The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, April 1, 2010

Apr 1, 2010 4:36am

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, JAYSON HENDERSON, PETER MARTINEZ, CLAUDIA MORALES and CARRIE HALPERIN

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PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION / OFFSHORE DRILLING:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Huma Khan: “Drill, Baby, Drill: Obama Opens Up Offshore Drilling and Exploration” LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “The Obamas on The “High-Wire Act” of Work vs. Family Balance” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anita Kumar: “In Virginia, mixed reaction to decision to allow offshore drilling” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho: “Regulator seeks to rein in energy market trading by big Wall Street firms” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland and Stephen Dinan: “Drilling plan opens new areas but halts Alaska sales” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Tankersley and Richard Simon: “Obama's offshore drilling plan seen as a political olive branch" LINK

USA Today's Brian Winter: "Obama to allow oil drilling off Virginia coast" LINK

USA Today's Susan Page: "USA fumes over politics" LINK

Boston Globe's Political Intelligence: "Foul-weathered fans line up for Obama event" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Russell Gold: “Energy Firms Hopeful on Obama Plan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Kris Maher: “Geithner Promises More Infrastructure Spending” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jim Efstathiou Jr. and Kim Chipman: “Obama Offshore Drilling Plan May Aid Democrats on Climate Bill” LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Today in Triumphs of ignorance: Obama’s Drilling Decision” LINK

Newsweek’s Katie Connolly: “The Strategy Behind Obama’s Drilling Announcement” LINK

Time's Byran Walsh: "Obama's Drilling Compromise Pleases Exactly No One" LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush and Lisa Lerer: “Obama tries triangulation lite” LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: “Obama’s drilling proposal sparks battle among Senate Dems" LINK

The Hill's Eric Zimmermann: “Hoyer praises drilling plan" LINK

HEALTH CARE:

USA Today's John Fritze and Kathy Kiely: " Health care's next chapter: A play for hearts and minds" LINK

USA Today's Richard Wolf: "Outreach aims for trouble-free health care shift" LINK

Boston Globe's Political Notebook: "GOP fears backlash over health care stance" LINK

The Associated Press: "Panel urges plan to care for veterans" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Doug Cameron and Bob Tita: “Boeing, Lockheed Expect Health-Care Charges” LINK

Politics Daily's Patricia Murphy: "'Who Will Run Health Care?' And Other Readers' Questions Answered" LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ Neil MacFarquhar: “China Agrees to Consider Steps on Iran” LINK

The New York Times’ Neil MacFarquhar: “Skepticism on Pledges for Haiti” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Alex Rodriguez: “Pakistan asks for revival of Zardari case" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Laura King: “Bombing kills 13 in Afghan village" LINK

USA Today's Jim Michaels: "U.S. looking for leaders in Afghan army" LINK

Bloomberg’s Lucian Kim: “Putin Visits Chavez in Russian Bid to Grow in Obama’s Backyard” LINK

Time's Vivienne Walt: "Afghanistan's New Bumper Drug Crop: Cannabis" LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: “Pentagon extends contract bidding” LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Arrests in Italy Reveal Iran's Efforts to Buy Illegal Weapons" LINK

Politics Daily's David Wood: "U.S.-Russia Nuke Treaty Not on the Public's Radar" LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS / TEA PARTY:

The New York Times’ Gary Fineout: “Inquiry Into Ex-G.O.P. Leader” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Kathleen Hennessey: “Spending questions dog Republican National Committee" LINK

USA Today's On Politics: "Former Clinton advisers say economy poses election threat to Dems" LINK

The Tribune Washington Bureau’s Kathleen Hennessey: “Few defend RNC’s Michael Steele in wake of nightclub scandal” LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Criminal Probe Targets Former Chairman of Florida GOP" LINK

ELECTIONS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Stu Woo: “California's Main Event” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas A. Blackmon: “Tea-Party Drive Stirs Kentucky Race” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Allen: “Lee condemns conservative PAC’s ‘support’” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Hutchison to Stay in Senate” LINK

MICHIGAN MILITIA:

The Wall Street Journal’s Alex P. Kellogg: “Militia Pleads Not Guilty” LINK

SARAH PALIN:

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Palin to RNC: Take me off fundraiser” LINK

BARBARA BUSH:

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer, Ann Compton, and Gina Sunseri: “Former First Lady Barbara Bush Had ‘Mild Relapse’ of Graves’ Disease” LINK

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL:

The New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller: “Secretary of the Army Says He Will Not Pursue ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Discharges” LINK

The Associated Press: "No demerit for general who pushed gay ban" LINK

Politics Daily's David Wood: "Army Leaders Struggle With 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'" LINK

OTHER:

ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: “Bad Lawyering: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Permanent Resident Who Faced Deportation” LINK

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage and James Risen: “Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretaps Were Illegal” LINK

USA Today's Joan Biskupic: "Lawyers must point out deals' deportation risks" LINK

USA Today's William M. Welch: "Court budget cuts swift hand of justice" LINK

The Associated Press' Hope Yen: "Poll: Close to 9 in 10 Latinos to fill out census" LINK

The Associated Press: "US moves to ban texting by truck, bus drivers" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “Wiretap by U.S. Illegal, Judge Says” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicole Gaouette: “Diplomat Probed by U.S. on Classified Documents, Cayman Account” LINK

Time's Jay Newston-Small: "Guantanamo Detainees Collect Food for Haitians" LINK

The Hill's Roxana Tiron: “Pentagon to extend bidding deadline for $35B tanker contract" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "States Move Away from Elections in Choosing Judges" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Michelle Obama Shares Working Mom Story” LINK

“Hutchison to Remain in Senate: 'Stakes Are So High'” LINK

“Drill Baby Drill: Offshore Drilling Opened Up” LINK

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