The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, September 28, 2009

Sep 28, 2009 4:01am

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 Desk Assistants’ JAYCE HENDERSON, PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES, CARRIE HALPERIN and DOMINICK TAO

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IRAN:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “More Secret Nuke Sites in Iran?” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Nia-Malika Henderson: “Obama: Iran ‘on notice’ to comply” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “U.S. Is Seeking a Range of Sanctions Against Iran” LINK

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus and Karen DeYoung: “Iran Tests Missiles On Eve Of Talks” LINK

Time’s Massimo Calabresi: “Ahmadinejad Rejects Obama's Nuclear Warning” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Paul Richter: “Defense Secretary Robert Gates says severe sanctions on Iran could work” LINK

The Washington Times' Eli Lake and Sean Lengell: “Iran tests missiles after nuke disclosure” LINK

The Associated Press: "Obama reiterates ultimatum to Iran on nukes" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Steve Stecklow and Farnaz Fassihi: “Iran's Global Foray Has Mixed Results” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Gates: Afghan Troop Decision in ‘Few Weeks’” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Gates on Closing Gitmo: ‘It’s Going to Take a Little Longer’” LINK

Politico’s Harry Siegel: “Gates: Troops decision in ‘a few weeks’” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “U.S., Allies Vow Support for Karzai” LINK

Newsweek’s Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau: “The Taliban in Their Own Words” LINK

The Hill's Aaron Blake: “Despite pressure, McChrystal to hold firm on request for troops” LINK

The Washington Times' Nicholas Kralev: “Merkel's win signals closer U.S.-Germany ties” LINK

The Washington Times' Sean Lengell: “Gates: Afghan exit timeline 'a mistake'” LINK

The Boston Globe's Farah Stockman: "Little power for Afghans elected to local councils" LINK

The Associated Press' Jim Kuhnhenn: "Gates: Mistake to set Afghan withdrawal timelines" LINK

G-20:

Bloomberg’s Rich Miller and Simon Kennedy: “G-20 Plans to End ‘Financial Balance of Terror’ After Summit” LINK

G.O.P./DEMOCRATS:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Bill Clinton Says Right-Wing Conspiracy Now After President Obama” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “McCain: President Will Make the Right Decision” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Whitman’s Votes” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan: “Bill Clinton: ’10 won’t be ’94 takeover redux” LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen: “Bill Clinton: Right wing is weaker” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich: “New Cheney Taking Stage for the G.O.P.” LINK

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift: “Majority Report: Some liberals think Democrats should purge their more conservative members, but do they want to be in the minority?” LINK

The Associated Press: "Clinton says 2010 elections won't be as bad as '94" LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Robert Pear: “Reid the Quarterback May Call on Obama to Referee” LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: “Officials, lawmakers get preview of health plan clearinghouse” LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: “Liberals seek health-care access for illegals” LINK

USA Today's John Fritze: "Sen. Rockefeller seeks to extend health bill's protections" LINK

The Boston Globe's Kay Lazar: "State’s health system popular" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Avery Johnson: “Insurers Tally Up Baucus Bill Provisions” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Nicole Gaouette: “Democrats Step Up Pressure on Insurers Over Public Option, Tax” LINK

ECONOMY / BAILOUT / STIMULUS / HOUSING:

The Associated Press: "Job losses, early retirements hurt Social Security" Job losses, early retirements hurt Social Security" LINK

USA Today's Judy Keen: "Confidence, optimism grow in pockets of U.S. as firms rehire" LINK

USA Today's Kathy Chu: "FDIC chief wants overdraft fees restricted" LINK

USA Today's Chris Joyner: "Growers reap fruits of labor at farmers markets" LINK

The Boston Globe's Peter Schworm: "You better watch out" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

NY Daily News’ Samuel Goldsmith: “New Jersey kids sing about President Obama; get slammed by Fox News” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon: “$35 Billion Slated for Local Housing” LINK

Bloomberg’s Dawn Kopecki: “State Housing Agencies in U.S. Said Slated for Treasury Help” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rich Miller: “Unemployment Confronts Obama Rhetoric With Chronic Joblessness” LINK

Bloomberg’s Janine Zacharia and Justin Blum: “Yemenis Pose Threat to Obama’s Plan to Shut Guantanamo Prison” LINK

MASS. SENATE SEAT:

The Boston Herald’s Laurel J. Sweet: “New hopeful for Ted Kennedy’s seat has right name for job” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Hill's Jim Snyder: “Senate climate bill lobbying places focus on ‘price collar’” LINK

USA Today's Calum MacLeod: "China sees unfulfilled potential in the wind" LINK

2010 RACE:

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “A declaration of independents in 2010” LINK

CONGRESS/COUNTRYWIDE:

The Hill's Silla Brush: “Controversial financial protection proposal in spotlight with hearing” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John R. Emshwiller: “Phone Calls Add to Din Over Loans” LINK

COLUMNIST WILLIAM SAFIRE:

USA Today's On Deadline blog: "Columnist Safire dead at 79" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Los Angeles Times' Robin Abcarian: “A new push to define 'person,' and to outlaw abortion in the process” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Richard Boudreaux: “Israeli riot police, Palestinians clash at holy site” LINK

USA Today's Gregg Zoroya: "Joint Chiefs chairman seeks brain-injury limit" LINK

The Associated Press: "Obama wants nation’s children to spend more time in school" LINK

The Associated Press: "US program misses problem nursing homes" LINK

The Associated Press: "Bill Clinton speaks of vast, right-wing conspiracy" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Conkey: “States Rush to Avoid Losing $9 Billion in Highway Funds” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Sec. Gates on Afghanistan War Strategy” LINK

“Sen. McCain: Obama Will Make the Right Decision” LINK

“Gates to Ahmadinejad: No Apology” LINK

“Paul Kirk Sworn in as Kennedy Replacement” LINK

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