The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, January 30, 2009

Jan 30, 2009 5:21am

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 www



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ABC News’ Matt Jaffe: "Blagojevich Ousted: Ill. Senate Votes to Remove Him" LINK

The Associated Press’ Christopher Wills: "Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Thrown out of Office" LINK

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Dave McKinney, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin: "Senate votes 59-0 to impeach Blagojevich" LINK

The Chicago Sun-Times Commentary: "Blagojevich has let us all down" LINK

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Abdon Pallasch: "Once a gadfly, now the governor" LINK

The Chicago Tribune’s Ray Long and Rick Pearson: "Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been removed from office" LINK

The Chicago Tribune’s Richard Wronski: "Rod Blagojevich’s name coming off tollway signs" LINK

The Chicago Tribune’s John Chase and Stacy St. Clair: "A politician’s rise, hard fall" LINK

The Chicago Tribune’s Gary Marx: "As his time in office dwindles, Blagojevich expunges criminal records of former drug dealer and real estate mogul" LINK

The Chicago Tribune: "Words Blagojevich used most in speech" LINK

The Chicago Trubne: "Blagojevich case timeline: 2 memorable months in Illinois politics" LINK

Time Magazine’s David Von Drehle: “Whining to the Bitter End, Blagojevich Gets the Boot” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Illinois Senate expels Blagojevich” LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Blagojevich Convicted, Quinn Becomes Governor" LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: "Blago: I did it for the children" LINK

The Washington Posts: Kari Lydersen and Peter Slevin "A Bitter End for Blagojevich" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin and David Kesmodel: “Illinois Ousts Governor” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew M. Harris: “Illinois Governor Blagojevich Forced Out on Unanimous Vote” LINK

The New York Times’ Monica Davey: "On His way out, Blagojevich makes a day of it" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: "Blagojevich ousted as governor in unanimous vote" LINK



ABC News’ Jeffrey Kofman and Lee Ferran: "Premier Super Bowl Parties Canceled" LINK

ABC News’ Richard Esposito and Sarah Netter: "NYC to Consider Job Cuts as Budget Deficit Looms" LINK

The Associated Press’ Matt Apuzzo: "Some Banks Say ‘No Thanks’ to Bailout" LINK

The Associated Press’ Jeannine Aversa: "Economy Likely Shrank at Fastest Clip Since ’82" LINK

The Associated Press’ Judy Lin: "Judge Says Schwarzenegger Can Furlough Workers" LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Chu: "Consumers cut credit payments, struggle to pay bills" LINK

USA Today’s Marilyn Adams: "Airlines in financial crisis, aviation group says" LINK

USA Today’s Chris Woodyard: "With a staggering $14.6B loss, 2008 was Ford’s worst year ever" LINK

The Associated Press: "Report: Toyota expecting first net loss since 1963" LINK

The Associated Press’ Ben Dobbin: "Kodak posts Q4 loss, will cut up to 4,500 jobs" LINK

The Associated Press’ Jay Alabaster: "Sony’s quarterly net profit tumbles 95%" LINK

USA Today’s Gary Stoller: "Reaction mixed to 5-day mail delivery" LINK

USA Today’s Stephanie Armour: "Freddie Mac to let residents rent homes after foreclosure" LINK

The Washington Posts: Annys Shin "Economic Signs Turn From Grim To Worse" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s James R. Hagerty: “Fannie Strikes Deal to Modify Loans to Prevent Foreclosures” LINK

The New York Times’ Jonathan D. Glater: “Economy Pinches the Billable Hour at Law Firms’ LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Maura Reynolds: “Economy is going from bad to worse, reports show” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Z. Barabak and Janet Hook: “Republicans lack a party line on economy” LINK

The Boston Globe’s John C. Drake: “In sweet shops, a sour response to candy tax” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Ross Kerber: “Johnson leaves ‘em guessing about sale” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ken Bensinger: “Ford’s quarterly loss worse than expected at $5.9 billion” LINK

