The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Aug 25, 2009 4:36am

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’ PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CARRIE HALPERIN, CLAUDIA MORALES and DOMINICK TAO

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HEALTH CARE REFORM:

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Teddy Davis: “RNC Chairman Michael Steele Jabs Dems on Medicare, But Hasn’t Always Been Against Cuts” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing: “‘GOP Pushes Health ‘Bill of Rights’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr.: “GOP Tees Up Medicare Manifesto” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Allies Find Words Fail Them” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin: “Grassley Airs Doubts About Health Bill” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Dale McFeatters: “Ted Kennedy: Two senators not so “vital” after all” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: “Dems increase talk of moving healthcare without GOP” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Thomas H. Maugh II: “Swine flu could hospitalize 2 million in U.S. this winter” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kristi Jourdan: “Country fears back to school, back to flu” LINK

Time Magazine’ Michael Schierer: “How Abortion Could Imperil Health-Care Reform” LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates: “Democrats plan hundreds of reform rallies” LINK

The New York Times’ Kevin Sack: “Calm, but Moved to Be Heard on Health Care” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:

ABC News’ Yunji De Nies, Stephanie Z. Smith and Karen Travers: “Secret Service Visit Kennedy Compound, Will Obama See Ailing Senator?” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “President’s reading list a hefty one” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser and Susan Milligan: “A booty shake, but no mulligans” LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: “Obama to nominate Bernanke to second term” LINK

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “’Pay czar’ to monitor big bonuses” LINK

New York Daily News’ David Staltonstall: “President Obama begins vacation on Martha’s Vineyard with round of golf” LINK

The New York Times’ David Johnston: “Rendition to Continue, but With Better Oversight, U.S. Says” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND BEN S. BERNANKE:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies: “President Obama to Nominate Bernake to Second Term” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear and Neil Irwin: “Bernanke to Be Reappointed as Fed Chairman” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Sasha Issenberg: “Frank focused on reshaping US finance” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Hilsenrath, David Wessel and Sudeep Reddy: “Obama to Reappoint Bernanke as Fed Chief” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Scott Lanman: “Bernanke to Be Nominated by Obama for Second Term as Fed Chief” LINK

Politico’s Vaughn Ververs: “President Obama to reappoint Fed Chair Ben Bernanke” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan: “Obama Bets Afghan Farmers Can Help Yield Victory Over Taliban” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Laura King: “As discord mounts, Afghan officials promise preliminary election results Tuesday” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Liz Sly and Caesar Ahmed: “Iraqi prime minister to go it alone in national elections” LINK

The Washington Times’ David W. Jones: “U.S. monitor hears of horrors in Afghan vote” LINK

CIA / TORTURE:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia and Jason Ryan: “CIA Releases Documents Fmr. Vice President Cheney Requested Be Made Public” LINK

ABC News’ Jason Ryan: “Holder to Appoint Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Terror Interrogations” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “DOJ probe opens divides with Hill, CIA” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Justice to probe alleged CIA abuse” LINK

USA Today’s Peter Eisler: “CIA report spurs review of interrogations” LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Finn, Joby Warrick and Julie Tate: “CIA Report Calls Oversight Of Early Interrogations Poor” LINK

The Washington Post’s R. Jeffrey Smith: “Two Administrations Drew Different Lessons From 2004 Report” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane: “Inquiry ordered into CIA methods” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman, Peter Spiegel and Cam Simpson: “Special Prosecutor to Probe CIA Handling of Terror Suspects” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rowley and Christopher Stern: “Holder’s Decision on Probing CIA Tactics May Mean Prosecutions” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Roxana Tiron: “Justice to probe CIA in major shift” LINK

Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball: “Will Holder’s ‘Reckoning’ on Detainee Abuse Fall Flat?” LINK

Time Magazine’s Bobby Ghosh: “Five Questions for the CIA IG’s Interrogation Report” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane: “C.I.A. Abuse Cases Detailed in Report on Detainees” LINK

CASH FOR CLUNKERS:

ABC News’ Alice Gomstyn and Daniel Arnall: “Clunkers’ Tab So Far: $2.58 Billion” LINK

USA Today’s Sharon Silke Carty: “Cash for clunkers filing time extended” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sudeep Reddy: “Dealers Get More Time to File for Clunker Rebates” LINK

ECONOMY:

USA Today’s Wendy Koch: “Cutbacks pinch homeless programs” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Laris: “From Bulldozer to Foreclosure” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Noah Bierman: “Summer of surprise standstills” LINK

Newsweek’s Robert J. Samuelson: “High Speed Boondoggle” LINK

Politico’s Lisa Lerer and Victoria McGrane: “Can the White House clean up executive pay mess?” LINK

AFGHAN VOTING:

The Washington Post’s Pamela Constable: “Karzai Won Election Convincingly, Afghan Cabinet Minister Says” LINK

The New York Times’ Carlotta Gall: “Afghan Cabinet Minister Claims Karzai Victory” LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

The Associated Press’ John Porretto: “Oil inches to $75 a barrel” LINK

The New York Times’ Keith Bradsher: “China’s Drive to Go Solar Outshines U.S. Efforts” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Simon: “Next Year’s Census Count Promises to Rejigger Political Map” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Secret Reports of Terror Interrogations” LINK

“Government Shuts Down Car Rebates” LINK

“The Obamas’ Martha’s Vineyard Vacation” LINK

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