The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Apr 14, 2009 4:50am

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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TAXES:

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe: "The Tax Man Cometh: IRS Commish Emphasizes Crack Down and Compassion" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM AND THE STIMULUS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Oneal and Richard Simon: "Highway projects ‘ahead of schedule and under budget,’ Obama says" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Silva: "Poll shows 71% trust Obama to fix the economy" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon: “Bank Vet Pegged to Run Bailout” LINK

Bloomberg’s Linda Sandler, Rebecca Christie and Jeff Green: “Obama Auto Team Considers Swapping Loans to GM for Equity Stake” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Fareed Zakaria: “Is Robert Gates A Genius?”” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Pae and Alana Semuels: "Loosening of Cuba embargo could mean huge possibilities for U.S. businesses" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Writers: "Obama eases Cuba curbs for families" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Silva and Tracy Wilkinson: "Obama allows unlimited travel to Cuba by relatives" LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Damien Cave: “Obama Opens Door to Cuba, but Only a Crack” LINK

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus: “Report Urges Updating of Nuclear Weapons Policy” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler and Amy Schatz: “U.S. Eases Firms’ Access to Cuba” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Economy, Cartels On Obama’s Latin America Agenda" LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Obama removes barriers to Cuba” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PIRACY:

The Wall Street Journal’s Chip Cummins and John W. Miller: “Rescue at Sea Sparks Calls for Firepower” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Spiegel: “Gates Says Somalia Government Is Key to Problem” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jeff Bliss and Ed Johnson: “Obama Pledges International Crackdown on Rising Somali Piracy” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender: “US weighs tough action on pirates” LINK

The Hill’s  Sam Youngman: "White House Defends Obama’s Silence In Pirate Ordeal" LINK

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND BO (THE FIRST DOG):

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Did Obama Break a Pledge to Adopt a Rescue Dog?" LINK

ABC News’ Del Jones: "Dog-loving CEOs have a few tips for the Obamas and Bo" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Trine Tsouderos: "Portuguese water dogs play key role in genetics research" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Joe Dziemianowicz: "Show Bo who’s the boss, ‘Dog Whisperer tells President Obama" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HEALTH CARE:

The Wall Street Journal’s Jane Zhang: “Push to Compare Treatments Worries Drug, Device Makers” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Why Is This White House Easter Egg Roll Different From All Other White House Easter Egg Rolls?" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Legal Left Cools Toward Obama" LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: "Obama Boosts Anti-Abortion Efforts" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Staff: “Obama gets the eggs rolling" LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/JOBS:

ABC News’ Alice Gomstyn: "Credit Card, Bank Fee Hikes Spark Outrage" LINK

ABC News’ Scott Mayerowitz: "Obama’s Immigration Plans and Your Job Security in the Recession" LINK

ABC News’ Elisabeth Leamy: "Crooks Trick Your Caller ID for Identity Theft" LINK

Reuters: "GM Told to Prep for Bankruptcy Filing: Report" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Stuart Pfeifer: "Investment firm targeted Latinos in Ponzi scheme, SEC alleges" LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Times’ Ralph Z. Hallow: “Steele slams ‘arrogant’ Obama in RNC letter” Steele slams ‘arrogant’ Obama in RNC letter" LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Jonathan Alter: “Let’s Get Ready To Reconcile!” LINK

GOVERNOR PALIN:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Ferdous Al-Faruque: "Palin Slammed for Out-of-State Trip" LINK

GEORGE W. BUSH:

The Boston Globe’s Peter S. Canellos: “National Perspective: Bush’s high road highlights contrasts with Cheney” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Associated Press’ Brian Bakst: "Minn. Court Declares Franken Leading Vote-Getter" LINK

Bloomberg’s Christopher Stern and Beth Hawkins: “Franken Won U.S. Senate Race in Minnesota, Court Says”

The Wall Street Journal’s Mark Peters: “White House Seeks Bill on Climate by December” LINK

PAKISTAN:

The Hill’s  Bridget Johnson: "Pakistan Warns Kerry Not To Attach Strings To Aid" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News Nightline: "Paying for a Border Drug War" LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Ferdous Al-Faruque: "Bloomberg Pushes Virginia to Close ‘Gun-Show Loophole’" LINK

The Associated Press: "China Releases First Human Rights Action Plan" LINK

USA Today’s Dan Vergano: "Al Gore on board for $20M stem cell venture" LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: "Report: U.N. spent U.S. funds on shoddy projects" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Patrick McGreevy: "Political donations are ‘staggering,’ thanks to legal loopholes, report says" LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “In Minnesota, Another Blow to Coleman” LINK

The Hill’s  Aaron Blake: "Coleman Loses; Case Set For State Supreme Court" LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: "3 Judge Panel Declares Franken Winner" LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar: "The Battle Over The Absentee Ballots" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: "Somali terrorists fire mortars at New Jersey Congressman’s plane" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Stimulus Package in Action" LINK

"Jake Tapper: Fun at the White House" LINK

"White House Easter Egg Roll" LINK

"Roundtable: ‘First Puppy’ Bo Obama" LINK

"Obama Highlights Stimulus Milestone" LINK

"Fergie Kicks Off White House Easter Event" LINK

"Obama Highlights Stimulus Milestone" LINK

 

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