The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Feb 3, 2009 5:06am

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

Clem’s Chronicle: LINK

ABC News Mobile: LINK

ABC News on your iPhone/iPod Touch: LINK

2009: TOM DASCHLE:

ABC News’ Karen Travers, Jon Karl and Jake Tapper: "White House Says Daschle’s Tax Failure Was a ‘Serious Mistake’" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Why Daschle Will Likely Be Confirmed" LINK

The Associated Press’ Kevin Freking: "Daschle Apologizes in Fight to Salvage Nomination" LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: "Daschle apologizes for $128K tax error" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid, Laura Meckler and Glenn R. Simpson: “Democrats Affirm Support for Daschle” LINK

The Washington Times’ Ben Conery and Sean Lengell: “Holder confirmed; GOP refocuses on Daschle” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young and J. Taylor Rushing: "Daschle Apologizes To Finance For Tax Error" LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan: "Dems Back Daschle, GOP-ers Mum" LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper: "House GOP Lawmaker Wants Daschle Nomination Pulled" LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and Robert Pear: "Daschle apologizes over taxes as allies give support" LINK

2009: SENATOR JUDD GREGG:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Gregg to be Named Commerce Secretary-Designate Tuesday A.M." LINK

The Hill’s Jeremy P. Jacobs and Aaron Blake: "With Political Obstacle Gone, Gregg In Line To Join Cabinet" LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Gregg’s Demand: GOP Replacement" LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: "Obama plans to name GOP senator to head Commerce" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Set to Nominate Sen. Gregg for Commerce Post” LINK

2009: ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER:

ABC News’ Theresa Cook and Jason Ryan: "Senate Confirms Attorney General Holder" LINK

The Associated Press’ Larry Margasak: "Eric Holder Confirmed as Attorney General" LINK

The Hill’s Michael Sandler: "Holder Confirmed as Obama’s Attorney General" LINK

Politico’s Martin Kady II: "Senate confirms Holder" LINK

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "Queens prosecutor Holder becomes first African-American Attorney General" LINK

2009: ECONOMY/JOB LOSS/AUTO INDUSTRY:

ABC News’ Eleanor Hong, Scott Mayerowitz and Alice Gomstyn: "Macy’s Announces 7,000 Job Cuts" LINK

ABC News’ Matt Jaffe: "Treasury Plans to Borrow Another $493 Billion" LINK

ABC News’ David Muir: "How to Bounce Back After Being Laid Off" LINK

The Associated Press’ Stephen Ohlemacher: "Businesses Fare Better in Senate Economic Package" LINK

USA Today’s Dennis Cauchon: "Postal Service seeks to weather economic storm" LINK

USA Today’s Stephanie Armour: "More families move in together during housing crisis" LINK

USA Today’s James R. Healey: "Ford Motor planning plug-in hybrids for 2012" LINK

The Associated Press’ Tom Krisher: "GM, Chrysler offer new retirement, buyout packages" LINK

Bloomberg’s Elena Logutenkova: “UBS Hired More Than 200 U.S. Brokers With ‘Super-Sized’ Bonuses” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by John M. Berry: “Big Job Cutbacks Might Cushion Profit Declines: John M. Berry” LINK

Bloomberg’s Timothy R. Homan: “Pending Home Resales in U.S. Probably Unchanged in December” LINK

Bloomberg’s Josh Fineman: “Citigroup to Use $36.5 Billion of Funds for Expanding Lending” LINK

Bloomberg’s Dan Levy: “U.S. Property Owners Lost $3.3 Trillion in Home Value Last Year” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jeff Green and Mike Ramsey: “GM, Chrysler Gain Momentum on Labor Cuts to Retain U.S. Loans” LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum: "Despite Federal Aid, Many Banks Fail to Revive Lending" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ronald D. White: “Gasoline prices rise on possibility of refinery strike” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter G. Gosselin: “Financial regulation shaping up as a political battleground” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Claudia Eller: “Hollywood make-believe crashes into real life in ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ ” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jane Engle: “Passport applications plunge as recession chokes off foreign travel” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Petruno: “Banks still stingy on lending” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Jenn Abelson: “State chases sales taxes in N.H.” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Hiawatha Bray: “Some find $20 laptop difficult to believe” LINK

2009: HOUSING CRISIS:

The Boston Globe’s Jenifer B. McKim: “Forgotten in foreclosures, renters forced to live in decaying homes” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS CABINET:

