The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mar 25, 2009 5:04am

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 and JUSTIN GRANT

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PRESIDENT OBAMA, PRIMETIME NEWS CONFERENCE AND THE ECONOMY:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Grading the President & Press" LINK

Are President Obama’s new economic plans on the right track? VOTE: LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Report Card: Obama, Press Both Do Well in Presidential News Conference" LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers and Jake Tapper: "Obama Points to ‘Signs of Progress’ in Economy" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Obama Holds House Odds at Second Presidential News Conference" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "POTUS Tonight" LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and David Jackson: "Obama touts gains and goals" LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: "Stay focused on big picture, Obama urges" LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obama Expects Backing On Broader-Authority Plan" LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obama: Budget Is Key To Economic Survival" LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers: "TARP Contender Withdraws" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Obama: Budget, Recovery ‘Inseparable’" LINK

Politico’s Michael Calderone: "Obama Skips Major Papers: No NYT, WaPo, WSJ, USA Today" LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Obama Seeks Filter-Free News" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Laura Meckler: “Obama Defends Budget, Says Spending Will Pay Off” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon, Greg Hitt and Naftali Bendavid: “White House to Hunt for New Tax Revenues” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Kim Chipman: “Obama Defends Spending Plan, Tempers Criticism of Wall Street” LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer: “Obama’s ‘Persistent’ Presser: Message Accomplished” LINK

 

Time Magazine’s Bobby Gosh: “Where Will Obama Deliver His Speech to the Muslim World?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward and Steven Dinan: “Obama links budget to recovery” LINK

The Los Angeles’ Times’ Mark Silva: "Obama says budget is key to nation’s long-term health" LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "Dull Obama delivery during press conference fails to inspire" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Goodwin: "Obama failed to sell his budget plan to the American people" LINK

The Washington Posts’ Michael D. Shear and Scott Wilson: “President Points To Progress on Economic Efforts” LINK

The New York Time’s Peter Baker and Adam Nagourney: "In a Volatile Time, Obama Strikes a New Tone for Crisis" LINK

TREASURY SECRETARY TIMOTHY GEITHNER:

ABC News’ Matt Jaffe, Kate Barrett and Alice Gomstyn: "Obama Wants New Rules For Wall Street Now" LINK

USA Today’s Barbara Hagenbaugh: "Financial chiefs seek broader emergency powers" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon: “Treasury’s Top Candidate to Run TARP Drops Out” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt and Scott Lanman: “Geithner, Bernanke Seek to Plug Gaps in Financial Regulation” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kim Chipman and Julianna Goldman: “Obama, Bank Executives to Meet on Plan to Revive U.S. Economy” LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “Geithner seeks new takeover powers” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: "Obama administration uses AIG to make case for more regulatory power" LINK

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: "Geithner asks Congress for extraordinary powers" LINK

The New York Time’s Edmund L. Andrews and Eric Dash: "U.S. Plan Seeking Expanded Power in Seizing Firms" LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

USA Today’s On Deadline: "Obama, students phone space" LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Chris Hill is wrong choice for Iraq” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Race has been mere footnote in his presidency so far, Obama says" LINK

The Washington Posts’ Carrie Johnson: “Handling Of ‘State Secrets’ At Issue” LINK

FIRST FAMILY:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia: "Condoleezza Rice Appears on ‘The Tonight Show’" LINK

AIG:

ABC News’ David Chalian and Rick Klein: "Congresswoman Open to Obama Plan on Recouping AIG Bonus Money" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sudeep Reddy: “Tapping AIG Furor, Regulators Seek Power to Seize Nonbanks” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Drive to Tax AIG Bonuses Slows” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Today it’s AIG …” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: "Secretary of State Clinton heads to Mexico amid rising tensions over trucks, drugs" LINK

HEALTH:

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler and Vanessa Fuhrmans: “Insurers Offer to End Prices Tied to Illness” LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/JOBS:

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: "Bank of America Gets Bailout, but Will Consumers?" LINK

USA Today’s Marilyn Adams: "Global airlines may lose $5B; U.S. carriers have best forecast" LINK

USA Today’s Bruce Horovitz: "Struggling restaurant chains try cheap eats to lure diners" LINK

USA Today’s Sue Kirchhoff: "Farmers’ incomes dry up as milk prices plunge about 50%" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Annelena Lobb and Heidi N. Moore: “On Wall Street, Talk of Trust and Civil War” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus and Aaron Blake: "Specter Deals Heavy Blow To Card-Check" LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: "Coleman Won’t Rule Out Federal Appeal" LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: "Issue of AIG Bonuses Deflates In Senate As Executives Return Pay" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Kris Maher: “Key Senator Won’t Support Union Bill” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Cal Thomas: “Foreclose on Congress” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: "Labor Dealt Blow by GOP Senator’s Reversal" LINK

The Washington Posts’ Lori Montgomery: “Democrats Take Knife To Obama’s Budget” LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Green Organizations, Business Groups, See Gray Area On Salazar" LINK

MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS:

ABC News’ Brian Ross, Richard Esposito and Vic Walter: "Mexico: The Next Iraq or Afghanistan?" LINK

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: "U.S. tightens security at Mexico border" LINK

The Washington Posts’ Spencer S. Hsu and Joby Warrick: “U.S. Stepping Up Response to Mexican Drug Violence” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Conkey: “LaHood Pitches Mexico Truck Plan to Skeptical Lawmakers” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Josh Meyer: "White House unveils plan to fight drug cartels at border" LINK

The New York Time’s Marc Lacey Ginger Thompson: "Next Foreign Crisis Could Be Next Door" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Alan Gomez: "Military puts focus on epidemic of suicides" LINK

Bloomberg’s Li Yanping: “China ‘Super Currency’ Call Shows Dollar Concern, G-20 Ambition” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Boudreaux: "Israeli army rabbis criticized for stance on Gaza assault" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jia-Rui Chong: "Marines train to collect Iraq casualties" LINK

The New York Time’s Jane Perlez: "U.S. Weighs Sharif as Partner in Pakistan" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"QUICK FIX: JuJu Juggles Money Matters" LINK

"Obama: ‘No Quick Fixes’" LINK

"Jake Tapper Asks Obama About Budget Priorities" LINK

"Compton to Obama: ‘Color Blind Times?’" LINK

"George: Obama Looking to April" LINK

"Obama: We Will Recover" LINK

"Mexican Drug Wars Pose Terror Threat" LINK

"Bonus Bonehead?" LINK

"Paul Krugman on the Economy" LINK

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