The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

By Jayson

Feb 9, 2011 3:26am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associate and Desk Assistant Claudia Morales, Jayce Henderson, and Carrie Halperin

DEMS/G.O.P
ABC News’  Devin Dwyer and John Pakinson: “House GOP Prioritizes Tighter Abortion Funding Restrictions” For more than 30 years, both sides of the U.S. abortion debate have agreed that no taxpayer dollars should be used to fund the procedure, except in instances of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is in danger. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Mascaro: “House GOP fumbles on Patriot Act renewal The Republican-led House failed to pass an extension of expiring sections of the Patriot Act on Tuesday, an unexpected setback for GOP leaders that shows the difficulty they face in controlling their majority and its "tea party"-inspired members LINK

The Washington Time’s Stephen Dinan: “CPAC Fissure over gays deepens” Deepening a rift ahead of the largest annual gathering of conservative activists in Washington this week, some of the movement’s top leaders have circulated a private memo urging that conservatism’s founding principles be recast to exclude gay rights groups from the Reagan coalition of economic, defense and social conservatives. LINK

Bloomberg’s Catherine Dodge: “’Mini-Revolt’ Confronts Republicans as U.S. Lawmakers Ready Spending Cuts” As House Republicans parry Democratic criticism that they’ve gone too far with proposed spending cuts, they confront a battle within their own ranks over whether the cuts go far enough.  LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “Budget cuts take hits from both sides” Facing a two-front war on the left and right, the House Appropriations Committee voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting close to $40 billion from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year. LINK

UNEMPLOYMENT:
USA Today’s Gregory Korte: “Job training sprawl costs U.S. $18B per year” The federal government spends $18 billion a year on 47 separate job training programs run by nine different agencies. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Damian Paletta: “Job Tax Plan Lands With a Thud” Republicans on Capitol Hill responded with hostility Tuesday to a White House proposal to allow cash-strapped states to raise unemployment-insurance taxes. But in some states struggling with rising debt and empty coffers, officials said the plan should be considered. LINK

HOUSE:
The Washington Post’s Paul Kane and Felicia Sonmez: “Patriot Act extension fails in the House by seven votes” House Republicans suffered an embarrassing setback Tuesday when they fell seven votes short of extending provisions of the Patriot Act, a vote that served as the first small uprising of the party's tea-party bloc. LINK

The Hill’s  John T. Bennett: “House lawmakers warn Pakistan it could lose aid if American is not released” Two House committee chairmen on Tuesday said they have told Pakistani officials Congress might halt aid to Islamabad if an American detained in their country is not released. LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Donald Rumsfeld to Diane Sawyer: 'Would've Been Better Off If I Had' Resigned Post-Abu Ghraib” Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declares that his biggest regret in office was not convincing President Bush to accept his resignation after the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and said the country and the Pentagon probably "would've been better off" if he had left office in 2004. LINK

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick: “As Egypt Protest Swells, U.S. Sends Specific Demands” Pressure intensified on President Hosni Mubarak’s government as the largest crowd of protesters in two weeks flooded Cairo’s streets on Tuesday and the United States delivered its most specific demands yet, urging swift steps toward democracy. LINK

ABC News Videos:
“Has Obama Kicked the Smoking Habit for Good?” LINK
“Rep. Lankford: GOP Cuts Not Going Far Enough” LINK
“Gates on Egypt: 'Manifestation of Discontent'” LINK

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