The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, November 16, 2010

By Jayson

Nov 16, 2010 3:08am

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 JAYCE HENDERSON, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ AND JACOB BECKMAN

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
USA Today’s Jim Michaels: “U.S. takes new approach to Yemen aid program” The United States is sharply increasing the amount of development and other civilian aid it is sending to Yemen and has changed the way it is administered, a move that some experts say may still not be enough to counter al-Qaeda's growing presence there. LINK

FORECLOSURES:
ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe: “Watchdog Warns of ‘Potential Crisis’ From Foreclosure Fraud” Foreclosure fraud problems could cause the U.S. housing market to collapse, push the ‘precarious’ financial system into disarray and shatter the economy’s fragile recovery, a government watchdog warned in a new report due out today. LINK

IMMIGRATION:
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

CONGRESS:
The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “6 GOP Hispanics loosen Democrats’ grip on Hill” As the newly elected Republican class of the 112th Congress gathers at the Capitol this week for freshmen orientation, the group boasts a record six Hispanics – loosening the Democratic Party’s long held grip on the nation’s fastest-growing minority group. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff:  “Sen. Charles Schumer rewarded with Democratic Policy post for helping Harry Reid get re-elected” Senator Charles Schumer may have helped Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid get reelected – costing himself a shot at the big job – but now he’s being rewarded. LINK

TAX CUTS:
The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Senate Democrats feel boxed in on tax cuts” Senate Democrats are skeptical about striking a favorable deal with Republicans on taxes after the midterm election gave the GOP six new seats in the Senate and more than 60 in the House. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Mascaro: “On tax cuts, a deal begins to take shape” The partisan stalemate over tax cuts softened Monday, pointing to the outlines of a potential compromise that could involve extending the cuts for up to two years. LINK

CHARLES RANGEL:
The New York Times’ David Kocieniewski: “Rangel Inquiry Finds Evidence Beyond Dispute” The House ethics committee ruled on Monday that there was evidence to support 13 counts of misconduct by Representative Charles Rangel, and began considering whether to formally convict and recommend punishment against him.  LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan Salant: “Ethics Panel to Consider Whether Representative Rangel Broke House Rules” A Congressional ethics panel’s deliberations on whether U.S. Representative Charles Rangel broke House rules will enter a second day today following a hearing boycotted by the New York Democrat.  LINK

GOP / TEA PARTY / DEMOCRATS:
The Washington Post’s Dan Balz: “No clear favorite for 2012 GOP nomination” The first Republican debate has been announced. The early media handicapping has begun. Anticipation in the political community is running high. By those signs, the curtain is set to rise on the 2012 GOP presidential campaign. But what about the candidates? LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Tea Party’s First Legislative Victory: McConnell Backs Earmark Ban” Tea Party activists made a Republican pledge to ban earmarks (a.k.a. pork-barrel spending) in the 112th Congress their first cause since the election, and it seems that they have won.  On Monday afternoon Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that he was supporting the amendment when the Senate Republican caucus votes on Tuesday. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Danny Yadron: “Illinois Democrats Look to Redistricting” Republicans who picked up U.S. House seats in Illinois last week may not want to get too comfortable. Democrats in the Land of the Lincoln have the power to put some of them out of a job, as some in the state noted this weekend.  LINK

OTHER:
Politico’s Ben Smith: “2 Dems claim Huffington stole website idea” Two Democratic consultants are accusing Arianna Huffington and her business partner of stealing their idea for the powerhouse liberal website Huffington Post. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
ABC News: “McConnell Reverses Stance On Earmarks” Sen. Mitch McConnell says he will “support” “a moratorium on earmarks.” LINK

ABC News: “Rangel: ‘I Am Not Being Treated Fairly’” Rep. Charles Rangel tells ethics committee “there is a lot of pain that I feel.” LINK

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