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Michael Graham: “Cabinet of the corrupt” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Jay Ambrose: “President’s driving an industry to ruin” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “Press secretary with wit and drawl” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama wields pen at historic pace” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Gingrich slams Obama’s efforts on economy” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Robert J. Samuelson: “Obama Ducks Hard Choices” LINK

The Hill’s Jordy Yager: "Obama to Maintain Defense Spending Limit" LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "Obama’s Free Traders Mum On Protection" LINK

The Washington Post’s Lyndsey Layton: "Obama Faults FDA on Food Safety" LINK

The Boston Globe’s Peter S. Canellos: "Obama talks tough with Wall St., but what about his Cabinet?" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook and Maura Reynolds: “Senate launches economic stimulus debate” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: “Obama administration keeps Bush official involved with Iran sanctions” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Daschle apologizes for tax lapses” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Muskal: “Obama says he ‘absolutely’ still backs Tom Daschle” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “Cabinet deal is set for Gregg” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: "Obama’s Ethics Reform promise faces early test" LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: "Obama set to add Republican to Cabinet" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "GOP Governor Bucks Party to Back Obama’s Stimulus" LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "Senate Trims Anti-Smoking Funds from Stimulus" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Bipartisan Group Working on Stimulus Amendments" LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: "Public mixed on stimulus package" LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: "Stimulus plan’s job numbers get 2nd look" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Elizabeth Williamson: “Lobbyists Raise Stimulus Price Tag” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin: “Obama Foreclosure-Relief Plan May Guarantee Rewritten Loans” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “Lawmakers Seek to Revise Stimulus Bill as Senate Debate Begins” LINK

The Boston Herald Staff and Wire Service: “Inside the Senate’s bill” LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael Grunwald: “What Is Real Stimulus And What Isn’t?” LINK

The Hill’s Jordy Yager: "Stimulus Not Driving Up Lawmaker E-Mail" LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen and MIke Soraghan : "House Dems Vow Not To Cave To Senate On Stimulus" LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: "White House still seeking GOP votes" LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear and Shailagh: "Obama Is Upbeat On Stimulus Plan" LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: "Moody’s Economist Has Become a Go-To Guy on Stimulus Plan" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "GOP pulls knives on pork plans in Obama’s stimulus" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS INAUGURATION:

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

2009: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies: "Michelle Obama Rallies the Education Troops" LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “First Lady: Stimulus plan saves teacher layoffs” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "First Lady salutes civil servants" LINK

2009: VICE-PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN:

ABC News’ Karen Travers "Biden Wants to Change the VP’s Role — but Will He Succeed?" LINK

2009: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and Jennifer Duck: "Clinton Thanks Husband ‘For a Lifetime of All Kinds of Experiences’" LINK

The Associated Press: "Hillary Clinton hosts British, German counterparts" LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

The Hill’s Silla Brush and Kevin Bogardus: "Bankrolling Charitable Gifts" LINK

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus: "Lawmakers’ Portfolios Shrivel in the Recession" LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "McConnell Uses Obama against Dems" LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: "Conservative Watchdog Group Targeted Rangel" LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: "Dingell To Become Longest-Serving Member Next Week" LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush & Victoria Mcgrane: "Dodd Nixes Countrywide Mortgages" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jill Zuckman: “Spurning the spotlight, Burris settles into the Senate” LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Associated Press’ Andrew Taylor: "Democrats Promise Boost for Road Building" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Gingrich says GOP has good chance at taking Gillenbrand’s Albany seat" LINK

2009: ARMED FORCES:

The Associated Press’ Lara Jakes: "Mullen: Afghanistan Is No Vietnam" LINK

The Associated Press: "Navy investigating electrocution deaths in Iraq" LINK

2009: IRAQ:

The Washington Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan, Anthony Shadid and Ernesto Londoño: "Maliki Supporters Post Election Gains" LINK

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: "Hill Tapped as Ambassador to Iraq" LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News World Newser: "Octuplet Mom Nearing Pay Day — What???" LINK

The Associated Press: "FEMA gets decent marks for ice storm response" LINK

The Associated Press: "Australia plans $26 billion stimulus package" LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: "Judd vs. Palin" LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: "Flotus Begins Listening Tour" LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Roundtable: Obama’s Vietnam?" LINK

"Jake Tapper on the Stimulus Debate" LINK

"Economic Panel Debates Stimulus" LINK

"Republicans Focus on Daschle’s Taxes" LINK

"Lawmakers Clash over Stimulus Bill" LINK

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