The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, April 17, 2009

Apr 17, 2009 5:07am

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, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE ECONOMY, THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND THE STIMULUS:

USA Today’s Dennis Cauchon: "Budget crunches sharpen political differences in state tax fights" LINK

The Washington Post’s Nancy Trejos and Binyamin Appelbaum: “Card Issuers Face New Scrutiny” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rebecca Christie: “U.S. May Retain Grip on Banks With Warrants After Share Buyback” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Celeste Katz: “Tea party demonstrators wail that Obama’s tax plan is too steep” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

USA Today’s Chris Hawley: "Obama doesn’t budge on key policy issues with Mexico" LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane: “Interrogation Memos Detail Harsh Tactics by the C.I.A” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “In Mexico, Obama Seeks Curbs on Arms Sales” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “For Obama, Calderon, a meeting of Minds” LINK

Richard Sisk and Larry McShane: “Obama stands with Mexico in fight against drug cartels” LINK

The Hill’s Bridget Johnson: "U.S. Pledges $1 billion ‘Down Payment’ to Pakistan" LINK

Politico’s Carole E. Lee: "No Obama-Chavez Meeting in Trinidad" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas and Tracy Wilkinson: "Obama Pledges Help in Mexico’s War on Drug Lords, with an Exception" LINK

 

CIA INTERROGATORS / TORTURE MEMOS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "White House Responds to GOP Criticism: Releasing Memos on Enhanced Interrogation Policies Doesn’t Make Us Less Safe — the Policies Do" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Bond: Released Torture Memos Will Provide ‘Propaganda for Al Qaeda’s Media Machine’" LINK

ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: "DOJ Releases Controversial Torture Memos" LINK

The Associated Press’ Jennifer Loven and Devlin Barrett: "No Charges Against CIA Officials for Waterboarding" LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and Peter Eisler: "Obama: CIA interrogators won’t face charges" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman and Evan Perez: “CIA Memos Released; Immunity for Harsh Tactics” LINK

Bloomberg’s Justin Blum: “Obama Says U.S. Terror Memos Expose ‘Dark and Painful Chapter’” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Obama releases memos detailing interrogations” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Almost Illegal: CIA Plans that Made even Bush DOJ Lawyers Queasy" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Obama: Memo Release a Weighty Decision" LINK

PIRACY:

Boston Herald Op-Ed: “How priceless would be the purging of piracy” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Karen Travers, Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller: "Obama: Weapons Ban ‘Made Sense,’ Tough to Reinstate" LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: "WH: No Religious Cover-up at Georgetown" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama Suggests Pushing for "Assault Weapon" Ban Not In the Cards" LINK

USA Today’s Aamer Madhani: "Battalion sent to Afghanistan after 2 weeks in Iraq" LINK

The Associated Press’ Eric Gorski: "Obama faces tricky pick for U.S. ambassador to Vatican" LINK

The New York Times’ Danny Hakim and Louise Story: “Obama Adviser Said to Be Tied to Pension Deal” LINK

The New York Times’ Brian Knowlton: “Obama Seeks High-Speed Rail System Across U.S.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Lattman and Craig Karmin: “Rattner Involved in Inquiry on Fees” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Conkey and Alex Roth: “U.S. Commits $13 Billion to Aid High-Speed Rail” LINK

Boston Globe’s Political Notebook: “Obama: high-speed rail is just the ticket” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “U.S. Pushes for U.N. Censure of Iran, Syria on Arms” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Smearing veterans” LINK

The Washington Times’ Audrey Hudson: “Homeland issued ‘extremism’ report despite warnings” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: “Bam puts high-speed trains on the fast track” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngmanz: "Obama: ‘I have Not Backed off’ on Assault Weapons Ban" LINK

The Hill’s Michael Sandler: "Dean, Emanuel Bury the Hatchet" LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/JOBS:

ABC News’ Ned Potter: "Fighting Foreclosure: Filings Surged in March but There’s Free Help" LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: "General Motors considers fates of GMC, Pontiac" LINK

DEFENSE BUDGET:

The Los Angeles Times’ T. Christian Miller and Doug Smith: "Injured War Zone Contractors Fight to Get Care" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: "Gates Hints at Changes to Ban on Gays in Military" LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

Time Magazine: “Clinton’s Campaign Debt: Should Mark Penn Get Paid?” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Associated Press’ Eileen Sullivan: "DHS Issued Report on Extremism Despite Concerns" LINK

The Washington Times’ S.A. Miller: “Democrats pull ahead in money race” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “Financial Crisis Must Be Probed, Pelosi Says” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s T.W. Farnam and Brody Mullins: “House Members Report Funding Drop” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: "Dems, Banks Work to Limit Cramdown Bill" LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Hughes and Lauren Etter: “EPA Considers Higher Ethanol Mix” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Rebecca Cole: "Grants for national smart grid announced" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ben Meyerson and Richard Simon: "Obama wants to get moving on high-speed rail" LINK

GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN:

ABC News’ Rick Klein and David Chalian: "Mark McKinnon: Palin Gets ‘Passing Grade — But Just Barely’" LINK

FORMER BUSH ADMINISTRATION:

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima: “Role of Bush NSA Plan Under Review” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “New Liberal Jewish Lobby Quickly Makes Its Mark” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Cam Simpson and Gary Fields: “Veterans a Focus of FBI Extremist Probe” LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: "LaHood, Jarrett Reach Out to Arab-Americans" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"George Sounds off on Terror Docs" LINK

"Terror Interrogation Docs Released" LINK

"Jake Tapper on Obama in Mexico" LINK

"Obama Pledges to Fight Drug Cartels" LINK

"A Different Kind of Unemployment Line" LINK

"Kimmel: Obama’s Bootleg Bushism" LINK

 

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