The New York Times’ Jonathan D. Glater: "Economy Pinches Billable Hour at law firms" LINK

The New York Times’ Stuart Elliot: "A Fine Line for Super Bowl Ads" LINK


ABC News’ Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Obama’s Bonus Backlash" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama Settling Into the White House" LINK

ABC News’ Claire Shipman, Susan Rucci, Imaeyen Ibanga and Nitya Venkataraman: "Obama Signs Equal Pay for Equal Work Bill" LINK

ABC News’ David Jackman: "Obama signs equal-pay bill" LINK

ABC News’ The World Newser: "Obama Uses Bully Pulpit — Bashes Bonus-Givers" LINK

ABC News’ The World Newser with Stu Schutzman: "Obama, Palin & Alfalfa" LINK

Time Magazine’s Joe Klein: “Obama’s Fresh Start: Substance Over Showbiz” LINK

Newsweek: “Obama: The Movie”  LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “A Bush-lite approach to terror?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “Equal pay law ‘only the beginning’” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Are You with Obama or Rush?" LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Lisa Lerer: "Obama: Bonuses ‘Shameful’" LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: "Biden Backs Off Geithner On China" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "An Online Promise Unmet" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Taps Froman for Joint Security, Economic Post” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse: “Obama May Seek Republican for Cabinet” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: “Sen. Judd Gregg reportedly considered for Commerce” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Jim Puzzanghera: “Sharp words from Obama over Wall Street bonuses” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: “Labor nominee Hilda Solis hits GOP roadblock” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Senate passes children’s health insurance bill” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Obama, Biden ‘outraged’ by Wall Street bonuses” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Strolberg and Stephen Labaton: "Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses Shameful" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet and Michael Mcauliff: "Obama slams Wall Street bonuses as shameful" LINK


ABC News’ Teddy Davis: "Biden Sees Changes Coming to Stimulus" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Z. Byron Wolf: "Stimulus Bill Moves to the Senate for Changes" LINK

The Associated Press’ Andrew Taylor: "Obama Seeks GOP Help for Recovery Bill" LINK

USA Today’s Greg Toppo: "Duncan: Stimulus aid could give schools help" LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “$1 trillion ‘bad bank’ gains favor” LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: "CBO: Speeding Up Stimulus Spending May Not Work" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta, Jonathan Weisman and Deborah Solomon: “U.S. Eyes Two-Part Bailout for Banks” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Senate Begins Its Horse-Trading Over Stimulus Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Conkey: “Stimulus Funding for Highways Runs Into Potholes” LINK

Bloomberg’s Erik Larson: “Cuomo May Seek Return of $4 Billion in Early Merrill Bonuses” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alex Morales: “Investors May Pour Billions Into Tide Power on Obama, EU Push” LINK

The Boston Herald Editorial Staff: “The stimulus sham” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald: “Harvard prof slams stimulus plan” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Christine McConville: “President Barack Obama hits bailout kings’ billions in bonuses” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Stephen Labaton: “Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses ‘Shameful’” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes and David M. Herszenhorn: “Democrats Set Sights on Republican Senators Who Oppose Stimulus Plan” LINK

The New York Times’ William Glaberson: “Judge Refuses to Delay a Case at Guantánamo” LINK

2009: SENATE:

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: "Senate Passes Health Insurance Program for Kids" LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: "Rep. Sali Aims To Retake Seat" LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young and J. Taylor Rushing: "Senate Passes Children’s Healthcare Bill" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Has a Stake Really Been Driven Through Social Wedge Issues?” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Senators Approve Health Bill for Children” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Monica Langley: “After Jabs at Cheney, Biden Pursues an Activist Role” LINK


Politico’s Jen Dimascio: "Gates: Afghanistan Should Be Priority" LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio & Manu Raju: "Lynn’s Pentagon Practices Scrutinized" LINK

