The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, April 30, 2009

Apr 30, 2009 4:48am

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, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CARRIE HALPERIN, JAYCE HENDERSON, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: "Congress Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget" LINK

The Boston Globe Wire Services: “Congress passes president’s budget plan” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "Obama Budget Approved On Party-Line Votes" LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: "Budget Plan Boosts Health Care" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook: "Congress’ Budget Shorts Obama Plans To Shift Wealth" LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “Budget Passes but Critics Say the Deficit Is in the Details” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE H1N1 / SWINE FLU:

ABC News’ Dan Childs, Ammu Kannampilly and Stephen Splane: "Pandemic ‘Imminent’: WHO Raises Swine Flu Pandemic Alert Level to 5" LINK

USA Today’s Donna Leinwand: "States, hospitals roll out emergency plans" LINK

USA Today’s Rita Rubin: "Feds drop ‘swine flu,’ for ‘H1N1 flu’" LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Kristin Jensen: “Obama Says U.S. Taking ‘Utmost Precautions’ on Flu” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: "Reps: Please Do Not Call It the Swine Flu" LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Swine Flu Gives Napolitano Second Chance" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE C.I.A. PROSECUTION and INTERROGATION TECHNIQUES:

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson: “Judge Invited to Testify About Role in Interrogation Memos” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Sen. Kit Bond, top GOPer on Intelligence Committee – torture pics threaten U.S." LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: "House requests constraints on Pakistan bill" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Nada Raad: “U.S. Plans New Talks With Syria” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “U.S. Takes Dutch Military as Role Model in Afghan Operation” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Kim Chipman: “Obama Says Pakistan’s Government Is ‘Very Fragile’” LINK

The Washington Times’ Nicholas Kralev: “U.S. warms to global court” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper and Jeff Zeleny: “Obama Gravely Concerned About Pakistan” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FIRST 100 DAYS / ADMINISTRATION:

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ABC News’ Karen Travers and David Chalian: "Obama Provides a Glimpse at His Perspective on the Presidency" LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: "President Obama Reaches 100th Day" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Obama’s Press Conference" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "’Shock and Awe’" LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page and Richard Wolf: "President Obama ‘humbled’ by limits of job" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler and Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Aims for Fast Private Sector Exit” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Amy Schatz: “Mignon Clyburn Nominated to FCC” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Susan Milligan: “100 days in, Obama warns of work to do” LINK

Boston Globe Staff: “Poll: Obama’s popularity outshines policies” LINK

Boston Globe Editorial: “Burma needs Obama’s help” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Michael Isikoff: “The Next Minefield: On national security, Obama’s task will get even tougher” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Obama looks back in anger” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obama defends bailouts, interrogation memos release" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Obama: ‘We’re Off to a Good Start" LINK

Politico’s Roger Simon: "Obama Ages Well" LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: "Obama: ‘I’m Not A Miracle Worker’" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons: "Obama Injects Message Of Hope Into 100-Day Speech" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Wallsten and Greg Miller: "Obama Gives Nuanced Defense Of His Stance On Torture" LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear, Michael Fletcher and Scott Wilson: “Obama Emphasizes Sharp Departures from Bush Policies” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet and Michael Mcauliff: "Obama gripes about multiple crises during prime-time press conference" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Obama lauds newest Dem. Specter as ‘one tough hombre’" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Huff: "Obama gets no love from Fox and that’s just fine" LINK

AUTO INDUSTRY:

The Associated Press’ Tom Krisher and Ben Feller: "Chrysler Heading For Bankruptcy?" LINK

The Associated Press’ Stephen Manning: "Will GM Become `Government Motors’?" LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: "U.S. auto sales may have hit bottom, some experts say" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alex P. Kellogg: “Chrysler Workers Urge Obama to Support Ownership Push” LINK

Bloomberg’s Mike Ramsey and Christopher Scinta: “Obama Pushes Chrysler-Fiat Deal as Bankruptcy Is Said to Loom” LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/JOBS:

ABC News’ Russell Goldman: "BoA Ousts Ken Lewis as Chairman, Keeps Him as CEO" LINK

ABC News’ Scott Mayerowitz: "Food Stamps Create Jobs… in India" LINK

The Associated Press’ Jeannine Aversa: "Fed Sees Signs Recession May Be Easing" LINK

USA Today’s Stephanie Armour: "First-time buyers find deals, help perk up house sales" LINK

USA Today’s Greg Latshaw: "Cash-strapped schools cancel field trips" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson: “’Cramdown’ Lacks Votes” LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Signs point to bottoming of recession” LINK

Politico’s Harry Siegel: "Chrysler Bankruptcy Appears Imminent" LINK

CONGRESS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin: “Tough Call Looms for Minnesota Governor” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Andy Pasztor: “Budget Authorizes $2.5 Billion for NASA Shuttle Fleet” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Medicare System Overhaul Proposed by Two Senators” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: "Jeb and Mitt Team Up to Rebrand GOP" LINK

The Washington Times’ Nicholas Kralev: “U.S. warms to global court” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney and David Herszanhorn: “G.O.P. Debate: A Broader Party or a Purer One?” LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “Reaction to Specter’s Move Is Divided by Party” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “On First Day as Democrat, Specter (Again) Bucks His Party” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “RNC Move Seen as Bid To Rein In Chairman” LINK

SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "Sen. Gregg: Specter Switch Means ‘No Checks and Balances’" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Greg Hitt: “Senator Defects to Democrats” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Margaret Carlson: “Specter Zaps Republicans With Single Bullet” LINK

Boston Globe Staff: “Obama welcomes new ally in Senate” LINK

Boston Globe Op-Ed by Guian A. McKee: “Arlen Specter seizes the day – again” LINK

Time Magazine’s Karen Tumulty and Jay Newton-Small: “Where Specter’s Big Switch Leaves the Senate” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "Top Dems Rebel on Specter" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: "Republicans Debate Impact Of Sen. Arlen Specter’s Defection" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Thomas DeFrank: "Specter’s move to Dems a symbolic plus for Obama" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook: "New gear puts snipers in check in Iraq" LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer: “So Why Does Air Force One Need Publicity, Anyway?” LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: “New Hampshire Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joe Davidson: “OPM Chief Thinks Telecommuting Has a Nice Ring to it” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Tapper on Obama’s 100th Day" LINK

"President Obama Addresses Torture" LINK

"Emanuel: Obama Is Natural As President" LINK

"Obama on 100 Days: ‘Pleased,’ But ‘Not Satisfied’" LINK

"Chrysler Bankruptcy Deadline Looms" LINK

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