The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, March 29, 2010

Mar 29, 2010 4:43am

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ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Karen Travers, and Michael S. James: “On Surprise Afghanistan Visit, Obama Assures Troops, ‘America Does Not Quit’” LINK

The New York Times’ Alissa J. Rubin and Helene Cooper: “In Afghan Trip, Obama Presses Karzai on Graft” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Obama meets troops in Afghanistan” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Laura King and Julian E. Barnes: “In Kabul, Obama urges President Karzai to step up” LINK

The New York Daily News' James Gordon Meek: “President Obama praises U.S. troops during surprise Afghanistan visit; meets with Karzai” LINK

The Washington Post's Joshua Partlow and Scott Wilson: "Obama presses Karzai for cooperation" LINK

The Washington Post's Karen DeYoung: "Afghan corruption: How to follow the money?" LINK

USA Today's David Jackson and Jim Michaels: "Obama presses Karzai in Kabul visit" LINK

Time's Michael Scherer: "Obama's Afghan Visit: Progress and Prodding" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Spiegel And Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Presses Afghan Leader” LINK

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols: “Obama, in Kabul, Presses Karzai to Root Out Government Corruption” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “The Reason for Obama’s Secret Trip to Afghanistan” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Barack Obama praises troops, presses Hamin Karzai” LINK

Politico’s Laura Rozen: “Obama surprise trip to Afghanistan” LINK

Politics Daily's Bruce Drake: "Obama Makes Surprise Trip to Afghanistan, Presses Karzai on Reforms" LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Melanie Trottman and Brody Mullins: “Tensions Flare as Obama Uses Recess Maneuver” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Keith Johnson: “White House Scrambles to Fill TSA Vacancy” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alexandra Berzon: “OSHA Boosts Oversight of State Safety Agencies” LINK

Bloomberg’s Holly Rosenkrantz: “Labor Agenda May Advance, Business Sees ‘Red Alert’ on Becker” LINK

USA Today's Thomas Frank: "TSA left in holding pattern?" LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Barack Obama gains steam, plows ahead” LINK

Politics Daily's Tom Diemer: "Obama Recess Appointments: 15 Names, Including Controversial Labor Lawyer" LINK


ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Jarrett on Health Care: Business Will Come Out ‘Way Ahead’” LINK

ABC News’ Ron Scherer: “Health Care Reform Fallout: Which States Are the Winners?” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney: “Lawmakers Face Fallout at Home From Health Vote” LINK

The Washington Post's Jennifer Agiesta and Jon Cohen: "Health-care overhaul leaves Democrats in stable condition" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Mckinnon: “Weighing the Cost of New Health Programs” LINK

Bloomberg’s Drew Armstrong and John Lauerman: “New Medicare Chief’s Hearings May Re-Ignite Overhaul Debate” LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: "Health care battle on new front" LINK

The Associated Press' Alan Fram: "THE INFLUENCE GAME: Drug lobby's health care win" LINK

Time's Jay Newton-Small: "Senate Republicans Want Another Benefits Filibuster?" LINK

Politics Daily's Bruce Drake: "Poll Finds Low Enthusiasm, High Skepticism for Health Care Overhaul" LINK

Politics Daily's Patricia Murphy and Jill Lawrence: "Health Reform: What's In, What's Out and What It Will Cost" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Jarrett: Health reform will be boon for business” LINK


ABC News’ Kitty Harvey: “The Petraeus Pushback: General Says He Never Made Those Statements on Israel” LINK

The Washington Post's Andrew Higgins: "Some in Indonesia praise, seek to replicate China's fight against United States" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Julian E. Barnes: “Air Force works to instill 'warrior culture' in drone crews” LINK

Reuters: "Obama did not snub Israeli PM: Axelrod" LINK

Bloomberg’s Justin Blum: “Obama’s Treatment of Netanyahu Wasn’t a Snub, Axelrod Says” LINK

Politics Daily's Tom Diemer: "New Arms Deal: U.S. and Russia Will Lead on Limiting Spread of Nukes" LINK


The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Rubio, Crist face off in debate” LINK

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Business backgrounds are working for first-time GOP candidates" LINK

The Washington Post's Krissah Thompson: "Congressman finds political vitriol follows him home to Ohio" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. And Douglas Belkin: “Tea-Party Candidates Face Hard Reality of Campaigns” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Valerie Bauerlein: “Florida GOP Rivals Clash on Big Stage” LINK

Time's Tim Padgett: "Crist vs. Rubio: Florida's GOP Heavyweights Square Off" LINK

Politics Daily's Bruce Drake: "Crist Says He Won't Run as an Independent if He Loses Florida Primary Race" LINK

Politics Daily's Tom Diemer: "Sarah Palin, in Nevada, Tells Sen. Reid: 'You're Fired!'" LINK


The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “Obama Team Is Divided on Tactics Against Terrorism” LINK

The New York Times’ Tim Arango: “Freed American in Iraq Expected to Return to U.S.” LINK


Bloomberg’s Bob Willis: “Senator Graham Sees Financial Bill in Face of ‘Tough Sledding’” LINK

Time's Gilbert Cruz: "Student Loans Get a Government Takeover" LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Nicholas Casey and Joel Millman: “U.S. Directs Deportees Away From Juárez” LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Graham: Obama done ‘almost nothing’ on immigration” LINK


The New York Times’ Clifford J. Levy: “Subway Blasts Kill Dozens in Moscow” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Boudreaux and William Mauldin: “Dozens Killed in Moscow Subway Explosions” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brad Cook: “Moscow Blasts Kill 34 in Deadliest Attacks Since 2004” LINK

The Associated Press: "Officials: Two suicide bombers kill at least 34 on Moscow subway" LINK


Boston Globe's Bryan Bender: "FBI gives a glimpse of its most secret layer" LINK

USA Today's Dennis Cauchon: "Cities slap fees on storm runoff" LINK


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