The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Aug 4, 2009 4:26am

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The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima: “Top Cybersecurity Aide At White House Resigns” LINK

The Wall Journal’s Evan Perez: “White House Counsel’s Job at Stake” LINK

The Wall Journal’s Siobhan Gorman: “Security Cyber Czar Steps Down” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Sam Youngman: “Tax trial balloon pops” LINK

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus and Silla Brush: “No hard feelings – lobbyists pay $1M to honor Obama” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger: “Obama gives powerful drug lobby a seat at healthcare table” LINK


The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Obama Renews Vow of No Middle-Class Tax Increase” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Ken Bazinet: “White House spokesman Robert Gibbs: President Obama not considering tax hike for middle class” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Kate Andersen Brower: “Obama Standing Firm on No Middle-Class Tax Increase, Gibbs Says” LINK

Boston Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald: “President Obama undercuts aides’ talk of middle-class tax” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Kristina Wong: “Mixed Message From Administration on Taxes” LINK


The New York Times’ Matthew Wald and Nick Bunkley: “Spurring Sales, Car Rebate Plan Is Left Up in Air” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth: “Cash for Clunkers Deal Drives Auto Sales” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff: “Obama administration driven to extend Cash for Clunkers but worried Senate won’t refuel program” LINK

The Wall Journal’s Kevin Helliker: “The Killer App for Clunkers Breathes Fresh Life Into ‘Liquid Glass’” LINK

Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Keane and Mark Drajem: “‘Cash-For-Clunkers’ Prospects Improve With Feinstein Support” LINK


USA Today’s Randolph E. Schmid: “Post office looking at closing hundreds of offices” LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: “’Cash-for-clunkers’ gets credit as car sales skyrocket in July” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ken Bensinger and Jim Puzzanghera: “’Cash for clunkers’ gives a boost to July auto sales” LINK

ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe and Jayson Ryan: “BofA Charged With Misleading Investors In Merrill Merger, Penalized $33M” LINK


The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Peter Baker: “Bill Clinton in North Korea to Seek Release of U.S. Reporters” LINK

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: “Reports: Bill Clinton Arrives in N. Korea” LINK

Bloomberg’s Heejin Koo: “Bill Clinton Lands in North Korea, May Ease Tension” LINK

USA Today’s Donna Leinwand: “Clinton presses Iran about missing Americans” LINK

Newsweek’s Duncan Hewitt: “They’re Not going to Take it” LINK

Times’ Staff: “Iran’s Wall Street: Whom Does the Bazaar Back?” LINK

The Hill’s Bridget Johnson: “Clinton ‘concerned’ about hikers, still engaging Iran” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Carolyn Cole: “Afghanistan ride-a-long with Gen. Stanley McChrystal” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ John M. Glionna and Paul Richter: “Bill Clinton heads to North Korea in bid to free journalists” LINK

The Washington Times’ Eli Lake: “EXCLUSIVE: U.S. seeks to protect Iran terror group” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama Texts Africans: Follow Hillary!” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “Bill Clinton begins rescue mission” LINK


The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Sheryl Stolberg: “Health Plan Opponents Make Voices Heard” LINK

The Wall Journal’s Don Clark: “Take Two Digital Pills and Call Me in the Morning” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Michael Barone: “Health-care reform’s just another clunker” LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: “9/15- The New, New Health Care Deadline” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Clock ticking on bipartisan bill” LINK


The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Obama Administration Weighs in on State Secrets, Raising Concern on the Left” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson: “How Obama Snared the Lion of the Senate” LINK

The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and David Fahrenthold: “For Senate, a Climate of Competing Interests” LINK

The Hill’s J. Taylor Rushing: “Reid juggles hectic final week agenda” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Silva: “New GI Bill to give vets $78 billion in tuition benefits” LINK


The New York Times’ David Stout: “McCain Opposes Sotomayor” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Republican support for Sotomayor looks paltry” LINK


Times’ Coco Masters Alexander Bolton and Sam Youngman: “Nissan’s New Leaf: An Electric Car and Charging Stations Too” LINK

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: “Coal group ‘outraged’ by forgeries” LINK

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: “EIA says costs of climate bill modest at first” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ronald D. White: “Pump prices are on the rise” LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates: “Edward Markey raps coal group on forgeries” LINK


The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Beer Industry hits MADD over beer summit” LINK

The Wall Journal’s Alex P. Kellogg: “Two Cities Hurt by Auto Woes To Vote on a Path for Future” LINK

USA Today’s Gregg Zoroya: “Troops’ families feel weight of war” LINK

USA Today’s Danny Chaitin: “Is biogas the way to San Jose’s energy independence?” LINK

Times’ Josh Quittner: “Why Google’s Schmidt Resigned from Apple’s Board” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jerry Seper: “Panel blasts dismissing Panther case” LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Obama Touts the New GI Bill, Tuition $ for Vets” LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns: “Inside ‘The Battle for America 2008’” LINK


“Will More Troops Be Sent to Afghanistan?” LINK

“McCain to Vote ‘No’ on Sotomayor” LINK

“Obama Touts Importance of New GI Bill” LINK

“Car Sales Speed Up” LINK

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