The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, July 22, 2009

By Jayson

Jul 22, 2009 4:48am

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

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND DOMESTIC AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ Christopher Drew: “Obama Wins Crucial Senate Vote on F-22″ LINK

A New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “A Defining Moment Nears for President” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jeffrey Smith: “Senate Votes 58-40 to End Production of the F-22″ LINK

Bloomberg’s Janine Zacharia: “Obama Averts Crises, Creates ‘Better Impression’ of U.S. Abroad” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Kate Andersen Brower: “Obama’s Policy Hurdles Rise After Six Months of Record Spending” LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: “Pentagon didn’t break rules, says GAO” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Rothfeld and Patrick McGreevy: “Opposition to state budget deal mounts” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ Eric Schmitt and Jane Perlez: “Pakistan Objects to U.S. Expansion in Afghan War” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Nouri al- Maliki visit signals partnership” LINK

LA Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “Gates says North Korea’s weapons test not a crisis” LINK

LA Times’ Paul Richter, Christi Parsons and Richard Boudreaux: “U.S. – Israel rift becomes an unusually public one” LINK

ECONOMY:

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Autos, banks spend $20M lobbying” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger and Peter Nicholas: “TARP watchdog cites lack of transparency in Obama administration” LINK

USA Today’s Andrew Seaman: “Cities spike parking fines to boost revenue” LINK

USA Today’s William M. Welch: “Calif. Budget deal doesn’t end IOUs” LINK

USA Today’s Traci Watson: “Costly weather satellites may get more funds” LINK

USA Today’s Paul Davidson: “Fed’s Bernanke: Unemployment to peak at up to 0.1% this year LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: “Under bills, U.S. would funnel more money into diplomacy” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Darrell M. West: “It’s age of immigration reform” LINK

HEALTH CARE REFORM:

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt: “Challenge to Health Bill: Selling Reform” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Conservative Democrats Push Health Bill Changes” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly: “Like Car insurance, Health Coverage May Be Mandated” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler, Jonathan Weisman and Gerald F. Seib: “Obama Ups Ante on Health” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins, T.W. Farnam and Louise Radnofsky: “Lobbying Spending Rises Only Slightly Amid Health Overhaul” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Avery Johnson: “Connecticut Pushes Ahead on Health Care” LINK

Time Magazine’s Karen Tumulty: “Medicaid and the States: Health-Care Reform’s Next Hurdle” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Jonathan Karl: “Dems Waver on Obama’s August Health Care Deadline” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Democrats use Republicans to rally on health care” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Pelosi on health: Overhaul is closer” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON:

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “Clinton Cites Concerns of Arms Aid to Myanmar” LINK

Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: “Clinton Concerned About North Korea-Myanmar Military Relations” LINK

JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR:

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Committee vote on Sotomayor delayed one week” LINK

SARAH PALIN:

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “Preliminary Report Questions Palin Legal Defense Fund” LINK

ABC News’ Kate Snow and Kristina Wong: “Leaked Report Says Palin’s Trust Fund Could Violate Ethics Act” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Sarah Palin fights back against ethics charge” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “House Dems Propose Maintaining Status Quo on Abortion Funding” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Bernanke Jabs Back at Fed’s Critics In Congress” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s August Cole: “Senate Kills Funds for F-22 Fighters” LINK

The Boston Herald Editorial Staff: “On F-22, Senate flies right” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Kristina Sherry : “Senate votes to stop making more F-22 Raptor fighter jets” LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf, Luis Martinez, and Kate Barrett: “Senate Doges Obama Veto Threat” LINK

ABC News’ Lisa Stark and Kate Barrett: “Consumer Groups: Gov’t Kept Secret The Dangers of Cell Phones” LINK

Politico’s David Rogers and Jen Dimascio: “President Obama’s agenda gets a lift with F-22 win” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Post’s Peter Whoriskey: “Bailouts Prompt Bipartisan Outcry” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Kerry panel looks at climate change and national security” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “A ‘Blue Dog’ Has His Day” LINK

New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: “Rep. Carolyn Maloney to continue plans to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, despite N-word flap” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Simon: “Group challenges move to add religious language to Capitol Visitor Center” LINK

Politico’s Alex Isendtadt: “’Hardball’ on President Obama’s birthplace” LINK

USA Today’s Emily Bazar: “Fewer Mexicans entering U.S.” LINK

USA Today’s Holly Bailey: “Biden: Those Ukranian Women are Just Gorgeous” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:

“Gov. Sanford Tries to Move On” LINK

“Obama Highlights Health Care Reform Compromises” LINK

“Byrd Returns to Hill for F-22 Vote” LINK

“Obama Commends Senate for Killing F-22 Funds” LINK

“GOP Leaders Bash Dems on Health Bill” LINK

“Country Musicians Serenade the White House” LINK

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