The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, January 28, 2010

By Jayson

Jan 28, 2010 4:36am

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ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers: “State of the Union: Obama Makes Jobs Top Priority for 2010” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Fact Check: President Obama’s State of the Union 2010” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama to Party: Don’t Run for the Hills” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Michael Shear: “First State of the Union speech by President Obama: ‘We face a deficit of trust’” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “In State of the Union, Obama takes on partisan dysfunction of Washington” LINK

The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow: “Obama’s State of the Union address takes a harder tone” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Doyle McManus: “Obama strives to revive the spirit of 2009″ LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Janet Hook: “Obama speech emphasizes jobs, and the job he’s done” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Staff: “ Experts grade President Obama’s State of the Union address” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth R. Bazinet and Michael Mcauliff: “ Impassioned President Obama stresses ‘jobs’ (29 times) and economy in State of the Union address” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland and Stephen Dinan: “Obama vows to fight for his agenda” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Obama pledges to refocus agenda on jobs” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Obama message turns from hope to cope” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Republicans call for limited government in party’s response” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Susan Milligan and Bryan Bender: “Obama turns to economy, urges Congress to unite” LINK

The Boston Globe Editorial: “Obama regains footing, but more forceful advocacy needed” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jessica Van Sack and Hillary Chabot: “Scott Brown’s imprint felt in State of the Union” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald: “Economists say president’s focused more on perception than reality” LINK

The Tribune Washington Bureau’s Julian E. Barnes and Kate Linthicum: “President Obama calls for repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell” LINK

McClatchy Newspapers’ David Lightman and William Douglas: “After State of Union, will Congress go along with Obama?” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler and Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Bids for Rebound” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib: “Capitol Journal: Obama Invites Republicans to Share Burden of Fixing U.S.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “At This Obama Speech, Courtesy From Ascendant Republicans” LINK

Wall Street Journal Opinion by Karl Rove: “The State of the Union Is No ‘Reset’ Button” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Edwin Chen: “Obama Vows to Press Health Care, Act to Boost Economy” LINK

Newsweek’s Howard Fineman: “Nothing Short of Masterful” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer: “Confident Republicans Give Obama a Frosty Reception” LINK

Politico’s Erika Lovley and Marin Cogan: “SOTU: Body language breakdown” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “President Obama: ‘I never suggested that change would be easy’” LINK

Politico’s Staff: “Campaigns react to SOTU speech” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Tony Romm: “Obama plans regular meetings to make up with GOP leaders” LINK

The Hill’s Ian Swanson: “Obama’s first State of the Union: Jobs must be our No. 1 focus” LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: “Under fire since attack attempt, Obama hits security concerns” LINK


The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “As Nations Meet, Clinton Urges Yemen to Prove Itself Worthy of Aid” LINK

The New York Times’ Dexter Filkins: “Afghan Tribe Vows to Fight Taliban in Return for U.S. Aid” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: “Hillary Clinton urges Yemen to ‘take ownership’ of its problems” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Ramstad: “North Korea Detains American Near Chinese Border” LINK

Bloomberg’s James Rupert: “Taliban Pay-for-Peace Plan Will Be Put in Motion in London” LINK


ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Health Care Hurdles: Legislation’s Fate Hangs in the Balance” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear and David Herszenhorn: “Health Care Gives Way to Economy and Jobs” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Political Intelligence: “Liberal groups, advocates call for action on health care in advance of SOTU” LINK


ABC News’ Kirit Radia: “Clinton Suggests She’s a One-Term Secretary of State” LINK


The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “G.O.P. Chief Opposes Ideology Tests for Candidates” LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Steele Against ‘Reagan Resolution’ Litmus Tests for Candidates” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush and John Bresnahan: “Top Democrats at war – with each other” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “House Democrats aim ire at Senate counterparts” LINK


ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe: “AIG Bailout, Geithner Blasted Hard on Capitol Hill” LINK

The New York Times’ Mary Williams Walsh: “Drawing Fire, Geithner Backs Rescue of A.I.G.” LINK

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis: “Treasury Secretary Getihner defends handling of AIG rescue” LINK

The Boston Globe Wire Services: “‘I think it was a terrible decision on your part’” LINK

The Associated Press’ Tom Raum and Daniel Wagner: “Geithner slammed over role in saving AIG” LINK


ABC News’ James Hill, Nadine Shubailat and Lauren Sher: “John and Elizabeth Edwards Legally Separated” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “John Edwards and Wife Have Separated, Friends Say” LINK

Time’s Belinda Luscombe: “Why We Can’t Celebrate the Edwards Split” LINK

The Associated Press: “Edwards calls separation an ‘extraordinarily sad moment’” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Lattman: “Paulson, in Memoir, Defends Bailout” LINK

USA Today’s Rick Jervis: “Attorney says O’Keefe didn’t bug Landrieu’s phones” LINK

The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig: “ACORN foe tweeted about planned sting of Sen. Landrieu’s office” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brent Kendall: “Rep. Mollohan Probe Ends With No Charges” LINK


“Obama’s FULL State of the Union Address” LINK

“GOP Response to State of the Union Speech” LINK

“Obama on Health Bill: ‘Do Not Walk Away’” LINK

“Alito Caught Reacting to Obama Remarks?” LINK

“Fireworks on Capitol Hill” LINK

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