The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, August 6, 2009

Aug 6, 2009 4:58am

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’ Stephen Labaton: “Geithner Takes Regulators to Task on Turf Battle” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Obama Back in Indiana With Message and Aid” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Dems seek to unite for recess push” LINK

The Hill’s Silla Brush and Jim Snyder: “Small firms rake in big business along K Street” LINK

The Hill’s Michael O’Brien and Molly K. Hooper: “Parties cry foul over spate of homestate showdowns” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ P.J. Huffstutter: “In Indiana, Obama declares stimulus is working” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Silva: “Obama ‘extraordinarily relieved’ by journalists’ return from North Korea” LINK

USA Today’s Rick Jervis and Alan Gomez: “Louisiana’s Jefferson convicted of bribery” LINK

USA Today’s Alan Zibel: “Report: Housing agency chief Lockhart to step down” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Centrist Democrats Upbeat on Health Care Bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery: “Senators Closer to Health Package” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rcuker and Dan Eggen: “Protests at Democrats’ Health-Care Events Spark Political Tug of War” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt: “Sen. Enzi Won’t Rush Into Health-Bill Deal” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Huck: Obama ‘most pro-abortion’ pres.” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE, HILLARY CLINTON:

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan and Stephanie McCrummen: “Clinton Pushes Kenyan Reforms” LINK

Bloomberg Commentary by Margaret Carlson: “Roving Bill Delivers Goods as Hillary Ascends” LINK

SUPREME COURT NOMINEE, SONIA SOTOMAYOR:

The Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein and Paul Kane: “Democrats Rally for Sotomayor” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Gregg says He’ll vote for Sotomayor” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Sotomayor gains more Republican support in the Senate” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Kristina Peterson: “GOP Eyes Next Court Pick With Sotomayor Vote” LINK

Politico’s David Rogers:”Sonia Sotomayor tops Senate sprint to recess” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Judd Gregg is 8th Republican to back Sotomayor” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Sotomayor picks up additional GOP support” LINK

ECONOMY:

The Washington Times’ Jim McElhatton: “Postal closings, fewer mail days eyed” LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: “Drop in Homeownership likely to continue” LINK

USA Today’s Mary Beth Schneider: “Obama announces $2.4B in stimulus money for 25 states” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The New York Times’ Nina Bernstein: “U.S. to Reform Policy on Detention for Immigrants” LINK

CASH FOR CLUNKERS:

Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Keane and Holly Rosenkrantz: “Senate Leaders Seek to Pass ‘Cash For Clunkers’ Without Changes” LINK

DOMESTIC AND MORTGAGE CRISIS:

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick: “White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost” LINK

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb and David Cho: “U.S. Considers Remaking Mortgage Giants” LINK

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb: “Regulator of Mortgage Giants to Step Down” LINK

NORTH KOREA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “After Clinton Trip, U.S. Studies Signals From N. Korea” LINK

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler: “Special Contacts Aided Release” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Henry Chu: “New NATO chief makes surprise trip to Afghanistan” LINK

Times’ Omar Waraich: “Pakistan: Who’s Attacking the Christians?” LINK

Times’ Staff “Street Protests Don’t Stop as Ahmadinejad Begins a New Term” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston: “North Korea Wanted Only Bill Clinton for Mission to Free Women” LINK

ABC News’ Kirit Radia, Sunlen Miller and Yunji Denies: “Behind the Scenes in the Deal With North Korea” LINK

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and Huma Khan: “Jailed Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee Arrive in California with Bill Clinton” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Whoops! Gibbs Retracts Calling Ahmadinejad the “Elected Leader” of Iran” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Steven Portnoy reports: “A First Hand View of a Raucous Town Hall Meeting” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIORNMENT:

The Washington Times’ Jerry Seper: “Stimulus to aid foreign battery makers” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The New York Times’ David Stout: “Ex-Rep. Jefferson Convicted in Bribery Scheme” LINK

The New York Times’ David Stout: “Ford Would-Be Assassin to Be Paroled” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Foon Rhee: “Romney has book deal” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Dionne Searcey: “Jefferson Guilty in Bribery Trial” LINK

Bloomberg’s Cary O’Reilly: “Ex-Congressman William Jefferson Convicted of Soliciting Bribes” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan: “William Jefferson convicted in freezer cash case” LINK

USA Today’s Dan Vergano: “Report urges separation of science and state” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama Announces New Investment in Electric Cars” LINK

“Tearful Ling: Our Nightmare Has Ended” LINK

“Hillary Clinton Commends Humanitarian Effort” LINK

“Clinton Diplomacy and Health Care” LINK

“Freed Journalists Are Home!” LINK

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