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

Aug 4, 2009 4:26am

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 and VALENCIA WICKER

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

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

DOMESTIC AFFAIRS:

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

CASH FOR CLUNCKERS:

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

ECONOMY:

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

FOREIGN AFFAIRS/NORTH KOREA:

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

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

HEALTH CARE:

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

CONGRESS:

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

SUPREME COURT:

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

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

ENERGY AND THE ENVIORNMENT:

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

OTHER MUST-READS:

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

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“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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