The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Apr 15, 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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TAXES:

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon and Ian Swanson: "Obama’s Tax Reckoning" LINK

USA Today’s Sandra Block: "Economic downturn has more taxpayers doing their own taxes" LINK

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

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Economic Progress Report" LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "LaHood: Stimulus Jobs Will be Sustainable — if Congress Acts" LINK

The Associated Press’ Liz Sidoti: "Obama Tempers Optimism With Reality on Economy" LINK

USA Today’s Pallavi Gogoi and Barbara Hagenbaugh: "Goldman Sachs to return $10B of bailout money" LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: "Chrysler’s debt could derail Fiat deal, bailout funds" LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: "Recession far from over, Obama says" LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers: "Obama: Signs Of Economic Progress" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Seeing ‘Progress,’ President Offers Vision of Lasting Recovery” LINK

The Washington Times’ Editorial Staff: “Obama’s code of secrecy” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Walter Alarkon and J. Taylor Rushing: "Obama Says Changes are Needed to Help Recovery Take Hold" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger and Ralph Vartabedian: "At Tax time, cases like Geithner’s raise pointed questions" LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger and Eric Dash: “U.S. Planning to Reveal Data on Health of Top Banks” LINK

 

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin and Ylan Mui: “Obama: Economy Gaining Traction” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho and Binyamin Appelbaum: “Ahead of Stress Test Results, Banks Balk at More Federal Aid” LINK

The Washington Post’s Frank Ahrens: “Bernanke Presses Financial Literacy for Minorities” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: "Obama: ‘There are signs of progress, but more hard times ahead’" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Associated Press: "Obama’s trip to mark 30th U.S. presidential visit to Mexico" LINK

Politico’s David S. Cloud: "North Korea: What About Us?" LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Peter Brookes: “Let’s take it slow on overtures to Cuba” LINK

Boston Globe Editorial: “Cuba, sí! Embargo, no!’” LINK

The Washington Post’s William Booth and Scott Wilson: “Obama Prepares For Mexico Talks On Drug Trade” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: “Obama eases restrictions on travel to Cuba” LINK

BO, THE FIRST DOG:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: "White House Unveils Excited First Pup" LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “First dog Bo takes Obamas for romp as he sniffs out White House lawn” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

USA Today’s Susan Page: "Most Americans OK with Big Government, at least for now" LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "President To Steer Clear Of Hot-Button Issues On Tour" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Obama Set To Announce ‘Border Czar" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez and Siobhan Gorman: “Obama Tilts to CIA on Memos” LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/JOBS:

ABC News’ Kate Snow: "Districts Debate Four-Day School Week" LINK

USA Today’s Judy Keen: "Economic survivalists take root" LINK

USA Today’s John Waggoner: "Emerging markets funds up, but rely on developed world" LINK

USA Today’s Barbara Hagenbaugh and Adam Shell: "Retail sales in March tarnish economy’s glimmers of hope" LINK

Politico’s Patrick Gavin: "Bloomberg, V Fair Team Up On Bash" LINK

Bloomberg’s Craig Torres: “Fed Considering More Disclosure on Emergency Lending Programs” LINK

The Washington Times’ Amanda Carpenter: “Tax-day protests across nation set to send message” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

Time Magazine’s Jay Newton-Small: “The Floundering GOP Looks for a Turnaround” LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Dennis Calabrese: “Stand for Something” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Olivia Smith: “McCain-Palin rift grows as Sen. leaves running mate off list of GOP stars” LINK

CONGRESS:

USA Today’s John Fritze: "Ruling puts end in sight in Minn. Senate fight" LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “In Minnesota, a Battle Without End for a Senate Seat” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: "Reagan Library Opens Files On Possible GOP SCOTUS Nominee" LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

USA Today’s Doyle Rice: "PBS takes on global energy with ‘Planet Forward’" LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: "Dems Want Clearer Benchmarks from Obama on Afghanistan" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: "’Tea Parties’ — MoveOn.org for the Right, or Ron Paul Part II?" LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: "Protesters To Hold 750 Tea Parties" LINK

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: "$250M effort to secure ports lags" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Teresa Watanabe: "Illegal Immigration Slowdown in California" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter and John M. Glionna: "North Korea Says ‘Never Again’ to Nuclear Talks" LINK

The New York Times’ Neil Lewis: “Ted Stevens Rejected Deal to Admit Guilt” LINK

The Washington Post’s Steve Vogel: “Company Accused of Contract Fraud to Pay  GSA $128 Million” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Economy: Mixed Messages a Good Thing?" LINK

"The Cost of School Cutbacks" LINK

"Tapper on Obama’s Economic Reality" LINK

"A Big Woof at the White House" LINK

"Preventing Pirate Attacks" LINK

"Obama Outlines Economic Strategy, Progress Made" LINK

"White House Unveils First Pup" LINK

"Major Changes in U.S. Policy" LINK

"First Lady Tours DHS" LINK

 

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