The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mar 19, 2009 5:23am

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, STEPHANIE WASH, JUSTIN GRANT

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE ECONOMY:

USA Today’s William M. Welch: "Obama touts stimulus to California fans" LINK

USA Today’s Sue Kirchhoff and John Waggoner: "Fed to pump nearly $1.2 trillion into the financial system" LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Obama, in Calif., Says He Hopes to Return ‘Balance’ to Economy” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho and Michael Shear: “How the Fed Failed to Tell Obama about the Bonuses” LINK

The Hill’s Michael O’Brien: "Obama: Bailouts ‘Infuriating,’ But Part Of The Plan" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Obama Wants to Save Your 401(k)" LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Bust of MLK Joins President Obama in Oval Office" LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: "President to pioneer chat on late-night TV" LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “A Defining Moment for Treasury Secretary” LINK

The New York Times’ Bernie Becker: “Obama to Back U.N. Gay Rights Decree” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “Guantanamo Detainees May Be Released in U.S.” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt and Rebecca Christie: “U.S. Considers Broadening TALF Program to Distressed Assets” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Democrats Throw Public Punches At Their President" LINK

AMERICAN INSURANCE GROUP (AIG):

ABC News’ Alice Gomstyn and Charles Herman: "AIG CEO Liddy Calls Bonuses ‘Distasteful’; Asks Execs to Return Money" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama Compares Big Banks, AIG, to Suicide Bombers" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Takes Responsibility for AIG (Not Really)" LINK

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: "Will Obama, McCain, Dodd Return Contributions From AIG Employees?" LINK

USA Today’s Judy Keen: "AIG chief gets Capitol Hill grilling over bonuses" LINK

The New York Times’ Kate Phillips: “Watching the A.I.G. Hearing on the Hill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Randall Smith and Liam Pleven: “Some Will Pay Back AIG Bonuses” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama Accepts Blame for AIG Bonuses” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Dodd’s Amendment at Crux of Bonus Issue” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Christopher Stern: “AIG Firestorm Has Democrats Edgy about Geithner, Economic Team” LINK

Bloomberg’s Erik Holm: “AIG’s Liddy Takes ‘Offense’ at Congress Bonus Blame” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: "Bonus Smackdown Bill" LINK

Politico’s Victoria McGrane: "Wyden: I Told You So" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Goodwin: "What was supposed to be legal lynching of AIG’s Liddy turns into defeat for Congress" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "AIG’s Liddy testifies before Congress" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger and Janet Hook: “In AIG flap, it’s not just about bonuses anymore” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and Walter Hamilton: “AIG chief fails to quell growing ire over bonuses” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ralph Vartabedian and James Oliphant: “Treasury officials explicitly allowed AIG bonuses” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Sasha Issenberg: “AIG chief seeks bonus givebacks” LINK

TREASURY SECRETARY TIMOTHY GEITHNER:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Geithner’s Future" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "The ‘Unflappable’ Mr. Geithner" LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "Geithner Takes Heat on Hill" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon: “Uproar over Geithner’s Role in Bonuses Could Vex Rescue” LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers: "Can Geithner Bounce Back?" LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: "Obama Defends Geithner: Floats "Resolution Authority" LINK

VICE-PRESIDENT BIDEN:

ABC News’ Jennifer Duck: "Biden on Stimulus Spending: Avoid the Pork" LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/BANK BAILOUT:

ABC News’ Brian Wheeler: "Master Hatters Struggling in Lone Star State" LINK

USA Today’s Bruce Horovitz: "Families that cut a little last year are cutting more now" LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: "Fewer leaving urban centers, moving to sunnier places" LINK

USA Today’s Marco R. della Cava: "Marco R. della Cava" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Liz Rappaport and Jon Hilsenrath: “Consumer-Loan Plan Is Off to Slow Start” LINK

The Hill’s Bridget Johnson: "Study Shows Wages Rose After Immigration Raids" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Maura Reynolds: “Federal Reserve moves to bring down interest rates on mortgages, consumer loans” LINK

CONGRESS:

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “House Passes Expansion of Programs for Service” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Josh Mitchell: “Pelosi Backs New Car Sales Incentive Plan” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: "GOPers against Dictating Executive Pay before They Were for It" LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “RNC Releases February $ Numbers” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: "Clinton Loyalist Accepts Undersecretary of State Offer" LINK

GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: "Palin Rips Magazine’s ‘Idiotic’ Pipeline Story" LINK

ELECTION 2012:

The Los Angeles Times’ Josh Drobnyk: “Sen. Arlen Specter floats possibility of independent run” LINK

BERNARD MADOFF:

The Los Angeles Times’ Martin Zimmerman: “Madoff’s accountant is charged with fraud” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: "Gates Announces End to Army Stop-Loss" LINK

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook and Gregg Zoroya: "Army to stop extending tours past obligations" LINK

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz: “The Hills? No, TMZ Now Hits the Hill” LINK

The Hill’s Michael Sandler and Aaron Blake: "Specter crosses aisle despite election risks" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Stephanie Gaskell: "Robert Gates puts stop to Army’s stop-loss policy" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"AIG CEO Harassed on the Hot Seat" LINK

"Obama Pitches Budget in Web Video" LINK

"Gates Emotional over Dover AFB Visit" LINK

"Obama Announces Measure to Prevent another AIG" LINK

"Congress ‘Outraged’ Over AIG Bonuses" LINK

"Obama Fills Out His NCAA Bracket" LINK

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