The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Apr 29, 2009 4:54am

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, JAYCE HENDERSON, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: "Small border crossings to get big share of funds" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Thomas H. Maugh II: “Schwarzenegger, Obama boost efforts against swine flu” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt and Rebecca Christie: “Fed Is Said to Seek Capital for at Least Six Banks After Tests” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE SWINE FLU:

USA Today’s Martha T. Moore: "U.S. health officials: Swine flu to spread" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Thomas H. Maugh II: "Schwarzenegger, Obama boost efforts against swine flu" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Shari Roan and Karen Kaplan: "Decisions surround swine flu vaccine" LINK

Politico’s Andie Coller: "Dems put swine flu to good use" LINK

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

Politico’s Glenn Thursh: "Pelosi explains interrogation briefing" LINK

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

The New York Times’ Neil Lewis: “Official Defends Signing Interrogation Memos” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “Obama Defends Afghanistan Strategy to House Progressives” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FIRST 100 DAYS / ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Rick Klein and Jonathan Karl: "Annals of Opposition: 11 Republican Party Moments to Mark Obama’s First 100 Days" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Reform Groups Give President Good Marks on 100 Days" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “So Far, Obama Remains Popular With Public” LINK

Bloomberg’s Edwin Chen and Julianna Goldman: “Obama May Get ‘Hands a Little Dirtier’ Pushing Campaign Agenda” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Jonah Goldberg: “Divided we still stand” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Roger Simon: “Hyperactive 100 days leaves us breathless” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: “Obama has not come to New York as President; has visited 10 states” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: “Obama’s shots connect as UConn women visit White House LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Howard Fineman : “Now, The Hard Part: For Obama, the next 100 days could be the real test” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Ben Adler: “Pleasing Generation O: In his first 100 days, President Obama has taken steps to fulfill campaign promises to young Americans” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Frenetic pace maintained for Obama’s first 100 days”  LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “President’s agenda as agent of change” LINK

Armstrong Williams for the Washington Times: “Obama’s first 100 days: Beliefs vs. convictions” LINK

AUTO INDUSTRY:

Bloomberg’s Mike Ramsey: “Chrysler Bankruptcy Uncertain a Day Before Task Force Deadline” LINK

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg, Peter Baker, and Bill Vlasic: “Obama’s Stand in Auto Crisis Shows Early Resolve” LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/JOBS:

ABC News Analysis by Gary Langer: "Hopes for Economy’s Future Don’t Ease Pain of Job Losses and Pay Cuts" LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Jayson: "Financial failure can shatter illusions of success" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ben Meyerson and Scott Reckard: "U.S. expanding foreclosure prevention plan" LINK

Time Magazine’s Barbara Kiviat: “Feds Offer More help For Troubled Homeowners” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Procedural Control of Senate Hinges on Minnesota” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

The Wall Street Journal’s John R. Emshwiller and T.W. Farnam: “Access to List of Clinton Backers Is Sold” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: "Dems keep grass-roots movement alive" LINK

The Washington Times’ Ralph Z. Hallow: “Spending fight splits RNC” LINK

SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Specter Kisses GOP Goodbye" LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf and Jonathan Karl: "Specter: ‘Prospects for Winning a Republican Primary Are Bleak’" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Biden Has Been Lobbying Specter to Switch Parties — for Five Years" LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Specter’s Political Bombshell" LINK

ABC’s The World Newser: "Other Senators Who’ve Switched Teams" LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page, Ken Dilanian and John Fritze: "Specter joining Dems; shifts Senate" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook and James Oliphant: "Specter’s defection changes Senate game" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Wallsten: "Some Democrats skeptical of Specter’s party switch" LINK

Politico’s John F. Harris and Jim Vandehei: "GOP is Specter of its old self" LINK

Politico’s Martin Kady II and John Bresnahan: "Specter: I’m not an automatic 60th vote" LINK

Politico’s Blog by Ben Smith: "Specter proposed party switch rule" LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: "Biden spoke with Specter 14 times" LINK

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

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Susan Davis: “GOP Confronts Its Future Viability” LINK

Bloomberg’s Heidi Przybyla: “Specter Defection Fuels Trend of Republicans as Party of South” LINK

Boston Globe’s Sasha Issenberg: “Senator Specter bolts GOP” LINK

Boston Globe’s Alan Wirzbicki: “In Northeast, Specter switch is another hit to GOP’s onetime heartland” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Defection reshapes Senate” LINK

The Hill’s Michael O’Brien: “Bloggers: Right furious, left wary and doubtful” LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: “Snowe, Collins warn the party it must wake up” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook and James Oliphant: “Specter’s defection from GOP changes the Senate game” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Pennsylvania Senator Specter to switch parties and become a Democrat" LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and Adam Nagourney: “Specter Joins Democrats; Senate Count May Reach 60” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: “How the White House Learned of Specter’s Decision” LINK

Pat Toomey for the Washington Times: “Arlen Specter’s betrayal” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan and Sean Lengell: “Specter leaves GOP to run as Democrat for ’10” LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael  Grunwald: “Why Senator Specter Switched Parties — Really” LINK

Time Magazine’s Massimo Calabresi and Jay Newton Small: “GOP Senator Specter’s Party Switch Gives Obama a 100-Day Gift” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Eleanor Clift: “The Keystone CauseSpecter’s partisan switch was made in Pennsylvania” LINK

NEW YORK PHOTO-OP / PLANE FLYOVER INCIDENT:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Scare Force One — Another Look" LINK

Bloomberg’s Roger Runningen and Tony Capaccio: “Obama Orders Review of $329,000 Air Force Flight Over New York” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage: "Supreme Court upholds regulation of ‘indecent’ language on TV" LINK

The New York Times’ Monica Davey: “Illinois Panel Calls for Wide Political Changes” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"George on Specter: It Was His ‘Only Choice’" LINK

"100 Days of Settling In" LINK

"Graduating in a Recession" LINK

"Pennsylvania’s Side-Switching Senator" LINK

"Sen. Arlen Specter Leaves the GOP" LINK

"Containing the Swine Flu Outbreak" LINK

"Obama Causes Fainting Spell at FBI" LINK

 

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