The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday, December 29, 2010

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PRESIDENT OBAMA/CLIMATE CHANGE USA Today’s Robin Bravender: “ Obama under pressure to deliver on climate” Jan. 2 isn't your ordinary Sunday. It's the day the Obama administration will officially start regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and critics have issued dire predictions of economic destruction. LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “ Obama’s Traveling Team Stays Focused on Terror” President Obama was peeved. It was Christmas 2009 and a Nigerian had been accused of trying to blow up a plane bound for Detroit. Mr. Obama was supposed to have state-of-the-art secure telecommunications capabilities inside his luxury beachfront rental home here. Instead, he was stuck relying on operators to connect him to his top counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan. LINK

Bloomberg’s Daniel Golden: “ Plunge of For-Profit College Stock Makes Sperling Rail at Obama As a humanities professor at San Jose State University from 1961 to 1973, John Sperling pioneered remedial reading classes for Mexican Americans and courses in social problems for police officers. LINK

SNOW POLITICS: ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: Snow Politics 2 – “ Newark Mayor Cory Booker Tweets As He Plows” With both the New Jersey’s Governor and Lt. Governor out of town on vacation, Newark Mayor, Cory Booker, picked up a shovel and started digging out constituents himself. Booker tweeted as he shoveled, inviting personal pleas from those who needed assistance. LINK NY Daily News’ Aliyah Shahid: “ New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Slammed For Disney Vacation As State Is Buried In Snowstorm” New Jersey is buried after an epic blizzard and Gov. Christie is… at Disneyworld. Critics are blasting both Gov. Christie and his Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno who is currently sunning in Mexico with her family for being absent during this week’s record snowstorm. LINK

CONGRESS: The Los Angeles Times’ Kathleen Hennessey: “ Federal Programs On Hold Along With Spending Bill” Congress’ passage of temporary funding in lieu of a budget for the year leaves many agencies unable to proceed with projects, including those to help the needy, the elderly and AIDS patients. Without a secure budget for fiscal year 2011, some agencies have suspended projects long on the books, including a 27-year old program that helps support food pantries and homeless shelters across the country. LINK

Politico’s Matt Negrin: “ Biden is ‘Darn Grateful’ To Democrats” Vice President Joe Biden, vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands with his family, sent an e-mail to supporters through the Democratic National Committee on Tuesday, thanking them for asking lawmakers to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” and approve the New START Treaty among other accomplishments. The email which was signed by “Joe,” said “I can’t remember a group of lawmakers who accomplished more than the folks who just wrapped up their work.” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “ For GOP House freshman Mike Kelly, Washington is a tough sell” The onetime Notre Dame defensive tackle sat in an underground auditorium of the U.S. Capitol, discomfited. Mike Kelly had come to Congress to change the ways of Washington. But first he had to be schooled in them. LINK

OTHER The Boston Globe’s Andrea Estes: “ Patrick bumps veterans secretary”Governor Deval Patrick asked yesterday for the resignation of longtime Veterans’ Services Secretary Thomas G. Kelley, a Vietnam War hero and a Medal of Honor recipient who has served under four governors. Kelley said that his boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Judy Ann Bigby, informed him that “the governor and lieutenant governor want to, quote, move in a new direction. LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “ Home-Price Dip Casts Pall on Better Economic Outlook” Just when the economists were celebrating the best Christmas selling season in three years, the slumping housing market struck a sour note Tuesday. A report from Standard & Poor’s Corp. on Tuesday showed the housing market continues to cast a shadow over the consumer parade LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Nathan Hodge: “ U.S. Commanders Follow Money in Afghanistan” For the U.S. military, stopping insurgents from crossing into Afghanistan from safe havens in Pakistan is a tall order. But stanching the flow of the money that sustains insurgent groups can be equally tough, according to a U.S. military commander. LINK

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