The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, July 29, 2009

By Jayson

Jul 29, 2009 4:01am

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 AND VALENCIA WICKER

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Overachiever-in-chief: Is There an Issue the President Won’t Weigh in On?” LINK

Politico’s Staff: “Obama calls team retreat” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Time to huddle up” LINK

The New York Times’ William Glaberson: “Obama Faces Court Test Over Detainee” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly: “President Gets Personal At Forum on Health Care” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Obama to AARP: Health Care Reform ‘Not That Costly If We Start Making Changes Right Now’” LINK

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

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Rep, Kratovil hung in effigy by health care protester UPDATE” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Jeffrey Young: “Dem healthcare infighting intensifies” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Kristina Sherry: “Americans have tools to reverse obesity trend, conference told” LINK

Time Magazine’s Kate Pickert: “Taxing Pricey Insurance: No Health-Care Cure” LINK

The New York Times’ David Leonhardt: “Health Care Reform and the Unpopular T-Word” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Democrats Push Health Care Plan While Issuing Assurances on Medicare” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane: “Senators Close to Health Accord” LINK

CONGRESS:

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown & Patrick O’Connor: “Democrats scramble for pre-recess progress” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “DNC targets Republican leaders on the stimulus” LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael A. Lindenberger: “How Mitch McConnell Ended Jim Bunning’s Senate Career” LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Senate panel OKs Sotomayor, sends to full chamber” LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Lobbyists battle over drug sales” LINK

USA Today’s Alan Levin: “Congress to toughen airline standards” LINK

DEFENSE:

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: “White House threatens veto over helicopter” LINK

LA Times’ Ralph Vartabedian: “Program to refurbish aging nuclear warheads faces setbacks” LINK

ECONOMY:

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: “Stocks go up as agenda slides” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “In a Savings Shocker, the Government Discovers That Paper Has Two Sides” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jessica E. Vascellaro and Nick Wingfiel: “Microsoft, Yahoo Near Search Deal” LINK

Bloomberg’s Patrick Rial and Jonathan Burgos: “Asian Stocks Fall on Lower Commodity Prices, Earnings Reports” LINK

Bloomberg’s Craig Torres: “Bernanke May Have to Sacrifice Lending Powers or Independence ” LINK

USA Today’s Kevin McCoy: “3rd American pleads guilty to tax charges linked to UBS” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera and David Pierson : “U.S., China end talks with smiles but no progress on climate change” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “What Green Jobs?” LINK

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE SOTOMAYOR:

ABC News’ Theresa Cook: “Sonia Sotomayor One Step Closer to Confirmation Vote” LINK

The Washington Times’ Tom LoBianco: “Sotomayor nomination clears Senate panel” LINK

The New York Times’ Neil Lewis: “Senate Panel Endorses Sotomayor” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank: “Plenty of Static on the Party Line About Sotomayor” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Graham Redeems Himself, Sotomayor Sails to Senate” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Times’ Jessica Weinstein: “Voter security to hinge on Afghan forces” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi Dreazen: “U.S.-Iraq Relations Enter a New Phase, Gates Says” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Cam Simpson: “Napolitano to Unveil New Antiterror Plans” LINK

USA Today’s Paul Wiseman: “Militias target some Iraqis for being gay” LINK

USA Today’s David J. Lynch: “U.S., China agree to work together to rebuild economy” LINK

SARAH PALIN:

ABC News’ Neal Karlinsky, Eloise Harper, John Hendren and Kristina Wong: “Next Up for Sarah Palin? ‘Maybe Moose Hunting,’ Says Husband” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News’ Jon Garcia: “Biden Doles Out Cash Grant to Cops” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Five Senate pages out with possible H1N1” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Powell partly faults Gates” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: “Aid group questions security firm billing” LINK

USA Today’s Lily Huang: “The Case of the Disappearing Rabbit” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Pre-existing Conditions?” LINK

“Gates Applauds Smooth Withdrawal in Iraq” LINK

“Health Care Reform in the House” LINK

“Biden Announces Cash for Cops” LINK

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