The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, March 26, 2010

Mar 26, 2010 4:42am

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ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf, Jonathan Karl, and Huma Khan: “Health Care Clears Final Hurdle: House Passes Reconciliation Bill” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Year-long fight ends as health bill clears Congress” LINK

Politico’s Staff: “Politico Interview: Kathleen Sebelius” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Final health care bill approved; on to Obama” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “Congress approves ‘fixes’ to health-care law” LINK

The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow: “Iowa man joins protest against Obama and health-care reform” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young and Molly K. Hooper: “House passes reconciliation fixes for healthcare bill” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk and Kenneth R. Bazinet: “House sends historic health care reform bill to President Obama for second (and final) time” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Congress approves final changes to health plan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Congress Approves Final Health Overhaul” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Is Ready to Run on Health Law” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Kris Maher, Ellen E. Schultz and Bob Tita: “Companies Take Health-Care Charges” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley and Kristin Jensen: “Congress’s Final Votes on Health Care Set Stage for Sales Job” LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “House approves health care legislation” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama to pro-repeal Republicans: ‘Go for it’” LINK

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: “House leaders decry threats, dish out blame” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze, Susan Page and Richard Wolf: ” The health care bill’s 8 key moments” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “DNC Rolls Out Ads Supporting Democrats Who Voted for Health Reform” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Gibson: “Bishops’ Spokeswoman Denounces Violence Tied to Health Care Debate” LINK


ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “What Obama’s (Not) Reading Right Now” LINK

Politics Daily’s Bruce Drake: “Majority of Voters Predict Obama Will Lose in 2012″ LINK


The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “U.S. and Pakistan Agree to Reinforce Strategic Ties” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Treaty Advances Obama’s Nuclear Vision” LINK

The Washington Post’s Janine Zacharia: “As U.S. – Israel rift continues, Netanyahu finds himself in a bind” LINK

Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender: “US girds for more violence in Kabul” LINK

Time’s Andrew Lee Butters: “Is it Too Late to Share Jerusalem?” LINK

Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “Lifting fragile lives in Haiti” LINK


The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Tamar Lewin: “Student Loan Overhaul Approved by Congress” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Illinois considers a four-day school week to save money” LINK


Politics Daily’s Lou Cannon: “Will Federal Stimulus Money for States Expire Before Recovery Arrives?” LINK


ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe: “Treasury to Announce Mortgage Modification Plan Changes” LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers: “New mortgage plan would offer relief to borrowers” LINK

The New York Times’ David Streitfeld: “U.S. Plans Big Expansion in Effort to Aid Homeowners” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rebecca Christie and Kate Andersen Brower: “U.S. Said to Widen Homeowner Aid, Subsidize Mortgage Reductions” LINK

USA Today’s Stephanie Armour: “Mortgage aid plan may lower monthly payments for some” LINK

Time’s Janet Morrissey: “Despite New Obama Initiatives, Housing Market May Move Sideways” LINK


The Hill’s Walter Alarkon and Alexander Bolton: “Bipartisan deal falls apart, endangering expiring unemployment benefits” LINK


ABC News’ Devin Dwyer, Luis Martinez, and Martha Raddatz: “A ‘More Humane’ Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Military Adjusts Approach to Outing Gays” LINK

The New York Times’ Thom Shanker: “A Military Downgrading of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” LINK

The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock: “Pentagon restricts evidence that can be used against gays in military” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi J. Dreazen: “Less Teeth in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” LINK

The Associated Press’ Anne Flaherty: “Pentagon eases enforcement of ban on gays” LINK


The Associated Press’ Jonathan J. Cooper: “McCain, Palin to campaign together in Arizona” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Palin to Campaign for McCain in Arizona” LINK


The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Political Tide Could Wash Away Utah Senator” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “Republican Coburn Blocks Extension of U.S. Jobless Benefits” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jessica Heslam: “Rachel Maddow slams ‘creep’ Scott Brown” LINK

Time’s Joe Klein: “David Frum and the Sad State of the GOP” LINK


Politico’s Manu Raju: “Jobless benefits stalemate in Senate” LINK


The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “In Possible Retirement, the Likelihood of an Election-Year Confrontation” LINK


The Los Angeles Times’ Bob Drogin: “Massachusetts tribes aim to take the wind out of a wind farm” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith: “Panel to Weigh Nuclear-Waste Options” LINK


The Washington Post’s Ann Gerhart: “Pelosi, Clinton celebrate Women’s History Month, even as they make history, too” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Z. Barabak: “McCain adapting to face a challenge from the right” LINK

Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla: “Tea Party Backers Who Scorn Socialism Want Government Jobs Push” LINK

USA Today’s Oren Dorell: “Tea Partiers will make 44 stops on tour” LINK

USA Today’s Alison Young: “Cigarette taxes are gold rush for states” LINK

The Associated Press: “One-third of Americans online at libraries” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Texas Ordinance Barring Illegal Immigrants from Renting Property Ruled Unconstitutional” LINK


“McCain, Palin Together Again” LINK

“Obama Swats at GOP Critics of Health Law” LINK

“Cantor: Dems ‘Fanning the Flames’ of Violence” LINK

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