The Note’s Must Reads for Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nov 30, 2010 4:01am

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Jackie Calmes: “Amid Deficit Fears, Obama Freezes Pay” President Obama on Monday announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers as he sought to address concerns over high annual deficits and appealed to Republicans to find a common approach to restoring the nation’s economic and fiscal health.  LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Shailagh Murray: “Obama, GOP leaders to work on map for days ahead” When President Obama sits down with the new Republican congressional leaders for their first face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, the stated mission will be to make progress on ratifying an arms agreement with Russia and reaching a deal on soon-to-expire tax cuts. LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Why Does Barack Obama Want to Cut the Salaries of Federal Employees?” President Obama is often blamed for not reaching out to Republicans. In truth, as Monday morning's announcement that Obama wants to cut the pay of all federal employees illustrates, he has the opposite problem. Obama frequently proposes essentially Republican policies, which makes it impossible for him to use those ideas to buy Republican votes for bipartisan legislation. LINK

Bloomberg’s Roger Runningen and Nicholas Johnston:  “Federal Employee Pay Freeze Proposed by Obama in Effort to Control Deficit” President Barack Obama yesterday proposed freezing the pay of about 2 million federal workers this fiscal year and next as a step toward reining in the U.S. budget deficit. The freeze, which requires congressional approval, would save more than $5 billion over the next two fiscal years ending Sept. 30, 2012. The administration has forecast the deficit will total $2.3 trillion over that time. LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman and Erik Wasson: “President co-opts GOP play, presses for federal pay freeze” President Obama on Monday proposed a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers, stealing a play from the Republican handbook in the process. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Mascaro and Christi Parsons: “Proposing federal pay freeze, Obama aims to seize initiative on economy” President Obama's proposal on Monday to freeze federal workers' pay was an unexpected announcement that represented the first in a series of White House moves to seize the initiative from Republicans on the economy. LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman and Erik Wasson: “President co-opts GOP play, presses for federal pay freeze” President Obama on Monday proposed a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers, stealing a play from the Republican handbook in the process.  The move represents the first time Obama has fully embraced a Republican idea on spending cuts since the election, and the proposal can be seen as either an olive branch to newly empowered Republicans or a Clintonesque attempt to co-opt their ideas. LINK

OTHER
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Wikileaks: Saudi King Urged Gitmo Chip Implants to Track Them 'Like Horses, Falcons Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah proposed that the Obama administration implant electronic micro-chips into the bodies of Guantanamo Bay detainees to track their movements when they are released, a leaked State Department cable shows. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Court to Weigh Campaign Law” Continuing its aggressive scrutiny of campaign-finance regulations, the Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether an Arizona law that provides public funds to candidates who accept spending limits violates the Constitution. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Meena Hartenstein: “George W. Bush trades jokes with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in live chat, slams WikiLeaks” George W. Bush added a high-profile friend to his social network on Monday, trading jokes and compliments with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in a live chat watched by nearly 7,000 viewers. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News Video: “More Secrets Spilled by Wikileaks” Wikileaks releases even more confidential government documents. LINK

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