The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, April 9, 2010

By Jayson

Apr 9, 2010 4:23am

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, CLAUDIA MORALES and CARRIE HALPERIN

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MINE TRAGEDY:

USA Today’s Thomas Frank: “Mines carry backlog of $90M in violations” LINK

USA Today’s Joan Lowy: “Agency accused of lax oversight for explosives testing” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “Obama to review mine safety rules after West Virginia blast killed 25 miners” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Dems to crack down on mining firms that avoid safety penalties” LINK

HEALTH CARE REFORM:

Time’s Jay Newton-Small: “Health Care’s Ugly Aftermath: The Death Threats Mount” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten: “Romney Dogged by a Tale of Two Health Plans” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Susan Davis: “Liz Cheney Calls for Health Care Repeal” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jean Spencer: “Small Farms Balk at Food-Safety Bill” LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA / NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLICY / NUCLEAR SUMMIT:

ABC News’ Kirit Radia: “Netanyahu Cancels Trip to DC for Nuke Summit” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Nuclear Disarmament Proponents Hail U.S.- Russia Treaty” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Cheney defends Karzai” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: “DoD tries to counter IED surge” LINK

Politico’s Laura Rozen and Josh Gerstein: “Netanyahu to skip Obama summit” LINK

USA Today’s Dinah A. Spritzer: “Obama, Medvedev get off to fresh START” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama’s long day, in photos” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama’s dream: A nuclear-free world; but how high the price?” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama’s budget director: Deficit shall be tamed” LINK

The Associated Press’ Liz Sidoti: “Republican Party sizing up incumbent Obama” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish: “Obama’s offshore oil drilling plan spurs push for billions in royalties” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Dan Bilefsky: “Russia and U.S. Sign Nuclear Arms Reduction Pact” LINK

The New York Times’ Ethan Bronner and Isabel Kershner: “Netanyahu Cancels Trip to U.S. Nuclear Summit” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan: “U.S., Russia reach deal on disposing of plutonium from nuclear weapons” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima: “Lawmakers, advocates push administration for appointments to privacy board” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “After Arms Pact, a Push to Ratify” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Obama, Medvedev Say Arms Treaty Marks New Era of Cooperation” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Spiegel: “Netanyahu to Skip Nuclear Summit” LINK

Bloomberg’s Calev Ben-David and Nicholas Johnston: “Netanyahu Cancels Trip to U.S. for Nuclear Summit” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Cheney defends Karzai” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: “DoD tries to counter IED surge” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Pan and Craig Whitlock: “Future of U.S. air base in turbulent Kyrgyzstan uncertain” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Laura King: “Inquiry puts spotlight on U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: “Kyrgyzstan opposition says president is out” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “U.S., Russia Focus on Iran Sanctions” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Batson, Jason Dean and Deborah Solomon: “China Talks Fuel U.S. Hopes on Yuan” LINK

AIR SAFETY / TERROR:

The Associated Press: “Growing number of threats target federal lawmakers” LINK

The Associated Press’ Matthew Lee and P. Solomon Banda: “Qatari diplomat was on way to meet with jailed terrorist” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Qatari Diplomat Arrested on Airplane Was Flying to Visit Al-Qaeda Inmate in Colorado” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Texas Pipe Bomb Suspect May Have Acted Out of Anger Toward Government” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung and Spencer Hsu: “Diplomat on Denver flight to be sent back to Qatar, U.S. says” LINK

ProPublica’s Michael Grabell and Sebastian Jones: “Review: Federal program used to hide flights from public” LINK

ECONOMY / FINANCE REFORM / JOBS / TAXES:

USA Today’s Sandra Block: “If you owe taxes to the IRS, you have payment options” LINK

USA Today’s Adam Shell: “Dow may hit 11,000, but drop could follow ‘anchor’ point” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Five Big Banks Control Risky Trades at Center of 2008 Financial Crisis” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Bernanke says policymakers prevented ‘cataclysm’ worse than Great Depression” LINK

The Washington Post’s Keith Richburg: “Geithner visits China as currency plan appears to take shape” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sarah N. Lynch and Darrell A. Hughes: “Jobless Claims Rise Unexpectedly” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Gina Chon: “States Skip Pension Payments, Delay Day of Reckoning” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS / TEA PARTY:

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Republicans convene in New Orleans, with no mention of Katrina” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Embattled Rep. Rangel faces primary challenge from familiar name” LINK

Time’s Michael Scherer: “The Replacement Senator Causing Democrats Fits” LINK

Politics Daily’s Jill Lawrence: “Fox News Should Step Up and Hire Michael Steele — Everybody Will Win” LINK

SENATE:

Politico’s Chris Frates: “Reed targets private investment pools” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Rubio keeps gaining in Fla. Senate race” LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Gore and His Environmental Group Criticize Obama for Continuing ‘Our Reliance on Dirty Fossil Fuels’” LINK

USA Today’s Brian Winter: “On Plains, concern about another Dust Bowl” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Beth Daley: “US climate bill weak for N.E., critics say” LINK

EDUCATION:

The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom: “U.S. Plan Threatens Free-Book Group” LINK

OTHER:

Politics Daily’s Jill Lawrence: “‘Slacker Mandate’: Not Just for Slackers, Political Folly to Oppose” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Susan Davis: “Gingrich’s Decision on 2012 Run Won’t Come Until 2011” LINK

The Boston Herald wire services: “Illegal aliens seek Scott Brown’s help” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Michelle Obama: Why Eating Healthy Is Important” LINK

“The Nuclear Threat: New Film Exposes Dangers” LINK

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