The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday November 24th, 2010

Nov 24, 2010 3:42am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants CLAUDIA MORALES, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON, AND JACOB BECKMAN

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Exclusive: President Obama Says North Korea Poses a ‘Serious and Ongoing Threat’” President Obama strongly condemned North Korea’s attack on South Korea and, in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters, urged China to take a stand against aggression. LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger and Mark McDonald: “U.S. to Send Carrier for Exercises off KoreaPresident Obama and South Korea’s president agreed Tuesday night to hold joint military exercises as a first response to North Korea’s deadly shelling of a South Korean military installation, as both countries struggled for the second time this year to keep a North Korean provocation from escalating into war. LINK

The Washington Post’s John Pomfret: “North Korean attack on South Korean island leaves U.S. with few good optionsNorth Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island Tuesday, coupled with its choreographed rollout of a new nuclear program, has presented the United States with a massive strategic challenge in one of the most dangerous corners of the world. LINK

HOMELAND SECURITY
The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Dust-up over pat-downs not keeping travelers on ground” The airline security kerfuffle and the nation’s slow economic recovery aren’t undermining an uptick in ThanksgiviNg travelers taking to the skies, ensuring long security lines potentially exacerbated by a planned boycott of body-scan machines Wednesday. LINK

GOP
The Hill’s Mike Lillis: “GOP lawmakers under pressure to decline government health plan” Congressional Republicans who assailed the Democrats’ healthcare law in the run-up to the midterm elections are facing pressure to decline government-provided coverage when they take office. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael A. Memoli: “Republicans pick up 2 more seats in House” House Republican gains from the midterm elections reached 63 Tuesday, as two Democratic incumbents conceded defeat in outstanding races. LINK

Newsweek’s David Graham: “Meet the GOP Science Skeptics Likely to Hold Top House Science, Energy Posts” Political reporting, and with it public attention, tends to focus on the top dogs in Congress—hence the recent preponderance of discussion about wrangling for Democratic leadership spots, or the many profiles that have tried to pierce presumptive Speaker John Boehner's veil of secrecy. In that shuffle, the importance of committee chairs tends to be overlooked. LINK

2012
Politico’s Molly Ball: “Joe Lieberman left with limited 2012 options” Joe Lieberman essentially has two options for 2012: Retire or become a Republican. LINK

OTHER
The New York Daily News’ Glenn Blain: “Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo says he’s ready to do battle with the state’s special interests” New York Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he’s prepared to do battle with the state’s powerful public employees unions and other interest groups in a “more aggressive, comprehensive fashion” than ever before. LINK

Bloomberg’s Jim Snyder: “Feinberg's $2 Billion in BP Oil-Spill Payments Fail to Halt Gulf Criticism Kenneth Feinberg has paid out almost $2 billion from BP Plc’s oil-spill compensation fund without quelling criticism by Gulf Coast residents such as casino workers seeking to recover lost tips. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News: “Obama on Auto Industry: ‘We’re Coming Back’” President Barack Obama gives remarks on auto industry in Kokomo, Indiana. LINK

ABC News: “White House Uses Glenn Beck Approach To Explain GM” Council of Economic Advisers Chair Austan Goolsbee uses a White Board. LINK

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