The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mar 12, 2009 5:05am

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, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE OMNIBUS BILL, ECONOMY:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama Signs ‘Imperfect’ Spending Bill Away From Cameras" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "This Week’s Obamicon" LINK

ABc News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama & Earmarks" LINK

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller: "Obama to Women: ‘No Limits on Their Dreams’" LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "Did Obama Blink In Earmark Battle?" LINK

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: "Panel questions oversight of bailout" LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and David Herszenhorn: “Obama Signs Spending Bill but Criticizes Earmarks” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane and Scott Wilson: “Obama Signs Spending Bill, Vowing to Battle Earmarks” LINK

The Boston Herald Editorial Staff: “A pork substitute” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Greg Hitt: “Obama Outlines Plan to Curb Earmarks” LINK

Bloomberg’s Michael McKee: “Obama Stimulus May Get a Timely Boost From U.S. Census Hiring” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan and S.A. Miller: “Obama vows to get tough on earmarks” LINK

Newt Gingrich for Time Magazine: “The Real Trouble With President Obama’s New Deal” LINK

Time Magazine’s David VonDrehle and Michael Scherer: “Obama’s Reform Agenda: Is He Trying to Do Too Much?” LINK

The Hill’s Jeremy P. Jacobs: "The President’s Earmark Plan Fails to Sway Critics " LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Reform Lite: Obama Goes Soft on Pork" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "Steele: Abortion an ‘Individual Choice’" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet: "Obama breaks pork-free diet to sign $410 billion bill" LINK

2009: TREASURY SECRETARY TIMOTHY GEITHNER:

The Washington Post’s David Cho and Anthony Faiola: “Treasury Seeks Billions More to Aid Ailing Nations” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Obama Names Top Diplomats for Iraq, Afghanistan " LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The Associated Press: "Obama OKs signing statement despite criticizing Bush practice" LINK

The New York Times’ David Stout: “A Choice for Drug Czar” LINK

The New York Times’ Rachel L. Swarns: “Obamas and Clinton Honor Women” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Margaret Carlson: “Inside Man Geithner Shines When He’s Offstage” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "Obama’s Honeymoon Bliss Fading" LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "Drugs were family affair for Obama drug czar" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Greg Smith: "White House tells Obama urban czar Carrion to pay up" LINK

2009: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND FAMILY:

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk" First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton bury the hatchet" LINK

2009: ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/BANK BAILOUT:

Forbes’ Luisa Kroll, Matthew Miller and Tatiana Serafin: "Gates Loses $18B, Still World’s Richest Man" LINK

USA Today’s Sandra Block and Sue Kirchhoff: "Largest U.S. pension plan assets fall $217 billion short" LINK

USA Today’s Stephanie Armour: "Despite housing help, foreclosures rose 6% last month" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ruth Simon: “Mortgage Investors Call for Changes in Rescue Plan” LINK

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “Abyss could deepen again” LINK

2009: ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin: “Bill to Protect Wilderness Areas Is Defeated in House” LINK

2009: SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

ABC News’ Karen Travers: "Secretary Clinton, First Lady Honor International Women’s Rights Activists" LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Susan Schmidt: “Waters Helped Bank Whose Stock She Once Owned” LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: "Frenemies Dodd and Lieberman Make Nice " LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "Conrad: Congress to address Obama Budget" LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: "GOP Leaders Bash Dems Spending" LINK

2009: NANCY PELOSI:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Luis Martinez: "Pelosi Travel Abuse? Case Not Proved" LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley and Stephen Power: “Democrats Tangle on Climate Change” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sara Murry: “GOP Governors Face Fights on Stimulus” LINK

The Washington Times’ Victor Morton: “Obama vows to get tough on earmarks” LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

The Associated Press’ Rachel D’Oro: "Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston Call it Quits" LINK

ABC News’ David Chalian: "Battle Over Earmarks Ushers in McCain vs. Obama II" LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Ariane De Vogue: "Can States Circumvent Anti-Stimulus Guvs?" LINK

Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins: "Levi, Bristol break up" LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Cover Girl Michelle Obama" LINK

"Edwards: People Can Form Their Own Views" LINK

"President Signs $400B Spending Bill" LINK

"Pelosi Praises Simon for Health Care Contribution" LINK

"Tapper on Obama’s First 50 Days" LINK

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