The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mar 18, 2009 5:06am

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 and JUSTIN GRANT

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2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Bush 43: I Want Obama to Succeed, Won’t Criticize Him" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller: "Obama Makes his March Madness Picks" LINK

The Associated Press’ Matthew Lee: "Sources: US to Sign UN Gay Rights Declaration" LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “An Official Is Reinstated, White House Announces” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher: “Obama Names Judge to Appeals Court” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s David Enrich: “Citi Losing Economist to Treasury” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Michael Gerson: “Mixed signals in U.S. policy toward Iran” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet: "Obama won’t give convicted computer wiz the boot" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Leo Standora: "Obama makes picks for NCAA tournament" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Obama nominates Steelers owner as ambassador to Ireland" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Frank James: “Obama to Republicans: Enough with ‘just say no’” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage: “Obama announces first judicial nomination” LINK

2009: WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF RAHM EMANUEL:

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: "Emanuel Plans to Meet with Veterans’ Groups" LINK

2009: TREASURY SECRETARY TIMOTHY GEITHNER:

Politico’s Eamon Javers: "’Complete Confidence’ In Geithner" LINK

2009: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND FAMILY:

The New York Daily News’ Leah Chernikoff: "Michelle Obama is new comic star" LINK

2009: AMERICAN INSURANCE GROUP:

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe, Jonathan Karl and Justin Rood: "In Letter to Kerry, Bernanke Warned of Fed’s ‘Limited Rights’ in AIG Oversight" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama Administration: We Didn’t Find Out About AIG Bonuses Until This Month" LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: "Lawmakers Promise to Tax the Bonuses Out of AIG Execs" LINK

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: "Rogue’s Gallery: AIG’s Best Friends ($$$) in Washington" LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze, Mimi Hall and Adam Shell: "Treasury, Congress go after AIG bonuses" LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: "Fury Over AIG Fuels Clawback Bills" LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: "AIG staff: We Deserve This Money" LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer & Victoria McGrane: "Fallout: Dems in disarray over AIG" LINK

Time Magazine’s Jay Newton-Small: "The AIG Bonuses: Getting Mad and Getting Even" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman, Naftali Bendavid and Deborah Solomon: “Treasury Will Make Grab to Recoup Bonus Funds” LINK

Bloomberg’s Ryan J. Donmoyer and Laura Litvan: “Geithner Vows to Recoup AIG Bonuses as Lawmakers Express Fury” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Ann Woolner: “AIG Bonuses Punish Mere Mortals Paying Geniuses” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and Janet Hook: “AIG bonus flap may cost recipients” LINK

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

ABC News Wants to know: Is the Recession Making You Mad Enough to Rally Against Uncle Sam? VOTE here: LINK

ABC News’ Russell Goldman: "Where’s the Rage? Recession Sparks Mild Protests" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Cont’d" LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes and Louise Story: “Outcry Builds in Washington for Recovery of A.I.G. Bonuses” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Team Effort in the House to Overhaul Health Care” LINK

The New York Times’ Kate Phillips: “Senator Wants Some Remorse From C.E.O.’s” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane, and Michael D. Shear: “White House Calls Bonuses a Late Surprise” LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: "Specter Won’t Rule Out Run as An Independent" LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: "’Senate Passes Pay Freeze" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Kris Maher and Brody Mullins: “Unionizing Fight Focuses on 3 States” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Dan Fitzpatrick: “Merrill Pay Scrutinized” LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Post’s Tim Craig: “GOP Chairman Fires Back as Party Leaders Seek His Ouster” LINK

2009: SENATOR JOHN McCAIN:

Read George’s ‘Twitterview’ with McCain: LINK

2009: BERNARD MADOFF

The Los Angeles Times’ Martin Zimmerman: “IRS giving relief to some Madoff investors” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Ross Kerber: “New IRS rules offer relief for Madoff victims” LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook and Paul Overberg: "Iraq combat deaths at 6-year low" LINK

USA Today’s Kevin Johnson: "To save money on prisons, states take a softer stance" LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: "Report: Tauscher to State Dept" LINK

Politico’s Michael Caledrone: "JournoList: Inside the Echo Chamber" LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Did AIG Lie to Shareholders?" LINK

"Outrage Over AIG Bailout for Bonuses" LINK

"George on AIG Bonus Blunder" LINK

"Taxing the Bonuses" LINK

"Obama’s $3.6 Trillion Budget Proposal" LINK

"Foreclosure Victim Saved by Strangers" LINK

"Obama Celebrates St. Paddy’s Day" LINK

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