The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jan 27, 2009 4:58am

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



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ABC News’ Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Obama’s Arabic TV Debut" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama Does First Formal TV Interview as President with Al-Arabiya" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama Sends off George Mitchell to Middle East: ‘Compared to Steroids, This is Going to Be a Breeze’" LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "Obama, Fenty Hoops Give Assist to D.C. Voting Rights" LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: "Geithner Wins Senate Confirmation As Treasury Secretary In 60-34 vote " LINK

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: "Obama Praised Over Calif. Waiver" LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obama Sends Mitchell to Middle East" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "Obama: U.S. Not Your Enemy" LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Obama Makes Most of New Digs" LINK

Politico’s Nia-Malika Henderson: "Immigration Proceedings Underway" LINK

Time Magazine’s Aryn Baker and Omar Waraich: “Pakistan: A Mounting Problem for Obama” LINK

Time Magazine’s Mark Thompson: “Obama’s Lobbyist Ban Meets a Loophole: William Lynn” LINK

Time Magazines’ Mark Thompson: “Obama’s Showdown Over Nukes” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tony Blankley: “Obama’s ‘blank screen’” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama tackles Mideast, climate” LINK

The Washington Times’ Wesley Pruden: “No easy sleep for mitigator in chief” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power: “Obama’s EPA Move Likely to Spur Fight” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Barkley and Henry Pulizzi: “White House Aims to Defuse Furor Over China’s Yuan Policy” LINK

Bloomberg’s Timothy J. Burger: “Mitchell’s Firm Lobbied for Dubai’s Ruler in Camel Jockey Case” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Ann Woolner: “Obama Says ‘You Shouldn’t Have’ to Bush’s Big Gift” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jessica Heslam: “Analysts say prez erred in singling out Rush Limbaugh” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Peter S. Canellos: “This president is presidential, not your average guy” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “Obama counters Bush on auto standards” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: “Obama sends George Mitchell on Mideast peace mission” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook and Peter Nicholas: “Obama ramps up bipartisan efforts” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: “Commerce secretary may hail from Silicon Valley” LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Schmitt: "Two Prisons, Similar Issues for President" LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear and Glenn Kessler: "Obama Voices Hope for Mideast Peace in Talk with Al-Arabiya TV" LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: "E-Mail Outage Forces White House to Operate the Oldfangled Way" LINK

The Washington Post’s Colum Lynch: "U.N. Envoy Vows More Collaboration" LINK

The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock: "E.U. Willing to Help U.S. on Guantanamo" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Oren Yaniv: "Cleveland fireman’s wink to Obama gets drum major tossed from band" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Obama to lawmakers: ‘Can’t afford delays on economic rescue plan" LINK


USA Today’s Julie Appleby: "Plan aids jobless with health costs" LINK

USA Today’s Kevin Johnson: "Police report crime spikes related to economy" LINK

USA Today’s Dennis Cauchon: "Stimulus plan would give states $200 billion" LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: "Lobbying spending tops $3 billion in ’08" LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: "High Noon for Stimulus" LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: "Obama Hunts GOP Votes for Stimulus" LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A.Miller: “Critics say bill lacks stimulus” LINK

The Washington Times’ David M. Dickson: “Stimulus bill a ‘moving target’” LINK

Bloomberg’s Christopher Stern: “Obama’s Broadband Plan Disappoints Telecommunications Companies” LINK


The Associated Press’ Laurie Kellman: "Senate Confirms Geithner as Treasury Secretary" LINK

Bloomberg’s Rebecca Christie: “Geithner Is Sworn in at Treasury; Dudley Likely to Get Fed Post” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet: Senate confirms Geithner as Treasury Secretary LINK

2009: SENATE:

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: "Pelosi Expects ‘Major Step’ On Health Reform In 2009" LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan: "Stevens: Agent, Witness Had Romance" LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: "Senate Confirms Geithner for Treasury Post" LINK


ABC News’ Mark Mooney and Russell Goldman: "Blagojevich Says He Thought of Oprah for Senate" LINK

ABC News’ The Note: "Politics Live: Blago Makes His Case" LINK

ABC News’ Russell Goldman: "Blagojevich’s Poetry Obsession Explained" LINK

USA Today’s Judy Keen: "Blagojevich boycotts Ill. trial" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin and David Kesmodel: “Blagojevich Takes His Case to TV” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Rick Pearson and Frank James: “Blagojevich trial begins without him” LINK

The New York Times’ Monica Davey: "Illinois Trial Goes on Minus Star Defendant" LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Slevin: "Blagojevich Skips Trial, Hits Tube" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Barry Paddock and Michael Saul: "Illinois Gov. considered Oprah for Senate" LINK


The Associated Press’ Matti Friedman: "Troops, Militants Clash in Gaza Despite Cease-Fire" LINK

The Associated Press: "Israel: Troops, Palestinian militants clash despite cease-fire" LINK

The New York Times’ John Burns: "BBC Assailed for Refusing to Carry Gaza Appeal" LINK

The Washington Post’s Jonathan Finer: "At a Flash Point in Gaza, A Family’s Deadly Ordeal" LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “Democrats Subpoena Rove, Testing Their Clout and Obama” LINK


ABC News’ Scott Mayerowitz and Alice Gomstyn: "Economy Hope: Porn, Roads and Auto-Flush Potties" LINK

ABC News’ Megan Chuchmach: "Deal of the Decade? Lehman’s Fuld Gave $13.75 Mil Estate to Wife for $100" LINK

ABC News’ Tory Johnson: "Don’t Snub a Part-Time Job If You’re Underemployed" LINK

