The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, August 20, 2009

By Jayson

Aug 20, 2009 4:12am

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The Hill’s Jordy Yager: “D.C. delegate calls for ban on guns near Obama” LINK

The New York Times’ Andrew Fuller: “Obama Honors Nascar Drivers” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Post-Partisan Promise Fizzles” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “U.S. Deficit Projection Trimmed for 2009” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler and Roger Runningen: “White House to Cut Deficit Estimate for 2009 to $1.58 Trillion” LINK

Bloomberg’s Robert Schmidt: “Obama May Tap Auto Chief Bloom to Craft Manufacturing Policy” LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Obama encouraged by Mideast steps” LINK


ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Will the WH Use Hillary on Health Care?” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Kate Barrett: “Bipartisan Solution for Health Care? Critical, but Not Dead?” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama to Health Care Reform Opponents: Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness” LINK

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Dem-GOP Split on Health Care Goes Beyond Public Option” LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “David Axelrod’s ties targeted in health fight” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan and Manu Raju: “Sen. Ted Kennedy’s absence felt on health care bill” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “W.H. looks at Dems-only health bill” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Obama turns to faith leaders” LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: “Obama turns to religion to press health agenda” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Healthcare co-ops emerging as viable alternative” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Janet Hook: “Obama takes healthcare effort to grass-roots level” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Cark Hulse: “Obama Calls Health Plan a Moral Obligation” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Perry Bacon Jr.: “Senator Calls for Narrower Measure” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Dean Challenges Obama to Deliver Reform” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Naftali Bendavid: “New Rx for Health Plan: Split Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky: “Lawmaker Gets Flak for Health-Plan Idea” LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Town-Hall Turmoil Causes Trauma for Obama Health-Care Overhaul” LINK

Bloomberg’s Lorraine Woellert and Brian Faler: “House Democrats Examine Health Insurers’ Pay, Profit” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Wayne Woodlief: “‘Real’ death panel at work” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely and John Fritze: “Town hall meetings stir more conservatives to action” LINK

Newsweek’s Ian Yarett: “Beyond “Death Panels”: The Right Way to Die” LINK

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “Red States Tend to Have More Uninsured People” LINK


The Los Angeles Times’ Bettina Boxall: “Fish in streams across U.S. tainted with mercury” LINK

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “It’s farmers vs. fish for California water” LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Oil prices rise as U.S. supply declines” LINK


The AP’s Staff: “As Afghans vote for president, turnout appears low” LINK

Times’ Tony Karon: “What Afghan Election Result is Best for the U.S.?” LINK


The Washington Times’ Ben Conery: “UBS to disclose 4,450 Swiss accounts” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: “After Meeting, N.M. Governor Says N. Koreans Are Ready for Dialogue” LINK

Bloomberg’s Caroline Alexander and Ed Johnson: “Baghdad Bombings Condemned as ‘Senseless’ by U.S. as 95 Killed” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rupert: “Afghans Vote as Taliban Attacks Sap Karzai’s Support” LINK

USA Today’s Nadeem Majeed: “Deadly day rattles Baghdad” LINK

USA Today’s Jim Michaels: “Afghan election raising hopes” LINK

Newsweek’s Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau: “An Inviting Target” LINK


The New York Times’ Mark Mazzetti: “C.I.A. Sought Blackwater’s Help in Plan to Kill Jihadists” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick and Jeffrey Smith: “CIA Hired Firm for Assassin Program” LINK


ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Obama: NASCAR Can Help With American Automaker’s Recovery” LINK

The New York Times’ Edmund Andrews: “Bernanke, a Hero to His Own, Can’t Shake Critics” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Thomas and Dan Strumpf: “LaHood: Car dealers will get their money from clunkers plan” LINK

USA Today’s Jim Michaels: “Afghans: Threats at polls won’t deter them” LINK

USA Today’s Eric J. Lyman: “Lottery fever grips Italy, Jackpot tops $200M” LINK

USA Today’s Kevin McCoy: “UBS must release data on 4,500 suspected tax cheats” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Casselman: “Remember the Alamo? It’s Under Siege Again — This Time From Within” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Margaret Carlson: “Novak Was Tough as Nails, Kind as They Come” LINK

USA Today’s Gregg Zoroya: “Navy research could speed troops’ recovery” LINK

USA Today’s Geir Moulson: “German government: 1 million electric cars by 2020” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Frank Phillips: “Kennedy looks to set stage for successor” LINK

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

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “A right turn for NASCAR” LINK


“Obama: NASCAR Can Aid Auto Industry” LINK

“Dem Rep.: Liberals Won’t ‘Cave’ on Health Care” LINK

“Frank Floored By Nazi Insult at Town Hall” LINK

“Obama Thanks Egyptian President” LINK

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