The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Feb 8, 2011 5:47am

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 


ABC News’ Karen Travers: “'Get in the Game:' President Obama Implores U.S. Businesses to Invest in Job Creation” President Obama took a short walk from the White House across Lafayette Park to address the US Chamber of Commerce, but his remarks were meant to go a long way toward mending strained relations between his administration and the business community. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson: “Obama Vows to ‘Knock Down’ Business Barrier” President Barack Obama told business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce they should stop hoarding cash and start hiring in return for tax breaks and other government support for exports and innovation. LINK

Los Angeles Times’  Michael Muskal: “U.S. to recognize south Sudan as a new country, Obama says“ President Obama says the Sudan split will be officially recognized in July. In a Jan. 9 vote, 98% of southern Sudanese voters chose independence. Obama calls for peaceful resolutions to disputes and an end to attacks on civilians in Darfur.  LINK

The Hill’s  Kevin Bogardus and Sam Youngman: “Obama asks business to get off 'sidelines,invest $2T in economy" President Obama on Monday implored U.S. businesses to “get in the game” and invest the $2 trillion they hold in reserves in the U.S. economy. LINK

The Washington Time’s Kara Rowland: “Obama’s anti-loophole call gets clean-energy exception” One week after he called on lawmakers to close tax-code loopholes that benefit specific industries, President Obama proposed one of his own — a tax break aimed at spurring the development of energy-efficient commercial buildings. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Donovan Slack: “Obama woos, exhorts business” President Obama, who bitterly battled the US Chamber of Commerce during the first two years of his presidency, yesterday offered himself as an ally of the powerful business group who will reduce regulations and fight for more investment tax breaks. LINK 

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Rumsfeld to Diane Sawyer: 'It's Possible' Troop Decisions Were a Mistake in Iraq” More than four years after leaving public life, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld continues to believe the war in Iraq was worth the effort, and has no apologies for his decision-making in leading the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.  LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: “That's the ticket: GOP loves look of VP field” Forget about Mitt, Huck and Newt. From its highest levels to the grassroots, the GOP is buzzing over Marco, Bobby and Susana, as well as more than a half-dozen other junior Republican officeholders who have captured the party’s imagination in ways that the current 2012 presidential field hasn’t come close to doing. LINK

Los Angeles Times’  Jean Merl and Richard Simon: “Democrats leap at chance for Jane Harman's House seat“ Democrats scrambled for the chance to fill a rare open seat in Congress after veteran Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) announced Monday that she would probably resign to run a Washington think tank. LINK

The NY Daily News’  Nina Mandell: “Sarah Palin's non-appearance at Colorado non-profit sparks outcry from organization” Even without speaking, Sarah Palin's commitment to one Colorado foundation has created quite a controversy. LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper and David Sanger: “In Egypt, U.S. Weighs Push for Change With Stability” Vice President Omar Suleiman of Egypt says he does not think it is time to lift the 30-year-old emergency law that has been used to suppress and imprison opposition leaders. He does not think President Hosni Mubarak needs to resign before his term ends in September. And he does not think his country is yet ready for democracy.  LINK

The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon and Shailagh Murray: “Federal judicial vacancies reaching crisis point” Federal judges have been retiring at a rate of one per week this year, driving up vacancies that have nearly doubled since President Obama took office. The departures are increasing workloads dramatically and delaying trials in some of the nation's federal courts.  LINK

Obama To Commerce: Here To Be 'Neighborly' LINK
Exclusive: Rumsfeld Says Powell Was Not Duped LINK
Amb. Pickering: WH Response 'Overall Good' LINK

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