The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jun 17, 2009 5:56am

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 and Karen Travers: “President Obama Predicts Unemployment Will Hit 10% This Year” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Key Obama Ally Says President Obama Did Not Follow the Law in IG Firing” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “W.H.: Fired IG ‘confused, disoriented’” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Obama to extend some benefits to same-sex partners” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “All Obama TV, all the time” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Capitol Journal: “Obama Aspires to a ‘Light Touch,’ Not a Heavy Hand” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Rich Miller: “Obama Sees 10% Unemployment Rate, Chides Wall Street Critics” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: “Obama to pitch overhaul of financial regulation” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Z. Barabak and Jessica Garrison: “Obama to offer benefits to gay partners of federal employees” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: “Obama stays on sidelines after Iran’s disputed election” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “As North Korea Resists Sanctions, Obama Reassures South” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “U.S. to Extend Its Job Benefits to Gay Partners” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: “Obama Criticized for Withholding Visitor Logs” LINK

The New York Times’ Stephen Labaton: “Obama Sought to Enlist a Wide Consensus on Finance Rules” LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum and David Cho: “Obama Blueprint Deepens Federal Role in Markets” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth and Michael Mcauliff: “President Obama barks out order for financial watchdog” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth R. Basinet and Bill Hutchinson: “Obama to extend federal employee benefits to same-sex partners” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze and Joan Biskupic: “Sen. Jeff Sessions ‘trouble’ over Obama court picks” LINK

USA Today’s Judy Keen: “Obama strengthens pitch for health care at AMA” LINK

USA Today’s Paul Davidson: “Obama to unveil overhaul of financial market regulations” LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama takes S. Korea under wing” LINK

ECONOMY:

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “Draft Details New Rules for Markets” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jessica Holzer and Michael R. Crittenden: “Regulatory Plan Would Create New Insurance Office” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Rob Wells and Sarah N. Lynch: “Obama Wants SEC, CFTC to Police Derivatives” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jessica Holzer: “Plan Calls for Charter Bank Regulator” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib and Damian Paletta: “Consumer Agency to Seek an Expansive Role” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin: “Obama to Form Consumer Protection Agency, Strip Some Fed Powers” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt and Jesse Westbrook: “Obama to Limit Fed Lending Power, Grant Systemic Role” LINK

The Washington Times’ William Ehart: “Speculation costs GM investors hefty price” LINK

Newsweek’s Brooks Jackson, with Justin Bank and Andrew Karter: “Making sense of Stimulus spending” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Budget chief sees ‘hard slog’ on health” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Thomas: “Auto suppliers’ request for more aid is declined” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

Politico’s Carrie Buddoff Brown: “Dems pledge lower cost health bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler and Greg Hitt: “Cost of Health Plan Weighs On Senators” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicole Gaouette and Laura Litvan: “Biggest Shift in U.S. Health Care May Emerge in 45-Day Sprint” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Dems reel on healthcare” LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper: “Dem, GOP centrists meet in secret” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Harper: “GOP fears slant in ABC news special” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Democrats Work to Pare Cost of Health Care Bill” LINK

Time Magazines’ Karen Tumulty: “As Congress Starts Writing Health Reform, Kennedy’s Absence is Felt” LINK

USA Today’s Rita Rubin: “FDA has a lot on its plate as new chief takes over” LINK

USA Today’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Erica Werner: “HHS secretary: Public health plan will survive” LINK

CONGRESS:

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “U.S. House Approves War-Spending Bill Amid Dispute Over IMF” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Conkey: “House Democrats Craft Transportation Bill” LINK

The New York Times’ James Risen and Eric Lichtblau: “E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress” LINK

The New York Times’ John Schwartz: “In Gun Case, Peers Support Sotomayor” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Jo Williams: “Take me out to the ball game—and I’ll write you a check” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama Ups the Rhetoric – Slightly – About the Legitimacy of the Iranian Elections” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan and Walter Alarkon: “House approves war supplemental” LINK

Newsweek’s Michael Hirsh: “Tiananmen In Tehran” LINK

USA Today’s Chris Hawley: “Clean-energy windmills a ‘dirty business’ for farmers in Mexico” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph B. White: “Climate Fight Heads for New Round” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: “Peterson new point man for frustration about climate bill” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “Sotomayor rapped for ties to women’s club” LINK

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “In ’03, Hints of Skepticism by Sotomayor on Expanded Wiretapping” LINK

The New York Times’ John Schwartz: “Gun Rulings Open Way to Supreme Court Review” LINK

SENATOR JOHN ENSIGN:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Sen. Ensign to Acknowledge Affair with Campaign Staffer” LINK

Politico’s Erika Lovley: “Not all political affairs created equal” LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: “Ensign ‘deeply regrets’ affair with his staffer” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “Senator Says He Had Affair With an Aide” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Amy Schatz: “FCC Pick Backs Broadband Stimulus, Opposes Fairness Doctrine” LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Bill Clinton defends DLC role, legacy” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Irving DeJohn: “’Fire Dave!’: Crowd lines up to protest Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ Palin joke” LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nassar: “New diversity in Charles County challenges status quo” LINK

USA Today’s Emily Bazar: “For Iranians in U.S.: Anger, hope after vote LINK

USA Today’s Lauran Neergaard: “Swine flu shots may go to kids first, Sebelius says” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS

“Sen. Ensign Admits to Affair With Staffer” LINK

“Michelle Obama Gardens and Cooks” LINK

“Obama: ‘Deep Concerns’ About Iran Situation” LINK

“Voting Violence: Bloodshed in Iran” LINK

“Bottom Line on Iran Protests” LINK

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