The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, July 24, 2009

Jul 24, 2009 4:49am

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, VALENCIA WICKER, AND KRISTEN RED-HORSE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Poll: Obama’s Popularity Lifts U.S. Global Image” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “President Obama returns to Chicago” LINK

Politico’s Michael Calderone: “Presser draws 24.7 million; 14 percent drop” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Obama’s ‘rock star’ persona boosts U.S.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Robert Tomsho: “Obama to Unveil Guidelines for New Education Fund” LINK

The New York Times' Peter Baker: "Obama Complains About the News Cycle but Manipulates It, Worrying Some" LINK

The Washington Post's Michael Shear and Nick Anderson: "A $4 Billion Push for Better Schools" LINK

The Washington Post's Kari Lydersen: "Obama Visits Chicago for DNC Fundraisers" LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times' Julian E. Barnes: “U.S. stops giving militant death tolls in Afghanistan” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Megan K. Stack: “Biden pledges U.S. support for Georgia in tempered speech” LINK

The Washington Times' Nicholas Kralev: “Sticks and stones: Clinton, North Korea trade insults” LINK

USA Today’s Emily Bazar: “International rallies to support Iranians” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian and Aamer Madhani: “Al-Maliki honors U.S. sacrifice in Iraq” LINK

USA Today’s Foster Klug: “USA, China must improve climate cooperation” LINK

Newsweek’s Mohammed Herzallah: “Civil Sore” LINK

Newsweek’s Christopher Dickey: “Exit Tragedies” LINK

The New York Times' Eric Schmitt: "U.S. Officials Say a Son of bin Laden May Be Dead" LINK

Time Magazines’ Mark Thompson: “Lowering Expectations for the War in Afghanistan” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Karen Travers, Jake Tapper, and Kate Barrett: “Senate: Health Care Won’t Get Done By August Recess” LINK

ABC News’ Melinda Arons and Lauren Sher: “Exclusive: President Obama Pushes Forward on Health Care Pitch” LINK

The Hill's Mike Soraghan and Jared Allen: “Deadline push dropped after health momentum fizzles” LINK

The Hill's Sam Youngman: “Obama comment on cop throws message off track” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Senate delays vote on health care” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama's Health Expert Gets Political” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy in Washington and Jonathan Weisman in Shaker Heights, Ohio: “Senate Won't Hit August Deadline” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “GOP, in Attack Mode, Tries to Avoid Obstructionist Label” LINK

The New York Times' Kevin Sack: "For Public, Obama Didn't Fill in Health Blanks" LINK

The New York Times' David Herszenhorn and Jeff Zeleny: "As Health Bill Is Delayed, White House Negotiates" LINK

The Washington Post's Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane and Michael Fletcher: "Health Reform Deadline In Doubt" LINK

Time Magazines’ Jay Newton-Small: “The State of Play for Health-Care Reform” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA ON HENRY LOUIS GATES JR.:

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Michele McPhee: “Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith and Nia-Malika Henderson: “President Obama steps on third rail of race” LINK

The New York Times' Abby Goodnough: "Sergeant Who Arrested Professor Defends Actions" LINK

The Washington Post's Krissah Thompson and Cheryl Thompson: "Officer Tells His Side of The Story in Gates Arrest" LINK

The Washington Post's Garance Franke-Ruta: "Obama Stands by His Criticism" LINK

USA Today’s Kevin Johnson, Alan Gomez and Marisol Bello: “The Professor, policeman and president” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John Hechinger and Simmi Aujla: “Police Chief Responds to Obama's Remarks” LINK

Boston Herald Columnist: “Flap far from black and white” LINK

ECONOMY:

USA Today’s Matt Krantz: “Stocks rally on home sales report as Dow tops 9,000” LINK

USA Today’s Greg Toppo: “Teachers could earn more under plan” LINK

USA Today’s William M. Welch: “Protests grow with Calif. Budget struggles” LINK

DEMOCRATS/GOP:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “Cheney: Scooter Libby Deserved a Pardon” LINK

ABC News’ Gary Langer: “Sarah Palin Losing Popularity, Problems for Political Future” LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: “Dems demand more coordination from leaders” LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Lobbyists get power access via caucuses” LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar: “Former NFL coach Sam Wyche mulls House run in South Carolina” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Douglas Wilder rejects Barack Obama’s overture in Virginia governor’s race” LINK

Politico’s Glen Thrush: “Did GOP stall for Boehner “Beach” party?” LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar: “Aubertine out in NY 23” LINK

DOMESTIC AFFAIRS:

The Washington Times' Jim McElhatton: “FBI arrests over 40 in N.J. corruption probe” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Amir Efrati, Suzanne Sataline and Dionne Searcey: “Jersey Mayors Stung in Graft Probe” LINK

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE SONIA SOTOMAYOR:

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Sotomayor gains one GOP vote; loses one” LINK

SARAH PALIN

The Washington Post's Jon Cohen and Philip Rucker: "Palin Favorability Rating Dips As She Nears Exit, Poll Finds" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Abortion fight is ‘enduring divide’ LINK

USA Today’s Rick Jervis: “Report: FEMA mishandled toxins in trailers” LINK

USA Today’s Rick Hampson: “Roundup nets several N.J. notables” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS

“Obama Stands by 'Stupidity' Comments” LINK

“Reid: No Health Vote in Senate Until After Break” LINK

“Obama on Health Bill Delay: 'Keep Working'” LINK

“Clinton: N.Korea Has 'No Friends Left'” LINK

“'View': Hasselbeck Supports Obama on Gates” LINK

“Pelosi vs. Boehner on Health Care” LINK

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