The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, March 2, 2009

Mar 2, 2009 5:22am

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

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2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ David Muir: "Obama’s Next Big Battle: Affordable Health Care" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Orszag: Energy Costs May Rise to Offset Health Care Reforms" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Orszag: Ending Iraq War Will Save Money" LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: "VP Biden Kicks off Middle Class Task Force with Focus on Green Jobs" LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "White House Claims Credit For Factory Opening" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "Culture Of Conspiracy: The Birthers" LINK

The Washington Posts’ Jose Antonio Vargas: "Web-Savvy Obama Team Hits Unexpected Bumps" LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “Obama’s cap, trade irk some in party” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Katie Connolly and Evan Thomas: “The Busiest Woman in Washington: As social secretary, Desiree Rogers is gatekeeper and imagemaker. But her top job is brand promoter—casting the Obamas as occupants of a ‘People’s House.’” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Richard Haass: “Obama Should Talk To Syria Now” LINK

The Washington Posts’ Al Kamen: "Good Thing All’s Quiet at Treasury These Days" LINK

The New York Times’ Ginger Thompson: “White House Defends Approval of Pet Projects” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Behind the Open Door, an Exercise in Politics” LINK

The Associated Press: “Obama chief of staff criticizes automakers” LINK

The Associated Press: “Defense secretary compares commanders in chief” LINK

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols and Lizzie O’Leary: “Obama’s Economic Team Lacks Two Top Aides as Senate Delays Vote” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Obama’s Health Plan, Ambitious in Any Economy, Is Tougher in This One” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Thomas Defrank "Obama itching to scratch earmarks" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Samuel Goldsmith: "White House mum as foes rip Carrion" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND THE BUDGET:

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: "Budget Battles Loom As Obama Team Heads To Hill" LINK

The Washington Posts’ David Cho: "On Economy, Two United Voices Steer Obama Agenda" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Melanie Trottman: “Regulators See Big Funding Boost” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s “Republicans Concede Budget Is Hard to Block” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Kevin Hassett: “Obama Spending Shocks in Scale, Builds Upon Bush” LINK

2009: ECONOMY/HOUSING/AUTO INDUSTRY/BAILOUT:

Politico’s Lisa Lerer: "Uncle Sam Steps Up Again For AIG" LINK

The Washington Posts’ Brady Dennis: "AIG Said To Receive Access to More Cash" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Brady Dennis: “AIG may get up to $30 billion more in federal bailout” LINK

The New York Times Editorial: “Stress-Testing the Banks” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kathleen Lucadamo: "Stimulus critics stage ‘tea party’" LINK

2009: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

The Washington Times’ Nicolas Kralev: “Hamas presence threatens U.S. aid” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Charles Levinson: “Clinton Vows ‘New Path’ in Mideast As She Arrives With Seasoned Team” LINK

Bloomberg’s Viola Gienger and Daniel Williams: “Clinton Wields $900 Million Pledge to Aid Gaza, Bolster Abbas” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “Clinton Heads to Israel and West Bank Bearing Cash and Caution” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Hillary on the road again" LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Cantor Rejects Rush Limbaugh Rhetoric" LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper: "House GOP Still Divided Over Earmark Report" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Jim Bunning: Republican senator, Republican irritant” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin: “Race to Fill Emanuel’s Seat Is a Free-for-All” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “PACs spent record $416M on federal election” LINK

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: “Stimulus has funds for GAO to beef up staff” LINK

2009: HHS NOMINEE SEBELIUS:

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Sebelius To Face Questions Over Abortion" LINK

The Washington Posts’ Michael A. Fletcher: "Sebelius’s Political Skills, Experience Win Plaudits" LINK

The New York Times’ Kevin Sack: “For Obama Pick, 2nd Chance for Progress on Health” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Health-Care Effort Ascends Agenda” LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/GOP:

Newsweek Magazine’s Mollie Reilly: “Among the Young Conservatives” LINK

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Emanuel: GOP relies on Limbaugh” LINK

The Washington Times’ Donna Brazile: "Hear SOS, despite Jindal” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael McAuliff: "Republicans undercut by series of blunders" LINK

2009: MIDDLE EAST:

Time Magazine’s Tony Karon: “The Pentagon’s Message on Iran: Don’t Panic” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: "Gates And Mullen Disagree On Iran" LINK

The Washington Posts’ Glenn Kessler: "U.S. Talks Tough on Gaza Aid" LINK

The Los Angeles Times Julian E. Barnes: “Iran has enough nuclear material for a bomb, Mullen says” LINK

2009: DICK CHENEY:

The New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: "Dick Cheney invite to American Museum of Fly fishing sparks anger" LINK

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