The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mar 26, 2009 5:03am

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ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Obama Battles Senate Democrats Over Budget Priorities" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Karen Travers and Sunlen Miller: "Obama’s Middle Class Tax Cut May Not Survive Budget" LINK

The Associated Press: "House panel endorses Obama’s budget plan" LINK

The Associated Press: "Thousands ask questions for Obama’s online meeting" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Hiltzik: "A dream team should investigate the meltdown" LINK

The New York Times’ Edmund Andrews and Louise Story: “U.S. to Detail Plan to Rein In Finance World” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Budget Has Obama Courting Fellow Democrats” LINK

The Washington Post’s Tomoeh Murakami Tse: “U.S. Vows To Sustain Dollar’s Dominance” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis and Scott Wilson: “President Shifts Emphasis From Wall Street to Budget” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power and Siobhan Hughes: “Obama Administration Revives Tax Battle with Oil Industry” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “White House Leans Toward Tighter Enforcement of Taxes” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller and Kara Rowland: “Democratic factions curb Obama budget” LINK

Time Magazine’s Jay Newton-Small: “Obama’s Budget Fight Starts With His Own Party” LINK


The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "House Budget Advanced On Party-Line Vote" LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "Liberals Want More Defense Spending Left Behind" LINK

The Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "W.H. Putting Best Face On Budget Fight" LINK

The Hill’s Betsy Rothstein: "Obama, DNC Backers Say Best Is Yet To Come" LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "White House Announces Tax Reform Task Force" LINK

The Politico’s Lisa Lerer: "Obama Officials Endure Hill Grilling" LINK


ABC News’ Scott Mayerowitz: "Krugman: Obama, Geithner Need to Do More to Boost Economy" LINK

ABC News’ Matt Jaffe: "Geithner $ Comments Cause Market Stir" LINK

The Associated Press’ Martin Crutsinger: "Sources: Extensive Regulatory Overhaul Planned" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: "Geithner seeks to regulate large financial corporations" LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum and David Cho: “Geithner to Propose Vast Expansion Of U.S. Oversight of Financial System” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “Geithner Wants New Rules to Check Risks” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Margaret Carlson: “Geithner Deals Wall Street a Can’t-Lose Hand” LINK

The Washington Times Patrice Hill: “Geithner gaffe roils markets” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: "Geithner to Present Plan That Gives Takeover Authority to Government" LINK

The Politico’s Ben Smith: "Geithner ‘Open’ To China Proposal" LINK


ABC News’ Karen Travers: "President Obama is ‘Open for Questions’ Online" LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: "Obama on the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ of Washington" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "EPA Deputy Administrator Nominee Withdraws" LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: "Obama Budget Chief on Hill Dems Plan to Scrap Middle Class Tax Cut: ‘We have two years to figure this out’" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Bob Secter and Andrew Zajac: "Obama aide had stint at Freddie" LINK

The New York Times’ David Johnston and Neila Lewis: “White House to Keep Agencies’ Focus on Terrorism” LINK

The Washington Post’s Garance Franke-Ruta: “Obama No.2 EPA Pick Withdraws Name” LINK

The Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Nominee for EPA No. 2 Spot Withdraws" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: "Notre Dame Students Protest as Pro-Choice President Obama Picked to Give Commencement Speech" LINK


Time Magazine’s Joe Klein: “Obama on the World Stage: Get Tougher” LINK


The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Pae and Martin Zimmerman: "AIG’s plane-leasing unit says survival is in doubt without new loans" LINK


The Los Angeles Times’ Ken Ellingwood: "U.S. shares blame for Mexico drug violence, Clinton says" LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “Clinton Says U.S. Feeds Mexico Drug Trade”  LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: “Clinton: U.S. Drug Policies Failed, Fueled Mexico’s Drug War” LINK


USA Today’s Laura Petrecca: "More companies cut or end 401(k) plan matches" LINK

USA Today’s Mary Beth Marklein: "Economy influences college choices" LINK

USA Today’s Dan Reed: "Boeing says it’s flying high despite recession" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Finnegan: "Poll: Ballot measures on California budget in trouble" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Molly Hennessy-fiske: "Some jobless aren’t down and out enough to qualify for aid" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrea Chang: "Is Sport Chalet equipped for the downhill slide?" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and John D. Stoll: “Auto Task Force Set to Back More Loans — With Strings” LINK

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “Will investors buy in?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Gabriella Boston: “Recession slams blue-collar workers” LINK


The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and David Herszenhorn: “Optimism Grows in Congress for Retooled Budget’s Prospects” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “A Growing Chorus on the Hill Questions the Fed’s Decisions” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Obama Tires to Unite democrats On Budget Plan” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan and Tom LoBianco: “Congress overrides rejection by park service” LINK

The Washington Times’ Nicholas Kralev: “Hill defends actions on N. Korea” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Naftali Bendavid: “Obama Asks Democrats to Preserve Budget Priorities” LINK

The Politico’s Patrick O’connor & Manu Raju: "Democrats vs. Democrats" LINK


USA Today’s On Deadline: "Congress adds protection to 2M acres of wilderness in 9 states" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Simon and Bettina Boxall: "Wilderness protection bill gets Congress’ OK" LINK


ABC News’ James Hill and Jaime Hennessey: "Military Widows Hit the Open Road" LINK

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: "Alarm Over North Korea Missile Prep" LINK

ABC News’ Kirit Radia: "Anti-Terror Stimulus? US Offers Rewards for Top Terrorists" LINK

USA Today’s Peter Eisler: "80,000 on TSA’s ‘cleared’ fliers list" LINK

USA Today’s Donna Leinwand: "More states move toward allowing medical marijuana use" LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: "N.Y. special election a preview of 2010" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ned Parker: "Iraqi general stirs dark memories in Kirkuk" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "25% Increase in Sex assault in Combat Zones: ‘Wait Until She’s Sober,’ says Pentagon Watchdog" LINK


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"Hey, Mr. DJ: Blago Hits the Airwaves" LINK

"Jake Tapper on Obama’s Economic Plan" LINK

"Obama Lobbies Lawmakers for Budget" LINK

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