The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, February 26, 2009

Feb 26, 2009 5:02am

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, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, JAYCE HENDERSON, STEPHANIE WASH, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND THE BUDGET:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers: "Obama Lays Out Ambitious Agenda" LINK

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: "Obama DOD Budget is $534 billion; War Supplement is $75.5 Billion" LINK

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: "CIA Chief Provides Economic Intel Brief" LINK

The Associated Press: "Obama seeks $634B for health care" LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian and Tom Vanden Brook: "Raptor in dogfight for its future" LINK

The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly: "Obama Proposes $634 Billion Fund For Health Care" LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: "In President’s Budget Plan, Broad Agenda and a Few Gaps" LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum: "Expanded Rescue Of Banks Outlined" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Vanessa Fuhrmans: “Cuts Await Medicare Insurers” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Robert Tomsho, John Hechinger and Laura Meckler: “Experts Wonder How Education Goals Will Be Met” LINK

Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio: “Obama Will Unveil $205.5 Billion War Spending Through 2010” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Lawmakers hit Obama proposal to cut farm aid” LINK

Time Magazine’s Jay Newton-Small and Michael Scherer: “Does Obama Have a Double Standard on Earmarks?” LINK

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "You mean we’re still payin for that! Earmarks stacking up in spending bills" LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Mark Hosenball: “The Butterfly Brief: A new daily presidential paper will keep Obama up to speed on how the global economic crisis could affect U.S. national-security interests” LINK

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “Fragile stimulus pulse” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Obama to offer details of massive spending plan" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Thomas Defrank "Obama reveals plans for tougher Wall St. regulations" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook and Peter Nicholas: “Obama faces an uphill battle on pledge to halve federal deficit” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Obama plans ‘down payment’ on healthcare overhaul” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND TAXES:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Tax Hike Will Be for FY2011" LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear: "Obama to Seek Higher Tax on Affluent to Pay for Health Care" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “$318 Billion Tax Hit Proposed” LINK

Bloomberg’s Ryan Donmoyer and Aliza Marcus: “Obama’s Proposed Tax Increase Would Hit Highest Earners Hardest” LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “Tax hike funds half of $634B health plan” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News Analysis by Gary Langer: "Obama Gathers Two-Thirds Support for Additional Troops to Afghanistan" LINK

ABC News’ John Hendren: "D.C. Atwitter Over Obamas’ Audacity of Informality" LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: "The Obamas Honor Stevie Wonder, Giving Him Credit for Their Courtship and Marriage" LINK

ABC’s "The World Newser": "Twittering on the Hill" LINK

ABC News’ Mark Mooney and Alice Gomstyn: "Obama’s Speeches Don’t Wow Wall Street" LINK

USA Today’s James R. Healey: "Obama’s auto faux pas leads to history lesson" LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Thom Shanker: "Obama’s Iraq Plan Has December Elections as turning Point for Pullout" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Cam Simpson: “Napolitano Pledges to Untangle Gulf Recovery Efforts” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Scott Kilman: “Lobbyists Line Up to Torpedo Speech Proposals” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush and Sam Youngman: “Obama seeks new wave of regulations” LINK

Time Magazine’s Mark Thompson: “Obama’s Iraq Pullout Plan: A Thumbs-Up From Anbar” LINK

The Washington Times’ Eli Lake: “Obama still crafting Iran policy” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Yes, Ty’Sheoma, there is a Santa Claus” LINK

2009: ECONOMY/HOUSING/AUTO INDUSTRY/BAILOUT:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Has Recession Hit Your Home?" LINK

ABC News’ Richard Esposito: "Thain Tells All on Merrill Lynch Bonuses" LINK

ABC News’ Alice Gomstyn: "Time to Cram? Government Sets Bank ‘Stress Tests’" LINK

USA Today’s Emily Bazar: "Bartering booms during economic tough times" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Next Front: Bank Regulation” LINK

The Washington Times’ Sara A. Carter: “CIA giving Obama economic analyses” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "Latest bust stirs wakeup calls for SEC" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ E. Scott Reckard: “U.S. details ‘stress tests’ for banks” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: “Mortgage relief via the courts” LINK

2009: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

ABC News Jonathan Karl to Interview Laura Bush LINK

The Washington Times’ Dale Gavlack: “Clinton to press Israel on Gaza as children suffer” LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: "House Passes Spending Bill, and Critics Are Quick to Point Out Pork" LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane: "Ambitious Blueprint Poses test for Congress" LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: "House Bill Draws Criticism From GOP" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Spending Bill Passes With GOP Help” LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Speier bashes the spending bill” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “CIA chief vows to treat Congress better” LINK

The Hill’s Michael O’Brien: “Coleman lawyer: Recount could be ‘fatally flawed’” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: “Van Hollen seeks stimulus czars” LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/GOP:

The New York Times’ Shaila Dewan: "Gov. Jindal, Rising Star, Plummets After Speech" LINK

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick: "Businessman With Ties to Florida G.O.P. Fund-Raiser Sergeant Is Indicted" LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: “GOP sees no bias in press hires” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “Democrats use omnibus to gut Bush policies” LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas and Theresa Cook: "Holder Vows ‘Cartels Will Be Destroyed’" LINK

The Washington Post’s Spencer S. Hsu: "Napolitano Cites Mexican Drug Cartels as Major Threat" LINK

USA Today’s Brad Heath: "FEMA grilled on $4 billion in unspent aid" LINK

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: "Napolitano backs TSA body scanners" LINK

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "Pressure up on Al Qaeda, CIA Director says" LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Obama’s Ambitious Agenda" LINK

"George on Obama’s ‘Flexible Strategy’" LINK

"Obama to Tackle Health Care" LINK

"The Bottom Line on Obama’s Speech" LINK

"George Warns of Bailout Fatigue" LINK

"Joe Biden: ‘We Have to Do It Right’" LINK

"Gov. Jindal Denounces Bill Spending" LINK

"Obama Introduces Commerce Secretary" LINK

"Twittering on The Hill" LINK

"President Obama’s FULL Address" LINK

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