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

By Jayson

Aug 20, 2009 4:12am

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, VALENCIA WICKER, AND KRISTEN RED-HORSE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

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

HEALTH CARE:

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

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

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

AFGHANISTAN ELECTION:

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

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

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

CIA:

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

ECONOMY:

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

OTHER MUST-READS:

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

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“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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