The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, April 16, 2009

Apr 16, 2009 5:02am

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 AND TAXES:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Argument: Tax Day and Tea Parties" LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein and Kate Barrett: "Anti-Tax ‘Tea Parties’ Protest President Obama’s Tax and Spending Policies" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers: "The Taxman Cometh for the Obamas and Bidens As Well" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "President Obama Heralds Tax Cuts While Gibbs Tweaks Tea Party Protestors" LINK

USA Today’s Oren Dorell: "Thousands rally at ‘Tax Day Tea Parties’" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Bob Chamberlin: "Republicans Stage ‘Tea Party’ Protests Against Obama" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and John D. Mckinnon: “Obama Calls for Simpler Tax Code” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “First Couple Reports Income of $2.7 Million” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Obama earned $2.73 million in 2008, spent $47K on school" LINK

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “Obamas’ Earnings Stayed High in ‘08” LINK

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

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obamas Pay More Than $900,000 In Taxes" LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers: "5 Reasons Obama Sounds Optimistic" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and Michael Oneal: "Obama Says Changes Are Needed To Help Recovery Take Hold" LINK

Bloomberg’s Craig Torres: “U.S. Regulators to Detail Stress-Test Methods Ahead of Results” LINK

 

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Obama’s income decreased in 2008” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Amid protests, Obama defends tax record” LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Treasury banking on return of billions” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho: “Bank Test Results May Strain Limits Of Bailout Funding” LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum: “Lending By Bailout Recipients Falls Again” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Obama Administration Designates 3 Mexican Drug Cartels for Special Sanctions" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s David Luhnow in Mexico City and Laura Meckler in Washington: “Obama Puts Focus on Latin America” LINK

Time Magazine’s Iaon Grillo: “In Mexico’s Drug Wars, Obama’s Visit Promises Help” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Edgar Sandoval: "Families kept apart by U.S. Cuba policy cheer change" LINK

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu: “Obama Targets Mexican Cartels” LINK

The Washington Post’s Colum Lynch and Glenn Kessler: “U.S. Looks to Balance Response to N. Korea” LINK

PIRACY:

Newsweek Magazine’s: “Plugging the Gaps: Why the Navy can’t beat piracy, but the Coast Guard might” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Christopher Dickey: “How to Deal: It will take a lot more than SEALs and snipers to defend global shipping and American prestige. What Obama can learn from the French” LINK

The Washington Times’ Cal Thomas: “Obama deserves credit” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Sisk: “U.S. to seek armada of allies against piracy threat” LINK

BO, THE FIRST DOG:

ABC News’ Karen Travers: "Bo-Dacious: The Adventures of the First Dog, Part 2" LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Ferdous Al-Faruque: "Obama Ally: EPA Finding Will Boost Cap ‘n’ Trade" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez and Siobhan Gorman: “Portions of CIA Memos Expected to Be Released” LINK

Time Magazine’s Gilbert Cruz: “Alan Bersin: Obama’s "Border Czar"”  LINK

The Washington Times’ Audrey Hudson and Eli Lake: “Napolitano stands by ‘rightwing extremism’ report” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Scared of veterans” LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/JOBS:

The Associated Press: "Number of Homes Threatened with Foreclosure Rose Sharply" LINK

ABC News’ Steve Osunsami and Harvey Goldberg: "School 2.0: Kids Go Online to Learn" LINK

USA Today’s Stephanie Armour: "Foreclosures 46% higher in March than a year ago" LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: "Open house, anyone? 1 in 9 homes sit empty" LINK

USA Today’s David J. Lynch: "China buys less U.S. debt as reserve growth slows" LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: "Treasury: China Not Manipulating Currency" LINK

DEFENSE BUDGET:

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Spiegel: “Gates Takes On Pentagon” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

ABC News’ Tahman Bradley: "Clinton Slashes Campaign Debt in Half" LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: "Hillary Took In $5.6M In 1st Quarter" LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Greg Miller: "Right-Wing Extremists Seen As a Threat" LINK

The Washington Post’s Keith Richburg: “GOP Challenges Gillibrand’s Ballot in Race to Fill Her House Seat” LINK

CONGRESS:

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: "Congressional rematch in Pa. no GOP party" LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: "New Ethics Panel Starts 10 Lawmaker Probes" LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar: "Minn. Senate Flashpoint: The Judges" LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Lichtblau and James Risen: “N.S.A’s Intercepts Exceed Limits Set by Congress” LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “Challenger to Spector From Right of His Party” LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: “Vote in Doubt as New Hampshire Senate Takes Up Gay Marriage” LINK

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER:

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Holder: Limits To Openness" LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

USA Today’s Peter Eisler: "Government challenges firms to build better batteries" LINK

GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN:

The Washington Times’ Andrea Billups: “Palin family dramas shake political clout” LINK

The New York Times’ William Yardley: “For Gov. Palin, a Rough Return to the Day Job” LINK

MEXICO:

ABC News’ Terry Moran: "Mexican President Vows to Win Drug War" LINK

USA Today’s Chris Hawley: "Mexico focused on guns, guns, guns" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: "Internet engaged people in ’08 election, survey shows" LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: "Hispanic groups call for Census boycott" LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “Lawmaker Reviews His Campaigns Amid Donations Flap” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Anti-Tax ‘Tea Parties’" LINK

"’Tea Parties’ Attack Taxes" LINK

"Tapper on Obama’s Economic Reality" LINK

"Clinton: We Must Act ‘Swiftly’ to Combat Piracy" LINK

"Obama Says Taxes Too Taxing" LINK

"Calderon: Border Fence is Unfriendly" LINK

"Struggling to Pay Uncle Sam" LINK

 

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