The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday November 23rd, 2010

Nov 23, 2010 3:38am


Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston:“Obama's Economy Team Will Lose Farrell, Treasury's Barr as Turnover Widens” Diana Farrell, deputy director of President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council, and Assistant Treasury Secretary Michael Barr are leaving the administration, adding to the turnover in the ranks of the White House economic team that worked on the government’s response to the worst financial crisis in more than 70 years. LINK

Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Keane and Jeff Green:“Obama Bolsters U.S. Hybrid Auto Sales in Waning Consumer Market President Barack Obama’s administration has bought almost a fourth of the Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. hybrid vehicles sold since he took office, accelerating federal purchases as consumer demand wanes. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Nina Mandell:“Sarah Palin would lose to President Obama by 8 points if election was held today: poll” Voters don’t think President Obama deserves a second turn – but they don’t want Sarah Palin either, according to a new Quinnipiac University survey. LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Huma Khan, Sharyn Alfonsi and Lee Ferran:“White House: Terrorists Have Discussed Use of Prosthetics to Conceal Explosives” U.S. intelligence has picked up terrorists discussing the use of prosthetic or medical devices to conceal explosives, sources tell ABC News. LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “TSA pat-down controversy: Overreaction or real issue?” Does the outcry over airport pat-down searches ordered by the Obama administration show Americans have reached their limit in the concessions they’ll make in the fight against terrorism? Or is it a fleeting over-reaction to a few incidents of bad behavior by Transportation Security Agency screeners? LINK

The New York Times’ Dan Barry:“At a Checkpoint, Terror Fears and Testy Travelers” Behind an unmarked door, in a cluttered break room of half-eaten lunches and morale-boosting posters, a dozen Transportation Security Administration officers listened to their airport supervisor deliver another much-needed pep talk that contained the reminder: “I get paid to be paranoid, and so do you.” LINK

The Hill’s Russell Berman: “Left’s pressure moves Pelosi toward clashes with Obama” The shift from Speaker to opposition leader will undoubtedly change Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) relationship with the White House, and may force her away from a president she has rarely abandoned in the past two years. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon: “Conflict looms as Pelosi, Boehner swap jobs” The two House veterans have long maintained a cordial relationship, but as they pursue their parties’ divergent agendas, they seem headed for a high-stakes showdown. LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Left Opposes Replacing Summers With Wall Street Vet” The economic left reacted unhappily when Roger Altman, a Treasury Department official in the Clinton and Carter administrations, was reported last week to be a leading candidate to replace Larry Summers as chair of the National Economic Council. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs denied that Altman is the leading candidate, saying there are many candidates, which is exactly what you would expect him to say and should not be taken at face value. LINK

The Washington Post’s Ann Gerhart and Jeffrey Smith: “Sen. Mitch McConnell’s earmark power credited for revitalizing Louisville” The once grand downtown of this city on the Ohio River is shabby, as the nation's old downtowns tend to be. Magnificent tall cast-iron-fronted buildings sit empty. So do historic brick tobacco warehouses, surrounded in razor-wire, tagged with graffiti. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Levtiz: “Tea Parties Turn to Local Issues” The Harris County Tea Party near the Alabama border campaigned far and wide in this month's midterm elections. Donations were mailed to tea-party candidates in Nevada and Alaska. There were multiple overnight bus trips to rallies in Washington, D.C. LINK

The Washington Times’ Eli Lake: “GOP senator cites new intel, won’t back New START” A second leading Republican is opposing Senate ratification of the New START treaty based on classified intelligence that the arms pact cannot be verified and that Moscow is manipulating the treaty to prevent the U.S. from expanding missile defenses. LINK

USA Today: “Senator welcomes early release of report on gays in military” The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says the Pentagon's early release of its "don't ask, don't tell" report is a helpful step as Democrats try to repeal the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military. LINK

ABC News: “Jackie Gingrich: My Father ‘Is Serious’ About 2012” Jackie Gingrich Cushman discusses book “The Essential American” on “Top Line.” LINK
ABC News: “Nuclear Security” The president discusses the new START treaty in his weekly address. LINK

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