The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, November 15, 2010

Nov 15, 2010 4:06am

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 Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, CLAUDIA MORALES, JAYCE HENDERSON, AND JACOB BECKMAN

DEMOCRATS:
The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “Junior Democrats in Senate seek to change the way chamber does business” Senate Democrats are expected to elect the same party veterans as their leaders when they return to work this week, but a new class of junior lawmakers is exerting its influence by challenging the chamber's sacred traditions and the partisan, top-down governing style that has marked the past two years. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Hook: “Democrats Face Headwinds in Spending-Plan Initiative” As a lame-duck Congress convenes Monday, Democrats are still hoping to pass a $1 trillion year-end budget bill in spite of the anti-spending fervor that dealt a blow to their party in the midterm elections. LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley: “Pelosi Heads Off Democratic Leadership Fight, Backs Hoyer for No. 2 Post U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi averted a potentially divisive leadership fight between two of her top lieutenants as Democrats prepared for minority status next year. Under an arrangement reached late yesterday, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the current majority leader, would get the No. 2 job of minority whip come January. LINK

CONGRESS
ABC News’ David Kerley and Cait Taylor: “President Obama and the Lame Duck Congress” President Obama returned from his trip to Asia today, more reflective, admitting that his concentration on policy issues led to his “shellacking” in the midterms. LINK

Politico’s Abby Phillip: “Shuler: I’ll run if Pelosi does” The debate among Democrats, which pits its greatly diminished Blue Dog Coalition, particularly Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) against those loyal to Pelosi, continued throughout the weekend, with Shuler making it clear he would launch a largely symbolic challenge against Pelosi for the position of House minority leader if she opts to run. LINK

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL
USA Today’s Catalina Camia: “John McCain: Wife has right to speak out on gays in military” Arizona Sen. John McCain said today he supports the right of his wife, Cindy, to take a stand against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: “’Don’t ask, don’t tell’ in defense bill presents dilemma for Democrats” The need to shepherd the defense authorization bill through the Senate in the lame-duck session has left the Democratic leadership with a precarious dilemma. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Nina Mandell: “John McCain says more thorough study needed before ban on gays serving openly in military is lifted” His wife may have flip-flopped on the issue this week, but Sen. John McCain is standing firm on his opposition for lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military any time soon. LINK

OTHER
The Los Angeles Times’ Kathleen Hennessey: “George W. Bush’s return to spotlight won’t last” ‘After selling this book, I’m heading back underground,’ the former president says while promoting his new memoir. Work starts this week on his Dallas think tank and presidential library. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Maria Sacchetti: “Immigration enforcement turns to firms” Federal immigration officials are increasingly imposing thousands of dollars in fines on New England companies — from Fenway Park snack vendors to a Maine blueberry grower — for failing to prove that all their employees are in the United States legally. LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Rod Nordland: “U.S. Plan Offers Path to Ending Combat in Afghanistan” The Obama administration has developed a plan to begin transferring security duties in select areas of Afghanistan to that country’s forces over the next 18 to 24 months, with an eye toward ending the American combat mission there by 2014, officials said Sunday. LINK

The Washington Times’ David Sands: “Tax-cut extension deal takes shape on Hill” The White House and Republicans in Congress edged ever close to a deal Sunday on at least a temporary extension of all of the George W. Bush-era tax breaks that are due to expire at the end of the year. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
ABC News: “Welcome to Congress” The nation’s capital greets largest freshman class in years. LINK

ABC News: “Obama: ‘America Doesn’t Play for Second Place’” In his weekly address, the president discusses his trip to Asia. LINK

 

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