The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, May 1, 2009

May 1, 2009 4:45am

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, CARRIE HALPERIN, JAYCE HENDERSON, JUSTIN GRANT and LAURA GREENE

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U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SOUTER:

ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue and Sara Just: "Justice Souter to Retire from Supreme Court" LINK

ABC News’ Jan Crawford Greenburg: "Souter’s Plans" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin and Greg Hitt: “Justice Souter to Retire From Court” LINK

Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr: “Souter Said to Be Retiring, Giving Obama Court Choice” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Peter S. Canellos and Milton J. Valencia: “Souter appears set to leave high court” LINK

The Hill’s Michael O’Brien: "Reports: Justice Souter to Retire" LINK

AUTO INDUSTRY:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Scott Mayerowitz, Charles Herman and Matthew Jaffe: "Iacocca: Chrysler’s Bankruptcy ‘Pains Me’" LINK

USA Today’s Staff and Wire Reports: "Chrysler files for bankruptcy protection, will partner with Fiat" LINK

The New York Times’ Zachery Kouwe: “The Lenders Obama Decided to Blame” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Obama B rings a Hands-On Style to Details, Big and Small” LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Whoriskey, Brady Dennis and Kendra Marr: “Obama Vows Swift Overhaul As Chrysler Enters Bankruptcy” LINK

The Hill’s Michael O’Brien: "Bond Holders Criticized over Chrysler Bankruptcy" LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen & Eamon Javers: "Chrysler Declaring ‘Short’ Bankruptcy" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and Martin Zimmerman: "Chrysler’s Bankruptcy Path Is Uncharted, But GM Could Follow" LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Julie Halpert: “Chrysler’s Dead End?” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA, VICE-PRESIDENT BIDEN AND THE H1N1 / SWINE FLU:

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: "West Wing’s Words: Getting a Dose of Correction" LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: "ice President Joe Biden’s Remarks on Swine Flu Draw Criticism" LINK

ABC News’ Brian Ross, Matthew Cole and Joseph Rhee: "The CIA’s $1,000 a Day Specialists on Waterboarding, Interrogations" LINK

ABC News’ Dan Childs, Zoe Magee and Ammu Kannampilly: "Did D.C. Staffer Bring Swine Flu Home?" LINK

ABC’s The World Newser: "The Great Book Deal Epidemic" LINK

ABC’s The World Newser: "Watch: Condoleezza Rice Spars with Student Over ‘Torture’" LINK

USA Today’s Greg Toppo: "As flu scare shuts schools, are officials going too far?" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Biden’s Remarks Derail President’s Temperate Message” LINK

Boston Globe Staff: “White House tempers Biden’s swine flu advice” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson and Spencer Hsu: “Bush Team Strategy Now Obama’s Swine Flu Playbook” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman and Ian Swanson: "Analysis: Biden’s VP Rollercoaster-Like Ride" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ken Ellingwood: "An Edgy Quiet Descends Over Mexico City" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: "Hospitals Swamped Amid Flu Fears" LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni and Audrey Hudson: “Unspent funds issue raised as flu spreads” LINK

The Washington Times’ Wesley Pruden: “More to panic about: Biden’s hoof-in-mouth” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "Vice President Biden stokes flu fears; says to stay off planes, subways on ‘Today Show’" LINK

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

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon, Jonathan Weisman and Laura Meckler: “At Treasury, Big White House Role” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE C.I.A. PROSECUTION and TORTURE:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: "Condoleezza Rice: ‘We Did Not Torture Anyone’" LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA / ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "A Dunn Deal" LINK

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook: "Defense chief Gates cuts Army combat vehicles from budget" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi J. Dreazen: “Gates Grilled on Moving Detainees” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Sasha Issenberg: “Obama approval ratings show class divide” LINK

The New York Times: “Interim Obama Communications Chief” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: "Gates Defends Plan to Accept Chinese Detainees in U.S." LINK

Newsweek Magazine’s Eleanor Clift: “Long Hot Summer: Obama must brace for more stormy weather” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Goodwin: "Obama believes so completely it makes me nervous" LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Bazinet: "Obama gripes about multiple crises during prime time press conference" LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "First photo album: An intimate & personal look at the Obama White House" LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA & FAMILY: ABC News’ Karen Travers: "First Lady: Bo Is "Most Famous Member" of the Obama Family" LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/JOBS:

ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf: "Senate Rejects Bankruptcy Bailout for Troubled Homeowners" LINK

The Associated Press’ Marcy Gordon: "House Passes Credit Card Bill That Helps Consumers" LINK

CONGRESS:

The New York Times’ Stephen Labaton: “Senate Refuses to Let Judges Fix Mortgages in Bankruptcy” LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: “Maine Senate Backs Same-Sex Marriage” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "RNC Rancor and Redecoration" LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: "GOP Recasts Brand, Sans Wedge Issues" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Hook: "Mortgage Reduction Bill Fails in Senate" LINK

The Washington Times’ Eli Lake and Bill Gertz: “Interrogation blame spread to Congress” LINK

Time Magazine’s Karen Tumulty: “Can Congress Make Health-Care Reform Pay for Itself?” LINK

SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER:

The Wall Street Journal’s Kris Maher: “Specter Connects With Sea Change” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Michael Barone: “Arlen Specter’s about self-preservation” OTHER MUST-READS: LINK

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: "Sojourner Truth, Once Again a Trailblazer"

The Associated Press’ David Stringer: "Britain Ends Combat Operations in Iraq" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ian Talley: “DOE Says Vitol’s Contract to Fill Petroleum Reserve Is Viable” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Barnes: “Souter Reportedly Planning to Retire from High Court” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"The President Faces the Press" LINK

"’View’: Walters Calls Biden ‘Irresponsible’" LINK

"Obama Backs Chrysler Bankruptcy Plan" LINK

"Tapper on Chrysler Bankruptcy" LINK

"Same-Sex Marriage in the Heartland" LINK

"’Torture’ Architects Were Unqualified" LINK

"Sandra Day O’Connor Empowers Kids" LINK

"What Recession? Jobs That are Thriving" LINK

"Sojourner Truth Statue on Capitol Hill" LINK

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