The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jul 28, 2009 5:02am

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, CLAUDIA MORALES, AND VALENCIA WICKER

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper “Gibbs: Birth Certificate Controversy is: “Made-Up Fictional Nonsense” LINK

ABC News’ Gary Langer “Biden’s Approval: Like Obama’s – Only Weaker” LINK

Boston Globe’s Joseph Williams: “Administration launches school reform contest” LINK

The Hill's Bob Cusack: “Lobbyists gain upper hand in Obama battle” LINK

The AP's Staff: “Hawaii checks, verifies Obama a U.S. citizen” LINK

USA Today’s Dan Nakaso: “Hawaii: Obama birth certificate is real” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Hans Nichols: "Cambridge Officer, Gates Said to Meet at White House July 30 ” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “W.H. meeting set with Gates, Crowley” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper: “White House Suds for Gates and Police Officer” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and John Hendren: “Kennedy the Missing Man in Health Care Fight” LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Brain Food: Bill Clinton Chows on Double Burger, Onion Rings, French Fries, Milkshake on Eve of Obesity ConferenceLINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor: “Steny Hoyer: No floor vote before Friday” LINK

The Hill's Mike Soraghan: “House inches forward; Senate may scrap public option” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' James Oliphant: “Healthcare debate's next hurdle: abortion” LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Vermont could be guide on health care” LINK

USA Today’s Mark Niesse: “In Hawaii, employers pay for health insurance” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Health Policy Now Carved Out at a More Centrist Table” LINK

The New York Times’ Leslie Wayne and David Herszenhorn: “A Bid to Tax Health Plans of Executives” LINK

FOREIGN AFFARIS:

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe and Kirit Radia: “Confronting US & China Relations Head On” LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers: “China asks hard questions on deficits” LINK

Boston Globe’s Anne Geran: “Defense Secretary Gates arrives in Iraq” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Julian E. Barnes: “Q & A with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Barbara Slavin: “Ahmadinejad struggles with crisis of authority” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: “Reviews prompt suspension of Iraqi jobs program” LINK

USA Today’s Brad Heath: “Mexican border on edge after U.S. agent slain” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “U.S. Woos Damascus by Easing Export Ban” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Charles Forelle and Marc Champion:"EU Speeds Iceland's Application” LINK

Bloomberg’s Michael Heath: "Pakistan Seeks ‘New Chapter’ in Ties With India, Gilani Says” LINK

Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman: “US set to hike aid aimed at Iranians” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “Obama Opens Policy Talks With China” LINK

ECONOMY:

USA Today’s Wendy Koch: “Economy low, ‘generosity high’” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rob Delaney and Rebecca Christie:"U.S. Assures ‘Concerned’ China It Will Shrink Deficit ” LINK

The Hill's Walter Alarkon: “United States pushes China to boost consumption to spur world economy” LINK

Washington Post's Renae Merle: “Foreclosures Are Often In Lenders' Best Interest” LINK

Washington Post's Brady Dennis: “Small Banks at Center of Overhaul Debate” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Puzzanghera: “U.S.-China talks start with focus on mutual economic interests”

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ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

USA Today’s William M. Welch: “Calif. Farmers say feds make drought worse” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Will Connors: “Ghana Signs Development Deal With International Oil Firms” LINK

Newsweek's Nancy Cook: “Plugging Into the Future” LINK

DEMOCRATS AND GOP:

Politico’s Manu Raju & Josh Kraushaar: “Jim Bunning is not running for re-election” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Key Democratic provisions fading fast” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “Democrats have huge day with Latinos” LINK

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE SOTOMAYOR:

The Hill's J. Taylor Rushing : “Most GOP senators likely to oppose Sotomayor bid” LINK

The New York Times’ Kate Phillips: “Grassley to Vote Against Sotomayor” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Marisol Bello: “Accounts differ in Gates incident” LINK

USA Today’s Calum MacLeod: “In China, magicians popping up like rabbits out of hats” LINK

Newsweek’s Catharine Skipp and Arian Campo-Flores: “A Bridge Too Far” LINK

USA Today’s Gregg Zoroya: “Program aims to cub Marine Suicides” LINK

The New York Times’ Jesse McKinley: “Backers of Gay Marriage Rethink California Push” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama Reignites Dialogue With China” <a (LINK

“Sarah Palin: Former Governor of Alaska” LINK

“Lessons from Gates Debate” LINK

“Obama Calls for Calm Over Gates Arrest” LINK

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