The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, June 19, 2009

Jun 19, 2009 5:15am

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’ CARRIE HALPERIN, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES, GEORGIA DAWKINS AND VALENCIA WICKER

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Public Starting to Question Obama Economic Policies” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “At fundraiser, Obama laughs at critics” LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama’s reticence on Iran stirs stew of opinion” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Ben Smith: “President Obama fails to quell gay uproar” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Charles Krauthammer: “Obama AWOL on Iran” LINK

Time Magazine’s Kate Pickert: “Starting Health Care Reform in the ER” LINK

ECONOMY:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Matt Jaffe: “Treasury Department Admits Challenging Independence of TARP Inspector General” LINK

USA Today’s Donna Leinwand: “Budget omits grants for school drug programs” LINK

USA Today’s Kevin Johnson: “Firefighters see cuts eroding safety” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Twin Threat: Jobless Rate, Deficit” LINK

FINANCIAL REGULATION:

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe: “Geithner Defends Proposed Overhaul of Financial System” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael R. Crittenden and Maya Jackson Randall: “Geithner Defends Push for New Rules” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alexis Leondis and Elizabeth Hester: “Broker Fiduciary Plan Favors Investors, Roper Says” LINK

The New York Times’ David Stout: “Senators Skeptical of Plan on Financial Regulation” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: “Proposed expansion of Federal Reserve may trip up Obama financial reform plan” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Dean Norland: “Pelosi: House Bill Will Have Public Option” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “House passes first approps bill after long day of votes” LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: “Senate passes cash-for-clunkers bill for new car buyers” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush and John Bresnahan: “Hill wants reins on Fed” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Meeting with fired IG called ‘painful’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Amy Schatz: “Lawmakers Blast Internet Data Collection” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Jo William: “House Dems, Republicans release transportation plan” LINK

Time Magazine’s Ed Lazarus: “Supreme Myths” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: “Coal lobby fights back on climate bill” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Chris Kraul: “Peru revokes Amazon mining laws” LINK

HEALTHCARE:

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Obama to Critics on Health Care: What’s Your Answer?”” LINK

Newsweek’s Jess Henig and Lori Robertson: “Obama’s Health Care Claims” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Cooper: Dems told me not to work with GOP” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler and Greg Hitt: “Medicare Cuts Weighed to Fund Health Overhaul” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Ryan Donmoyer: “Health-Care Options Would Limit Proposed Low-Income Subsidies” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Margaret Carlson: “Gods in White Coats Hold Key to Health Care” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Democrats Scramble to Cut Costs From Health Plan” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray: “Key Republican Senator Is on the Fence Over Health Reform” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Richard Huff: “RNC’s Michael Steele looking to buy airtime to offset ABC News’ White House health-care specials” LINK

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH:

The Hill’s Michael M. Gleeson: “Lawmakers criticize ruling on DNA testing” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “Hurdle added to age-bias lawsuits” LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Sotomayor’s ‘courtesy calls’ not photo ops”
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USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Court: Convicts don’t have right to evidence”
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Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Leahy, Sessions press for S’mayor docs” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim and Kim Murphy: “Iran protesters pour onto Ahmadinejad’s home turf” LINK

The Washington Times’ Mehdi Jedinia: “Iran protesters gird for ‘judgment day’” LINK

Newsweek’s Joshua Hammer: “El Chapo: The Most wanted man in Mexico”LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “War measure passes amid Guantanamo dispute” LINK

The Boston Herald Editorial Staff: “Defending the silence” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Jo Williams: “Kerry backs Obama’s careful tone on Iran” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Times’ Linda Franklin: “Billionaire Stanford surrenders to FBI” LINK

USA Today’s Alan Levin and Rick Hampson: “Pilot dies on trans-Atlantic flight” LINK

USA Today’s Michele Chabin: “Israeli company launches Kosher search engine Koogle” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s David Kesmodel: “Wisconsin Sours on Lenient Drunken-Driving Laws” LINK

The New York Daily News’ John Marzulli, Kerry Burke and Larry Mcshane: “FBI: DNA tests show Michigan man John Barnes is not Steven Damman, L.I. tot kidnapped in ’55’ LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael Sherer: “On Agenda, Gays Ask, but Obama’s Not Telling” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Is Obama Losing Support?” ”LINK

“Patience Wearing Thin in Iran” LINK

“Health Care, Iran, and Same-Sex Politics Today” LINK

“President’s Broad Financial Regulation” LINK

“Geithner Testifies at Senate Banking Cmte Hrg” LINK

“Health Care Bipartisanship: Hopeless?” LINK

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