Must Reads Thursday

May 28, 2009 5:40am

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, JAYCE HENDERSON, GEORGIA DAWKINS, CARRIE HALPERIN and LAURA GREENE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA, JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR AND THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES:

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Jake Tapper: "Newt Gingrich on Twitter: Sonia Sotomayor ‘Racist’, Should Withdraw" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Gingrich Calls Sotomayor ‘Racist’" LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: "Supreme Court pick Sotomayor faces nomination politics" LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: "Sotomayor seen through filter of ethnicity" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage and Peter Nicholas: “Abortion rights groups concerned about Sotomayor’s stance” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Janet Cook: “GOP looks for alternate routes to block Sotomayor’s path“ LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: "Sotomayor ‘Fight’ Could Fizzle" LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: "Newt Gingrich: Sonia Sotomayor a ‘Racist’" LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni and Ralph Z. Hallow: “Gingrich decries ‘racism,’ Sotomayor” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker Adam Nagourney: “Sotomayor Pick a Product of Lessons From Past Battles” LINK

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “On Sotomayor, Some Abortion Rights Backers Show Unease” LINK

The New York Times’ John Schwartz: “Sotomayor’s Appellate Opinions Are Unpredictable, Lawyers and Scholars Say” LINK

The New York Times’ Scott Shane and Manny Fernandez: “A Judge’s Own Story Highlights Her Mother’s” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: “Rigorous Questioning hasn’t Fazed Nominee” LINK

The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes: “Battle Lines Are Drawn On Sotomayor Nomination” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Making History Was but One Factor” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA / ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: "NSA James Jones: Obama’s Decisions Make U.S. More Secure" LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: "Teleprompter Falls and Biden Jokes: ‘What am I going to tell the president when I tell him his teleprompter is broken?’" LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Obama names ambassadors nominee” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Caren Bohan: “Obama aide: Too soon to say if Afghan plan working” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obama in L.A.: ‘Confident,’ But ‘Not Yet Content’" LINK

Politico’s Staff: "Big Donors to UK, Japan, France" LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “For Obama, A Few Words and a Fund-Raising Focus” LINK

NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR TEST:

The Associated Press: "S. Korea, U.S. troops on alert after N. Korea’s threats" LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: "National Security Adviser Downplays N. Korea Threat" LINK

Bloomberg’s Michael Forsythe: "China May Test North Korea Leverage After Kim’s Nuclear Blast" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE ECONOMY & BANKS:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller: "With a Nod to Vegas Tourism, Obama Touts 100 Days of Recovery" LINK

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe: "Cheney Slams ‘Out of Whack’ Obama Budget Plans" LINK

USA Today’s Brad Heath: "Stimulus projects bypass hard-hit states" LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: "New Agency for ‘Prudential Regulation’ of All Banks?" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: "Single-Regulator Plan for Banks Now Close" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Geithner to focus on trade in China” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HEALTH CARE REFORM:

The Associated Press Erica Werner: "Study Says Uninsured Are Costly for All" LINK

USA Today’s Seung Min Kim: "Study: Insured pay ‘hidden tax’ for uninsured health care" LINK

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OBAMA:

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Richard Coolidge and Kate Barrett: "Combat Stress Gives Military Pause" LINK

USA Today’s Aamer Madhani: "May: U.S. troop deaths up in Iraq; 20 killed" LINK

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE:

The New York Times’ Jesse McKinley: “Bush v. Gore Foes Join to Fight Gay Marriage Ban” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: "Democrats to Launch Fight on $450B Highway Bill" LINK

The Washington Post’s Lyndsey Layton: “House Calls for Closer Watch on Food Supply” LINK

ECONOMY:

The Associated Press: "Toys R Us acquires high-end retailer FAO Schwarz" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Staff: "Toys ‘R’ Us Is Purchasing Retailer FAO Schwarz " LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Zachary Karabell: "Why Beijing Wants a Strong Dollar" LINK

Bloomberg’s Andreas Cremer and Tony Czuczka: "Opel Rescue Talks Stall After GM Demands an Extra $415 Million" LINK

Bloomberg’s Yasuhiko Seki and Ron Harui: "Yen Weakens as Japanese Investors Purchase More Overseas Assets" LINK

Time Magazine’s David Von Drehle: “Will the Government Save GM?” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “For Republicans, Court Fight Risks Losing Hispanics to Win Conservatives” LINK

TERRORISM:

The Los Angeles Times’ Josh Meyer: “FBI planning a bigger role in terrorism fight” LINK

SENATOR ROLAND BURRIS:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Burris Caught on Tape" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Elizabeth Gorman: "Bill Clinton Attempts Second Fiddle, Again" LINK

The Associated Press: "Illinois Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill" LINK

The Associated Press: "Report: Iraq prisoner abuse photos depict torture, rape" LINK

The Boston Glove’s Staff: “Cyberspace hosts a blitzkrieg over nominee” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Brian C. Mooney: “Coakley keeps eye on options for moving up” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Rosenberg: "Taliban Wages War on Police In Its New Front in Pakistan" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Bobby White: "California Cities Face Bankruptcy Curbs" LINK

The New York Times’ Monica Davey: “Burris Says Audiotape Confirms Innocence” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “Burris Insists There Was No Pay-to-Play Scheme” LINK

The Washington Post’s Steve Vogel: “GAO Faults Tracking of Gifts to Military” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Biden Teases Obama About His Prompter" LINK

"Historic Day for Hispanics" LINK

"GM Braces for Bankruptcy" LINK

"Burris-Blago Tapes May Show Pay to Play" LINK

"Obama Touts Stimulus Plan in Vegas" LINK

"Sonia Sotomayor: Her Life in Private" LINK

"Carville and Coulter Face Off on Sotomayor" LINK

"How Should GOP Senators Vote for Sotomayor?" LINK

"’The Note’: Judging the Justice" LINK

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