The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Feb 4, 2009 5:27am

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

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2009: TOM DASCHLE:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Torpedoed by Taxes" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Something To Keep In Mind About Daschle" LINK

ABC News’ Russell Goldman: "Tom Daschle Withdraws as Obama’s Health Secretary Nominee" LINK

The Associated Press: "Obama: ‘I screwed up’ Daschle nomination" LINK

Time Magazine’s Karen Tumulty: “Daschle: Bowing to the Inevitable, or Pushed Too Fast?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Oh, the ethics of it all” LINK

The Washington Times’ Cal Thomas: “Our patience taxed” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman, Laura Meckler and Naftali Bendavid: “Obama on Defense as Daschle Withdraws” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Glenn R. Simpson: “Nonprofits Linked to Daschle Spread Cash Around Washington” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jason Kelly: “Daschle’s Demise Linked to Hindery’s Private-Equity Lifestyle” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman and J. Taylor Rushing: "Daschle Exit Stuns Capitol" LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: "Daschle Can Keep His Stocks" LINK

Politico’s Jeanne Cummings: "Daschle crash: A Taxing Time For Obama" LINK

The Washington Post’s R. Jeffrey Smith, Cecilia Kang and Joe Stephens: "Old Ways Doomed New Job for Daschle" LINK

2009: ROD BLAGOJEVICH:

The Associated Press’ Deanna Bellandi: "Job Prospects Unclear for the Ousted Blagojevich" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: "Blago’s sideshow visits Letterman and ‘Late Show’" LINK

2009: ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER:

ABC News’ Jason Ryan: "Attorney General Holder: It’s a ‘New Day’ for DOJ" LINK

2009: SENATOR JUDD GREGG:

USA Today’s David Jackson: "His terms met, Gregg says yes to Commerce" LINK

 

2009: ECONOMY/JOB LOSS/AUTO INDUSTRY:

ABC News’ John Berman and Jay Shaylor: "The People Behind the Job Loss Numbers" LINK

ABC News’ Zunaira Zaki: "Wells Fargo ‘Reconsiders’ Vegas Event" LINK

ABC News Analysis by Peyton M. Craighill: "Confidence Near Record Low" LINK

The Associated Press’ Kimberly S. Johnson: "US Auto Sales Plunge 37 Percent to 26-Year Low" LINK

USA Today’s Pallavi Gogoi: "Citi vows to use bailout money correctly" LINK

The Associated Press: "Japan’s Panasonic to cut 15,000 jobs, shut plants" LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: "U.S. car sales plunge 37%; automakers blame tight credit" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ E. Scott Reckard: “Wells Fargo cancels Las Vegas junket after outcry” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: “Senate cuts movie-industry tax break from stimulus bill” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Dawn C. Chmielewski: “Disney loses on two fronts” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David Lazarus: “Health savings accounts are ill-advised” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Meg James: “Bloomberg TV says good night to ‘Night Talk’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stu Woo: “California Credit Rating Lowest in U.S.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Dan Fitzpatrick: “After Uproar, Wells Fargo Calls Off Trip to Las Vegas” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Stoll and Alex P. Kellogg: “Detroit Reels as Auto Sales Skid” LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum and David Cho: "Bank Rescue Would Entail Triage for Troubled Assets" LINK

The New York Times’ Edmund L. Andrews and Vikas Bajaj: "U.S. plans to curb executive pay for bailout recipients" LINK

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt: "Time to steer ‘Forceful Course’ for Stimulus" LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: "Additions by Senate Push Stimulus Near $1 Trillion" LINK

The New York Times’ Edmund L. Andrews: "Both Parties move to aid homeowners" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WITH ABC’s CHARLIE GIBSON:

The World Newser: "Oval Office Interview" LINK

Transcript: Charles Gibson Interviews Barack Obama: LINK

The World Newser: "Obama On Daschle Et Al — It’s Embarrassing" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS CABINET:

ABC News’ Lauren Sher: "Obama Admits Embarrassing Day for Administration" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama to Tackle Executive Compensation" LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: "Women’s Group Pushes Stabenow for HHS" LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "As Obama Seeks Republican Votes, Worry on His Left" LINK

The Associated Press’ Liz Sidoti: "Obama Seeks to Weather Fallout of Nomination Woes" LINK

The Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn: "Obama to Detail Compensation Limits on Executives" LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall, Fredreka Schouten and John Fritze: "For Obama, nominees’ exits take off some of the glow" LINK

The Boston Globe’s Joseph Williams: “Daschle gives up Cabinet bid” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “For Gregg, an unlikely new assignment” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Zajac: “Gregg’s bank stocks raise questions” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Wallsten: “Obama moves to regain ground after ‘self-induced injury’“ LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas and Tom Hamburger: “Daschle gets caught in a tax revolt” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Daschle’s withdrawal won’t derail healthcare reform” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Muskal: “Nancy Killefer withdraws as Obama’s choice for performance officer” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s N’Gai Croal: “All the President’s Tweets: How to plug Americans into the White House” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jay Newton-Small: “Obama vs. Pelosi: Can the President Work With the Democrats?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni:  “Obama admits mistakes with nominees” LINK

