The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sep 9, 2009 4:13am

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, PETER MARTINEZ, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CLAUDIA MORALES, CARRIE HALPERIN and DOMINICK TAO

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PRESIDENT OBAMA, THIS WEEK'S HEALTH-CARE SPEECH AND HEALTH-CARE REFORM:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Obama’s ‘Last, Best Chance’ on Health Care” LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Reid Says 90% Agreement on Health Care” LINK

ABC News’ Katie Escherich: “Obama Exclusive: ‘We Intend to Get Something Done’ on Health Care” LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “Has Barack Obama misused the House?” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Despite Fears, Health Care Overhaul Is Moving Ahead” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and Robert Pear: “Democrats Promise to Send Health Plan to Obama” LINK

The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse: “Bristling at Health Plan to Cover Early Retirees” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear and Ceci Connolly: “In Illinois, a Similar Fight Tested a Future President” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery: “Obama Speech Aims to Reenergize Effort” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “On the Front Lines of the Health-Care Debate in Colorado” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Salmon: “Opposition to Health-Care Reform Revives Christian Right” LINK

The Wall Street Journal Op-Ed by Sarah Palin: “Obama and the Bureaucratization of Health Care” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Janet Adamy: “Obama to Endorse Public Plan in Speech” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Julianna Goldman: “Obama Takes on Health Care at ‘Critical Moment’ for Presidency” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer and Karen Tumulty: “Amid Signs of Movement on Health Care, Obama Readies His Speech” LINK

NY Daily News’ Kenneth R. Bazinet: “President Obama gives controversial education speech; Gets support from Laura Bush” LINK

NY Daily News David Saltonstall: “President Obama says 'sin tax' on sodas is food for thought, despite Gov. Paterson's failed proposal” LINK

The Hill's Mike Soraghan, Alexander Bolton and Sam Youngman: “Tide turns against public option on eve of President Obama's address” LINK

The Hill's Silla Brush, J. Taylor Rushing and Jeffrey Young: “Sen. Chris Dodd to pass on health panel, and instead will retain banking gavel” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook: “Baucus presents healthcare overhaul plan” LINK

The Washington Times' Jon Ward: “Report: House health care bill would balloon deficit” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas: “More than healthcare rides on Obama's speech” LINK

USA Today's Richard Wolf: "Obama to detail health care vision" LINK

USA Today's John Fritze: "'Gang of Six' strives to wrap up health care bill" LINK

Boston Globe's Lisa Wangsness: "Stakes high for Obama’s health pitch" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS SPEECH TO STUDENTS:

ABC News’ Dan Harris: “Obama’s School Speech Defuses Controversy” LINK

The New York Times’ Sam Dillon: “Presidential Pep Talk Kicks Off Year for Students” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Bimbaum: “After Week of Fury, A Quiet Reception For Obama’s Speech” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John Hechinger and Robert Tomsho: “Speech to Students Puts Politics Aside” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Edward Mason: “Kids get lifted up by President Obama” LINK

Boston Globe's Political Notebook: "Republicans set to offer rebuttals tonight" LINK

Boston Globe's Peter Schworm and Lisa Kocian: "Many listen; some districts tune out" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Obama’s School Speech and Health Care Push Highlights Challenges of Presidency” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Times' Sara A. Carter: “Obama offers aid to Yemen for terrorism fight” LINK

The Washington Times' Jon Ward: “China wary of 'trade wars'” LINK

AFGHANISTAN & VOTING:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia: “U.S. Calls For ‘Rigorous Vetting’ of Afghan Election Fraud Allegations” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Helene Cooper: “U.S. in Delicate Spot as Fraud Claims Mount in Afghan Vote” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rupert: “U.S. Urges Rigorous Vetting of Afghan Vote as Fraud Claims Jump” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' M. Karim Faiez, Laura King and Paul Richter: “Partial recount ordered in Afghanistan election” LINK

USA Today's Aamer Madhani: "Partial recount ordered in Afghan vote" LINK

Boston Globe's Farah Stockman: "An ambitious blueprint for Afghanistan" LINK

MASSACHUSETTS' SENATE SEAT:

Boston Herald Columnist Howie Carr: “Joe Kennedy’s jilt leaves hacks ready to fight for seat” LINK

Boston Globe's Frank Phillips: "Senate race taking twists" LINK

PENTAGON:

The New York Times’ James Dao: “Pentagon Keeps Wary Watch as Troops Blog” LINK

JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR:

The Washington Post’s Robert Barnes: “The Newest Justice Formally Takes her Seat” LINK

SARAH PALIN:

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Palin: ‘Shame on the AP’” LINK

Time’s Karen Tumulty: “If you repeat a lie often enough” LINK

ECONOMY / STIMULUS / DEFICIT / BANKS:

Politico’s Victoria McGrane: “Frank biography brings Barney to life” LINK

The Hill's Ian Swanson: “Banks brace for tough battle in the Senate” LINK

The Hill's Silla Brush, J. Taylor Rushing and Jeffrey Young: “Sen. Chris Dodd to pass on health panel, and instead will retain banking gavel” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook: “Baucus presents healthcare overhaul plan” LINK

USA Today's Paul Wiseman: "Proposed agency for consumer protection faces fierce debate" LINK

USA Today's Christine Dugas: "Bankruptcy filings up 22% in August vs. last year" LINK

AUTO INDUSTRY:

The Associated Press: "Taxpayers face heavy losses on auto bailout" LINK

GOP:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Rep. Charles Boustany of LA to Deliver GOP Response on Health Care” LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “GOP rejects ‘trigger’ compromise” LINK

Politico’s Alex Isenstadt: “Charles Boustany will deliver the Republican response to Barack Obama’s speech” LINK

CONGRESS:

Politico’s Victoria McGrane and John Bresnahan and Manu Raju: “Dodd to stay as Banking Chair” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Corey Boles: “Dodd to Remain Senate Banking Chairman” LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Los Angeles Times' Mark Gold: “California's water reform legislation is all wet” LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

USA Today's Kevin Johnson: " Eight years after 9/11, al-Qaeda is weakened but still a threat" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama Promises Clarity on Health Care” LINK

“Obama Warns Students About Facebook” LINK

“Major Fraud Suspected in Afghan Vote” LINK

“Congress Returns to Health Care” LINK

“Obama's Full Back to School Speech” LINK

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