The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, March 5, 2010

Mar 5, 2010 4:53am

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, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES, CARRIE HALPERIN and CAITLIN PLUTO

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HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Could Issue of Abortion Derail Health Care Bill?” LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates: “Obama and insurers meet: Mostly talk, little action” LINK

Politico’s Jessica Taylor: “Poll: Abortion funding a key issue” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Obama lobbies wavering Democrats on health care” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Dems have trouble with health care rifts” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama seeks to put human face on health care fight” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama would like House health care action by March 18″ LINK

Politics Daily’s Jill Lawrence: “Obama on Health: Stunning Arrogance or the Edmund Burke Theory of Leadership?” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Georgia Republican Cancels Retirement to Vote Against Health Care” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Nancy Pelosi: ‘We Will Pass the Bill’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy and Avery Johnson: “White House Confronts Insurers on Premiums” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan: “Democratic Defections on Abortion Issue May Imperil Health Bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear: “Obama intensifies health-care efforts” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: “Democratic leaders working to win over abortion opponents for health-care reform” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Robert Pear: “Obama Takes Health Care Deadline to Democrats” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe: “CBO Warns Obama’s Proposed Bank Fee Could End Up Costing Consumers” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller: “President Obama Tells Insurance Execs of Constant Premium Hikes: This is ‘Unacceptable and Unsustainable’” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama faces new unemployment rate” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama appears on ‘America’s Most Wanted’” LINK

The Associated Press’ Jennifer Loven: “WH leans toward military trials for 9/11 suspects” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer: “The White House Scrambles to Tame the News Cyclone” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Return to military tribunals?” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne E. Komblut and Peter Finn: “Obama advisers set to recommend military tribunals for alleged 9/11 plotters” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Afghanistan Civilian Surge Could Last Decade” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: “Pakistan steps up anti-Taliban efforts” LINK

Time’s Tony Karon: “On Iran Sanctions, Is the U.S. Spinning Its Wheels?” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “U.S. Sends Munitions to Pakistan to Help Fight Militants” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Daniel Hernandez: “Chile’s Pinera takes reins, though he’s not in charge yet” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jeffrey Fleishman: “Departing U.N. envoy has strong words for Afghan government” LINK

PENTAGON SHOOTING:

The Associated Press’ Matt Apuzzo and Eileen Sullivan: “Shooting suspect may have had 9/11 conspiracy” LINK

The Associated Press: “Officials: Pentagon shooting suspect dies” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “Gunman opens fire at Pentagon entrance, is killed” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS / FINANCIAL REFORM:

Politico’s Victoria McGrane: “Financial reform still on the table” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Corey Boles: “House Passes $15 Billion Jobs Bill” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin: “Dodd Says Panel Has ‘No Agreement’ on Financial Rules Overhaul” LINK

Bloomberg’s Ryan J. Donmoyer: “Levin to Consider Bank Fee, Press ‘Carried Interest’ Tax Rise” LINK

he Washington Post’s Ben Pershing: “House passes $15 billion jobs bill” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “McCain Asks: ‘Who Was the Old John McCain?” LINK

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Brown answers McCain’s call for help” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “South Carolina Race Tests GOP Message” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Rash of Scandals Tests Democrats at Sensitive Times” LINK

EDUCATION / PROTESTS:

USA Today’s On Deadline: “15 states, D.C. are finalists for $4.35B ‘Race to Top’ school grants” LINK

Boston Globe’s James Vaznis: “Dramatic shake-up planned at 12 Boston public schools” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Carla Rivera, Nicole Santa Cruz and Larry Gordon: “Thousands protest California education cuts” LINK

REP. CHARLIE RANGEL:

Time’s Alex Altman: “Rangel, Paterson and the Fall of a Harlem Dynasty” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Martin Vaughan and Tom Barkley: “Levin Takes Helm at Ways and Means” LINK

The New York Times’ Davod Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Michigan Lawmaker Steps Up at Ways and means” LINK

AIRPORT SECURITY:

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: “Body scanners are headed to 11 major airports” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: “Ethics confirms probe of Rep. Eric Massa” LINK

The Hill’s Jordan Fabian: “Hoyer: Dems could create abortion bill to satisfy Stupak” LINK

The New York Times’ Susan Jo Keller: “Delahunt to Leave Congress” LINK

GOVERNOR DAVID PATTERSON:

USA Today’s Martha T. Moor and Joseph Spector: “Pressure to resign increases on Paterson” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jacob Gershman: “Paterson To Gather His Staff; Aide Quits” LINK

IRAQ VOTERS:

The Associated Press: “Police: Attacks kill 17 as early Iraq voters head to polls” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Charles Levinson: “Shaky Start for Iraq Vote” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Margaret Coker: “Spoils of Victory Await Winners of Iraqi Vote” LINK

CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE:

USA Today’s Victor Herrero: “Quake puts dent in Chile’s wine business” LINK

ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith and Stephen Power: “Democrats Revolt Over Energy” LINK

OTHER:

USA Today’s Dennis Cauchon: “Federal pay ahead of private industry” LINK

Time’s Sheelah Kolhatkar: “Eliot Spitzer’s Mission Impossible” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Senators Want End to Ban on Gay Blood Donors” LINK

Herald staff and wire reports: “Report: Edwards ‘certain’ to be indicted” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

“Scott Brown’s Senator Floor Debut” LINK

“McCain: ‘Who Was the Old John McCain?’” LINK

“Citigroup CEO Thanks U.S. Taxpayers” LINK

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