The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May 19, 2009 4:33am

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, JAYCE HENDERSON and LAURA GREENE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Disagreements for Barack and Bibi" LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Simon McGregor-Wood and Huma Khan: "President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu Optimistic About Peace Process" LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: "2 special envoys prove well-heeled" LINK

New York Daily News’ Kenneth R. Bazinet: "Gaps show between President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu over Middle East peace process" LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama Tells Netanyahu He Has an Iran Timetable” LINK

The New York Times’ Scott Wilson: “Emphasis Differs for Obama, Netanyahu” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan Ferziger and Roger Runningen: “Obama Says Israeli-Palestinian Progress Would Help Stop Iran” LINK

Politico’s David S. Cloud: “Obama gives Iran more time” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman and Bridget Johnson: “U.S., Israel leaders seek Iran progress” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tony Blankley: “The two-state ‘solution’ mirage” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND EMISSION STANDARDS:

ABC News’ Jon Karl, Jake Tapper and Kristina Wong: "Obama to Announce Stricter Emission Standards for Autos" LINK

USA Today’s James R. Healey: "Obama to drive up miles-per-gallon requirements" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power and Christopher Conkey: “U.S. Orders Stricter Fuel Goals for Autos” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen and Jim Snyder: “New mileage standards cheer green lobby” LINK

Time Magazine’s Brian Walsh: “Obama to Tighten Fuel-Economy Standards” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “New policy merges fuel efficiency, tailpipe limits” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ABORTION / UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: "Religion, Politics, and Impasses" LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA / ADMINISTRATION:

The New York Times’ Ginger Thompson: “Napolitano Appears to Straddle Political Divide” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin and Laura Meckler: “Obama Avoids Test on Gays in Military” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Obama Pursues Trade Pacts Set Up by Bush” LINK

The Washington Times’ Donald Lambro: “Obama’s vast agenda sparks concern” LINK

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OBAMA:

The Associated Press’ Anne Gearan: "Mullen: 2 Years to Turn Tide in Afghanistan" LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “New Taxes Loom to Pay for Health-Care Overhaul” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Senate proposes alcohol, soda tax to fund Health care plan” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Jeffrey Young: “Wyden is winning over the GOP on healthcare” LINK

H1N1/SWINE FLU:

ABC’s The World Newser: "Swine Flu: The Latest Facts and Figures" LINK

New York Daily News’ Stephanie Gaskell: "Mary Pappas is a true flu hero: School nurse spotted first swine flu case in New York" LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND FAMILY:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies and Sharde Miller: "Michelle Obama Hits the Met" LINK

The New York Times’ Rachell Swarns: “In New York, Mrs. Obama Praises Arts as Vital to U.S.” LINK

GUANTANAMO BAY:

The New York Times’ William Glaberson: “Changes Planned for Guantanamo Trials May Lead to Familiar Challenges” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez and Naftali Bendavid: “Detainee Stance Represents Political Gamble for Obama” LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: “Obama pushes back on funds for Guantánamo Bay closure” LINK

INTERROGATION / C.I.A. / TORTURE / HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI:

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman: “Panetta Warns of Perils of Political Spats” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Amity Shlaes: “Pension Scandal Is Failure to Fix What’s Broken” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: “Dems change the subject” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Congress Is Left to Flesh Out Details” LINK

ECONOMY/ BANKS / HOUSING & MORTGAGES / JOBS:

USA Today’s Laura Petrecca: "In tight job market, some teens start their own businesses" LINK

USA Today’s Paul Davidson: "Geithner opposes salary caps for corporate officials" LINK

The Associated Press: "American Express says it will eliminate 4,000 jobs" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Carlton and Stu Woo: “Schwarzenegger Puts Legacy on the Line With Budget Vote” LINK

Bloomberg’s Michael B. Marois: “California Voters Decide Schwarzenegger Budget Balancing Remedy” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

ABC News’ Rick Klein and David Chalian: "Steele to Declare End of GOP Soul-Searching; Will Promise to Take On Obama ‘With Dignity’" LINK

Politico’s Michael Steele: “The Republican Party turns a corner” LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: “RNC members hope to bury the past, plan for the future” LINK

The Washington Times’ Ralph Z. Hallow: “Steele associates’ pay spurs questions” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia: "Clinton Feels ‘Vindicated’ By Filly’s Victory in the Preakness" LINK

ENVIRONMENT/E.P.A.:

The Associated Press’s Dina Cappiello: "EPA Urged to Act on Climate, Not Wait for Congress" LINK

The Washington Times’ Amanda DeBard and Stephen Dinan: “Climate-bill foes likely to seize on CBO’s scoring” LINK

FORMER BUSH ADMINISTRATION:

The New York Times’ Scott Shane: “Advocacy Groups Seek Disbarment of Ex-Bush Administration Lawyers” LINK

ALASKA GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN:

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Palin camp eyed Clinton alliance” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia: "Bill Clinton to be Appointed as UN Envoy to Haiti" LINK

The Associated Press’ Munir Ahmad: "Pakistan Races to Deal With 1.5 Million Refugees" LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: "Credit for maternity leave not retroactive" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Michigan Governor: Possible Supreme Court Pick?" LINK

"HIGHLIGHTS: Obama Meets with Israeli PM" LINK

"Where Is Speaker Pelosi?" LINK

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