The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sep 17, 2009 4:27am

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, CARRIE HALPERIN and CLAUDIA MORALES

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PRESIDENT OBAMA & HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Z. Byron Wolf: “Baucus Confident on Bipartisan Support for Health Care Bill” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Sen. Jay Rockefeller Dumps on Baucus’ Bill and No Snowe Yet” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Stephen Smith: “In public health bill, a contagion of fear” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Lisa Wangsness: “All sides go on attack as senator issues health plan” LINK

The Hill’s Jeffrey Young: “Ganging up on Baucus: Senator’s plan garners bipartisan grumbles” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Baucus Offers Health Plan but Lacks G.O.P. Support” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “For Democrats, 60 Senators Is Magic Number for Health Bill” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly: From Finance Chief, a Bill That May Weather the Blows” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery and Shailagh Murray: “Baucus Measure Would Expand Care Without Adding to Deficit” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt, Janet Adamy and Jonathan Weisman: “Senate Bill Sets Lines for Health Showdown” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “Proposal’s Cost Savings Seem to Be Elusive” LINK

NY Daily News’ Michael McAuliff: “Sen. Max Baucus proposal: Senate’s 10-year health fix would cost United States $856 billion” LINK

Time’s Bryan Walsh: “Another Health-Care Casualty: The Cap-and-Trade Bill” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Obama Overload? President to Do ‘Full Ginsburg’ Sunday” LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller and Yunji de Nies: “The Obama’s Full Court Press to Bring the Olympics Home” LINK

The Associated Press’ Frederic J. Frommer: “Obama drums up support for Chicago Olympic bid” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg: “Obama avoids debate on race” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Obama can’t escape race card” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg: “As Race Debate Grows, Obama Steers Clear of It” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Krissah Thompson: “Race Issue Deflected, Now as in Campaign” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Used Faulty Anecdote in Speech to Congress” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Kevin Helliker: “Obama Leaps Into Olympic Fray” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rich Miller: “Obama Wins Higher Ratings From Average Americans Than Investors” LINK

Herald Wire Services: “President Obama rejects Jimmy Carter race rap” LINK

ECONOMY / STIMULUS / WALL STREET / LEHMAN ANNIVERSARY:

USA Today’s John Waggoner: “Investing for the recovery: Where to place your bets” LINK

USA Today’s Stephanie Armour: “Deadline nears for first-time home-buyer tax credit” LINK

Bloomberg’s Rebecca Christie and Hans Nichols: “Obama, G-20 to Pledge to Keep Stimulus in Place, Froman Says” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Magnier: “Afghan opposition candidate waits for results, though not patiently” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ned Parker: “IRAQ: U.S. forces shoot man in Fallouja” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Snubs await Ahmadinejad in U.S.” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio and Manu Raju: “D.C. abuzz over troop levels” LINK

Bloomberg’s Edwin Chen: “Biden Presses Iraqi Leaders on Improving Investment Climate” LINK

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN:

Politico’s Jeanne Cummings: “Joe Biden, ‘the skunk at the family picnic’” LINK

ACORN:

The Associated Press: “Stung by embarrassing video, advocacy group ACORN vows investigation” LINK

REP. JOE WILSON:

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Carter Joins House Feud Over Shout” LINK

NY Daily News’ Brian Kates: “South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson’s son to Jimmy Carter: ‘Not a racist bone in my dad’s body’” LINK

VACANT SENATE SEAT:

The Wall Street Journal’s William M. Bulkeley and Jennifer Levitz: “Vacant Senate Seat Triggers Flip-Flop” LINK

ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley and Josh Meyer: “Former Interior Secretary Gale Norton is focus of corruption probe” LINK

ARMED FORCES / TROOPS / AFGHANISTAN:

The Associated Press: “Obama: No ‘pending’ decision on troops to Afghan” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “Rep. Joe Wilson Resolution Rare Move for House” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Under Fire, ACORN Orders Client Freeze” LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Can Baucus Be Fixed? Wyden’s Take” LINK

Politico’s John Bresnahan: “House ethics watchdogs clash” LINK

U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR:

The Associated Press: “Obama praises Sotomayor at Hispanic gala” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Dems sore after being kept out of the room” LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: “Getting ready to rumble in Connecticut” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Senate Dems fund road signs that tout stimulus” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Senate Dems fund road signs that tout stimulus” LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “The race from race: Dems rebut Carter” LINK

Politico’s Michael Falcone: “ACORN to seek independent review” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Boston Globe’s Political Notebook: “WWE’s Linda McMahon aims for smackdown of Dodd” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Jake Tapper on ACORN Probe” LINK

“George: Money Stalling Health Bill” LINK

“A Wise Latina Does the Mambo” LINK

“Baucus Calls Health Bill ‘Game-Changing’” LINK

“Obama on Troops: No ‘Immediate Decision Pending’” LINK

“Jimmy Carter Charges Wilson With ‘Racism’” LINK

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