The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Feb 18, 2009 5:18am

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, JAYCE HENDERSON, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Obama’s War on Terror" LINK

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: "Obama Increases U.S. Troop Presence in Afghanistan" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama Authorizes Troop Increase in Afghanistan" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "A Brief Sketch of Today’s Housing Speech" LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page and Tom Vanden Brook: "Obama’s war: Deploying 17,000 raises stakes in Afghanistan" LINK

The Associated Press: "Obama taking pro-trade message to Canada" LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Harper: “Obama has new flag frenzy” LINK

Time Magazine’s Mark Thompson: “Afghanistan: A Yes-We-Can War?” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Mark Hosenball: “More Forces for Afghanistan” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush and Jim Snyder: "Obama Shifts From Stimulus to Housing" LINK

Politicos’ David S. Cloud & Mike Allen: "Obama Shifts Focus to Afghanistan" LINK

Politicos’ Josh Gerstein: "The White House’s Missing Documents" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Bob Kappstatter: "Carrion heads to White House for new urban policy position in Obama administration" LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "Obama signs stimulus into law" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Obama is just ‘Barack’ in note to slain G.I.’s kin" LINK

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

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper: "Putting Stamp on Afghan War, Obama Will Send $17,000 Troops" LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger: "Obama Takes on Auto Crisis without a Czar" LINK

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: "Obama’s War on Terror May Resemble Bush’s in Some Areas" LINK

The Washington Post’s Jeffrey Smith and Joby Warrick: "Obama, Gates at Odds Over New Whistleblower Protections" LINK

2009: SENATOR BURRIS:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Democratic Source on Burris: ‘He’s In Deep Sh*t’" LINK

The Associated Press: "Burris Tried to Raise Funds for Blagojevich" LINK

USA Today’s Judy Keen: "Burris revelations prompt perjury investigation" LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: "Ethics Panel Opens Probe On Sen. Burris" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin and Naftali Bendavid: “Burris Tried to Raise Funds for Blagojevich” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS:

ABC News’ Kate Barrett: "Obama Signs Stimulus to Jump Start Economic Recovery" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Signing the Stimulus" LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall and David Jackson: "Stimulus slammed as Dems’ agenda" LINK

The Associated Press: "Obama wants stimulus to transform schools" LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “GOP to hound pro-stimulus Blue Dogs” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan and David R. Sands: “Spending the windfall won’t be easy” LINK

The Washington Times’ Richard Rahn: “The experiment” LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Stimulus goes on the road" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: "Obama Calls Stimulus ‘Beginning Of The End’ Of Economic Downturn" LINK

Politicos’ Eamon Javers: "Greenspan: Fix System before Stimulus" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ken Bensinger and Jim Puzzanghera: "GM, Chrysler Seek Nearly $22 Billion More From U.S." LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ralph Vartabedian: "Treasury Department Sees Modest Cutback In Bank Lending" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama Signs Stimulus into Law” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Joseph Williams: “Stimulus is signed as storm builds” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon: “Distressed Homeowners Get New Options in Plan” LINK

Bloomberg’s Edwin Chen and Roger Runningen: “Obama Says Afghan War ‘Winnable,’ Will Send 17,000 New Soldiers” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Susan Milligan: “Grand pledges in campaign led to stumbles” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Stolberg: "Signing Stimulus, Obama Doesn’t Rule Out More" LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: "Obama Team Has Billions to Spend, but Few Ready to Do It" LINK

The New York Times’ Thom Shanker: "After Stimulus Package, Pentagon Officials Are Preparing to Pare Back" LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher: "Obama Leaves D.C. to Sign Stimulus Bill" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS INAUGURATION:

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2009: ECONOMY/HOUSING MARKET/AUTO INDUSTRY/BAILOUT:

ABC News’ Alice Gomstyn: "GM May Need Up to $30 Billion in Gov’t Aid" LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: "Phoenix-area real estate picture grim" LINK

The Washington Times: “GM, Chrysler seek $22 billion more” LINK

Time Magazine’s David Von Drehle: “Saying No to a Car Czar: A Smart First Step on Detroit” LINK

The New York Times’ Bill Vlasic and Nick Bunkley: "Automakers Seek $14 Billion More in Aid" LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Kirit Radia: "State Dept. Defends Congressional Travel" LINK

USA Today’s Seung Min Kim: "Poll: Congress’ job approval at 31%" LINK

2009: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

The Associated Press’ Matthew Lee: "Clinton Seeks to Improve US Image With Muslims" LINK

The Washington Times’ Nehginpao Kipgen: “Dividends of Hillary’s travels” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: "Clinton Covers The Bases On Tokyo Visit" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yuka Hayashi and Jay Solomon: “Clinton Pursues Delicate Diplomacy, Meeting Japan’s Aso and Opposition” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Clinton warns North Korea on missile launch" LINK

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: "Clinton Says U.S. Seeks Unity With Muslim World" LINK

2009: TREASURY SECRETARY THOMAS GEITHNER:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "What Really Happened with that Clunker of a Geithner Speech" LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

Politicos’ Kenneth P. Vogel: "Accused Fraudster Gave Big To Dems" LINK

Boston Globe Op-Ed by Derrick Z. Jackson: “Republican obstinacy: How’s it working?” LINK

2009: NAFTA:

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obama Defends NAFTA Policy Ahead Of Canada Trip" LINK

2009: TARP:

The Hill’s Ian Swanson : "Govt.’s TARP Losses $86.5B Since October" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael R. Crittenden and Meena Thiruvengadam: “Treasury Finds No Rise in Bank Lending” LINK

2009: FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY:

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg and Jo Becker: "Aides Say No Pardon for Libby Irked Cheney" LINK

2009: ENVIRONMENT:

The New York Times’ Kate Galbraith: "E.P.A. to Revisit Approval Process for Coal-Fired Plants" LINK

2009: SARAH PALIN:

The Washington Post’s Michael Leahy: "Back Home in Alaska, Palin Finds Cold Comfort" LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: "Postmaster General’s Pay Package Under Fire" LINK

The Associated Press’ Julie Watson: "Marchers Block US Border to Protest Army Presence" LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: "No Census director as 2010 count nears" LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: "Civil rights in court spotlight" LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Jayson: "Federally funded ad campaign holds up value of marriage" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Sanders: “Lawmakers Weigh Hollywood Tax Break” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Glenn R. Simpson and T.W. Farnam: “Texas Businessman Sought Influence in Corridors of Capitol” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Fitzgerald: “Stanford Wielded Jets, Junkets and Cricket to Woo Clients” LINK

The New York Times’ Monica Davey and Dirk Johnson: "2 Investigations Into New Illinois Senator Are Begun" LINK

The Washington Post’s Karl Vick and Keith Richburg: "Budget Mire Forces Calif. Senate Lockdown" LINK

The Washington Post’s Del Quentin Wilber: "6 Prosecutors No Longer Part Of Legal Team in Stevens Case" LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Slevin: "Burris Admits to Fundraising Attempt" LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Stimulus: It’s a Law" LINK

"George: Burris May Face Perjury Charges" LINK

"Biden Praises Obama for ‘Landmark Achievement’" LINK

"Paul Krugman on Stimulus Spending" LINK

"Overseas With Hillary Clinton" LINK

"Obama Signs Massive Stimulus Bill" LINK

"GM Seeks $16 Billion More" LINK

"Flipping Angry over Obama Coin" LINK

"Postmaster’s $857,459.00 Salary" LINK

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