The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mar 3, 2010 4:24am

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ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama to Say Democrats Will Use Reconciliation to Pass Senate Health Care Reform Fix, If Not Given Up or Down VoteLINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama Tells Congressional Leaders of GOP Ideas He’s Willing to Add to Health Care Reform Legislation” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Obama looking for up-or-down vote” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “Senate clears Jim Bunning roadblock” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Obama considers GOP health bill input” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Latest bill disappoints ‘everyday’ backers of health overhaul” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and John Fritze: ” GOP rejects Obama’s compromise offer on health bill” LINK

Politics Daily’s Jill Lawrence: “Obama Says He’s ‘Open’ to Four Republican Health Ideas” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray: “As Democrats seek to push through health bill, Obama reaches out to Republicans” LINK

The New York Times’ David M. Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Obama Offers to Use Some G.O.P Health Care Proposals” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “A Plan To Talk About Jobs, Elbowed Aside by Health Care” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt, Laura Meckler and Janet Adamy: “Democrats Chase Health Votes” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Edwin Chen: “Obama to Push Health-Care Bill Forward With Nod to Republicans” LINK


USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama and the battle against bad cholesterol: A potential setback” LINK

The Associated Press’ Jennifer Loven: “Unwelcome spotlight falls on Obama chief of staff” LINK

The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse: “Still With Obama, but Worried” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael A. Fletcher: “Obama says home-retrofitting plan would save energy, create jobs” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: “Obama administration plans to close International Labor Comparisons Office” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima: “White House declassifies outline of cybersecurity program” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Komblut and Krissah Thompson: “Julianna Smoot brings an insider’s perspective to Obamas’ inner circle” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Spoonfuls of Southern Cooking For Obama” LINK


Time’s Massimo Calabresi: “Can Obama’s Iran-Sanctions Effort Be Saved?” LINK

Time’s Andrew Lee Butters: “Dangerous Omens for an Iraq Without U.S. Troops” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Liz Sly: “Maliki’s hold on power uncertain” LINK


The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum and David Cho: “Senators propose consumer-protection regulator within Fed” LINK


Time’s Hilary Hylton: “How Rick Perry Turned Around the Battle for Texas” LINK

Politico’s David Catanese: “Perry trounces Hutchinson in Texas primary” LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Texas Gov. Perry beats Hutchison in GOP gubernatorial primary” LINK

The New York Times’ James C. McKinley Jr. and Clifford Krauss: “Yes for Texas Governor Is ‘No’ To Washington” LINK

The New York Times’ Jesse McKinley: “California Ex-Governor Announces Encore Run” LINK

The New York Times’ David W. Chen: “Top Political Adviser Leaving Bloomberg The Mayor for Bloomberg The Firm” LINK

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina: “Marion Barry Disciplined by Washington Council” LINK

The Washington Post’s Nikita Stewart and Jonathan Mummolo: “D.C. Council Votes to Censure Barry, Strip Him of Chairmanship” LINK

The New York Times’ David Kocieniewski and Jeremy w. Peters: “Investigators Are Told of Paterson Bid to Quiet Accuser” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Leslie Eaton and Ana Campoy: “Perry Rolls to Victory in Texas Primary” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Carlton: “Jerry Brown to Run for California Governor” LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: “Hutchison concedes in Texas gov. primary” LINK


ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: “Supreme Court Weighs Chicago’s Strict Gun Ban” LINK

The Washington Times’ Matthew Cella: “Supreme Court appears to set to widen gun rights” LINK

The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes: “Supreme Court does more wrangling with gun laws” LINK

The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes: “Chief Justice denies stay of District’s same-sex marriage law” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Supreme Court Still Divided on Guns” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Tailgating Outside The Supreme Court, Without Cars” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “New Ammunition for Gun Rights” LINK


The Los Angeles Times’ Richard A. Serrano: “Uncertainty raised over Justice Department’s handling of detainees” LINK