The Washington Times’ Barbara Slavin: “Obama backs out on Iraq appointment” LINK

Bloomberg’s Ryan J. Donmoyer and Julianna Goldman: “Obama Pledge to Clean Up Washington Trips on Nominees’ Tax Woes” LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: "Cabinet Gets More Purple" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein & Jonathan Martin: "Obama: I’m Sorry, So Sorry" LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne E. Kornblut and Michael D. Shear: "Obama Says He Erred in Nominations" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Goodwin: "Change we can believe in?" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet and Richard Sisk: "Obama’s taxing dilema: Daschle, Kilfer withdraw candidacies" LINK

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg: "A new member joins Obama’s team, though he’s not in lockstep with it" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE ECONOMIC STIMULUS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Z. Byron Wolf: "Obama to Congressional Leaders: Give in a Little" LINK

ABC News’ Richard Wolf: "Obama draws line on stimulus compromise" LINK

USA Today’s Paul Davidson: "Smart-grid standards an issue in economic stimulus bill" LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “McCain challenges Obama on stimulus” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “STD, no-smoking cash still in bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael M. Phillips: “Geithner: Speed Is Key to Recovery” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Senate Backs Tax Breaks for Car Buyers in Stimulus” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Kara Scannell: “Frank Backs Regulator for Systemic Risk” LINK

Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla and Christopher Stern: “Obama to Limit Executive Pay at Companies Getting Aid” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Fitzgerald and Alison Vekshin: “‘Failed’ Wall Street Means Biggest Rules Rewrite Since 1930s” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "Obama Woos GOP Sens. One At A Time" LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: "Nervous Senators Take up Stimulus" LINK

Politico’s Malika Henderson: "Obama sells Stimulus to 2nd Graders" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "Mccain Vs. The Stimulus" LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane: "Senate Lacks Votes to Pass Stimulus" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS INAUGURATION:

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

ABC News World Newser: "Aretha’s Inauguration Hat to the Smithsonian?" LINK

2009: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA & FAMILY:

USA Today’s Sharon Jayson: "It’s cooler than ever to be a tween, but is childhood lost?" LINK

2009: SENATE:

The Associated Press’ David Espo: "Senate Votes to Give a Tax Break to New Car Buyers" LINK

The Boston Globe’s Eric Moskowitz: “Low-key administrator is picked to fill Gregg’s Senate seat” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: "Support For “Regular Order” Spreads Among House Dems" LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "Pelosi Could Feel Pressure over Plan To Form A Task Force On Entitlements" LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: "$500K Spent On Dem Caucus Retreats" LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: "Sen. Martinez Opens Door to Early Exit, But Not Soon" LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Connecticut Attorney General Mulls Run against Lieberman" LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson and Michael O’Brien: "Newman To Take Gregg Seat; Hodes To Run" LINK

Politico’s Andie Coller: "Lawmakers All A-Twitter" LINK

The Washington Post’s Kimberly Kindy and Kendra Marr: "Congress in the Driver’s Seat" LINK

2009: SENATE RACE:

The Hill’s Michael O’Brien: "Coleman Gets Access to Thousands Of Ballots" LINK

2009: BERNARD MADOFF:

The Associated Press: "Madoff accuser expected to tell Congress he feared for his life" LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

Newsweek Magazine’s Ellis Cose: “Changing the GOP: Steele’s task: transforming a party that likes the way it is” LINK

2009: ARMED FORCES:

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook: "’94 military report panned Humvee as ‘deathtrap’" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Chip Cummins in Dubai, Roshanak Taghavi in Tehran and Jay Solomon in Washington: “Plans Emerge for New Troop Deployments to Afghanistan” LINK

2009: ABRAMHOFF:

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: "Another GOP Aide Ensnared In Abramoff Scandal" LINK

2009: NORTH KOREA:

The Washington Post’s Blaine Harden: "With Obama in White House, North Korea Steps Up Big Talk" LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

The Associated Press’ Marlon A. Walker: "MySpace: 90,000 Sex Offenders Removed From Site" LINK

USA Today’s Traci Watson: "Interior secretary: No impropriety in parks funding" LINK

The Hill’s Jordy Yager: "New Website Makes Life Easier For Capitol Hill Staffers" LINK

Politico’s Michael M. Rosen: "Golden State Auction?" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "End Of An Era In Iowa" LINK

The Washington Post’s Ernesto Londoño: "Iraq Probes Possible Voter Fraud" LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Tapper on Obama’s Embarrassing Day" LINK

"Obama on Tax Issues: ‘There’s No Excuse’" LINK

"Obama: ‘I Take Responsibility’" LINK

"Obama On Economic Stimulus Plan" LINK

"Obama: ‘We’ve Got a Great Team’" LINK

"Republicans Focus on Daschle’s Taxes" LINK

"Michelle Obama’s Listening Tour" LINK

"George: Centrists Crunching Stimulus" LINK

"Gibson on Tuesday’s Obama Interview" LINK

"11.6M Americans Now Out of Work" LINK

 

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