The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, January 21, 2011

By Jayson

Jan 21, 2011 4:09am

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 Associate Jayce Henderson

USA Today’s Oren Dorell: “Gifford’s treatment on course to Houston” Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was set to move today from the Tucson hospital that treated her catastrophic head wound to a renowned rehabilitation hospital in Houston, where she can continue her recovery closer to her astronaut husband's work. LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Rachel Layne: “Obama Taps GE’s Immelt for Economy Panel, Replace Volcker” President Barack Obama will name Jeffrey Immelt, General Electric Co.’s chief executive officer, to head his outside panel of economic advisers, replacing former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.  LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Chinese president gives stiff-arm to Congress on human rights” Chinese President Hu Jintao gave congressional leaders a stiff arm Thursday when they pressed him on human rights during a private meeting in Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) office. Boehner pressed Hu on reports that the Chinese government has forced women to have abortions under the “one child policy. LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “G.O.P. Bloc Presses Leaders to Slash Even More” House Republican leaders confronted pressure from conservatives on Thursday to take more aggressive steps to cut federal spending, with a large group of lawmakers calling for outlays to be slashed by $2.5 trillion over the next decade, far more than the party has sought so far. LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “House GOP group proposes deep spending cuts over next decade” Congressional conservatives on Thursday demanded far more dramatic reductions in government spending than House GOP leaders have recently proposed, in the first sign of a fissure between old-guard Republicans and tea-party-backed newcomers. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “House GOP gets to work on health ‘solutions’” Wasting no time, House Republicans moved quickly ahead Thursday with their own overhaul of the nation's health care system, commanding key committees to get to work and launching a fresh attack on federal policies regarding abortion funding. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Republicans Look Beyond Repeal Vote” House Republicans began a push Thursday to pick apart the Democrats' sweeping health-care law, an undertaking carrying possible risks alongside political rewards. A day after House Republicans voted unanimously to repeal the entire health law—an effort almost certain to die in the Senate—the chairmen of four House committees announced their plans to move on to the bigger challenge of coming up with specific measures to kill or replace parts of the legislation. LINK

Politico’s Sarah Kliff: “Abortion interjected into health care reform repeal” Republicans are turning to abortion as a key issue to rally their base as they attempt to replace the Democrats’ health reform law. The high-profile introduction of a Republican anti-abortion bill — just hours after the health repeal vote and prior to any legislation on jobs or economy—has groups on both sides of the issue gearing up for another aggressive fight. LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “On Anniversary of Kennedy’s Inauguration, Obama Honors a President ‘Who Showed Us What Is Possible’” On the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, President Obama said were it not for “unfinished life” and “vision” of the nation’s 35th president, he would not be standing up as the 44th president. LINK

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift: “Inside Kennedy’s Inauguration, 50 Years On” Weather forecasters had predicted light snow turning to rain on the eve of President Kennedy’s inauguration, but the snow fell heavily and steadily, covering Pennsylvania Avenue with an eight-inch white blanket and forcing the Army Corps of Engineers' snow-removal force to work through the night to clear the parade route. LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Former President George H.W. Bush Marks 20th Anniversary of Desert Storm With National Security Team” It was a gathering of Republican foreign policy heavyweights tonight in College Station, Texas, as former President George H.W. Bush marked the 20th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm with his national security team. LINK

ABC News’ John Berman: “Palin Putting out Presidential Feelers in Iowa” Advisers to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have been making calls to activists and supporters in Iowa, and key early primary and caucus states in case she decides to run for President. LINK

Carol Moseley Braun Chides Bill Clinton Over EndorsementLINK
Surprise! Michelle Obama Visits With White House ToursLINK
No Apology: Rep. Cohen Defends Nazi CommentLINK

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