The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Apr 8, 2009 4:58am

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 FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND THE STIMULUS:

ABC News’ Charles Herman and Alice Gomstyn: "Financial Crisis ‘Far From Over,’ Panel Says" LINK

USA Today’s Brad Heath: "Housing agencies faulted in audits to get $300M of stimulus" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Marc Lifsher: "California to use $415 million from stimulus to aid the unemployed" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "President Obama’s First Overseas Trip" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman In Istanbul and Yochi J. Dreazen In Washington: “In Iraq, Obama Pushes for Political Solutions” LINK

Time Magazine’s Bobby Ghosh: “Obama’s Visit to Iraq: A Page from Bush’s Playbook” >LINK

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The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Obama presses leaders in Baghdad visit” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Obama sells America to Turkish youth” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Staff: "Turkey dismisses reports of Obama assassination plot" LINK

The New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers and Helene Cooper: "In Baghdad, Obama Presses Iraqi Leader to Unite Factions" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS SURPRISE VISIT TO BAGHDAD:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Sunlen Miller and Karen Travers: "Troops in Baghdad Cheer President Obama’s Surprise Visit" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama’s Surprise Visit to Iraq" LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and Aamer Madhani: "Obama praises troops for progress in Iraq" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ned Parker and Christi Parsons: "Obama, in a visit to Iraq, stresses transition of control" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "’Obama makes unannounced visit to Iraq at end of first overseas trip" LINK

DEFENSE BUDGET:

The Wall Street Journal’s August Cole: “Fight Over F-22′s Future to Test Defense Overhaul” LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: "On Defense Cuts, Obama Holds Cards" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "A Note from the Front" LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Karen Travers: "Biden: Cheney is "Dead Wrong" on Obama Foreign Policies" LINK

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Your Take on Chia Obama?" LINK

The Associated Press: "U.S. to buy spy satellites, use more pics from private sector" LINK

USA Today’s Steve Sternberg: "Obama administration putting AIDS ‘back on nation’s radar’" LINK

USA Today’s Bill Keveney: "Kal Penn hangs up ‘House’ coat for government job" LINK

The Associated Press’ Eric Gorski: "Obama brings rivals to faith-based advisory panel" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas and Mike Dorning: "Obama’s travels may give voters jet lag" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: "Biden warns Israel off any attack on Iran" LINK

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols and Edwin Chen: “Obama Ends Trip Pledging ‘New Chapter’ of Global Engagement’’ LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "0bama Strengthened for Domestic Battles" LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: "Helen Thomas: Obama Plays it Safe" LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/JOBS:

USA Today’s Judy Keen: "After layoffs, many workers go back to school" LINK

USA Today’s Barbara Hagenbaugh: "CEOs expect more job cuts through year’s end" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Roger Vincent: "Apartment rents fall in Southern California" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Hugo Martin: "Hawaii, suffering tourism drop, appeals to Obama" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Lingling Wei: “Real-Estate Industry Pushes Fed to Lengthen TALF Terms” LINK

Bloomberg’s Scott Lanman and Sarah Mulholland: “Fed Sees 64% Drop in Requests for TALF Loans as Investors Balk” LINK

Time Magazine’s John Curran: “Is the Stock Market Headed Back Down?” LINK

The New York Times’ Don Van NattaJr.: "Firm Acted as Tutor in Selling Towns Risky Deals" LINK

CONGRESS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Latest Tally Extends Franken’s Lead” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt: “Congressional Panel Suggests Firing Managers, Liquidating Banks” LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: "Stevens Redeemed, Prosecution Probed" LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: "Earmarks: Online Hide and Go Seek" LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "House and Senate Face $8 billion Gap Over Budget Plans " LINK

The Hill’s Jordy Yager: "Schumer Wants States Sued Over Voter Registration" LINK

FORMER SENATOR TED STEVENS:

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: "Former Sen. Ted Stevens’ prosecutors face criminal investigation" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “Judge Orders Probe of Prosecutors” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Associated Press’ Gillian Gaynair: "White House Invites Gay Families to Easter Event" LINK

The Associated Press’ Don Babwin: "What’s Behind Door Number Number One?" LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: "Push for digital health records sparks debate" LINK

The Washington Times’: “D.C. to recognize state gay marriages” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan: "DOJ Mistakes May Hinder Other Cases" LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: "With Victories, Gay Rights Groups Expand Marriage Push" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Obama Praises Troops in Iraq" LINK

"George: Obama Passed International ‘Test’" LINK

"Michelle Obama Enters House of Wax" LINK

"Obama Lands in Baghdad" LINK

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