The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, March 11, 2010

By Jayson

Mar 11, 2010 4:19am

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

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PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Campaign Redux? Obama vs. His ‘Opponents’” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Chief justice reignites feud with Obama” LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Obama’s liberal base ‘disengaged’” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Obama aims fire at McConnell” LINK

Politics Daily’s Robert Schmuhl: “Obama’s So-Called Narrative Problem: There’s More to That Story” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Kucinich Resolution to End Afghanistan War in 30 Days Fails, 365-65” LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Vice President Biden: Israeli Settlement Announcement ‘Undermined’ Trust as Peace Talks Resume” LINK

The New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller: “U.S. Defense Chief Visits Saudi Arabia to Bolster Effort Against Iran” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Obama Pledges U.S. Aid to Haiti” LINK

The New York Times’ Richard Oppel Jr. and Abdul Waheed Wafa: “Iranian Leader and Gates Trade Jabs in Afghanistan” LINK

The New York Times’ Cark Hulse: “House Rejects Plan to Leave Afghanistan by Year’s End” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Bush Intervened in Northern Ireland Dispute” LINK

The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson: “Familiar hurdles for U.S. as it ramps up pressure on firms doing trade with Iran” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jeffrey Fleishman: “In Kabul, hopelessness weighs on job hunters” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “House debates resolution to end Afghanistan war” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Rosenberg: “Arrests Force Taliban Flight” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Joshua Mitnick: “Biden Warns Israel on Jerusalem Construction” LINK

Bloomberg’s Gwen Ackerman and Jonathan Ferziger: “Biden Urges Support for Mideast Talks Before Tel Aviv Speech” LINK

Politico’s Laura Rozen: “Joe Biden to change tone of Israel speech” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper and Robert Pear: “Obama Gets Tough on Health Care Fraud” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “In St. Louis area, Obama pounds drum for health-care initiative” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray: “Key senators balk at adding student loan overhaul to health-care legislation” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Janet Adamy: “Obama Makes Closing Argument for Health Overhaul” LINK

Bloomberg’s Roger Runningen and Kristin Jensen: “Obama Says Curbing Waste, Abuse Will Help Fund Health-Care Plan” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: “Immigration provision has Hispanic Caucus threatening ‘no’ health vote” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Obama presses Reid to cut special deals from health bill” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor and Carrie Budoff Brown: “Nancy Pelosi: ‘We’re going to get started’” LINK

Politics Daily’s Jill Lawrence: “Ten Wrong Reasons to Oppose Health Reform” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “Patrick Kennedy vs the News Media” LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Lichtblau: “Leaders in House Block Earmarks to Corporations” LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Lichtblau and Eric Lipton: “More Messages Link Senator to Job Effort” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “House bans earmarks to for-profit companies” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “GOP senators wage war on reconciliation” LINK

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “House ends its corporate earmarks” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin and Phil Mattingly: “Senate Talks Said to Advance on Consumer Unit Powers, Oversight” LINK

The Associated Press: “Report: Senator sought work for ex-lover’s husband” LINK

Time’s Kate Pickert: “Be Afraid, House Dems, Be Very Afraid (or Not)” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Reid vows to seek changes to filibuster next Congress” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “Senate passes $140 billion extension of jobless benefits” LINK

Politico’s Jake Sherman and Jen Dimascio: “Earmark ban ruffles feathers” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan: “Nancy Pelosi aide knew of Eric Massa concerns in October” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Harry Reid Promises Filibuster Reform” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “House Democrats Ban Earmarks for Private Contractors” LINK

DEMOCRATS & REPUBLICANS:

The Wall Street Journal Opinion by Karl Rove: “The Trouble With ‘Reconciliation’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Test to Democratic Agenda Comes From Within” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “Democrats Disagree on Banning Earmarks to Private Companies” LINK

Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla: “Democrats in Endangered Districts Find No Haven in Job Growth” LINK

TERRORISM / ‘JIHAD JANE’:

USA Today’s Oren Dorell and Kevin Johnson: “‘Jihad Jane’ shows terrorism-case trend” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Vanessa O’Connell, Amir Efrati and Evan Perez: “’Jihad Jane’ Had Troubled Past” LINK

The Associated Press’ Lolita C. Baldor: “Success of lone gunmen may shift al-Qaida strategy” LINK

ERIC MASSA:

The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig: “Nancy Pelosi’s office was told of concerns about Eric Massa” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi: “Congressional pranks: Eric Massa wasn’t only one rolling with laughter on Hill” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Former GOP congressman declines run for Massa’s old seat” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Rep. Kennedy swipes press for Massa coverage” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer: “The Massa Circus Takes the Air out of Glenn Beck” LINK

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY:

The Los Angeles Times’ Louis Sahagun: “DWP drops plan to build 85-mile power transmission line across the desert” LINK

USA Today’s Brian Winter: “Questions about research slow efforts to tackle climate change” LINK

FINANCIAL REGULATION:

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “Fight to Overhaul Bank Rules Enters New Stage” LINK

2010 ELECTIONS:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “2010 Elections: Ten Races to Watch in 2010” LINK

GAY RIGHTS:

The Washington Post’s Rosaling Helderman: “Va. Gov. McDonnell prohibits bias against gay state workers” LINK

OTHER:

The Wall Street Journal’s Craig Karmin: “Plea, Cooperation From a Key Figure” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sharon Terlep: “Lawmaker’s Wife Sentenced to Jail” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ana Campoy: “Census Jobs Tough to Fill” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “New E-mails Could Expand Sen. John Ensign Investigation” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Minorities in U.S. Could Become the Majority in 40 Years” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Rep. Kennedy Rants Against Afghanistan War” LINK

“Health Care: Getting House Members On Board” LINK

“Rove: Bush Among ‘Consequential Presidents’” LINK

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