The Associated Press’ Jeannine Aversa: "Job-Killing Recession Racks up More Layoff Victims" LINK

The Associated Press’ Liz Sidoti: "Obama to Seek Input From Republicans on Economy" LINK

The Associated Press’ Matt Apuzzo and Daniel Wagner: "AP IMPACT: US Bets on Bank Execs to Fix This Mess" LINK

USA Today’s Adam Shell: "It’s OK to wait for new bull market" LINK

USA Today’s Stephanie Armour: "Home sales rise in December as buyers grab at bargain prices" LINK

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: "Big Job Losses Fuel Demand For Tax Cuts" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Timothy Aeppel: “Scenes from a Layoff: Tears Flow among the Kilns at a Tiny Tile Maker” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Caroline Baum: “Economic Cures Are like Booze for an Alcoholic” LINK

Bloomberg’s Margaret Chadbourn: “FDIC May Limit Interest Rates Offered by Banks With Low Capital” LINK

Bloomberg’s Hugh Son: “American Express Raises $6.2 Billion from Deposit Certificates” LINK

Bloomberg’s Courtney Schlisserman: “Consumer Confidence in U.S. Probably Held Near Record Low” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald: “Layoffs slam state, U.S.” LINK

Bloomberg’s Craig Torres: “Fed’s Move Into ‘Uncharted Waters’ Spurs New Look at Forecasts” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Steven Syre: “Banks you can bank on” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jerry Hirsch and Maura Reynolds: “Deluge of layoffs hits U.S. economy” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ V. Dion Haynes: “More workers to face higher healthcare costs in ’09, surveys find” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Petruno: “Fannie Mae makes first request for U.S. Treasury cash” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Alana Semuels: “Advertisers shell out for Super Bowl spots” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrea Chang: “Quiksilver stock buoyed by Nike takeover rumors” LINK

The New York Times’ Catherine Rampell: "Layoffs Spread to More Sectors of the Economy" LINK

The New York Times’ William Neuman: "Despite Flags, Citigroup and M.T.A. Cut Bond Deal" LINK

The New York Times’ Katie Zezima: "Data Show College Endowments Loss Is Worst Drop Since ’70s" LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: "Defense and No Apologies from Author of Fiscal Bill" LINK

The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom: "Gates Group Plans to give more in 2009 Despite Losses" LINK

The Washington Post’s Daniel de Vise and John Wagner: "Stimulus Bill Sends Thrill through Region" LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: "House Plan Offers Noticeable Impact" LINK

The Washington Post’s Annys Shin and Neil Irwin: "Layoffs Cut Deeper Into Economy" LINK

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb: "Fannie Mae to Seek Funds from Treasury" LINK

The Washington Post’s Heather Landy and Peter Whoriskey: "Corporate Survival Mode" LINK

The New York Times’ Kendra Marr: "Struggling Auto Parts Suppliers Prepare to Seek Federal Aid" LINK

2009: GITMO:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "9/11 Families Push Obama on Gitmo Trials" LINK


President Bush’s Legacy: LINK


USA Today’s Gary Stoller: "US Airways passengers get $5,000 each; is it enough?" 2009: ENVIRONMENT: LINK

USA Today’s Paul Davidson: "Obama orders more fuel-efficient cars by 2011"

USA Today’s Dan Reed: "Chicken parts as jet fuel? Pond scum? It’s possible" LINK

The Associated Press’ Randolph E. Schmid: "Report: Some climate damage already irreversible" LINK

Time Magazine’s Bryan Walsh: “Obama’s Move on Fuel Efficiency: A Clean Win for Greens” LINK

The New York Times’ John Broder: "Geography Is Dividing Democrats Over Energy" LINK

The New York Times’ Cornelia Dean: "Emissions Cut Won’t Bring Quick Relief, Scientists Say" LINK

The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin: "Obama Issues Orders Toward More Fuel-Efficient Cars" LINK

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin: "Long Droughts, Rising Seas Predicted Despite Future CO2 Curbs" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Obama puts stamp on environment policy" LINK


ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Ferdous Al-Faruque: "Arnold: ‘We Are Running Out of Money’" LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: "Senator Wants Government Action on Citigroup Jet" LINK

ABC News’ Dan Harris: "Act of Faith: Church Congregants Hold Vigil" LINK

The Associated Press’ Joelle Tessler: "Senate OKs 4-Month Delay to Digital TV Changeover" LINK

USA Today’s Chris Hawley: "Leaders in Latin America extend terms" LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: "Fall of Iceland government tip of the iceberg?" LINK

The Washington Times’ David R. Sands: “Political dynasties fade away” LINK

Bloomberg’s Mark Drajem: “WTO Ruling Says China Must Bolster Its Copyright Law” LINK

Boston Herald’s Jessica Fargen: “Ty criticized for ‘first kid’ dolls” LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: "Massachusetts Speaker Gives reason for Quitting" LINK

The New York Times’ Roni Caryn Rabin: "Peanut Plant Was Cited for Violations" LINK

The Washington Post’s David Hilzenrath: "Life Insurers’ Request for Relief Challenged" LINK

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson: "Rove Ordered to Testify to Congress on Firings" LINK


"Creative Ways to Make Ends Meet" LINK

"Stephanopoulos on Obama’s Priorities" LINK

"Blagojevich Fights Back" LINK

"Blago: What Happened to Presumption of Innocence?" LINK

"Illinois Senator Responds to Blagojevich" LINK

"Joy Plays With Blago’s Hair" LINK

"Jake Tapper on Obama’s Green Push" LINK

"Obama Works for Energy Independence" LINK

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