The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, March 17, 2010

By Jayson

Mar 17, 2010 4:17am

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 BILL:

ABC News’ David Chalian: “Do Pelosi and the Democrats Have the Health Care Votes? Here’s the Math” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan, Kristina Wong, and Jonathan Karl: “’Kill The Bill’: Health Care Protestors Descend on Capitol Hill’” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor and Jonathan Allen: “House Dems under pressure to deliver” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama and health care: The issue is the bill, not the process” LINK

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Undecideds feeling the pressure on Obama bill” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer: “Heated Health-Reform Ads Give Taste of Fall Campaign” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Gibson: “Bishops Oppose Health Bill, Still Claiming It Could Fund Abortions” LINK

Politics Daily’s Bruce Drake: “Democrats’ Dilemma: Health Care Vote and the ‘Enthusiasm Gap’” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Nancy Pelosi Confirms House May Skip Up or Down Vote on Senate Health Bill” LINK

Politics Daily’s Bruce Drake: “The Reasons Have Changed for Opponents of the Health Care Plan” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Bill Clinton to Democrats: Health Care ‘Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Democrats Race to Finish Final Health-Care Package” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Melanie Trottman: “Obama’s Base Joins the Fray Over Health Vote” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley and Nicole Gaouette: “Health-Care Bill Faces Delay as Democrats Struggle With CBO” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: “Pelosi: Complaints should be about insurer tactics” LINK

The Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein: “House Democrats’ tactic for health-care bill is debated” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “House Democrats scramble to ensure adequate deficit reduction in health bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Slevin: “Obama’s health-care reform speech in Ohio convinces a few skeptics” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Democrats Consider New Moves for Health Bill” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

USA Today’s The Oval: “Report: Obama picks his Final Four basketball teams” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama to go on Fox News to promote health care” LINK

The New York Times: “Obama to Take Questions From Fox News” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten: “Obama’s New Partner: Al Sharpton” LINK

The New York Times’ Thom Shanker: “Obama Restores Former Pentagon Line of Succession” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Jayson Ryan: “Holder: Bin Laden Unlikely to be Captured Alive” LINK

ABC News’ Simon McGregor-Wood and Kirit Radia: “Clinton Tells Israel to Show Commitment to Peace Process” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: “Janet Napolitano scarps U.S.-Mexico fence” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Democrats restive over White House, Israel feud” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama spokesman: Relations with Israel still strong” LINK

Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman: “Administration identifies potential recipients of civilian assistance in Pakistan” LINK

Time’s Simon Shuster: “U.S.-Russia Relations: In Need of a New Reset” LINK

Time’s Jason Rezaian: “In Iran, a Street Demonstration That Both Sides Stay Away From” LINK

The Associated Press’ Devlin Barrett: “Holder, GOP at odds over trials” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Margaret Coker: “Maliki Retains Edge in Iraq Vote” LINK

Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: “Clinton Awaits Israeli Response on Talks Commitment” LINK

Bloomberg’s Mark Drajem: “Senate May Force Obama to Take Tougher Yuan Stance” LINK

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus: “U.S. fights trainer shortage, illiteracy in Afghanistan” LINK

ECONOMY / FINANCIAL REFORM:

The Wall Street Journal’s Ruth Simon: “Cities, States Tell Big Banks They’ll Go Elsewhere” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Top 10 lobbying fights over financial reform overhaul legislation” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “Obama economic team under fire for grim employment forecast” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Shane Goldmacher: “Schwarzenegger to veto Democrats’ public transit cuts” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin and David Cho: “Financial reform would shift Fed’s authority away from regional banks” LINK

Politico’s Victoria McGrane: “Republicans push back on Dodd’s reform schedule” LINK

EDUCATION:

The New York Times’ Sam Dillon: “Administration Seeks Converts to Education Plan” LINK

The Washington Post’s Nick Anderson: “Republicans criticize Democrats’ plan to overhaul student lending” LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

The Washington Post’s Jane Black: “First lady asks food makers to be on front line tackling childhood obesity” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “U.S. Chamber of Commerce sets sights on Democrats ahead of midterm elections” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and Adam Nagourney: “Senate G.O.P. Leader Finds Weapon in Party Unity” LINK

SENATOR SCOTT BROWN:

Politics Daily’s David Wood: “Gen. Petraeus Teaches a Lesson — ‘With Respect’ — to Sen. Scott Brown” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: “Hodes wants fellow Dems to follow GOP earmark ban” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Clare Trapasso, Michael J. Feeney and Leo Standora: “Ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate loses bid to regain seat as Assemblyman Jose Peralta triumphs” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “Senate rejects earmark ban” LINK

OTHER:

USA Today’s Gregg Zoroya: “Abuse of pain pills by soldiers concerns Pentagon” LINK

The New York Times’ Randal Archibold: “Budget Cut for Fence on U.S.-Mexico Border” LINK

The New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller: “Sex Assault Reports Rise in Military” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“President Clinton Drops By Capitol Hill” LINK

“GOP Rep: Dem Strategy Is ‘Unconstitutional’” LINK

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