The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nov 17, 2010 3:30am

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 Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama to Push for Vote on Dream Act” President Barack Obama and three Hispanic lawmakers agreed Tuesday to push for a vote this year on the Dream Act, legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children LINK

POLITICO’S  Glenn Thrush :“Behind postponed summit: GOP distrust of Obama” The roots of the partisan standoff that led to the postponement of the bipartisan White House summit scheduled for Thursday date back to January, when President Barack Obama crashed a GOP meeting in Baltimore to deliver a humiliating rebuke of House Republicans. LINK

POLITICO’S Carrie Burdoff Brown and John Bresnahan : “Obama Reassures Dems on tax cuts” After days of confusion, President Barack Obama sought to reassure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a conference call Monday that he wanted a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts only for the middle class. LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “G.O.P. Opposition Dims Hope for Arms Treaty With Russia” President Obama’s hopes of ratifying a new arms control treaty with Russia by the end of the year appeared to come undone on Tuesday as the chief Senate Republican negotiator moved to block a vote on the pact, one of the White House’s top foreign policy goals, in the lame-duck session of Congress. LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Why Health Shuler Is Challenging Nancy Pelosi” At first glance, Rep. Heath Shuler's (D-N.C.) announcement late Monday night that he would challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in her bid to be minority leader when the House Democratic Caucus meets Wednesday is a bit odd. Shuler is young and had no political experience before winning his seat in 2006 (he was best known for playing quarterback successfully at the University of Tennessee and unsuccessfully in the NFL). LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan D. Salant: “House Panel to Decide Democrat Rangel's Punishment for Ethics Violations The U.S. House of Representatives ethics committee is scheduled to decide tomorrow whether to punish Congressman Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat found guilty of 11 counts of violating House rules. LINK

Bloomberg’s Maria Sacchetti: “Patrick to focus on change for immigrants” Governor Deval Patrick, fresh from a bruising campaign in which he was sharply criticized for his positions on immigration, vowed yesterday to spend the next four years pushing for changes for legal and illegal immigrants alike, reigniting a debate that consumed the state only a few months ago.  LINK

USA Today: “House Democrats discuss elections, Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s leadership” House Democrats met for at least four hours today to air their grievances about the midterm elections and, reportedly, the leadership of Rep. Nancy Pelosi. LINK

The Hill’s Russell Berman: “House Democrats vent to leaders as they come to grips with losses.” House Democrats held a marathon venting session Tuesday as they tried to come to grips with a devastating midterm election that swept their caucus out of power. LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Bipartisan agreement on balancing budget may be harder than thought” Forget about convincing Congress. The leaders of the president's fiscal commission came under fire from the panel's own members Tuesday as they struggled to forge a bipartisan consensus on an ambitious plan to balance the federal budget.  LINK

Bloomberg’s David J. Lynch: “Bernanke's `Cheap Money' Spurs Corporate Investment Outside U.S.” Southern Copper Corp., a Phoenix- based mining company that boasts some of the industry’s largest copper reserves, plans to invest $800 million this year in projects such as a new smelter and a more efficient natural-gas furnace.  LINK 

L.A. Times’ Noam N. Levy:Medicare, Medicaid quality plan unveiled” The Obama administration on Tuesday announced new initiatives to boost the quality of medical care that Americans receive, laying the foundation for what many experts think could be one of the most far-reaching benefits of the new healthcare law. LINK

ABC NEWS President Obama awards medal of honor” Salvatore Giunta, Afghanistan veteran, is the first recipient since Vietnam LINK

ABC NEWS’ Devin Dwyer and Matthew Jaffe:  “Senate Republicans Ban Earmarks; Will Democrats Follow?"  LINK

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