The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Aug 12, 2009 4:34am

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, VALENCIA WICKER and GEORGIA DAWKINS

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PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “White House Objects to “School Lunch” Advocates’ Poster Mentioning Obama Daughters” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Rendell: ‘Birthers are absolutely nuts’ LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “White House rebukes ad featuring first daughters, Sasha and Malia” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Jonathan Weisman: “A President as Micromanager: How Much Detail Is Enough?” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sarah N. Lynch: “Derivatives Overhaul Seeks to Reduce Risk” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joe Davidson: “Obama Follows Clinton’s Lead On Creating Labor Council” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alicia Mundy: “Drug Chief at the FDA Is Accused Of Conflict” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Conkey: “FAA Criticized Over Stimulus Projects” LINK

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: “Report takes issue with FAA grants” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Huma Khan and John Berman: “Obama: Health Care Critics Creating ‘Boogeymen’ That Aren’t Real’” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Under Pressure, Obama Defends Health-Care Plan” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Hans Nichols: “Obama Urges Public to Ignore ’Scare Tactics’ in Health Debate” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot: “Critics: Prez’s health care meeting ‘packed with supporters’” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Obama takes on health care critics” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and Susan Page: “Obama battles health care ‘chatter’” LINK

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “Health care Protest Déjà vu: Welcome to 1994” LINK

The Hill's J. Taylor Rushing: “Dem healthcare talking points: Change over status quo” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Christi Parsons and Janet Hook: “Obama takes the stand on healthcare” LINK

New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: “Town halls or town brawls? Protesters line up early to confront President Obama on health care” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper: “Obama Offers Reassurance on Plan to Overhaul Health Care” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz: “What They’re Really Arguing About” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Michael Shear: “Obama Faces Scare Tactics Head-On” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Montgomery: “Going to the Mat On Health-Care Bill” LINK

2006 FIRINGS OF U.S. ATTORNEYS:

ABC News’ Jason Ryan and Pierre Thomas: “New Docs Show Effort to Oust U.S. Attorneys” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “Democrats Release Documents Related to Lawyer Firings” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Tom Hamburger and David G. Savage: “Karl Rove took active role in U.S. attorney's firing, documents show” LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Lichtblau and Eric Lipton: “E-Mail Reveals Rove’s Key Role in ’06 Dismissals” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia and Dana Hughes: “Clinton Visits Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be a Woman” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Israel invite clouds President Obama’s nuclear summit” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “Student's Nerves Are Cited in Clinton's Reply” LINK

Bloomberg’s Janine Zacharia: “Clinton to Balance Oil Need, Anti-Graft Demands in Nigeria Stop” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas and Tracy Wilkinson: “At Mexico summit, Obama says immigration reform will have to wait” LINK

The Washington Times' Sara A. Carter and Eli Lake: “Kuwait, U.S. team up to halt plot” LINK

The Hill's Mike Soraghan: “Liberals urge Obama to do more in Honduras” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung and Greg Jaffe: “U.S. Ambassador Seeks More Money for Afghanistan” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan and Stephanie McCrummen: “Clinton Condemns Attacks on Civilians in E. Congo” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The New York Times’ Janie Lorber: “U.S. Bares Alien Files Kept on Immigrants” LINK

The New York Times’ James McKinley Jr.: “Napolitano Focuses on Immigration Enforcement” LINK

DEMS/GOP:

Politico’s Mike Allen: “White House irked by GOP tactic” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Santorum dips toes in 2012 Iowa waters” LINK

ECONOMY:

USA Today’s Dennis Cauchon: “Oklahoma City defies recession” LINK

USA Today’s Daniel Wagner: “‘COP’ Warns that bad assets still threaten banks” LINK

Bloomberg’s Shobhana Chandra and Kristy Scheuble: “U.S. Enters Recovery as Stimulus Refutes Skeptics, Survey Shows” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and August Cole: “House Leaders Pare Pentagon Jet Order Amid Growing Outcry” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and T.W. Farnam: “Congress Retreats Over Jet Purchase” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Senate ‘pillar’ Edward Kennedy gets Medal of Freedom” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth: “Clunkers Program Clears Out Car Lots” LINK

The New York Times’ Ralph Blumenthal: “Corruption Found at Waterfront Watchdog” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama Debunks Health Bill's 'Death Panel' Rule” LINK

“Protesters Greet Obama in N.H.” LINK

“Clinton Stands Up for African Women” LINK

“Paying for Health Care Reform” LINK

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