The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, September 21, 2009

By Jayson

Sep 21, 2009 4:15am

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 PETER MARTINEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES AND DOMINIK TAO

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HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Karen Travers and Ann Compton: “First Lady: President Obama’s Health Care Plan is ‘Pretty Reasonable,’ Current State is Unacceptable’” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Obama Defends Medicare Advantage Cuts” LINK

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor and Carrie Budoff Brown: “Democrats squabble over who will play health care bill” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Obama: Health plan ‘not radical’” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston: “Obama Says He Has Been ‘Humbled’ by Tough Health-Care Debate” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Star Parker: “…But how Dems exploit it” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Amid health reform, massive Medicare agency is still headless” LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama pitches health care in talk show rounds” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Ceci Connolly: “In media blitz, Obama focuses on health care” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Robert Pear: “Obama Insists That Insurance Will Be Affordable” LINK

The New York Times’ Reed Abelson: “A Proposed Tax on the Cadillac Health Insurance Plans May Also Hit the Chevys” LINK

The New York Times’ John Harwood: “The President’s Best Hope in the G.O.P.” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly and Michael Shear: “Obama Calls for Civil Tone on Health Care” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Alan Wirzbicki: “Health fight has other bills sidelined” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jennifer Haberkorn: “Obama: Health mandate not a tax” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Rachel Martin, Jonathan Karl and Kristina Wong: “President Takes on Sunday Morning Media Blitz” LINK

Newsweek’s Allison Samuels: “Defending the Chief” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Larry McShane: “Candidate Obama didn’t think so on his ‘Yes, we can!’ campaign slogan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s A.D. Pruitt and Peter Grant: “Tribal Casino Rules Revisited” LINK

LA Times’ Mark Silva: “Obama pitches healthcare in Sunday talk show blitz” LINK

LA Times’ Mark Z. Barabak and Richard Fausset: “On race issue, Obama stays firmly low-key” LINK

LA Times’ Christi Parsons and Paul Richter: “This week, the work is watching Obama” LINK

The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley: “For President, Five Programs, One Message” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama’s stimulus spending zig zags” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “President: ACRON Videos Inappropriate” LINK

NEW YORK GOVERNOR DAVID PATERSON:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “White House Suggests to Gov. Paterson He Shouldn’t Run for re-election” LINK

Politico’s Josh Kraushaar: “Pushing out Paterson” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett: “Governor Paterson bucks President Obama: I’m still going to run in 2010” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Suzanne Sataline and Elizabeth Williamson: “Paterson Will Run — Despite White House Concerns” LINK

The New York Times’ Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore: “Resisting Obama, Paterson Vows to Seek Office” LINK

BANKING AND CORPORATE REGULATION:

Politico’s Victoria McGrane: “Blue Dog Democrats eye new financial reform” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta and David Enrich: “Fed’s Plan on Banker Pay Divides Industry” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Deborah Solomon: “Firms Back Plan to Change Pay Policies” LINK

The New York Times’ Louise Story: “Congress Aims to Force bank of America to Give Details on Merrill” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “President Obama: Skeptical’ on More Troops for Afghanistan” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Obama’s ‘skeptical’ about more troops” LINK

Time’s Tim McGirk: “Karzai’s Presidential Rival Abdullah Says He Will Not Compromise on Runoff” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Henry J. Pulizzi: “Obama Questions Plan to Add Forces in Afghanistan” LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker: “General Calls for More U.S. Troops to Avoid Afghan Failure” LINK

The Washington Times’ Matthew Mosk: “Obama turns page on Bush’s foreign policy” LINK

ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power and Ian Talley: “Climate Change to Take Center Stage at U.N. Talks” LINK

LA Times’ Jim Tankersley: “Obama to shift focus to climate change” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

Politico’s Andie Coller and Daniel Libit: “Conservatives use liberal playbook” LINK

LA Times Staff: “Huckabee beats Palin, other potential GOP contenders, in straw poll at Values Voter Summit” LINK

The Boston Globe: “Romney cites Carter to rap foes” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The New York Daily News’ Samuel Goldsmith: “Author Joe McGinnis wins meal with Sarah Palin – but ex-Alaska gov disqualifies him” LINK

Bloomberg’s Gadi Dechter: “Wilson’s ‘You Lie’ Outburst Belies a ‘Bland’ South Carolina Man” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Secret interviews add insight to Clinton presidency” LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Campaign funds put to use for lobbying firms” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“An Interview With the President” LINK

“First Lady: Obama Health Plan Is ‘Reasonable’” LINK

“Clinton on Health Care: ‘Calm Down’” LINK

“Obama Talks Race With George” LINK

“Tapper on Obama’s Move to Shelve Missile Defense” LINK

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