The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, August 31, 2009

By Jayson

Aug 31, 2009 4:24am

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’ PETER MARTINEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON, CARRIE HALPERIN, CLAUDIA MORALES and DOMINICK TAO

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SAYING GOODBYE TO SEN. TED KENNEDY (1932-2009):

ABC News’ Kelly Fincham: “Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Letter to the Pope Speaks from Beyond Grave” LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Kennedy Tradition of Politics and Tragedy” LINK

ABC News’ Troy McMullen: “The Last Kennedy: Jean Kennedy Smith” LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: “Crowds turn out to view Kennedy gravesite” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Friends, relatives celebrate Kennedy’s life” LINK

Boston Globe’s Marie Szaniszlo: “Senator’s death leaves Kennedy family without a ‘rock’” LINK

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift: “All the Senator’s Women” LINK

FILLING SEN. TED KENNEDY’S SENATE SEAT:

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “After Kennedy dynasty ends, push builds to fill Senate seat” LINK

Boston Herald’s Edward Mason: “Will Vicki Kennedy fill Ted Kennedy’s shoes?” LINK

Boston Herald’s Edward Mason: “Pressure on John Kerry to deliver” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jeff Plungis: “‘Brilliant’ Kennedy Widow Would Be Good Appointee, Hatch Says” LINK

HEALTH CARE REFORM:

Kaiser Health News’ Julie Appleby: “Health care overhaul’s quandary: Costs vs. fairness” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicole Gaouette: “Kennedy Death Lessens Chances of Broad Health Bill, Hatch Says” LINK

The Hill’s Tony Romm and Jim Snyder: “Remembrances shift to healthcare debate” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Kim Geiger and James Oliphant: “Remembrances shift to healthcare debate” LINK

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Dems to honor Kennedy with reform bill” LINK

Newsweek’s Sharon Begley: “The Five Biggest Lies in the Health Care Debate” LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “Fighting Health Care Overhaul, and Proud of It” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “Health-Care Reform, One Stop at a Time” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Magnier: “Thousands of Myanmar refugees stream into China” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Boudreaux: “Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert indicted on corruption charges” LINK

The Washington Times’ Takehiko Kambayashi: “Landslide ousts Japan’s longtime ruling party” LINK

IRAQ / AFGHANISTAN:

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook: “Military denies rating reporters” LINK

The Associated Press’ Chelsea J. Carter: “U.S. ramps up withdrawal from Iraq” LINK

CIA / INTELLIGENCE / FMR. VICE-PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY:

ABC News’ John Cochran: “Cheney vs. Obama: CIA Abuse Probe ‘Political’” LINK

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Cheney Lambasts CIA Probe, McCain Says Torture “Harmed” Us” LINK

The Washington Times’ Rowan Scarborough: “EXCLUSIVE: Lack of translators still hampers intelligence” LINK

The Associated Press’ Adam Goldman and Pamela Hess: “Secret CIA program used Blackwater recruits” LINK

Bloomberg’s Bill Schmick: “Cheney Says Obama Probe of CIA Interrogations a ‘Political Act’” LINK

NY Daily News’ Michael Saul: “Cheney calls probe into CIA allegedly abusing terror suspects ‘outrageous’ and ‘terrible’” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer and Bobby Ghosh: “McCain Denies Giving O.K. to a CIA Torture Tactic” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer: “Dick Cheney and the Rule of Law” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer: “Factual Questions Raised About 2007 Bush Administration Memo On Harsh Interrogation” LINK

The New York Times’ Rachel L. Swarns: “Cheney Offers Sharp Defense of C.I.A. Interrogation Tactics” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alexi Mostrous: “Interrogations Probe Is a Political Act” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Phillips: “Cheney Says He Was Proponent for Military Action Against Iran” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Cheney digs in” LINK

ECONOMY / STIMULUS / DEFICIT / BANKS:

Boston Herald’s Jerry Kronenberg: “Bid wars break out over homes” LINK

The Hill’s Kim Hart: “Stimulus spending too fast, group warns” LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Federal grip steadies housing market” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “Raft of Deals for Failed Banks Puts U.S. on Hook for Billions” LINK

SENATE:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Will Joe Run?” LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Labor gears up for key governors races” LINK

Politico’s Patrick Gavin: “Bill Moyers disses Dems as ‘spineless’ LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “South Carolina Republicans consider impeaching Mark Sanford” LINK

Politico’s Michael Falcone: “New GOP tactic: The counter-town hall” LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold: “Environmentalists Slow to Adjust in Climate Debate” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Ridge backpedals on pressure to raise terror alert level” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sudeep Reddy: “Frank Said to Back Broader Fed Audits” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“President Obama’s Eulogy for Sen. Kennedy Part 1” LINK

“Kerry and Hatch: Kennedy’s Legacy” LINK

“Kerry and Hatch: CIA Interrogation Tactics” LINK

“Green Room: Did Torture Work?” LINK

“Ted Kennedy, Jr. Remembers His Dad” LINK

“Kennedy Funeral: Prayers of the Faithful” LINK

“Ted Kennedy’s Final Journey to Boston” LINK

“Health Care Reform Legacy for Kennedy?” LINK

“Crowds Line Up for Kennedy Motorcade” LINK

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