The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mar 11, 2009 5:25am

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, STEPHANIE WASH and LAURA GREENE

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2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE OMNIBUS BILL, ECONOMY:

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: "Senate Passes Omnibus Spending Bill" LINK

The New York Times’ David Stout: “Obama Outlines Plan for Education Overhaul” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller and David R. Sands: “Senate passes omnibus bill” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Obama plans to unveil pork-barrel rules” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "Obama Budget Lacks Vote" LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: "Obama Gets Omnibus And Earmark Fight" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Lawmakers Weigh Need for Second Stimulus to Spur Job Growth” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “Congress Sends $410 Billion Spending Bill to Obama for Signing” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "A party waver over Obama budget" LINK

2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA AND EDUCATION:

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama to build on Bush education plan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Education Push Includes Merit Pay” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Edward Mason: “Barack Obama lauds Massachusetts marks on education” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet: "Obama education plan calls for performance-based pay"LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Spending plan kills funding for Washington school vouchers” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Time Magazine’s Bill Powell: “North Korea’s Nuke Saber-Rattling: A Test for Obama” LINK

2009: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Is Obama Doing Too Much Too Soon?" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama White House Discloses Two More Lobbyist Waivers Granted" LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: "In His First 50 Days, President Obama Rapidly Reverses Bush Policies" LINK

The New York Times’ Neila Lewis: “Obama’s Court Nominees Are Focus of Speculation” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima and Dana Hedgpeth: “Obama Considering Tanker Deal Delay” LINK

Washington Times Eli Lake: “Freeman withdraws name from intel post” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Freeman’s departure” LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: "Obama Grants Two More Lobbyists Waivers" LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "Under Fire, Intel Pick Withdraws" LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin & Carol E. Lee: "Obama: ‘I am a New Democrat’" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Obama Sets Up Women’s Issues Panel" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alicia Mundy: “Former New York Health Chief Is Top Candidate to Run FDA” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Greg Smith: "Conflict of interest issues grow for Obama’s new urban czar"LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Greg Miller: “Al Qaeda’s Afghanistan presence increasing, U.S. official says” LINK

2009: FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND FAMILY:

Nightline: "Cover Girl-in-Chief: Michelle Obama" LINK

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

ABC News Column by David McPherson: "Recession Rescue: Where to Go for Help" LINK

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: "Economists Warn: One Million Fewer Jobs?" LINK

ABC News’ Betsy Stark: "Stocks Surge: Market Rallies Nearly 380 Points" LINK

USA Today’s Adam Shell: "Wall Street shakes off some pain, but can rally last?" LINK

USA Today’s James R. Healey: "Analysts share ideas to help auto industry" LINK

Time Magazine’s Robert Chew: “No Deal for Madoff, As Victims Prepare to Face Him in Court” LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Wall Street comes roaring back” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Simon and Leslie Eaton: “Local Economies Seek Own Revival” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Bob Davis: “U.S., U.K. Plan Trade Package for G-20” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Liz Rappaport: “TALF Bogs Down as Investors Balk” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s James Hagerty: “Housing Plan Creates Opening for Scammers” LINK

Bloomberg’s Shamim Adam and Jeran Wittenstein: “Fed’s Rate Policy Didn’t Cause Housing Bubble, Greenspan Says” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt and Rebecca Christie: “U.S. May Use Capital Injections to Help Banks Sell ‘Bad’ Assets” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Frank James: “Bernanke outlines regulatory reform to avoid repeating history” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Walter Hamilton: “Dow jumps 5.8% on Citigroup profit news” LINK

2009: ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Hawthorne: “Obama budget puts nuclear waste on hold” LINK

2009: CONGRESS:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Card-Check: No Vote Before Summer" LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “New Idea on Capitol Hill: To Join Senate, Get Votes” LINK

The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore: “Old Clinton Hands Line Up Behind Gillibrand” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “Senate Clears Spending After Fractious Debate” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “Senate Approves $410 Billion Bill to Fund Federal Government” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Congress May Need to Fund Another Stimulus, Pelosi Says” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: “Leaders Strategize on How to Pass D.C. Vote Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Cam Simpson and Evan Perez: “Congress Aims to Police Border Violence” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Muskal: “Senate passes $410-billion spending bill” LINK

2009: DEMOCRATS/G.O.P.:

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Republicans have forgotten who they are” LINK

The New York Daily News’ staff: "The new faces of GOP leadership" LINK

2009: OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Exiting, Chas Freeman Attacks ‘Israel Lobby’" LINK

USA Today’s Peter Eisler: "Terrorist watch list hits 1 million" LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: "’Virtual fence’ gets second chance on border" LINK

USA Today’s Liz Szabo and Julie Appleby: "21% of Americans scramble to pay medical, drug bills" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "Freeman Hits ‘Israel Lobby’ On Way Out" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ William Heisel: “Madoff to plead guilty, his lawyer says” LINK

2009: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"President’s Full Plate" LINK

"Tapper on Obama’s First 50 Days" LINK

"Jake Tapper on Geithner’s Progress" LINK

"’Bear Market’ Bounce" LINK

"Obama Outlines Education Agenda" LINK

"George on Obama’s Catch-22" LINK

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