plans to travel overseas as health vote nears draw criticism” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Democrats Inch Toward Securing Votes for Health Bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane: “Obama persuades Kucinich to back health-care bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Sandya Somashekhar and Paul Kane: “Democrats yet to decide on health-care bill bear the weight of Washington” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “GOP lawmakers, candidates pledge to repeal health-care legislation” LINK

The Hill’s Jordy Yager: “Limbaugh inspires a half-million phone calls against the health bill ll” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen and Molly K. Hooper: “No CBO score Wednesday night; Saturday healthcare vote unlikely” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook and Noam N. Levey: “Health bill picking up key votes” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth R. Bazinet and Michael Mcauliff: “Health care reform bill gets blessing from Catholic nuns – and contrarian Rep. Dennis Kucinich” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Janet Adamy: “Democrats Hunt Votes For Deal On Health” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Health-Care Maneuver Would Spur Challenges” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jared A. Favole: “Health Bill Drops Ban On Deals Between Brand- Generic-Drug Makers” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Kristin Jensen: “Obama’s Health Plan Gets Kucinich Vote, Faces Another Delay” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA / JOBS BILL:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Reagan Billboard Jabs Obama: ‘Remember Real Hope and Change?’” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama says he will be vindicated by history” LINK

Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Obama marks St. Patrick’s Day at the Capitol” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “St. Paddy’s in Washington: Irish Chief Picks ‘Quiet Week’ to Visit White House” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Hawaii Considers Bill to Ignore Repeated Requests for Obama’s Birth Certificate” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Jobs Bill Heads to President’s Desk With Bipartisan Support” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “Job Bill Passes in Senate With 11 Republican Votes” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing: “Congress sends Obama $18 billion jobs bill to sign” LINK

Politico’s Kendra Marr: “Obama stumps for Boxer” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “Cracks in bipartisan support of jobs bill” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Obama set to sign jobs bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Senate Approves $17.5 Billion Job-Creation Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama Lobbying Style: All Ears” LINK

Bloomberg’s John Hechinger: “Obama’s Education Plan Restricts Local Schools, Republicans Say” LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Obama Skirts Illinois Visits So Far as Democrats Battle Scandal” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan and Philip Pan: “Clinton’s agenda for Russia trip reflects improving but fragile relationship” LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger and Isabel Kershner: “U.S. Mulls Own Plan for Mideast Talks” LINK

Politico’s John Gerstein: “President Obama on Israel: Friends can disagree” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman and Jonathan Weisman: “Drone Kills Suspect in CIA Suicide Bombing” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “Clinton to Discuss Nuclear Treaty on Moscow Trip” LINK

Bloomberg’s Lucian Kim and Indira Lakshmanan: “Clinton to Push Nuclear Pact, Mideast Peace in Moscow” LINK

TERRORISM:

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Report: Drone killed al-Qaeda figure linked to CIA attack” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David S. Cloud: “Militant linked to attack on CIA killed” LINK

The Associated Press’ Eileen Sullivan and Devlin Barrett: “Recent cases show challenge of US terrorists” LINK

The Associated Press’ Lolita C. Baldor and Matt Apuzzo: “Senior official: al-Qaida leader believed killed” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Virginia Terror Suspects Charged in Pakistan” LINK

ECONOMY / FINANCIAL REFORM:

ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe: “The Other Reform Fight: War of Words Over Financial Reform Heats Up” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin: “Bankers Meet With Lawmakers to Influence Senate Overhaul Bill” LINK

EDUCATION:

Politics Daily’s Linda Kulman: “Reform of ‘No Child Left Behind’ Calls for More Flexibility, Higher Standards” LINK

The Washington Post’s Nick Anderson: “Plan to rework ‘No Child’ prompts concerns for rural areas” LINK

IRAQ ELECTIONS:

Time’s Andrew Lee Butters: “Iraq Election: Close Results Portend More Trouble” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Deficit Hawk Returns, Much to His Party’s Dismay” LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “Running for Obama’s Old Seat, and Set on Derailing His Plans” LINK

VICE-PRESIDENT BIDEN:

The Associated Press: “Biden mistakenly blesses Irish leader’s mother” LINK

CONGRESS:

Politico’s John Bresnahan and Manu Raju: “Grand jury subpoenas Ensign-tied companies” LINK

OTHER:

USA Today’s Donna Leinwand: “Poll: Most OK with 5-day mail service” LINK

USA Today’s Peter Eisler: “States give inmates access to personal data of others” LINK

Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis: “GE and Ronald Reagan: The Mutual Gift That Keeps On Giving” LINK

Politics Daily’s Delia Lloyd: “Women’s Vote Will Likely Decide British Elections” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor: “Twisting path to 216 for Pelosi” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Howard Saul: “Levy to Run as Republican in Governor Bid” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ana Campoy: “Freeze Imperils Virtual Border Fence” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Emily Steel: “U.S. Official Blasts Google on Buzz” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama on Health Care: Ted Kennedy ‘Watching’” LINK

“Kucinich Vote Flips From ‘No’ to ‘Yes’” LINK

“Health Care: Debating ‘Deem and Pass’” LINK

“Obama Thanks Senate for Passing Jobs Bill” LINK

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