The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, March 23, 2009

Mar 23, 2009 4:54am

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The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin, Eric Dash, and Rachel L. Swarns: “U.S. Rounding Up Investors to Buy Bad Assets” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher and Anthony Faiola: “Advisers To Obama Wary of Bonus Tax” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Smith: “States Vie for Share of Clean-Coal Cash” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt and Rebecca Christie: “Obama Relies on Private Help to Buy Illiquid Assets” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: "Obama Uses ‘Gallows Humor’ To Face Economic Crisis" LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: "W.H. Dials Back Support For Bonus Tax" LINK

ABC News’ John O’Callaghan: "Obama Says Risks Still Haunt U.S. Financial System" LINK

Newsweeks’ Michael Isikoff and Dina Fine Maron: "Follow the Bailout Cash" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon: “Geithner Banks on Private Cash” LINK

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "Bloomberg touts Obama’s economic policy" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Dave Goldner: "Treasury Secretary unveils plan to buy bad assets" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Celeste Katz: "Obama, in weekly address, makes case for his budget despite doubters" LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley: “’Green’ Push Faces Resistance From Locals” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama Says Constitutionality of House Bonus Bill in Doubt” LINK

Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: “Obama’s Afghan Plan Would Link Pakistan Aid to Taliban Fight” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s James R. Hagerty and Ruth Simon: “Obama to Appoint Mortgage Executive to Head FHA” LINK

Boston Globe Editorial: “Supporting the helping habit” LINK

Los Angeles Times Opinion by Joyce Appleby: “Obama needs some FDR magic” LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama interview: Wall Street was ‘out of balance’” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dina ElBoghdady: “Local Realty Executive to Direct FHA” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Zak: “Skewers, but Not Much Sizzle, At Obamaless Gridiron Dinner” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper: “Obama Says a Way Out of Afghanistan Is Needed” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Friendly Fire: NYT Hits Obama" LINK

Politico’s Craig Gordon & Jonathan Martin: "Kroft to Obama: Are You Punch-Drunk?" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Iranian Leader Assails President Obama’s Outreach" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica: "Hey President Obama, the campaign is over – forget the popularity contest" LINK

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "Biden takes Geithner joke to the bank as Obama defends him" LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Michael M. Phillips and Sudeep Reddy: “Geithner Aides Worked With AIG for Months on Bonuses” LINK

Bloomberg’s Netty Ismail and Haslinda Amin: “AIG’s Mouat Says Bonus Anger ‘Unfair,’ Would Give Up His Payout” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "White House: AIG Bonus Tax May Be ‘Dangerous’" LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Susan Davis: “Specter Facing Pressure From All Sides as 2010 Vote Nears” LINK

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus: "EFCA Backers Not Interested In Corporate Alternative" LINK

The Washington Times’ David R. Sands: "Tax Code Escalates As Democrats’ Power Tool" LINK


The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “Federal Inspectors Often Difficult to Reach, Group Says” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jane Zhang: “Food Industry Opposes Fee for More Inspections” LINK

Boston Globe Op-Ed by Nathaniel T. Wheelwright: “Putting Guantanamo to good use” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Josh Meyer: “Drug cartels raise the stakes on human smuggling” LINK

The Washington Times’ Al Webb: "London Ready For G-20 Unrest" LINK

The Washington Times’ Tait Militana: "Wind Turbines To Ward Off Bat Killings" LINK

Newsweeks’ Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball: "Coming Soon: Declassified Bush-Era Torture Memos" LINK


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