The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dec 23, 2008 5:04am

Compiled by ABC News’ PETER MARTINEZ, CARRIE HALPERIN, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, LAURA GREENE, JAYCE HENDERSON, STEPHANIE WASH and JUSTIN GRANT

2008: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Your Letters to Obama" LINK

"New Details in Blagojevich Investigation" LINK

"Inside the Senate Seat Scandal" LINK

"Ferrell Takes Bush to Broadway" LINK

"Obama Relaxes in Hawaii" LINK

"What Was It Like Caught in a Burning Plane?" LINK

2008: PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA AND THE WHITE HOUSE TRANSITION:

ABC News’ Special Index for the 44th President: LINK

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Topless Obama Pic" LINK

USA Today’s Donna Leinwand: "Experts: Beware of unofficial Obama coins" LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: "Terrorism drill to be part of passing torch" LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: "Timing and luck crucial for seat on high court" LINK

Bloomberg’s John Fraher and Matthew Benjamin: “Schwab’s Davos Wish Is Big Obama Turnout at Crisis Conference” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: "Rahm Emanuel Still Wearing Two Hats" LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown & Nia-Malika Henderson: "Paparazzo Snaps Shirtless Obama" LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: "Hawaiians Capitalize on Obama Fame" LINK

The Washington Times’ Bill Gertz: “Obama wants Bush war team to stay” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama contact report due Tuesday” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “Agencies prep Obama for ‘tourniquet’ on Afghanistan” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Howard Witt: “Bush’s legacy may lie in presidential library” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Derrick Z. Jackson: “Obama’s bad judgment on Warren” LINK

The Washington Post’s Richard Leiby and DeNeen L. Brown: "Change They Want to Believe In" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Hank Gola: "Geta grip Mr. Prez-to-be! That golf swing needs a little work" LINK

2008: SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON AND FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON:

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann: “She’s in compromised State” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Helene Cooper: "Clinton Moves to Widen Role of State Dept." LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Falcone: "Clinton Is Out $13 Million She Lent Campaign" LINK

The Associated Press: "Clinton absorbs own $13.1M loan to campaign" LINK

2008: CAROLINE KENNEDY:

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann: “She’s in compromised State” LINK

The New York Times’ David M. Halbfinger: "Kennedy Declines to Make Financial Disclosure" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett and Erin Einhorn: "Bloomberg defends Kennedy as replacement for Clinton" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett: Pols give Caroline Kennedy a hard time" LINK

The Associated Press: "’N.Y. Times’ admits publishing fake letter" LINK

2008: AUTO INDUSTRY:

USA Today’s Chris Woodyard: "Toyota expects first operating loss since 1938" LINK

Bloomberg’s Greg Bensinger: “GM Investors Bet U.S. Lifeline Isn’t Enough to Keep It Afloat” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alan Ohnsman: “Toyota May Cut U.S. Payroll as Unsold Autos Pile Up on Lots” LINK

Bloomberg’s Li Yanping and Kevin Hamlin: “China May Spur Consumer Spending after Lowering Rates” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Martin Zimmerman: “Toyota predicts its first annual operating loss in 7 decades” LINK

The New York Times’ Clifford Krauss: "Foreign Automakers in the U.S. Cut Back" LINK

The New York Times’ Bill Vlasic and Martin Fackler: "Car Slump Jolts Toyota, Halting 70 Years of Gain" LINK

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: "Plunge in Exports Reverberates Across Asia" LINK

The Associated Press: "Stocks slip in light trading as Toyota cuts profit outlook" LINK

2008: ECONOMY:

The Associated Press’ Christopher S. Rugaber: "More Companies Lining up for Piece of Bailout Fund" LINK

USA Today’s Barbara Hagenbaugh: "Forecasters share predictions for economy’s outlook in 2009" LINK

USA Today’s Jayne O’Donnell: "Snowy, cold winter weather chills sales for retailers" LINK

USA Today’s Sue Kirchhoff and Del Jones: "Caterpillar to cut white-collar pay up to 50%, offer buyouts" LINK

The Wall Street Journal Capitol Journal: “U.S. Woes Open Door for China” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yoshio Takahashi and Kate Linebaugh: “Toyota Sees First Loss in 70 Years” LINK

