The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dec 22, 2010 6:05am

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

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

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Paul Kane:No looking back for Pelosi as Democratic House speaker prepares to pass gavel” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi strode into the chamber, which Tuesday morning was silent and mostly empty. She called the House to order. She stood for the monsignor's prayer. LINK

The Hill’s Mike Lillis: “House passes spending bill, sets up Obama-GOP budget fight” House lawmakers on Tuesday approved a last-minute measure extending current levels of government funding through March 4. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “House sends food-safety measure to Obama for his signature” The House of Representatives approved a sweeping food safety bill Tuesday that would strengthen the Food and Drug Administration and impose new rules on domestic production and trading partners. The vote was 215-144. The bill will now go to President Obama for his signature. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Frank Phillips: “Census costs Mass. a seat, influence on Capitol Hill” Massachusetts will lose one of its 10 US House seats in 2012 following the US Census Bureau’s reapportionment of congressional districts, which reflects the continued migration of people and political power to the nation’s South and West. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’Connor and Conor Dougherty: “South Gains in Census” America's once-a-decade head count gives Republican-leaning states 11 more seats in Congress, adding impact to state-level GOP victories in last month's elections that gave the party a stronger hand in redrawing voting districts across the U.S. LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “States try to counter Supreme Court’s minimum-price ruling” When a Supreme Court majority let manufacturers require retailers to charge minimum prices for their products, dissenting justices warned that the ruling would hit American households hard and could cost some families $1,000 more a year in retail bills. LINK

ABC News’ Matt Jaffe and Sunlen Miller: “No Laughing Matter: White House Says Comedian Jon Stewart ‘Put Awareness’ On 9/11 Health Bill” The White House said today that comedian Jon Stewart has ‘put the awareness’ around the 9/11 health care responders legislation, hoping that it will lead to additional Republican votes for the bill. LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “START appears set for final approval” The White House is positioned to close out the year with another come-from-behind victory on a major priority, as the New START nuclear arms treaty is poised to clear the Senate by a potentially comfortable margin thanks to a surprising surge in Republican support. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “Collins, Lieberman prove formidable team” The repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy owes much to Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Lieberman, who kept the issue alive when it appeared dead in the kind of partnership that is likely to become a model for getting things done in next year’s divided Congress. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Sheridan: “Attorney General Eric Holder warns: The real threat to United States is American-born terrorists” In a report on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Attorney General Eric Holder warned that homegrown terrorists pose a major threat to the United States. LINK

ABC News: “Holder: Terror Threat Is ‘Real and Constant’” Attorney General Eric Holder says threat has shifted from foreign to homegrown. LINK

ABC News: “2010 Census Reveals US Resident Population” New Census numbers move 12 Congressional Districts. LINK

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