The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Feb 24, 2009 5:09am

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 and JUSTIN GRANT

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2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS:

ABC News Analysis by Gary Langer: "A Strong Start for Obama – But Hardly a Bipartisan One" LINK

USA Today’s Roger Yu: "Airports benefitting from economic stimulus" LINK

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: "Spending bill includes $3.8B in projects" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Maura Reynolds: “Obama plans a more transparent budget” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Walter Hamilton and Tom Petruno: “Fear drives stocks down to 1997 levels” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and E. Scott Reckard: “U.S. attaches strings to bank bailout funds” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Mark Mooney: "Obama, McCain Clash on Budget Austerity" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Clooney — Obama Will Appoint Envoy to Darfur" LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "Earmark Requests from Obama Transportation Secretary" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "More on ABC News Poll" LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: "Public to feds: Help regular folk first" LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: "Obama takes big agenda to TV" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Aims to Address Worries About Widening Deficit” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Capitol Journal: “Split Over Big Government Persists” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Obama announces health care summit” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman and Walter Alarkon: “Crisis shadows summit” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Clooney: W.H. to appoint Darfur envoy” LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: “Ex-Gov. Locke likely to be tapped for Commerce” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “Regulators Seek to Quell Fears About Viability of Banks” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rich Miller: “Obama Gambles Tests for U.S. Banks Will Stem Investor Exodus” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger: “Gary Locke may be new Commerce pick” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Obama’s speech to Congress to be State of the Union-lite" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet: "Obama rips GOP Gov’s stimulus stance" LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "Obama’s Commerce Secretary pick seen as a Locke" LINK

2009: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

Politico’s David S. Cloud: “Clinton picks Ross as envoy to Iran” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Hillary Clinton pledges $900 million in aid to Gaza" LINK

2009: SENATOR BURRIS:

ABC News’ Ferdous Al-Faruque: "Reid Not Joining Burris Pile-On" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS INAUGURATION:

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2009: ECONOMY/AUTO INDUSTRY/BAILOUT:

ABC News’ Betsy Stark: "Wall Street Sinks to Lowest Level in 12 Years" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Sen. McCaskill Tweets from Fiscal Responsibility Summit" LINK

Spiegel Online’s Thomas Huetlin and Mathieu Von Rohr: "The Steep Decline of the British Economy" LINK

USA Today’s Marco R. della Cava: "Americans reach for small luxuries amid sour economy" LINK

USA Today’s Del Jones: "Business founders likely to emerge from meltdown" LINK

USA Today’s Chris Woodyard: "Car dealers struggle, cut staff, pay, dividends" LINK

USA Today’s Adam Shell: "S&P 500 sinks below November low" LINK

The New York Times’ Edmund Andrews, Andrew Sorkin, and Williams Walsh: "U.S. Pressed to Add Billions to Bailouts" LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum and David Cho: "U.S. Clears Path to Bank Takeovers" LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Megan Thee-Brenan: "Survey Reveals Broad Support for President" LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: "Official Says Ex-Governor Is New Commerce Choice" LINK

The New York Times’ William Glaberson: "Administration Draws Fire for Report on Guantanamo" LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: "Helicopter Plan Is Excessive, Obama and McCain Agree" LINK

The Washington Post’s Jeffrey Smith: "Marine One Upgrade Now Looks Less Likely" LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: "With Spending Set, at Least for Now, the Knives Come Out" LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Amy Goldstein: "Health Care Tops Fiscal Need List" LINK

Bloomberg’s Dawn Kopecki: “Obama’s Mortgage Plan for Fannie, Freddie May Face Legal Snag” LINK

2009: FIRST-LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

The New York Times’ Dalia Sussman: "First Lady Receives High Marks in Poll" LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

The New York Times’ David Halbfinger: "Stimulus Is Early Focus in New York House Race" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Democrats Unveil Spending Bill for Rest of Fiscal ’09” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “House Democrats offer ‘cramdown’ bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power: “Reid to Seek Federal Role on Power Lines” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan: “Flake takes on earmarks, contributions” LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: “Clients of raided lobby shop rake in the earmarks” LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

The Associated Press’ Jae-Soon Chang: "N. Korea Says It Is Preparing Satellite Launch" LINK

The Associated Press’ Matti Friedman: "Official: US Aid to Gaza to Top $900 Million" LINK

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: "Illegal immigrant population declines" LINK

The Associated Press’ David Crary: "Research: Public funds prevent 800,000 abortions a year" LINK

The Associated Press’ Randolph E. Schmid: "Global warming danger threat increased" LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: "Calif. lawmaker proposes legalizing marijuana" LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: "On Return to Court, Ginsburg Is Quick to Question" LINK

The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes: "Justice Ginsburg Returns to Work" LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: "La. Governor Took Fast track to National Prominence" LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: "Bill Would Reimburse $59 Million For Local Inauguration Security" LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr & Charles Mahtesian: “Arnold – a loner inside GOP” LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Simmons to Obama: ‘Get in Touch With Me’" LINK

"McCain to Obama: Cancel Your New Chopper" LINK

"Investors Sell Off Their Stocks" LINK

"Jake Tapper on the Fiscal Summit" LINK

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

"Poised for the Next Election" LINK

"First Lady Opens Kitchen to Students" LINK

"Obama’s Stern Rhetoric With Guvs" LINK

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