The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, July 17, 2009

By Jayson

Jul 17, 2009 4:22am

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

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PRESIDENT OBAMA:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies: “Should They Have Called It The ‘Stabilization’ Act?” LINK

New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: “President Obama honors civil rights pioneers with speech at NAACP centennial convention” LINK

Bloomberg’s Matthew Benjamin and Alison Sider: “Obama Stimulus Fails to Reboot Economy as No Multiplier Effect” LINK

USA Today’s Martha T. Moore: “Obama notes racial progress to NAACP” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: “U.S. studies Afghan health successes” LINK

Newsweek’s Ron Moreau and Sami Yousafzai: “Fight Flub: Pakistan’s all –out offensive the Taliban may already have failed” LINK

Politico’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “President Obama: ‘Discrimination still felt’” LINK

Politico Staff: “Obama’s remarks at NAACP centennial” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama Tells Fellow Blacks: No Excuses for Any Failure” LINK

The Washington Post’s Krissah Thompson and Cheryl W. Thompson: Obama Speaks Of Blacks’ Struggle” LINK

The Washington Post’s Keith Richburg: “Obama Praises Corzine’s Achievements” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Clinton: I’m ‘Involved’ in Obama Foreign Policy” LINK

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus: “Ex-Honduran leader hires an ‘ambassador’” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Alex Rodriguez: “Pakistani U.N. official, guard killed in camp” LINK

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Clinton: I’m ‘Involved’ in Obama Foreign Policy” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “House moves to save car dealerships” LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper and Aaron Blake: “Dispute on whipping climate bill is latest sign Rep. Castle is leaving” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: “Paulson harshly criticized by House committee for role in market meltdown” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Battle lines form over fate of F-22 fighter” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Corey Boles and Josh Mitchell: “House Wants Dealerships Reinstated” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s August Cole: “Gates and Congress Duel Over Future of Weapons Systems” LINK

Politico’s David Rogers and Jen Dimascio: “Robert Gates taunts Congress over defense cuts” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley: “Offshore oil leases to be auctioned despite legal uncertainty” LINK

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE SOTOMAYOR:

ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue and Theresa Cook: “Sotomayor Under Fire for Discrimination Case” LINK

Time Magazine’s Jay Newton-Small: “GOP Grilling of Sotomayor: No Hit with Hispanic Voters” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid and Jess Bravin: “Sotomayor Nears Confirmation After Testimony” LINK

Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr and Christopher Stern: “Sotomayor Moves Toward Approval as Republicans Soften Criticism” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely and Joan Biskupic: “Sessions expects vote on Sotomayor in August” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Sotomayor critics get their turn” LINK

The New York Times’ Neil Lewis: “Senate Likely to Vote on Sotomayor in August” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, Robert Barnes and Amy Goldstein: “Senate republicans Won’t Block Vote on Sotomayor” LINK

ECONOMY:

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Tax rates on track to soar as proposals form” LINK

USA Today’s Anne Flaherty: “Paulson says he told BoA’s Lewis that Fed could fire him” LINK

USA Today’s Marisol Bello: “States close rest areas to save money” LINK

USA Today’s Tina Irgang: “Cuts curb pickups of trash” LINK

USA Today’s Martin Crutsinger: “Foreign demand for U.S. financial assests” LINK

Newsweek’s Nancy Cook: “What Mancession” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear and Alexi Mostrous: “Biden Fires Back At Stimulus Critics” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Z.Byron Wolf, Jonathan Karl, and Huma Khan and Jake Tapper: “Not So Fast: GOP Sours on Obama August Health Care Deadline” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Snowe Dampens President Obama’s Timeline on Health Care Reform” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Health reform may increase federal cost” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Budget Blow for Health Plan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Corey Boles: “Senate Leaders Clash With CBO Head on Health-Care Overhaul” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and James Rowley: “Health-Care Drive May Be Set Back as CBO Sees No Spending Cut” LINK

The Boston Herald Editorial Staff: “House plan’s unhealthy” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Deroy Murdock: “ObamaCare lacks dose of healthy choice” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Battle looms over funding cuts for MRIs” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Success on health care still a long way off” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich: “Kennedy’s Absent Voice on Health Bill Resonates” LINK

The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse: “Democrats Drop Key Part of Bill to Assist Unions” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “House Committee Approves Health Care Bill” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Fate of healthcare up to Senate moderates” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Harper: “NASA mission: Restore erased moon landing footage” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Dave Wedge: “Mitt Romney outpacing Sarah Palin in fund-raising race” LINK

USA Today’s Jessie Halladay: “Nurses add detective work to job skills”
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USA Today’s Dan Vergano: “Hurricane-calming technology? Bill Gates has a plan”
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The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson: “Conservative Group Calls For Probe of Conyers” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Sotomayor Can Get By on Supreme Salary” LINK

“Senator Talks Crack Cocaine” LINK

“Jake Tapper on Obama’s Health Care Push” LINK

“Firefighter Ricci Testifies Against Sotomayor” LINK

“Obama Needs Dems United on Health Reform” LINK

“GOP Senators Praise Sotomayor” LINK

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