Bloomberg’s Bob Willis: “November Housing Sales in U.S. Probably Fell to Nine-Year Low” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Chuck Jaffe: “Real estate bust dashes hope for General Growth” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jerry Kronenberg, Marie Szaniszlo and Christine McConville: “Overdue college loan payments up as amounts, interest rates rise” LINK

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “States set to impose bevy of new taxes Likely to prolong recession, critics say” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jordan Rau: “Unions sue Schwarzenegger over mandatory days off” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ronald D. White: “Drivers remain cautious despite lower gas prices” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Ross Kerber: “Layoff warning law falls short” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Peter Schworm: “Applications soar at public colleges” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Jenifer B. McKim: “Amid the despair of foreclosures, many see a golden opportunity” LINK

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina: "As Economy Dips, Arrests for Shoplifting Soar" LINK

The New York Times’ Edmund L. Andrews: "Irregularity Uncovered at IndyMac" LINK

The New York Times’ Claire Cain Miller: "For Craft Sales, the Recession Is a Help" LINK

The New York Times’ Landon Thomas Jr. and Julia Wedigier: "For HSBC, Questions of Vitality" LINK

The New York Times’ Jennifer Steinhauer: "In Budget Crisis, States Reluctantly halt Road Projects" LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum and Ellen Nakashima: "Regulator Let IndyMac Bank Falsify Report" LINK

The Washington Post’s Thomas Heath: "Last of FBR’s Founders to Retire as CEO" LINK

The Washington Post’s Annys Shin: "Deeper Cuts, Widespread Pain" LINK

The Washington Post’s Renae Merle: "Lenders Cite Gains On Loan Relief" LINK

The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth: "Commercial Real Estate industry Seeks U.S. Aid" LINK

The Associated Press’ Matt Apuzzo: "Where’d the bailout money go? Banks aren’t saying" LINK

2008: CONGRESS:

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: "GOP Recount Guru Advises Coleman" LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "FBI Agent Alleges Misconduct in Stevens case" LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar: "Franken Leading Coleman by 48 Votes" LINK

2008: ILLINOIS SENATE SEAT SCANDAL / GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH:

Politico’s Mike Allen: "Emanuel Report Out Tuesday" LINK

The New York Times’ Christopher Maag: "Impeachment Panel Hears of Blagojevich Fund-Raising" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Erin Einhorn: "Obama probe clears Emmanuel" LINK

2008: MADOFF’S SCAM:

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Bernstein: “After Madoff, Donors Grow Wary of Giving” LINK

Bloomberg’s Carlyn Kolker, Tiffany Kary and Saijel Kishan: “Madoff Victims May Have to Return 6 Years of Profits, Principal” LINK

Bloomberg’s Linda Sandler and David Voreacos: “Madoff Web Page Taken Down by Facebook after Jeers, Cheers” LINK

Time Magazine’s Robert Chew: “Who is Bernie Madoff? Many Investors Didn’t Ask” LINK

The New York Times’ Javier C. Hernandez: "Betrayed by Madoff, School Adds Lesson" LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: "Obama Is to report on Blagojevich Contacts" LINK

2008: CURRENT ADMINISTRATION:

The Hill’s Sam Youngman "Bush To Host Lunch For Obama, Former Presidents" LINK

Politico’s Fred Barbash: "Contrasting Views Of Cheney" LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Andrew Romano: “GOP Governors: Cast Out of Washington, Republicans Rethink” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: "Bush Visits Injured Soldiers at Walter Reed" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Gifts have Rice up to her neck in ice" LINK

2008: OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Matthew McGarry and Ammu Kannampilly: "Britain’s Africa Minister Says It’s Time for Mugabe to Go" LINK

ABC News’ Lisa Stark and Theresa Cook: "Black Box May Hold Clues to Fiery Crash" LINK

ABC News’ Imaeyen Ibanga: "Winter’s First Day Packs a Wallop" LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: "Timing and luck crucial for seat on high court" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Simon: “Colorado Tightens Reins on Energy Extraction” LINK

Politico’s Michael Calderone: "The Top Ten Media Blunders of 2008" LINK

The Washington Post’s Del Quentin Wilber: "Whistleblower Faults Prosecution’s Conduct in Stevens Case" LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: "Bush v. Gore Set to Outlast Its Beneficiary" LINK

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