The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, January 20, 2011

By Jayson

Jan 20, 2011 4:35am

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 www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants Jayce Henderson, Claudia Morales, Molly Hunter and Melissa Noel

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Danny Yadron: “President’s Ratings Climb” President Barack Obama is riding a surge of public support into next week's State of the Union address, with more Americans approving of his performance and more seeing him as a political moderate, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS / STATE DINNER:
ABC News’ Karen Travers, Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller: “President Obama Welcomes Chinese President Hu to White House” President Obama formally welcomed Chinese President Hu Jinato to the White House even as the administration acknowledged that distrust still remains between the United States and China. This is the first time in history that a Nobel Peace Prize-winning U.S. President has rolled out the red carpet for the leader of a country who has a different Nobel Peace Laureate in jail — begging the question for some observers: does the U.S. need China more than China needs us? LINK

The Washington Post’s John Pomfret and Scott Wilson: “Obama host’s Hu Jintao on State Visit, presses China on human rights” President Obama used his summit Wednesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao to place the issue of human rights front and center in the U.S. relationship with the world's preeminent ascending power. And Hu, in a rare concession, acknowledged that China needs to make more progress. LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “The Top Secret State Dinner” You would think, at first, that the White House is organizing some sort of top-secret plan to jumpstart the economy. Or that administration officials are preparing a surprise invasion overseas. LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Obama, Hu to announce export deals, economic progress” The White House poor-mouthed its chances of securing important advances in U.S.-China policy during this week's state visit, but the tidbits already are starting to dribble out. LINK

HEALTH CARE:
ABC News’ Huma Khan: House Passes Bill Repealing Health Care Law” After two days of lively debate, the House of Representatives today voted to repeal the health care law, even as Democrats and Obama administration officials used the renewed debate to highlight its benefits. Three Democrats joined all 242 House Republicans in voting for repeal. LINK

Politico’s Jennifer Haberkorn & Carrie Budoff Brown: “Health care: Now comes they really hard part” House Republicans took their first major step toward repealing the health care overhaul that has dominated the American political landscape for almost two years, voting unanimously Wednesday to roll back the law. But now, the GOP’s real work begins. The vote passed Wednesday by 245 to 189 — with unanimous GOP support, plus that of three Democrats. But the repeal bill is destined to die in the Senate, so Republicans will use their newly acquired power in the House to wage a long-term campaign to weaken the law. LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “House Votes for Repeal of Health Law in Symbolic Act” The House voted Wednesday to repeal the Democrats’ landmark health care overhaul, marking what the new Republican majority in the chamber hailed as the fulfillment of a campaign promise and the start of an all-out effort to dismantle President Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. LINK

The Washington Time’s Seth McLaughlin: “House pulls plug on health care law” House Republicans on Wednesday scored their first victory in their long-shot bid to scrap President Obama's health care overhaul, delivering a repeal bill to the Senate and a stiff rebuke of White House policy that will help shape the political landscape over the weeks, months and years to come.LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “House Repeals Health Care” The House late this afternoon voted to repeal President Obama’s signature health care plan, the first major action of the Republican-controlled chamber but one that is almost certain to be stifled in the Senate. The 245-to-189 vote helped fulfill an election promise that many Tea Party-backed Republicans made during the midterm elections that carried them into office. LINK

NY Daily News’ Richard Sisk: “GOP Muscles Through Repeal Bill On Obamacare, Dems Fight Back By Getting Personal” The Democrats got personal Wednesday as the GOP muscled through a bill to repeal Obamacare – labeling rookie Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm a hypocrite. The dustup came in the lengthy floor debate before the 245-to-189 mostly party-line vote to "repeal and replace" the health law, an outcome Democrats mocked as meaningless. LINK

The Hill’s Russell Berman: “House Repeals Healthcare Law” The House voted on Wednesday to repeal the sweeping healthcare law enacted last year, as Republicans made good on a central campaign pledge and laid down the first major policy marker of their new majority. The party-line vote was 245-189, as three Democrats joined all 242 Republicans in supporting repeal. LINK

OTHER:

Politico’s Charles Matesian: “Joe Lieberman's approach out of step with the times” By the geriatric standards of the Senate, the retirement of 68 -year- old Sen. Joe Lieberman comes at a relatively young age. But Wednesday’s news that the Connecticut Democratic plans to leave the stage in 2012 surprised no one: It was clear the role he played was outdated and even clearer that he was thoroughly unsuited for the modern political era. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
ABC NEWS “Obama: Human Rights Occasionally ‘Source of Tension” President Obama told reporters that has been "very candid" with Hu Jintao.  LINK

ABC NEWS “Democrat Compares Republicans To Nazis” Rep. Cohen says, "Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it." LINK

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