The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Feb 17, 2009 5:17am

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, JUSTIN GRANT, STEPHANIE WASH and LAURA GREENE

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2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The Associated Press’ Michael J. Sniffen: "Despite Obama pledge, Justice defends Bush secrets" LINK

The Associated Press: "Japanese PM to Be First Obama Guest" LINK

Bloomberg’s Toko Sekiguchi and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: “Obama Invites Embattled Aso as First Summit Guest” LINK

Time Magazine’s Randy James: “A Historian’s Take on Obama” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni and Stephen Dinan: “Obama to sign $787 billion stimulus” LINK

Politico’s David S. Cloud: "Obama Slows Troop Boost Decision" LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Obama’s New Target: Washington" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet: "Obama to unveil task force to give boost to auto industry" LINK

The New York Times’ Edmund L. Andrews: “Obama Plan on Housing Said to Push on Lenders” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “In a World Not Wholly Cooperative, Obama’s Top Economist Makes Do” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Healthcare winners and losers” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: “Obama heads west to sign stimulus bill” LINK

2009: SENATOR BURRIS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin and Greg Hitt: “Burris Defends Actions, Fights Calls to Leave Senate” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Rick Pearson, John Chase and Ray Long: “Illinois Democrats call for Burris investigation” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS:

ABC News’ David Muir: "Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Week" LINK

The Associated Press’ Beth Fouhy: "Pressure’s on states deciding how to use stimulus" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Naftali Bendavid: “Obama Strategy: Keep Lawmakers Close” LINK

Bloomberg’s Matthew Benjamin and Julianna Goldman: “Obama’s Economic Stimulus Bill Most Ambitious since Roosevelt” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "High-ranking pols to rain stimulus dough on state" LINK

The New York Times’ Sam Dillon: “For Education Chief, Stimulus Means Power and Risk” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS INAUGURATION:

Buy the ABC News DVD: "A Moment in History – The Inauguration of Barack Obama" LINK

2009: ECONOMY/JOB LOSS/AUTO INDUSTRY/BAILOUT:

ABC News’ Alice Gomstyn: "More Billions for GM, Chrysler? Auto Beggars to D.C." LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "White House to Release GM An Additional $4-Billion To Stay Afloat" LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: "Time is up for GM, Chrysler to file restructuring plans" LINK

USA Today’s Chris Woodyward: "Let’s explore what defines the American car" LINK

USA Today’s Jon Swartz: "New tech start-ups can rise from the economy’s ashes" LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Chu: "Credit card reform gets another look" LINK

USA Today’s Calum MacLeod: "Return of jobless strains China" LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Carmakers make plans, do little” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and Martin Zimmerman: “A lot is riding on GM and Chrysler’s plans” LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: "Congress Travels Free on Taxpayers’ Dime" LINK

Time Magazine’s Bobby Ghosh: “Judging Pat Leahy’s Truth Commission Plan” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: "Pope Benedict to Meet Pelosi" LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: "Franken: Call Me ‘Senator-Elect’" LINK

2009: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: "With World of Troubles, Clinton Targets Asia First" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “Clinton Praises China Stimulus, Has Hope for North Korea Relationship” LINK

Bloomberg’s Toko Sekiguchi: “Clinton Courts Japan Opposition as Aso Falls in Polls” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Clinton causes stir with plan to meet with opposition leader in Japan" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: “North Korea greets Hillary Clinton with threat” LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: WH: House Republicans ‘Were Seeking His Autograph. Every (One of Them) Eventually Voted against the Bill’" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson: “Congressional Junkets Defended as Work-Based” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “GOP jumps on tech bandwagon” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “G.O.P. Governors Support Obama” LINK

2009: BUSH ADMINISTRATION:

Newsweek Magazine’s Michael Isikoff: “A Torture Report Could Spell Big Trouble For Bush Lawyers” LINK

Newsweek Magazine: “Report Delayed: A newly revealed e-mail indicates the Justice Department was close to completing an internal investigation on senior lawyers who wrote controversial positions on the legality of waterboarding” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT CLINTON:

The Los Angeles Times’ Marla Dickerson: “Former President Clinton pushes green energy during L.A. stop” LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

The Associated Press’ Jason Straziuso: "UN: Afghan Civilian Deaths Rose 40 Percent in 2008" LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: "Bristol Palin Speaks Out" LINK

USA Today’s Peter Eisler: "Reported raids on federal computer data soar" LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: "Supreme Court case with the feel of a best seller" LINK

The Associated Press: "N.Y. senator moves guns from under bed" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stu Woo: “California Vies to Close Budget Gap Amid Dire Conditions” LINK

The New York Times’ Jennifer Steinhauer: “California, Almost Broke, Nears Brink” LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"The Great Gas Hike" LINK

"White House Loans Another $4B to GM" LINK

"Obama’s Plan to Help Homeowners" LINK

"Congressional Trips Paid For By You" LINK

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