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

By Jayson

Mar 17, 2010 4:17am

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


“President Clinton Drops By Capitol Hill” LINK

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

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