The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, February 2, 2009

Feb 2, 2009 5:14am

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.abcnews.com

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

BOOKMARKS:

The Must-Reads Online: LINK

ABC News Politics: LINK

The Political Punch (Jake Tapper): LINK

The Political Radar: LINK

George’s Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos): LINK

ABC News Mobile: LINK

ABC News on your iPhone/iPod Touch: LINK

2009: ECONOMY/JOB LOSS/AUTO INDUSTRY:

ABC News’ Lisa Stark and Kate Barrett: "Before You Buy: How to Size Up Used Cars" LINK

ABC News’ Laura Coverson: "Going Green to Make Green" LINK

ABC News’ Ron Scherer: "Laid Off From a Business? Start Your Own" LINK

The Associated Press’ Stephen Wright: "Most Asian Markets Fall on Bleak Earnings" LINK

USA Today’s Marilyn Elias: "As economic fears rise, families on verge of unraveling" LINK

USA Today’s John Waggoner: "Rich retrench as recession ravages their assets" LINK

USA Today’s Marisol Bello: "U.S. libraries on borrowed time?" LINK

ABC News’ Stacy Teicher Khadaroo: "Colleges Feeling Squeeze as Endowment Funds Lose Money" LINK

The Washington Post’s Annie Gowen: "Business Brisk at Area Libraries" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Simon: “More States Considering Tax Breaks to Woo Jobs” LINK

Bloomberg’s Katie Hoffmann: “Level 3 Borrowing Costs Weigh on Balance Sheet in Credit Freeze” LINK

The New York Times’ Jason Deparle: “Welfare Aid Not Growing as Economy Drops Off” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael R. Crittenden: “Treasury, Countering Critics, Bolsters Staffing for Work on TARP” LINK

Bloomberg’s John Hughes: “GM May Face a $7 Billion Tax Bill Unless Congress Intervenes” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jeff Green and Alan Ohnsman: “Ford’s Worst Year May Signal Industry Need for More U.S. Aid” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Girion: “Biggest January ever for Hollywood” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David Lazarus: “’Buy American’ provision in stimulus bill makes no economic sense” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica: "Super Bowl XLIII is no quick fix for the economy" LINK

The New York Times’ Jason Deparle: "Welfare aid not growing as economy drops off">LINK

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The New York Times’ Jack Healy: "Stock Markets post their worst January ever" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama Sits for Pre-Game Interview" LINK

The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Miller: "Obama lets CIA keep controversial renditions tool" LINK

The Politico’s Carol E. Lee: "Obama Dishes On Life In W.H." LINK

The Politico’s Ariel Alexovich: "WH Releases Super Bowl Guest List" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Melanie Trottman: “Daschle Faces Questions on Trips” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman and Jonathan Weisman: “GOP Senator Is Top Pick for Commerce” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Gregg at Commerce Would Give Obama Republican Ally on Economy” LINK

The New York Times’ David D. Kirkpatrick: “In Daschle’s Tax Woes, a Peek into Washington” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s John Barry and Evan Thomas: “Obama’s Vietnam” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “Obama’s new rules have loopholes” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Dan Ephron: “We’re Not in Kansas” LINK

Time Magazine’s Nancy Gibbs: “Obama’s First Test: Stimulus Today, Change Tomorrow” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Robin Abcarian: “Hi, I’m Jill. Jill Biden. But please, call me Dr. Biden” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Tom Daschle to face close scrutiny” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook: “Economic stimulus provisions reach far and wide” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons: “Republican Judd Gregg said to be Commerce front-runner” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Doyle McManus: “New president, new battlefield” LINK

The New York Times’ Neil A. Lewis: "Justice Dept. under Obama is preparing for doctrinal shift in policies of Bush years" LINK

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "President Obama to GOP: Need help to spend $819 billion">LINK

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The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "First daughters adjusting just fine" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Phillip Molnar: "President Obama really pushes buttons" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS:

The Associated Press’ Douglass K. Daniel: "GOP Leaders Doubt Stimulus Bill Will Pass Senate" LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: "Cities, towns ready to vie for stimulus funds" LINK

The Hill’s Bob Cusack and Molly K. Hooper: "Some In GOP Hint They Will Back Final Stimulus Measure" LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: "Senators Predict Stimulus Bill Will Change" LINK

The Politico’s Amie Parnes & Ted Johnson: "What Hollywood Wants From Obama" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Brody Mullins: “Stimulus Package Set to Grow in Senate” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Summers Carves Out a Powerful Role” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin and Rebecca Christie: “Obama Will Require Banks to Expand Lending as Condition for Aid” LINK

The New York Times’ Vikas Bajaj and Stephen Labaton: “Risks Are Vast in Revaluation of Assets” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama Predicts Support From G.O.P. for Stimulus Proposal” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman: “Republicans Criticize Stimulus Bill” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Jonathan Alter: “The Stimulus That Didn’t Stir” LINK

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “GOP criticism of stimulus intensifies” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “The stimulus bill that isn’t” LINK

The Washington Times’ John J. Castellani : “Recommendations for the next stimulus” LINK

2009: SENATOR ROLAND BURRIS:

The Chicago Tribune’s Jill Zuckman: "Sen. Roland Burris navigates the workings and halls of Congress" LINK

2009: SENATE:

The Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Newman may be Gregg successor" LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: "Democrats Set High Goal Of Sweeping Fiscal Reform" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jenny Strasburg: “Legislators Seek Hedge-Fund Disclosure” LINK

2009: CHIEF OF STAFF RAHM EMANUEL:

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Abdon M. Pallasch: "Rahm looms over candidates’ debate" LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

USA Today’s Jill Lawrence: "New GOP chair comes out swinging" LINK

2009: MIDEAST CONFLICT:

ABC News’ Nick Schifrin: "Pakistan to Prosecute Mumbai Suspects" LINK

The Washington Post’s Griff Witte: "Israel’s Key Election Issue: Did War End Too Soon?" LINK

The Washington Post’s Ernesto Londoño: "In Iraq’s North, Vote Tallies To Define Loyalties, Disputes?" LINK

The New York Times’ Isabel Kershner: “New Attacks From Gaza and Israel Test Truce” LINK

2009: IRAQ:

USA Today’s Aamer Madhani: "Turnout 51% for Iraqi provincial elections" LINK

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: "Watchdog critiques wartime spending" LINK

2009: FORMER SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TOM DASCHLE:

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: "Daschle seeks to explain $128K tax error" LINK

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “GOP senators scrutinize Daschle nomination” LINK

2009: ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

Bloomberg’s Oliver Staley: “Obama’s Billions for Energy Fuel Stanford, MIT Research Dreams” LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News Essay by John G. Spangler, M.D.: "Chewing through a Smoking Habit" LINK

The Associated Press’ Barry Wilner: "Steelers Rally to Beat Cardinals 27-23" LINK

The Associated Press’ Paul Newberry: "Phelps Acknowledges Photo Using Pot Pipe" LINK

Bloomberg’s Larry Siddons: “Phelps Apologizes after Being Photographed with Marijuana Pipe” LINK

The Associated Press: "Texas prisoners riot for second time in 2 months" LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"The Bottom Line on the Stimulus Package" LINK

"Economic Stimulus Reaches the Senate" LINK

"Jake Tapper on the Casual White House" LINK

"Roundtable: Obama’s Vietnam?" LINK

"RNC Turns to Steele for Change" LINK

"Redefining the GOP" LINK

"Land With No Bailout" LINK

"Obama Shows Off ‘Terrible Towel’" LINK

"Dancing Creates Jobs?" LINK

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