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

By Jayson

Mar 18, 2010 4:37am

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“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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