The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Nov 22, 2010 3:33am

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

OBAMA:
Bloomberg’s Mike Dorning: “Obama Considers Chamber Visit, CEO Summit to Counter Anti-Business Image” President Barack Obama is preparing new overtures to business that may start with a walk into the headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a retreat with corporate chief executive officers, according to people familiar with his plans.  LINK  

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift: “Halfhearted Soul-Searching at the White House” Democrats got the lowest share of the white vote in this midterm election than in any congressional election since World War II, losing key races in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Michigan, and every contested election in Ohio, which spells trouble for President Obama’s reelection. No Democrat can win the White House without these Midwestern swing states, and they are all decimated by job losses that Obama has offered no road map to recover. LINK

Los Angeles Time’s Peter Nicholas: “Democrats divided on Obama’s political tactic” Liberals want Obama to confront Republicans more directly, and moderates what him to work more cooperatively. The president seems to be leaning toward the latter. LINK

ECONOMY:
The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon: “State Tests Limits of Spending Cuts” JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour hailed the Republican wave at the polls this month as a sign that voters want politicians who can cut spending and reduce taxes. LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
ABC News’ Karen Travers and David Kerely: “Obama’s Goal by 2014: Afghans Take Lead on Security, US Footprint ‘Significantly reduced’” Wrapping up his 32-hour trip to Lisbon, President Obama said today that his goal is to end the current U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan by 2014 but said there will still be a training and support function for American troops there, just as there is now in Iraq. LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: “U.S. allies in Europe concerned about a possible failure of New Start” President Obama's trip to Europe this past weekend has revealed a growing alarm among U.S. allies over the possible failure of a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms treaty, with many warning that it would hurt the West's efforts to deal with Iran and with Russian weapons near Eastern Europe. LINK

HOMELAND SECURITY:
The New York Times’ Scott Shane: “Administration to Seek Balance in Airport Screening” Caught between complaints that airport screening has become too intrusive and threats of new terror attacks on aviation, Obama administration officials say they are sensitive to criticisms that security measures go too far, but they are insisting that the measures now in place are justified by the risks. LINK

CONGRESS:
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer and John Parkinson: “Rep. Maxine Waters House Ethics Case Delayed” The House Committee Friday cancelled the upcoming public trial set for Nov. 29, for California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, saying the discovery of “new materials” in the case means further investigation is required. LINK

Politico’s Shira Toeplitz: “Angle’s campaign sank candidate” Interviews with Nevada and Washington Republicans familiar with the campaign of Harry Reid’s GOP opponent, Sharron Angle, describe a not-ready-for-prime-time effort – a model of dysfunction that was as bad as Reid’s campaign was good. LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Earmark foes pressure Obama” Newly emboldened earmark foes are calling on President Obama to back up his opposition to pork-barrel spending with action. LINK

USA Today: “Fewer women, many lawyers and an ex-football tackle to join Congress” Want to get a leg up on trivia about the new Congress? LINK

The Hills’ Bridget Johnson: “Helsinki Commission tackles tough issues without the partisan divide” The Democratic chairman of the Helsinki Commission is confident his panel will retain its tradition of bipartisan cooperation despite the intense partisan wrangling on Capitol Hill. LINK

NY Daily News’ Richard Sisk: “Texas House members set to take over key committees, possibly dashing New York’s space shuttle bidNew York City's odds of snagging a retired NASA space shuttle for the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum just got way longer in an uphill fight with Texas. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
ABC News: “Mike Pence on 2012 Presidential Run” Rep. Mike Pence discusses bid for GOP nomination. LINK
ABC News: “Mitt Romney on 2012 Presidential Run” Former Gov. Mitt Romney discusses bid for GOP nomination. LINK

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