The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, August 18, 2009

By Jayson

Aug 18, 2009 4:09am

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, GEORGIA DAWKINS, VALENCIA WICKER, AND KRISTEN RED-HORSE

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTATION:

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “Obama backs marriage act repeal” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “Obama Targets Backlog Of Veterans’ Claims” LINK

The Washington Post’s Carrie Johnson: “Obama Says Marriage Law Should Be Repealed” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: “Clinton Puts Spotlight On Women’s Issues” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Emanuel reads to kids–really” LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Both wars are on course, Obama tells vets” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Times’ Matthew Mosk: “Obama stakes claim in Afghan war” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Laura King: “Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai scrambles to hold on” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Borzou Daragahi: “Q & A with Iran diplomat on the postelection unrest” LINK

The Hill’s Bridget Johnson: “Egypt’s Mubarak to talk Mideast peace with Obama” LINK

The New York Times’ Rod Nordland and Sam Dagher: “U.S. Will Release More Members of an Iraqi Shiite Militia” LINK

The New York Times’ Nina Bernstein: “Officials Say Detainee Fatalities Were Missed” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: “State Dept. adds more aid workers in Afghanistan” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers: “Liberals Warn Obama Not to Drop Public Option” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Boehner blasts PhRMA’s Tauzin over healthcare deal” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “White House: No change on public option” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and Gardiner Harris: “Alternate Plan as Health Option Muddies Debate” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse: “Some Democrats Push for Keeping Public Insurance Option” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Lack of Medicare Appointee Puzzles Congress” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Perry Bacon Jr.: “Public Option Called Essential” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Hilzenrath and Alec MacGillis: “Cooperatives Being Pushed as an Alternative to a Government Plan” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Liberals urge Obama to keep public option” LINK

New York Daily News’ James Gordon Meek: “White House signals health care compromise, indications that ‘public option’ may be a goner” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “White House Reassures Allies” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Conrad Defends Health Co-ops Plan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Amy Schatz: “Obama Shuts Email Tip List” LINK

Bloomberg’s Catherine Dodge and Edwin Chen: “Democrats Urge Obama to Keep Government-Run Health-Plan Option” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jeff Bliss: “Armed Protesters Carry Guns Near Obama Appearance, Police Say” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Amity Shlaes: “Health-Care Madness Ensures Obama Someday Wins” LINK

Boston Herald Editorial Staff: “Real health options” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Boehner pens “I told you so” to PhRMA” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely and Mimi Hall: “End-of-life counseling had bipartisan support” LINK

USA Today’s Dan Vergano: “NIH’s new chief pledges to lead research agency ‘as a scientist” LINK

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “House Dems Say Bill won’t Pass Without a Public Option” LINK

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “On Health Care, What Does ‘Getting it Right’ mean?” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Los Angeles Times’ Staff: “Scant rainfall in east China tied to pollution” LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar: “Sierra Club picks Daggett in N.J.” LINK

DEMS/G.O.P.:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Jenny Sanford to Vogue: Husband’s Trysts Were ‘Punches to the Gut’” LINK

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE:

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “DOJ Shifts Tone on Marriage Act” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Justice Dept. hires gay liaison” LINK

ECONOMY:

ABC News’ Brad Heath: “Poll: 57% Don’t See Stimulus Working” LINK

The New York Times’ Jack Healy: “Tax Bills Put Pressure on Struggling Homeowners” LINK

The Washington Post’s Renae Merle: “Unemployment Spike Compounds Foreclosure Crisis” LINK

USA Today’s Martha T. Moore: “Jobs lost as states close prisons” LINK

USA Today’s Emily Bazar: “Bad economy sparks more complaints of wage theft” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Supreme Court to Hear Case on Executive Pay” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Supreme Court Orders New Look at Death Row Case” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The Wall Street Journal’s Cam Simpson: “More Immigration Detainee Deaths Disclosed” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Miriam Jordan: “U.S. Intensifies Audits of Employers” LINK

OTHER MUST READS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Wingfield: “Clouds Over Seattle Mayor’s Election Bid” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stu Woo: “California’s Ills Aid Candidate” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Guns on the Health Care Battlefield” LINK

“Pulling the Plug on a Public Option” LINK

“Health Care Reform Strategy Shift” LINK

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