The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, November 09, 2010

By Jayson

Nov 9, 2010 3:40am

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


The New York Times’ Shery; Gay Stolberg and Jim Yardley: “Countering China, Obama Backs India for U.N. Council” By endorsing India for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, President Obama on Monday signaled the United States’ intention to create a deeper partnership of the world’s two largest democracies that would expand commercial ties and check the influence of an increasingly assertive China. LINK

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe: “Defense Secretary Gates Wants Congress to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in Lame-Duck Session” Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants Congress to repeal the military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the upcoming lame-duck session but questions whether lawmakers will act. "I would like to see the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' but I'm not sure what the prospects for that are," Gates told reporters this weekend while traveling to Australia. LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Obama backs India for U.N.” President Obama moved to cement the U.S. alliance with India, endorsing on Monday his host's bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council as recognition of the country's growing political, economic and military clout. LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “'Bring It On': Election Fight Far From Over in Alaska” Newly elected senators have begun charting out their future strategies, but the contested Alaska Senate race remains in limbo as candidates prepare for the beginning of what could be complicated legal challenges. LINK

The LA Times’ Mattea Gold and Jordan Steffen: “Women voters shifted Republican in midterm election” Aja Sutter is the kind of voter the Democrats could not afford to lose this year. The 26-year-old physical therapist, part of a cohort of unmarried women that has long been one of the most reliable Democratic bases, enthusiastically voted for Barack Obama in 2008. LINK

The Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman: “New GOP governors will affect health law” Republicans' consolidation of power in state capitols is likely to expand the number of states that employ a far more limited, free-market-oriented approach to implementing the nation's new health-care law than the robust regulatory model favored by its supporters.  LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky and Michael M. Phillips: “As U.S. Political Divide Widened, a Friendship Fell Into the Rift” In the heat of the 2010 election, Sen. Jim DeMint got a call for help from his old friend Rep. Bob Inglis, a fellow South Carolina Republican locked in a tough primary battle. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Mark Arsenault and Matt Viser: “House Democrats split on direction” The expectation that House Democrats will soon confirm Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their new minority leader, despite her leading role in last week’s disastrous midterm elections, has led to internal misgivings about party strategy that could fuel a fight over the second-ranking leadership post. LINK

The Hill’s Russell Berman: “Democrats aim to head off fight as Hoyer launches leadership bid” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) formally announced his bid for minority whip late Monday even as party officials worked to head off an acrimonious fight within the Democratic leadership. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Sean Alfano: “President Obama on tax cuts: I'm willing to work with GOP, but not ready to compromise” President Obama is not ready to cave in to Republican demands that Bush-era tax cuts must be extended to wealthy Americans. LINK

USA Today’s Judy Keen: “Unusually reflective Bush gives his side of the story” This isn't the George W. Bush who couldn't come up with an answer when he was asked during a 2004 White House news conference to name his biggest mistake. LINK

Newsweek’s Andrew Romano: “Rick Perry is ‘Fed Up’” On Nov. 15, Rick Perry—who was just reelected governor of Texas after a decade in office—will release Fed Up!, a book calling for a radically limited federal government. An early Tea -Party supporter, Perry insisted last week that he wouldn’t run for president in 2012—even as he made the media rounds in New York. LINK

Politico’s Jake Sherman and Richard E. Cohen: “Darrell Issa plans hundreds of hearings” California Rep. Darrell Issa is already eyeing a massive expansion of oversight for next year, including hundreds of hearings; creating new subcommittees; and launching fresh investigations into the bank bailout, the stimulus and, potentially, health care reform. LINK

ABC News: “Bristol Palin: Levi 'Doesn't' Know About Politics” Bristol tells Ellen DeGeneres Levi Johnston would not make a good Mayor. LINK

ABC News: “Pataki for President?” Fmr NY Gov. George Pataki discusses 2012 elections and backs Sarah Palin. LINK

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