The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, June 4, 2009

Jun 4, 2009 5:32am

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, CARRIE HALPERIN and GEORGIA DAWKINS

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HEALTH CARE REFORM:

The Hill's Jeffrey Young: "Obama lays out demands on healthcare reform bill" LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Obama Open to a Mandate on Health Insurance” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly: “A move Toward Requiring Health Coverage” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “Obama Shifts on Coverage Mandate” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Noam N. Levey: “Obama appears open to some health insurance mandates” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “Obama lays out health overhaul” LINK

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

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: Newt vs. Rush on Sotomayor" LINK

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf: "Nancy Drew #2009: The Case of the Supreme Court Nomination" LINK

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf: "'Average, everyday white guy' Lindsey Graham on Sotomayor and ethnicity" LINK

The New York Times’ Neil Lewis: “Debate on Whether Female Judges Decide Differently Arises Anew” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joe Stephens and Del Quentin Wilber: “Gritty First Job Shaped Nominee” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Sotomayor's Talk Made No Waves in '01” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Muskal: “Sotomayor a racist? Newt Gingrich takes it back” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA / ADMINISTRATION:

The Hill's Walter Alarkon: "Fed chairman issues warning on instability of deficits" <a LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Mark Silva: “Apparent Osama bin Laden tape coincides with Obama visit” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News' Karen Travers: "Before Obama Speech in Cairo, Aide Cites 'Undeniable Breach' Between U.S. and Islamic World" LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: "Live from Riyadh" LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller: "The Speech (the White House hopes) Heard 'Round the World: a Preview of President Obama's Speech to the Muslim World" LINK

USA Today's Mimi Hall: "For Obama speech, team casts a wide net" LINK

USA Today's Ken Dilanian: "Faulted firm gets Afghan aid work" LINK

The Hill's Bridget Johnson: "U.S.-China cooperation hearing called on solemn date" LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Helene Cooper: “Rival Messages as Obama Lands in the Mideast” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “Obama Seeks More Aid For Displaced Pakistanis” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “U.S. Tempers Hopes for Obama Speech” LINK

Bloomberg’s Edwin Chen and Julianna Goldman: “Obama to Address Mideast Peace, Extremism in Speech” LINK

The Boston Herald Op-Ed by David Ignatius: “Kerry making mark” LINK

AUTO INDUSTRY:

The Hill's Silla Brush and J. Taylor Rushing: "Senators criticize closings of GM, Chrysler dealerships" LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

ABC News' Yunji de Nies: "Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan Share Lunch" LINK

CONGRESS:

The Washington Post’s Peter Whoriskey and Hendra Marr: “Senators Blast Automakers Over Dealer Closings” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “House to Put Office Spending Online” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson, Louise Radnofsky and T.W. Farnam: “House Lifts Lid On Its Expenses” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Andrea Estes and Matt Viser: “Scandal raises issues for Patrick” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Food Rhee: “Sox tradition goes on at State” LINK

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE:

The Associated Press: "N.H. governor signs gay marriage bill" LINK

The Boston Globe’s Eric Moskowitz: “N.H. ties gay-marriage knot” LINK

ECONOMY:

USA Today's Dennis Cauchon: "Benefit spending soars to new high" LINK

USA Today's Paul Davidson: "Bernanke warns on deficits as interest rates rise" LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Bernanke Presses For Fiscal Restraint” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos: "'This Week' Sunday Exclusive: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton" LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

ABC News' Rick Klein: "GOP Rep. McCarthy: ‘Pelosi Puppets’ as Campaign Issue" LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “Balancing Act for Republican on Supreme Court Nominee” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz: “Prominent Republicans’ Moves Scrutinized for Clues to 2012 Bids” LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

The Hill's Jared Allen: "Speaker issues ultimatum on climate" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News' Rick Klein: "Who’s Who in the Political Blogosphere?" LINK

The Associated Press' Jae-Soon Chang: "Reports: U.S. Pushing Financial Sanctions on NKorea" LINK

The New York Times’ John Schwartz: “Bush Rule Bolstering Deportations Is Withdrawn” LINK

The New York Times’ Abby Goodnough: “New Hampshire Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage” LINK

The Washington Post’s Blaine Harden: “N. Korea Follows Nuclear Test With a Favor for Captive Americans” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Flu Fears Spur a Stimulus Debate” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger: “Business groups pressure senators to oppose union 'card check'” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

"Tapper on the King and 'O'" LINK

"Muslim Ears Will Be Listening" LINK

"Saudi King, Bin Laden Tape Greet Obama" LINK

"Michelle to Students: 'Own Your Voice'" LINK

"Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiled" LINK

"Aim of Obama's Egypt Trip" LINK

"Government's Stake in GM" LINK

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