The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, February 3, 2011

By Jayson

Feb 3, 2011 4:50am

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, Jacqueline Fernandez and Carrie Halperin

EGYPT PROTESTS:
ABC News’ John R. Parkinson: “House Panel to Hold Two-Day Hearing on Egypt & Lebanon Next Week” House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced Wednesday night that next week the panel will hold a two-day hearing on the continuing crisis in Egypt and also the lesser publicized trouble in Lebanon after Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government was replaced by a new Hezbollah-controlled coalition.  LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “As crisis deepens in Egypt, U.S. ‘can’t dictate events’” The Obama administration faced a rapidly deteriorating situation in Egypt on Wednesday, with few good options to influence the course of events. LINK

The Los Angeles Times'  Timothy M. Phelps, Ned Parker and Amro Hassan: "Death toll grows in Egypt protests" Anti-government protesters kept a grim grip on the square at the center of efforts to oust Egypt's president at dawn Thursday, after a day of battles marked by horse- and camelback charges, rhythmic banging of makeshift shields and the glow of firebombs hurled in the dark. LINK

The New York Times’ Anthony Shadid: “Arab World Faces Its Uncertain Future” The future of the Arab world, perched between revolt and the contempt of a crumbling order, was fought for in the streets of downtown Cairo on Wednesday. LINK

The New York Times’ David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim: “Mubarak’s Allies and Foes Clash in Egypt” President Hosni Mubarak struck back at his opponents on Wednesday, unleashing waves of his supporters armed with clubs, rocks, knives and firebombs in a concerted assault on thousands of antigovernment protesters in Tahrir Square calling for an end to his authoritarian rule. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman: “Critics question billions in aid routed back to US contractors” United States taxpayers have funneled more than $60 billion of aid into Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak came to power in 1981, but more than half of the money has been spent supplying weapons to the country’s military, an arrangement that critics say has benefited American military contractors more than ordinary Egyptians. LINK

SENATE / HEALTH CARE:
USA Today’s Catalina Camia: “Senate fails to repeal health care law” The U.S. Senate failed to repeal the nation's health care law but gave Republicans a chance to go on record with their objections to the sweeping measure that requires all Americans to have insurance. LINK

The Hill’s Julian Pecquet: “Senate rejects healthcare repeal” The Senate on Wednesday voted down a repeal of President Obama’s healthcare law in a 47-51 party-line vote. The vote came two weeks to the day the Republican House voted 245-189 to repeal the law, and just days after a federal judge ruled Obama’s signature legislative achievement is unconstitutional. LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan: “Senate Democrats Defeat Republican Bid to Repeal Health Law” Senate Democrats defeated a Republican push to repeal the U.S. health-care overhaul in a test of their continuing support for the law amid court challenges and signs public support for it is eroding. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 51-47 yesterday against the repeal effort in a party-line tally.  LINK

GOP:
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Republican Presidential Hopefuls Critique Obama on Egypt” Several top likely contenders for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination have emerged as leading critics of President Obama's handling of the Egyptian crisis, breaking with party leaders who have largely been supportive of the administration's approach. LINK

CONGRESS / ENVIRONMENT:
The Washington Time’s Seth McLaughlin: “Congress to rewrite rules on emissions” Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill announced separate plans this week to try to block the Obama administration from unilaterally imposing limits on greenhouse gas emissions, ratcheting up pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to hold a vote. LINK

The New York Times’ John M. Broder “E.P.A. Plans New Limits on Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water” The Obama administration said Wednesday that it would impose limits on permissible levels of a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water, including the first standards for perchlorate, a dangerous compound found in rocket fuel and fireworks that has contaminated water supplies in 26 states. LINK

OTHER:
The Wall Street Journal’s Arian Campo-Flores: “Florida Governor Hits Road to Sell His Budget Overhaul” Gov. Rick Scott is crisscrossing Florida this week, offering glimpses of what he says will be one of the nation's most fiscally conservative budget proposals this year. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
Michael Steele and Puppet Appear on ‘Daily Show’LINK
Barbara Mikulski on GOP: ‘They Have No Ideas’LINK
Egypt Looms Over DC Diplomat HuddleLINK

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