The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jul 14, 2009 4:40am

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, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, GEORGIA DAWKINS AND VALENCIA WICKER

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND DOMESTIC AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Karen Travers and Sunlen Miller: “Obama Names Alabama Family Doctor as New Surgeon General” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman and Jeffrey Young: “Obama’s health reform: ‘Don’t bet against us’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “$1 Trillion Deficit Complicates Obama’s Agenda” LINK

New York Daily News; Michael Mcauliff: “President Obama chooses Alabama family physician Dr. Regina Benjamin as surgeon general” LINK

Politico’s Zacahary Abrahamson: “White House revamps relationships with cities” LINK

The New York Times’ Michael J. de la Merced and Danny Hakim: “Obama’s Chief Auto Adviser Steps Down” LINK

The New York Times’ Gardiner Harris: “Administration Seeks to Restrict Antibiotics in Livestock” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jeffrey Smith: “Obama Vows a Veto In Dispute Over F-22s” LINK

The Washington Post’s Obama Names Surgeon General: “Obama Names Surgeon General” LINK

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The Washington Post’s Jeffrey Smith: “Obama Vows a Veto In Dispute Over F-22s” LINK

The Washington Post’s Obama Names Surgeon General: “Obama Names Surgeon General” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama’s to-do list grows after overseas trip” LINK

The New York Times’ David Johnston and Elisabeth Bumiller: “Obama Faces Hurdles in Closing Guantanamo” LINK

CIA:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “Double Jeopardy for CIA interrogators” LINK

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and John Hendren: “Secret CIA Program Targeted Senior Al-Qaeda Leadership” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Greg Miller: “CIA’s secret program: Paramilitary teams targeting Al Qaeda” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman: “CIA Plan Envisioned Hit Teams Killing al Qaeda Leaders” LINK

The Boston Herald Editorial Staff: “Leon Panetta’s dirty secret” LINK

Time Magazine’s Bobby Ghosh: “The CIA’s Secret Program: Why Wasn’t Panetta Informed?” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane: “C.I.A. Had Plan to Assassinate Qaeda Leaders” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick and Ben Pershing: “CIA Had Program to Kill Al-Qaeda Leaders” LINK

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE SOTOMAYOR:

ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue and Jan Crawford Greenburg: “Sotomayor Pledges ‘Fidelity to the Law’” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “First day sets framework for hearings” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Sotomayor: Judges should apply the law, not make it” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin and Naftali Bendavid: “Nominee Outlines Philosophy on Bench” LINK

New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: “U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor gets praise at hearings – from Republicans” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely and Joan Biskupic: “Sotomayor’s remarks cap emotional day” LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic and Kathy Kiely: “Toughest grilling still to come for Sotomayor” LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “With Sotomayor comes new era in judicial politics” LINK

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “How do Sotomayor’s Hearings Compare to the Other Supreme Court Justices?” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Senate political shift will influence nomination” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Neila Lewis: “Sotomayor Vows Fidelity to the Law as Hearings Start” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich: “Sotomayor Mostly Listens as Senators Have Their Say” LINK

The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes, Amy Goldstein and Paul Kane: “Sotomayor Pledges Fidelity to the Law” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz: “Republicans Walk Fine Line Questioning Sotomayor” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Bork has some advice for Sotomayor” LINK

ECONOMY:

ABC News’ Nicholas Brennan: “Report: Pentagon ‘Savings’ Plan Will Cost Millions” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “Derivative players form new coalition” LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Stimulus plan produces two bright spots” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr.: “Auto Czar Quits Post Six Months Into the Job” LINK

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: “Amtrak accused of hindering stimulus oversight” LINK

USA Today’s Calum MacLeod: “Economy pushes Chinese grads into unusual jobs” LINK

USA Today’s Jane Wardell: “Panel: U.K. sale of bank stakes ‘cannot be a short-term game’” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Jake Sherman: “Senate Clears Groves to Lead Census Bureau” LINK

USA Today’s Marcy Gordon: “House bill would ban improper trading in Congress” LINK

USA Today’s Tina Irgana: “State passing laws to assist food pantries” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Creigh Deeds rakes in over $3 million” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Franken has first speaking role” LINK

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson and Krissah Thompson: “Holder Faces Avalanche of Work, and Scrutiny” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: “Sen. Alexander wants 100 new nuclear power plants” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Sarah Palin: President Obama’s energy plan a ‘threat’” LINK

The New York Times’ James Glanz: “Quake Fears Stall Energy Extraction Project” LINK

The New York Times’ Matthew Wald: “Debate on Clean Energy Leads to Regional Divide” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “GOP’s Grassley Key to Senate Hopes for a Bipartisan Deal on Health Care” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Laura Meckler: “Discord Hinders Health Bill” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown, Chris Frates and Patrick O’Connor: “President Obama steps up health care push” LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates: “Republicans search for health language” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor and Chris Frates: “Democrats to unveil health care bill details” LINK

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USA Today’s Janice Lloyd: “Surgeon general pick ‘would do anything to heal’” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Lauria and Steve Stecklow: “The U.N.’s ‘Invisible Man’” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Simon: “The Culture Wars’ New Front: U.S. History Classes in Texas” LINK

New York Daily News’ Michael Saul: “Levi Johnston says Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resigned because she couldn’t handle the pressure” LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake and Roxana Tiron: “Gillibrand mulls move left on gays in military” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Jake Tapper on Health Care Reform” LINK

“Sotomayor’s Philosophy: Fidelity to Law” LINK

“CIA’s Secret Counterterrorism Project” LINK

“Highlights: Sotomayor on the Hot Seat” LINK

“Obama Names New Surgeon General” LINK

“Jake Tapper on Obama’s Road Blocks” LINK

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