The Washington Posts: Ann Scott Tyson "Military Investigates West Point Suicides" LINK


ABC News’ Teddy Davis: "McConnell: GOP Becoming ‘Regional Party’" LINK

ABC News’ David Chalian and Teddy Davis: "On Eve of Vote, G.O.P. Bigs Meet in Private" LINK

ABC News’ Emily Friedman: "Limbaugh: Friend or Foe of GOP?" LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Michael Isikoff: “A Long-Lived Privilege?: Bush lawyer directs Rove not to talk to Congress—once again” LINK

The Washington Times’ Terry Nelson: “Tough talk for Republicans” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “GOP promoting own stimulus plan” LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Five File for RNC Chairman Post" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Rhoads: “Playing Catch-Up, the GOP Is All Atwitter About the Internet” LINK


ABC News’ Mimi Daher: "Rebuilding Gaza a Political Minefield" LINK

The Associated Press’ John Daniszewski and Matt Moore: "Turkish PM Walks off Stage Over Gaza" LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Michael Gerson: “Israel flexes muscle for peace” LINK

2009: IRAQ:

Bloomberg’s Henry Meyer and Daniel Williams: “Iraqis Vote in Test of Stability, Obama’s Exit Plan” LINK

The New York Times’ Ian Fisher: “Iraqi Elections Face Crucial Test in Violent Mosul” LINK

The New York Times’ Alissa J. Rubin: “Three Candidates Are Killed in Iraq” LINK


The New York Times’ Dexter Filkins: “Afghan Presidential Election Delayed” LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Schmitt: “Obama Taps a General as the Envoy to Kabul” Eric Schmitt: “Obama Taps a General as the Envoy to Kabul” LINK


USA Today’s Paul Davidson: "Buzz grows for modernizing energy grid" LINK


ABC News Exclusive by Jim Sciutto: "U.S.’s Top Iraq Commander Talks before Elections" LINK

ABC News’ Mike von Fremd and Lauren Sher: "Octuplet Mom May Have Already Had 6 Kids" LINK

ABC News’ Justin Rood and Brian Ross: "CIA Briefs Senators on Algeria Rape Claims" LINK

ABC News’ The World Newser: "Turkey v. Israel: Davos Forum Smackdown" LINK

The Associated Press’ Pauline Jelinek: "Officials: Army Suicides at 3-Decade High" LINK

The Associated Press’ Jean H. Lee: "NKorea Declares Past Accords with South ‘Dead’" LINK

The Associated Press’ Ravi Nessman: "Sri Lanka to Rebels: Let Civilians Flee War Zone" LINK

The Associated Press’ Samantha Young: "Calif. weighs tough TV energy standards" LINK

The Religion News Service’s Adelle M. Banks: "Mississippi most religious, Vermont least, survey says" LINK

USA Today’s Kevin Johnson: "FBI: Burgeoning gangs behind up to 80% of U.S. crime" LINK

The Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: "Daschle chief of staff was lobbyist" LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: "CBC Wants African-American As Commerce Secretary" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Elizabeth Williamson: “’Cash for Clunkers’ Plan Is Considered” LINK

New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Paul Krugman: “Health Care Now” LINK

The New York Times’ Laurie Goodstein: “Grand Jury Investigates Los Angeles Priest Cases” LINK


"Robert Gibbs on GOP Goose Egg" LINK

"’View’ Gets Romantic with Condi Rice" LINK

"First Lady Honors Fair Pay Pioneer" LINK

"Blago’s Last Ditch Appeal" LINK

"The Bottom Line on the Economy" LINK

"Global Economic Growth Hits 60-Year Low" LINK

"Bone to Pick Over Bonuses" LINK

"Troop Surge in Afghanistan" LINK

"GOP Sens. Sound Off on Stimulus" LINK

"Obama to Root for Steelers" LINK

"Bush Shoe-Thrower Inspires Statue" LINK

"Ted Haggard: ‘I Want to Tell the Truth’" LINK


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