The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, August 21, 2009

Aug 21, 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’ PETER MARTINEZ, CLAUDIA MORALES, VALENCIA WICKER, GEORGIA DAWKINS and DOMINICK TAO

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HEALTH CARE REFORM:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller: “President Obama Preparing to Go It Alone with Just Democrats on Health Care Reform?” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Chris Parsons and Mark Silva: “Obama tries to ‘cut through the noise’ on healthcare” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Naftali Bendavid: “Obama Faults GOP in Health Debate” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid and Gary Fields: “AARP Takes Heat Over Health Stand” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Capital Journal: “Scaled-Down Health Bill Is Democrats’ Less-Risky Path” LINK

The Wall Street Journal Opinion by Heather Richardson Higgins: “No Compromise on Health ‘Reform’” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Catherine Dodge: “Pelosi Says ‘No Way’ Health Plan Can Pass Without Public Option” LINK

New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse: “Obama Insists Health Plan Will Pass” LINK

New York Times’ Kevin Sack: “Where Elderly Back Obama, Health Bill Anxiety” LINK

New York Times’ Robert Pear: “A Basis Is Seen for Some Health Plan Fears Among the Elderly” LINK

Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Anne E. Kornblut: “Key Senators Discuss Trimming Health Bill” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “White House health plan back to square one” LINK

Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish: “A floundering campaign on health care” LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Health insurance debate turns to issue of co-ops” LINK

USA Today’s Staff and wire reports: “Obama guarantees health care overhaul” LINK

Newsweek’s Howard Fineman: “One health care, Obama should read His Teddy Roosevelt” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus: “Obama drops by immigration meeting, promises reform” LINK

The Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni: “Remember Iowa, Obama tells supporters” LINK

Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Jon Cohen: “Faith in Obama Drops As Reform Fears Rise” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Nick Schifrin and Aleem Agha: “Afghans Exhale As Voting Winds Down” LINK

USA Today’s Jim Michaels: “Afghans’ next test: Tallying votes” LINK

Newsweek’s Ron Moreau and Sami Yousafzai: “Afghanistan’s Anticlimactic Presidential Elections” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE ECONOMY:

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Obama Taking Hands-Off Stance on Citi, AIG Pay, Jarrett Says” LINK

USA Today’s Kitty Bean Yancey: “Martha’s Vineyard abuzz about the Obamas” LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: Following the money from defense lobby” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Gross: “Paid is the new free” LINK

CASH FOR CLUNKERS:

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “‘Cash for clunkers’ program to end Monday” LINK

The Washington Times’ William Ehart: “‘Cash for clunkers’ program runs out of gas” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ken Bensinger and Martin Zimmerman and Christi Parsons: “’Cash for clunkers’ program ends Monday, raising concerns for car industry” LINK

New York Times’ Nick Bunkley: “Government Will End Clunker Program Early” LINK

BUSH ADMINISTRATION:

Politico’s Andy Barr: “George W. Bush vets dismiss Tom Ridge claims” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

Boston Herald’s Dave Wedge: “Sen. Edward M. Kennedy bid fuels GOP wrath” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: “Democrats continue attacks on insurance industry” LINK

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “Western Democrats brace for ’10 pitfalls” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Tim Pawlenty: Voters ‘ticked off and scared’” LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “Mitt Romney’s fundraising slows” LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten and Kathy Kiely: “Ailing Kennedy asks for speedy replacement process” LINK

GITMO:

The Washington Times’ Sarah Abruzzese and Kristi Jourdan: “Va. court strong prospect for Gitmo trial” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Obama addresses immigration reform” LINK

AFGHAN ELECTION:

The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Rosenberg, Anand Gopal and Yochi J. Dreazen: “Attacks Shake Up Afghan Balloting” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Anand Gopal: “Afghans Face Multiple Obstacles in Going to Polls” LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: “Special interests battle for climate-change ground” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Simon: “Capitol dome could be glowing example of energy efficiency” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: “Ridge Raises Ruckus Over Terror Alert” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Amy Schatz: “FCC Plans Broad Review Of Wireless Industry” LINK

Time Magazine’s Bobby Ghosh: “Officials Defend CIA’s Use of Contractors” LINK

USA Today’s Andrea Stone: “Lockerbie bomber’s release called ‘insult’” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama Defends Sebelius’ Remarks on Public Option” LINK

“LaHood: Clunkers Will End Before Labor Day” LINK

“Sen. Ensign: I Did Nothing ‘Legally Wrong’” LINK

“Election Day in Afghanistan” LINK

“Health Care Town Hall Highlights” LINK

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