Politics Daily’s Luisita Lopez Torregrosa: “And heeeeeeeere’s Sarah!” LINK


ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “House Aides Say Rangel to Step Down as Ways and Means Chair; He says No” LINK

The Associated Press’ Larry Margasak: “Rangel tries to hang on to Ways and Means post” LINK

Time’s Jay Newton-Small: “Rangel’s Chairmanship Hangs in the Balance” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Charlie Rangel to Take ‘Leave of Absence’ from Ways and Means Committee” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr. and Paul Kane: “Rep. Charles Rangel refuses to give up his post as Ways and Means chairman” LINK

The New York Times’ David M. Herszenhorn and Carl Hulse: “Under Fire, Rangel Appears To Be Losing Grip of Committee” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Brody Mullins: “Rangel Loses Support In House” LINK

Bloomberg’s Ryan J. Donmoyer and James Rowley: “Van Hollen Says House Democrats to Meet on Rangel Chairmanship” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Celeste Katz, Michael Mcauliff, Kenneth R. Bazinet and James Gordon Meek “Rangel has testy meeting with Pelosi, is told he has to quit perch on top of House Ways and Means” LINK


ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Bunning Ends Filibuster, Senate to Votes to Extend Unemployment” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Bunning relents, jobless bill passes” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Sen. Bunning yields, will allow vote on jobless benefits” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “GOP senators join criticism of Bunning” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing: “Days later, as a deal emerges, Bunning backs down” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “Senator Relents, and Jobless Bill Passes” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Zak: “Some senators need a lift, others use the elevator to go ‘bunning’ for cover” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Deal Reached to End Senator’s Holdout” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “U.S. Senate Sends to Obama Extension of Unemployment Benefits” LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: “Bunning filibuster ends, job benefits extended” LINK


Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Brown assigned to Armed Services, Homeland Security, Veterans’ Affairs” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “Scott Brown to join Senate homeland security, military committees” LINK

The New York Times’ Bernie Becker: “Brown Scores a Trio of Committee Seats” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jessica Van Sack: “Scott Brown: Let’s give stimulus back to workers” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Jacob Gershman: “Democrats Press New York’s Paterson to Quit” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Howard Saul: “Bloomberg Aide’s Exit Fuels Talk of Presidential Run” LINK


The Associated Press: “Senate passes $10B bill for jobless benefits, road work” LINK

Politics Daily’s Bruce Drake: “Lincoln Makes Gains in Arkansas Senate Race, But GOP Still Has the Edge” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Mort’s out” LINK

The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse: “Labor Jumps Into Arkansas Senate Race” LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro: “Zuckerman Decides Not to Run Against Gillibrand for Senate” LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro: “Possibility of Senate Run, Nurtured and Abandoned” LINK


Time’s Alex Altman: “Mitt Romney’s No Apology” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot: “Mitt Romney’s book rips Obama, praises Scott Brown themes” LINK


USA Today’s Brian Winter: “Experts: Chile’s economy stable in earthquake’s aftermath” LINK

Time’s even Harrell: “Chile’s President: Why Did Tsunami Warnings Fail?” LINK


The Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “In Haiti, O’Malley offers aid, healing” LINK


USA Today’s The Oval: “White House is good enough for a caveman” LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Watchdog groups seek revamp of ethics rules” LINK

USA Today’s Donna Leinwand: “Postal Service’s debt reducer: Drop Saturday” LINK

The Associated Press’ Anne Flaherty: “GOP dismisses military study on gays as biased” LINK

Politics Daily’s Richard C. Paddock: “Jerry Brown Seeking Third Term as California Governor, 27 Years Later” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “LaHood calls DOT workers back to work Wednesday” LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Indicted Blagojevich Lectures on Ethics, ‘Testicular Virility’” LINK


“Romney Jabs Obama on ‘Apology Tour’” LINK

“Bunning Situation Dominates the Conversation” LINK

“Obama Promotes Jobs Program in Ga.” LINK

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