The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, August 7, 2009

Aug 7, 2009 5:05am

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 New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “Results of State Elections May Show How Obama Is Doing” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Solomont tapped as Obama’s man in Madrid” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Jeffrey Young: “Axelrod gives Dems their health talking points” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “President Obama injects into Creigh Deeds’ campaign” LINK

ABC News’ Russell Goldman: “White House Calls Birthers’ Rumors Worthy of Hollywood” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ David Sanger, Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker: “White House Struggles to Gauge Afghan Success” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Barbara Demick: “China lawyer who fought unfair arrest is arrested” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Edmund Sanders: “Hillary Clinton’s Africa trip signals new U.S. commitment to Somalia” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Megan K. Stack: “Year later, Russia’s victory over Georgia cuts both ways” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “U.S. no longer at war with ‘terrorism’” LINK

Times’ Nick Wadhams: “In Africa, Can Clinton Be Obama’s Surrogate?” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman and Evan Perez: “Doubt Raised on Gitmo Closing Date” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “White House Homeland Security Czar Concedes Possible Delays in Closing Gitmo, Outlines New War on Al QaedaLINK

Newsweek: “Tough Talk: Barack Obama is soft on Africa’s Dictators” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Senators Hear Concerns Over Costs of Health Proposal” LINK

The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein: “Republicans Propagating Falsehoods in Attacks on Health-Care Reform” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: “Democrats Weigh the Calculus of Public Insurance” LINK

Times’ Kate Pickert: “What Insurers Are Trying to Get Out of Health Reform” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “White House Vows to Defend Democrats on Health Reform” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley: “Durbin Says August Recess Will Help Democrats Sell Health Bill” LINK

CASH FOR CLUNKERS:

The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth and Perry Bacon Jr.: “With Senate Vote, Congress Refuels Clunkers Program” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Corey Boles: “Senate Adds $2 Billion to ‘Clunkers’ Plan” LINK

Bloomberg’s Holly Rosenkrantz and Angela Greiling Keane: “Congress Sends Obama $2 Billion Measure to Boost ‘Clunkers’” LINK

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Huma Khan and Z. Byron Wolf: “Congress Passes $2 Billion Extension of ‘Cash for Clunkers’ Program: LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “Cash-for-clunkers flush with cash again” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The Wall Street Journal’s Cam Simpson: “Immigration Effort Draws GOP Backer” LINK

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, SONIA SOTOMAYOR:

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “Sotomayor Confirmed by Senate, 68-31” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Sotomayor Faces Heavy Workload of Complex Cases” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “Alaska freshman pegs Sotomayor as a moderate” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage and James Oliphant: “Sotomayor will bring unique perspective to the Supreme Court” LINK

DEMS/GOP:

The Hill’s Bridget Johnson: “Cantor swipes at Obama policy on Mideast trip” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Senate Confirms Sotomayor in Largely Partisan 68-31 Vote” LINK

Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr: “Sotomayor Vote Makes History Without Changing Court’s Balance” LINK

Boston Herald Editorial Staff: “The Sotomayor vote” LINK

ABC News’ Nitya Venkataraman: “Senate Votes Sonia Sotomayor As First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Supreme Court snoozer for Sotomayor” LINK

USA Today’s Marisol Bello: “On sidelines, Hispanics cheer Sotomayor” LINK

ECONOMY AND MORTGAGE CRISIS:

The New York Times’ Edmund L. Andrews: “With Jobs Data Due, Experts See Some Lift From Stimulus” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho and Zachary Goldfarb: “Mortgage Giants’ Revamp Disputed” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Senate approves $2 billion for ‘cash for clunkers’” LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: “Senate OKs expansion of cash-for-clunkers program” LINK

CONGRESS:

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick: “Democrats Say No to Cost Cap for Drug Manufacturers” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins: “Congress Gets an Upgrade” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John R. Emshwiller: “Key Lawmaker Received Countrywide Loans” LINK

Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins: “Gillibrand: ‘Where’s Carl from?’” LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

The New York Times’ John Broder: “Climate Bill Is Threatened by Senators” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Limbaugh compares Democrats to Nazis” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Susan Davis: “Edwards Ex-Mistress Appears at Court” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Rahm Emanuel warns liberal groups to stop ads” LINK

USA Today’s Ken Dilanian: “DHL to pay $9.4M fine to settle shipping dispute” LINK

USA Today’s Gregg Toppo: “Schools may serve as swine flu immunization centers” LINK

USA Today’s Elizabeth Weise: “FDA Chief vows new, tougher stance on food, drug safety” LINK

Newsweek’s Nita Ghei: “The argument against paid family leave” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama ‘Very Happy’ With Sotomayor Confirmation” LINK

“North Korea Meeting: Dangerous Precedent?” LINK

“Hillary’s African Tour Overshadowed by Bill” LINK

“Months of Negotiations Led to N.K. Meeting” LINK

“Franken Presides Over Sotomayor Vote” LINK

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