The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, March 9, 2010

By Jayson

Mar 9, 2010 4:04am

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 KRISTEN RED-HORSE, PETER MARTINEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES and CARRIE HALPERIN

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PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Mathew Mosk: “Was Obama Economic Advisor’s Exit a Preemptive Strike?” LINK

The New York Times’ Kenneth Chang: “Obama Plans Florida Forum to Discuss NASA’s Future” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “Obama nominates Robert A. Harding to lead TSA” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Curl: “Poll: U.S. has lost global standing under Obama” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama’s Surgeon General wants ‘positive’ talks about good health” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “The Obamas honor International Women’s Day, and tell a few jokes” LINK

Time’s Massimo Calabresi: “Can Lindsey Graham Help the White House Reach a Deal on 9/11 Trials?” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Corn: “Who’s the Leading Man? It Ain’t Rahm or Ax.” LINK

Politico’s Kasie Hunt: “Poll: Obama loses on interrogation” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Afghanistan War Strategy Facing Serious Setbacks” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “U.S. Officials: U.S. on Schedule to Draw Down Troops in Iraq by August” LINK

The New York Times’ Ethan Bronner: “Biden Visits Mideast to Push Peace Talks” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ned Parker and Raheem Salman: “Iraqi voter turnout estimated at 62%” LINK

USA Today’s Aamer Madhani: “U.S. set for Iraq pullout following elections” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Charles Levinson: “Iraqi Vote Sustains U.S. Plans” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kadhim Ajrash, Caroline Alexander and Daniel Williams: “Iraqi Vote Results to Be Released as Coalition Haggling Looms” LINK

Bloomberg’s Viola Gienger: “McChrystal, Afghans Set Sights on Kandahar for Next Offensive” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston: “Obama Can Offer Little in Talks With Papandreou on Debt Crisis” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan Ferziger and Gwen Ackerman: “Biden Starts Mideast Trip as Indirect Talks Agreed Amid Quarrel” LINK

Politico’s Laura Rozen: “New talks may be Mitchell’s moment” LINK

Politics Daily’s Delia Lloyd: “Will the War in Iraq Ever Go Away?” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Obama Rallies Support for Health Care Reform by Pointing Finger at Insurance Companies” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper and David Herszenhorn: “Obama Turns Up the Volume in Health Care Bid” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “State Insurance Experts See Flaw in Obama’s Plan to Curb Health Premiums” LINK

The Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein and Scott Wilson: “Obama launches attack on health insurance companies” LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “Former congressman Massa says Democrats set him up over health care” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: “Obama adds fire to healthcare debate” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Obama takes hard-sell health pitch to Pa.” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot: “Mitt Romney dogged by health care” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Loftus and Henry J. Pulizzi: “Obama Makes Health-Care Pitch” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kristin Jensen and Alex Nussbaum: “Obama Criticizes Insurers in Bid to Sway Public on Health Plan” LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Will Health Care Really Come Down to One Vote?” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Dem plan to pair health reform, student lending complicates vote” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Sessions: “Obama to Name Retired Army Gen. Robert Harding as Head of TSA” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Reid’s gaffe undercuts momentum” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Nancy Dillon: “Staunch anti-gay GOP state senator Roy Ashburn finally admits he’s homosexual” LINK

The Hill’s Jordy Yager and Aaron Blake: “Massa blasts Democrats, Emanuel; talks about New Year’s Eve incident” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Howard Saul: “New York GOP Courts a Candidate From the Enemy Camp” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Packard: Fiorina almost destroyed HP” LINK

Politico: “Critz wins Dem nomination for Murtha seat” LINK

ECONOMY / JOBS BILL / STIMULUS / HOUSING:

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: “Short-staffed agency overseeing high-speed-rail effort draws fire” LINK

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Kerry, Brown on same page on jobs amendment” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “New Foreclosures Plan Will Pay Homeowners to Sell” LINK

2012 ELECTIONS:

The Associated Press’ Robert Burns: “Petraeus for president?’No’ is his handy answer” LINK

Politics Daily’s Carl M. Cannon: “Six Reasons Barack Obama is Still the Odds-on Favorite in 2012″ LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman and Spencer S. Hsu: “Immigrants rights group slam Obama, Democrats for slow action with legalization bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “ID Card for Workers Is at Center of Immigration Plan” LINK

OTHER:

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger: “U.S. Chamber of Commerce grows into a political force” LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: “Study details aid based on Census” LINK

USA Today’s Alan Levin: ” NTSB: Pilots need air-hazard skills” LINK

USA Today’s William M. Welchand Donna Leinwand: “Slowly, states are lessening limits on marijuana” LINK

USA Today’s Gregg Zoroya: “VA to automate its Agent Orange claims process” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Alex Beam: “The Romney-Reagan remix” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Sin Tax on Sodas? NYC Mayor Says It Would Be Good for State” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama’s Closing Argument on Health Care” LINK

“Obama Celebrates Int’l Women’s Day” LINK

“Iraqis Vote in Record Numbers” LINK

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