The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Apr 22, 2009 5:05am

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

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

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe and Charlie Herman: "Geithner Defends TARP as Banks Lend Less" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta and Deborah Solomon: “Financial Firms Lobby to Cut Cost of TARP Exit” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt and Rebecca Christie: “Banks May Get Mix of U.S. Stock Conversions, Private Funding” LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Treasury counts on banks to repay” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: “Treasury Secretary Geithner defends bank rescue program” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Daly: “U.S. needs to replace greed with good deeds” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Associated Press’ Will Weissert: "Fidel Castro: Obama ‘Misinterpreted’ Raul’s Words" LINK

USA Today’s Kevin Johnson: "Former U.S. officers to train Mexican police in cartel fight" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “Obama Extends Hand to Mideast” LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: "Senate confirms Hill as Iraq ambassador" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: "Obama Invites Israeli, Egyptian And Palestinian Leaders For Talks" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Helen Kennedy: “Reporter in Iran is no spy Obama says” LINK

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

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama’s Remarks on Possible Prosecution Please Democrats, Anger Republicans" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "DNI Blair Suggests the Bush Interrogation Policies Worked" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama Discusses Possible Prosecution of Bush Administration Officials" LINK

The New York Times’ Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti: “In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Their Past Use” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama Won’t Bar Inquiry, or Penalty, on Interrogations” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick and Peer Finn: “Harsh Tactics Readied Before Their Approval” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher and Perry Bacon Jr.: “Obama Open to Prosecuting Bush Officials over Abuse” LINK

The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock: “European Nations May Investigate Bush Officials Over Prisoner Treatment” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick: “Intelligence Chief Says Methods Hurt U.S.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Interrogation Views Spread With Help of Bush Aides” LINK

Boston Herald editorial staff: “Confusion reigns” LINK

Time Magazine’s Bobby Ghosh: “Report Details Pentagon Role in Torture Tactics” LINK

The New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: “Obama tells CIA not to worry about terror memo releases” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The Associated Press’ Andrew W. Selsky: "Senator McConnell Blasts Plan to Close Guantanamo" LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: "Administration’s foreign policy includes heavy dose of humility" LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Obama Signs Volunteer Bill With Nod to Kennedy Era” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “White House Adviser Leaves to Work for Commerce Chief” LINK

The Washington Post’s Spencer S. Hsu: “A Pentagon Cyber-Command Is in the Works” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “Panel Backs Sebelius for Health Post” LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer: “Civil-Liberties Advocates Dismayed By Obama’s Recent Moves” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "Obama Rekindles Debate Over Truth Commission" LINK

Politico’s David S. Cloud: "Budgets Fall Short Of Obama’s Mandate" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Rebecca Cole: "Obama Signs Bill Expanding National Service Programs" LINK

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller: "Presidential Planting – WJC and BHO Dig In" LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: "Carmakers Show Off Experimental Cars In Advance of Earth Day" LINK

ABC News’ Brian Ross and Joseph Rhee: "RFK Jr. Blasts Obama as ‘Indentured Servant’ to Coal Industry" LINK

USA Today’s Elizabeth Weise: "Eating can be energy-efficient, too" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power: “EPA Previews Carbon Caps’ Impact” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor: "Pelosi: Climate Bill Will Pass In House" LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer: "GOP Grapples With Climate Confusion" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley: "Offshore Wind Turbines Get Further Boost From Obama Administration" LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies: "Michelle Obama: First Lady of Comic Books" LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/JOBS:

ABC News’ Thea Trachtenberg, Mariecar Frias and Lee Ferran: "Financial Woes Moves Couple to Different States" LINK

ABC News’ Scott Mayerowtiz: "Car Shopping Made Female Friendly" LINK

The Associated Press’ Travis Reed: "Fla. County Declares Emergency Over Economy" LINK

USA Today’s Jeanette Der Bedrosian: "Public universities predict hefty tuition hikes" LINK

CONGRESS:

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: "Door still revolving between Capitol, lobbyists" LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “At Hill Hearing, IGs Seek More Powers and Staffing to Oversee Contracting” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Spiegel, Siobhan Gorman and Evan Perez: “Harman Seeks Release of Transcripts” LINK

The Washington Times’ Amanda Debeard: “Lobbyists see profit in ‘going green’” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan and Susan Crabtree: "Harman Fires Back On Audiotape" LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: "Senate Panel Blames Bush Officials for Torture Policy" LINK

WAR IN AFGHANISTAN:

Politico’s David Rogers: "Pentagon Preps For Years In Afghanistan" LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “Parties running close in early fundraising” LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: "Intraparty Trade War Brews" LINK

SOMALI PIRATES:

The Washington Times’ Bill Gertz: “Obama OK’d 2 SEAL teams for pirates” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

The Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage: "Supreme Court Scales Back Police Right to Search Cars" LINK

DICK CHENEY:

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: "Cheney: Memos Released for Dems" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The New York Times’ Neil Lewis and Eric Lichtblau: “Lawmaker Denies Effort for Lobbyists” LINK

The New York Times’ John Schwartz and Charlie Savage: “Review of Governor’s Conviction Sought” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jeffrey Smith, Walter Pincus and Jerry Markon: “U.S. Might Not try Pro-Israel Lobbyists” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Hollywood vs. Rush Limbaugh” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Jake Tapper on Torture Prosecutions" LINK

"Obama Signs Kennedy Service Bill" LINK

"Treasury Has Billions Left to Dole Out" LINK

"Obama Shifts on Torture Prosecutions" LINK

"Obama’s Call to Service" LINK

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