The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, August 13, 2009

Aug 13, 2009 4:25am

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’ JAYCE HENDERSON, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES, CARRIE HALPERIN, VALENCIA WICKER and GEORGIA DAWKINS

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Ted Kennedy Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom in Absentia” LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns and Carol E. Lee: “President Obama grants medals to Milk, King” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Senate ‘pillar’ Kennedy gets Medal of Freedom” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama gives Medal of Freedom to 16 Luminaries” LINK

New York Daily News’ Michael Sheridan: “Obama honors 16 with Presidential Medal of Freedom; Sidney Poitier, Stephen Hawking included” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “Presidential Vacations Carry Heavy Baggage” LINK

The Washington Times' Andrea Billups: “Trinkets that stick it to Obama start to sell” LINK

Wall Street Journal Opinion by Karl Rove: “Obama and the Permanent Campaign” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Huma Khan: “Obama’s Health Care Push Faces Citizens’ Mounting Concern Over Deficit” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos:"Murkowski attacks Palin on ‘death panels’” LINK

Politico’s Victoria McGrane and Chris Frates: “The Democrats senior problem” LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer: “At town halls, Grassley retreats” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Steele laughs at Specter” LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates: “Plan B for business groups: Going negative” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Poll: Health care views take sympathetic tilt” LINK

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “Health Care Protest Déjà vu: Welcome to 1994” LINK

The Hill's Molly K. Hooper: “Rep. Cao to sit down with Obama on healthcare” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: “Former exec: Insurers fomenting town hall chaos” LINK

The Washington Times' Jennifer Haberkorn: “AARP wields its power in health care debate” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Christi Parsons and Mark Silva: “Obama heading West to plug healthcare reform” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Emanuel's Brother Becomes a Target” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “End-of-Life Provision Loses Favor” LINK

Boston Herald editorial staff: “Obama’s big lie” LINK

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick: “Obama Injects Himself Into Health Talks, Despite Risks” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karla Adam: “Health-Reform Rhetoric Gets Personal for Britons” LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “At Town Hall, A Turning Point?” LINK

The Washington Post’s Aaron Davis: “Raucous Crowd Greets Cardin at Health-Care Town Hall in Hagerstown” LINK

Time Magazine’s Kate Pickert: “Health-Insurance Exchanges: What They Would (and Wouldn't) Do” LINK

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR:

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Obama Praises Sotomayor, Senate for Tearing Down Barriers” LINK

USA Today’s staff and wire reports: “Obama honors ‘agents of change” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times' David Zucchino: “Deadly contractor incident sours Afghans on U.S.” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Borzou Daragahi: “Iran opposition leader decries 'show trials,' prisoner treatment” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Will Connors: “Clinton Urges Overhaul of Nigeria Elections” LINK

GOP:

Boston Herald’s Edward Mason: “Mitt Romney has early lead in N.H. poll” LINK

Time Magazine’s Michael Grunwald: “GOP at War with Itself in Florida Senate Race” LINK

The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman: “Cheney Uncloaks His Frustration With Bush” LINK

ECONOMY:

USA Today’s Matt Kelley and Brad Heath: “Some states get share of stimulus faster” LINK

Newsweek’s Nancy Cook: “Start your own business, Now” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin: “'Fastest Dying Cities' Meet for a Lively Talk” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Ralph Vartabedian and Ken Bensinger: “Why 'clunkers' program won't take some of the most polluting cars” LINK

CLIMATE CHANGE, THE ENVIROMENT & ENERGY REFORM:

The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath: “Cap-and-Trade's Unlikely Critics: Its Creators” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Lauren Etter: “Food Firms Fret Over Potential Impact of Climate Bill” LINK

The New York Times’ Cornelia Dean: “Bush Mining Rule to Stand” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey A. Fowler: “Gay-Marriage Bid Is Delayed” LINK

Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff: “A Vindication of Iglesias?” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Hillary Compares U.S. Election to Nigeria's” LINK

“Tapper on $1.27 Trillion Deficit” LINK

“Ted Kennedy Receives Medal of Freedom” LINK

“Obama Awards Presidential Medals of Freedom” LINK

“Obama: Sotomayor's Rise Is America's Story” LINK

“Sotomayor 'Grateful' to America” <a LINK

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