The Note’s Must Reads for Friday, December 10, 2010

Dec 10, 2010 3:50am

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Washington Posts’ Shailagh Murray: “Tax fight puts Schumer at odds with Obama” President Obama is getting along better than ever with Capitol Hill Republicans. But his relationship with Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer has hit a rough patch. The newly appointed Senate Democratic "message" guru has emerged as the White House's chief antagonist over the tax cut deal Obama worked out with GOP leaders. LINK

LA Times’ Lisa Mascaro and Richard Simon: “House Democrats in open revolt over tax-cut deal” During an angry and emotional meeting of their caucus, Democratic lawmakers voted overwhelmingly against bringing the Obama package to the floor without substantial modification. "Just say no!" many shouted in the Democratic caucus meeting. LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: “Dems show signs of abandoning Obama elsewhere after frustration with tax deal” Incensed over President Obama’s tax compromise, House Democratic leaders are showing signs of abandoning the administration and going their own way on critical issues such as national security. LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Obama Weighs Tax Overhaul in Bid to Address Debt” President Obama is considering whether to push early next year for an overhaul of the income tax code to lower rates and raise revenues in what would be his first major effort to begin addressing the long-term growth of the national debt. LINK

Bloomberg’s  James Rowley and Lisa Lerer: “House Democrats' Fuming Over Tax Talks Lash Out at Deal With Republicans” House Democratic leaders left a Dec. 6 White House meeting assured that President Barack Obama hadn’t sealed a deal with Republicans that would betray nearly a decade of campaign promises not to extend tax cuts for the wealthy.  LINK

Bloomberg’s Ryan J. Donmoyer and Richard Rubin:Senate Tax-Cut Extension Plan Would Add $857 Billion to Debt” Senate” leaders released an agreement crafted by the White House and Republicans to sustain Bush-era tax rates through 2012, set the estate tax at the lowest rate in 80 years, extend jobless aid and cut payroll taxes by 2 percentage points.  LINK               

DON’T ASK DON’T TELL
USA Today’s Gregg Zoroya and John Fritze: “Republicans block “don’t ask, don’t tell repeal” Republicans stopped an attempt in the Senate on Thursday to repeal a law that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Repeal of Gay Ban Fails in Senate” The Obama administration's drive to allow gays to serve openly in the military suffered a major defeat Thursday, as Senate Republicans again blocked legislation that would repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. LINK
Politico’s John Gerstein and Jen Dimascio: “’Don’t ask’ repeal won’t die” The high-stakes move to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” through Congressional legislation has been pronounced dead so many times this year that gay rights advocates and pro-repeal lawmakers braced for a round political backlash as the latest attempt failed in the Senate Thursday. But in a strange twist, proponents of dismantling the law emerged from the defeat on Capitol Hill declaring that an end to the ban on gays in uniform not only isn’t dead—but that victory may finally be within sight.  LINK

OTHER
ABC News' Sherisse Pham reports: “More White House Tapes, Documents and Oral Histories Made Public” The long slow release of audio tapes from the Nixon administration continued Thursday, with hundreds of new hours and thousands of pages of new documents. LINK

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin and William Booth: “As climate-change talks continue, lack of consensus spurs smaller-scale actions” In response to growing frustration that the U.N. climate negotiations are not producing real-world results, individual nations, states and business are cobbling together patchwork solutions to preserve forests, produce clean energy and scrub pollution from the air. LINK

Newsweek’s Arian Campo-Flores: “Looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right” Surveying the crop of would-be Republican presidential contenders in 2012, some Christian leaders can’t muster much enthusiasm. “The supposed frontrunners have all got problems,” says Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a prominent leader of the religious right. LINK

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“Obama ‘Crew’ Lights National Christmas Tree” LINK

“Susan Collins on DADT: ‘Extremely Disappointed’” LINK

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