The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, September 22, 2009

By Jayson

Sep 22, 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 DOMINICK TAO

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HEALTH CARE:

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Janet Adamy: “Baucus Aims to Ease Middle-Class Burden in Plan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “Health Bill’s Proposed Excise Tax Rallies Republicans” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan: “Baucus to Boost Aid for Uninsured, May Trim Tax on Health Plans” LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates and Mike Allen: “Health bill says ‘tax’ when President Obama said ‘not’” LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: “Pelosi wants House to pass healthcare bill ‘within weeks’” LINK

Time’s Jay Newton-Small “The Risks for Dems Going It Alone on Health Care” LINK

The Associated Press: “Baucus health bill changes to address concerns” LINK

The New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick: “Health Bill Could Assist Four Cancer Centers” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery: “Revised Bill Would Ease Burden on Middle Class” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Susan Donaldson James: “Is Obama’s Agenda Overload?” LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Biden on 2010: If GOP Succeeds, It’s ‘The End of the Road for What Barack and I Are Trying to Do’” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Obama’s authority undercut at UN, G-20” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “President Obama gets serious in late night” LINK

Bloomberg’s Michael McKee: “Volcker Criticizes Obama Plan to Expand Fed’s Role” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons: “Obama gets personal on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’” LINK

USA Today Staff: “Obama takes policy to night owls” LINK

The Associated Press’ Ben Feller: “The president and the potato” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Obama yuks it up on Letterman” LINK

The Associated Press’ Deanna Bellandi: “CAPITAL CULTURE: Mr. Obama’s Chicago neighborhood” LINK

The Washington Post’s Colum Lynch: “U.S. faces Doubts About Leadership on Human Rights” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Adam Nagourney: “White House Is Taking a More Aggressive Role in State Races” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper: “For a President in the Big Apple, a Heart-Shaped Potato” LINK

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus: “What’s the News? Just Ask Secretary Gates” LINK

NEW YORK GOVERNOR RACE:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper, Karen Travers and Stephanie Z. Smith: “Obama, New York Governor Meet Amidst Political Tension” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Suzanne Sataline and Dionne Searcey: “Cuomo’s Political Prospects Get Unexpected Boost” LINK

NY Daily News’ Glenn Blain and Kenneth Lovett: “President Obama shakes hands with Gov. David Paterson after arriving at Albany airport” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Rosalind Helderman: “State Races Capture The White House’s Eye” LINK

ECONOMY:

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Investors prepare for post-recession inflation” LINK

USA Today’s Matt Krantz: “Investors look for stocks that could gain from swine flu” LINK

USA Today’s Marisol Bello: “As farm incomes drop, grocery deals rise” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Luis Martinez: “Is Obama at Odds with Military Commanders Calling for More Troops in Afghanistan?” LINK

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

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi Dreazen and Peter Spiegel: “Pentagon Delays Troop Call” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Christopher Rhoads and Farnaz Fassihi: “Iran Activists Claim Omen in Green Icon” LINK

Bloomberg’s Dune Lawrence: “Obama, Hu to Discuss Free Trade, North Korea in Second Meeting” LINK

Bloomberg’s Viola Gienger: “Afghan War Commander’s Report Sets Off Debate, Concern on Delay” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “Obama is reevaluating Afghanistan war strategy” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Alex Renderos and Tracy Wilkinson: “Honduras’ Manuel Zelaya sneaks back into the country” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Greg Miller: “U.S. says Pakistan, Iran helping Taliban” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Lawmakers on Afghan war: Generals deserve day in Congress” LINK

The Washington Times’ Helene Franchineau: “Czech leader: Missile deal no problem” LINK

The Associated Press’ Lara Jakes and Anne Gearan: “Sources: US eyes more drone hits on terror havens” LINK

The Associated Press: “Obama nominee McHugh sworn in as secretary of the Army” LINK

The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe: “U.S. Commanders Told to Shift Focus to More Populated Areas” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “General’s Review Creates Rupture” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Thom Shanker: “A Pragmatist, Gates Reshapes Policy He Backed” LINK

CONGRESS:

Politico’s Erika Lovley: “Tele-town halls give members safe haven” LINK

The Hill’s Walter Alarkon: “House Rules panel to consider continuing resolution Tuesday” LINK

ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT:

Politico’s Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei: “Green groups open ‘climate war room’” LINK

The Hill’s Jim Snyder: “Energy unveils $100M training program” LINK

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin and Colum Lynch: “On Global Warming, an Ambitious Agenda” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Amir Efrati: “Grand Jury Indicts Fund-Raiser for Democrats” LINK

Time’s Jay Newton-Small: “Senate Democrats Grapple with a Suddenly Less Promising 2010″ LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Dems Outlook for 2010: Nervous” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Blaming Bush again seen as risky” LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg: “Immigrant population dipped last year, Census says” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama Questions General’s Military Advice” LINK

“Stephanopoulos on Tough Afghan Decisions” LINK

“Obama: U.S. Will Have Most College Grads by 2020” LINK

“Ralph Nader: The Problem With Obama” LINK

“President’s Awkward Moment in New York” LINK

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