The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, March 16, 2009

Mar 16, 2009 5:29am

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’ CARRIE HALPERIN, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, JAYCE HENDERSON, STEPHANIE WASH, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE BUDGET AND THE ECONOMY/AGENDA:

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “Bracing for a Bailout Backlash” LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Obama Enlists Campaign Army In Budget Fight” LINK

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz: “As Markets Fell, Pundits Came Down On Obama” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Jonathon Alter: “A Plan that Obama Can Bank On” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Obamanomics” LINK

The Washington Times’ Victor Davis Hanson: “Maxing out a crisis card” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: "Obama Plans To Boost Small Biz" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. And Stephen Power: “Ambitious Agenda Has Obama Appointees Stretched Thin” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “U.S. to Toughen Finance Rules” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “George’s Bottom Line: Today on ‘This Week’” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “George’s Bottom Line: Today on ‘This Week’” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “White House to Push Small Biz Credit Initiatives Monday” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “McConnell: Obama Budget Will ‘Double Debt in 5 Years’” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Key Obama Economic Adviser: Fundamentals of the Economy Are Sound” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "Obama’s first 50 days action-packed next to Bush" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Celeste Katz: "Obama not concerned about possible unrest at G20 meeting" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Celeste Katz: "Obama in weekly address calls U.S. food safety hazardous to our health" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Secretary of State Clinton planning visit to drug-torn Mexico" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Obama turns from grim straight talk: ‘We’re going to get through this" LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Fareed Zakaria: “Why Washington Worries” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: “Obama defends U.S. economy amid Chinese worries” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Maura Reynolds and Jim Puzzanghera: “In outline, bank rescue plan calls for public-private partnership” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Frank James: “Obama advisor Lawrence Summers says stimulus plan is helping economy” LINK

2009: ECONOMY:

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: "Bernanke: Recession Should End In 2009" LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer: "Lawmakers Take Aim At AIG" LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Chu: "Bank Credit Card Fees Keep Going Up" LINK

Bloomberg’s Timothy R. Homan and Margaret Chadbourn: “Summers, U.S. Lawmakers Lambaste AIG Bonus Plan as ‘Outrageous’” LINK

ABC News’ Matt Jaffe: “Key House Democrat: AIG ‘Trying to Play the American People for Fools’” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “A.I.G. = Allowing Irreversible Greed?” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ E. Scott Reckard and Jim Puzzanghera: “Ailing AIG stands by need for bonuses” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ E. Scott Reckard and Tom Petruno: “AIG names firms that got bailout cash” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Petruno: “Who got paid? AIG names beneficiaries of its U.S. rescue” LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: "Analysis: House And Senate Hopefuls Must Start Early" LINK

The New York Times’ Nicholas Congessore and Danny Hakim: “Senate Is Said to Seek More in Income Tax From Wealthy” LINK

The New York Times’ John Harwood: “Alternate Route: Bypassing the G.O.P.” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Cheney says don’t blame Bush administration for economic crisis" LINK

2009: HEALTH CARE:

The Hill’s Jared Allen: "Blue Dogs Not Demanding Paygo For Health Reform" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Information technology holds promise for advancing healthcare” LINK

2009: EDUCATION:

USA Today’s Greg Toppo and Jack Gillum: "Tide turns against schools as foreclosures rise" LINK

2009: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: "Reports Question U.S. Shield Of Europe" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage: “No more ‘enemy combatants’ at Guantanamo Bay” LINK

2009: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

The Los Angeles Times’ Josh Meyer: “Clinton plans talks in Mexico” LINK

2009: MADOFF:

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Hiltzik: “How could savvy investors have been fooled by Madoff? Easy” LINK

2009: FORMER ADMINISTRATION:

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Cheney hits Obama policy on terrorism” LINK

The New York Times’ A.G. Sulzeberger: “Cheney Says Obama Has Increased Risks” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick, Peter Finn and Julie Tate: “Red Cross Described Torture at CIA Jails” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Cheney, Bush Strongly Disagreed on Libby” LINK

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley: “Cheney Accuses Obama of Weakening U.S. Security” LINK

2009: BILL CLINTON:

The Wall Street Journal’s John R. Emshwiller: “Bill Clinton Leaves Yucaipa Business Partnerships” LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEO:

“Roundtable: AIG Outrage, Stewart vs. Cramer” LINK

“Larry Summers: AIG Bonuses ‘Outrageous’” LINK

“McConnell on Obama Budget” LINK

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