The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Apr 20, 2010 3:58am

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, JAYSON HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES and CARRIE HALPERIN

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ABC News’ Luis Martinez: “U.S. Confirms Deaths of Senior Al Qaeda in Iraq Leaders” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “U.S. Speaks to Syrian Envoy of Arms Worries” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “Obama administration says conflict with Karzai is resolved” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “McCain, Kyl want troops on U.S.- Mexico border” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Liz Sly: “Top two Al Qaeda in Iraq leaders are dead, officials say" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Biden: Iraq deals 'devastating blows' to al-Qaeda terrorists" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi J. Dreazen: “Allies Kill 2 Chiefs Of Iraqi Al Qaeda” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon: “U.S. Summons Top Syrian Diplomat” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nayla Razzouk and Viola Gienger: “Killing of Two Al-Qaeda Leaders in Iraq Called ‘Decapitation’” LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Taliban Leader Indicates He May Be Open to Peace Talks" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Top al-Qaeda Leaders Killed in Iraq" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Iran's Military Unveils Air Defense System" LINK

FINANCIAL OVERHAUL:

ABC News’ Mathew Jaffe, Huma Khan, and Jonathan Karl: “Obama to Take Case for Financial Reform on the Road” LINK

The New York Times’ Edward Wyatt and Eric Lichtblau: “A Finance Overhaul Fight Draws a Swarm of Lobbyists” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Brady Dennis: “Democrats seek to close partisan divide on Wall Street reform” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jason Horowitz and Michael Shear: “Emanuel pitches regulatory reform at private meeting with top N.Y. investors” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Testimony: Questionable accounting unnoticed at Lehman Brothers” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin and Patrick O’Connor: “Democrats Likely to Drop $50 Billion Fund to Draw Republicans” LINK

USA Today's Fredreka Schouten: "Payday lenders lobby for loophole in regulation" LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Dems stand by $50B fund” LINK

SEC / GOLDMAN SACHS:

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb and Tomoeh Murakami Tse: “SEC sued Goldman Sachs to break an impasse” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Kara Scannell: “SEC Split on Goldman Case” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins and Jean Spencer: “Paulson Gave to Both Parties” LINK

USA Today's Adam Shell: "Goldman Sachs lawsuit adds to investor fears" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Gibbs: WH had 'no role' in probe of Goldman-Sachs" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “President Nominates Professor to Health Job” LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama spokesman: No Value Added Tax" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Biden carries the flag into WH briefing room" LINK

Time's Andrew Lee Butters: "Ahmadinejad's Answer to Obama's Nuclear Summit" LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS / TEA PARTY:

ABC News’ David Chalian: “Rubio Camp Says Crist Cancels TV Ad Buy” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Obama Raises Money in California for Barbara Boxer” LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Damien Cave: “Pressured in Senate Race, G.O.P.’s Crist May Run as Independent” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak: “Democrats face uphill climb in midterm elections" LINK

The Boston Globe's Matt Viser: "Democrats hit Brown over job-loss estimates" LINK

The Associated Press' Brendan Farrington: "GOP Gov. Crist mulls independent run for Senate" LINK

Time's Kate Pickert: "Is There a Doctor Running for the House?" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “GOP Bid to Reclaim Senate Fuels Fight for Party's Soul” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Spiegel: “GOP's Kyl Is Courted on Nuclear Treaty” LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: “GOP agrees to votes on three Obama nominees" LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “W.H. gets GOP support on campaign finance fix” LINK

Politics Daily's Sandra Fish: "Sarah Palin's House Hit List: No Money to Favored Candidates So Far" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Charlie Crist Weighing Independent Run for Senate from Florida" LINK

CONGRESS / FORT HOOD:

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu: “Two senators subpoena Obama administration for information on Fort Hood shootings” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Keith Johnson: “Senators Seek Documents on Fort Hood Suspect” LINK

The Associated Press: "Senate subpoenas federal Fort Hood documents" LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “Senate Dems craft capped budget” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Justices Get Personal Over Privacy of Messages” LINK

Politics Daily's Kelsey Snell: "Justices Split Over College Rejection of Christian Student Group" LINK

HEALTH CARE:

Boston Globe's Political NotebooK: "Obama nominates Harvard professor to run Medicare, Medicaid" LINK

Politics Daily's Lou Cannon: "Health Care Law Poses Financial Pitfalls for States" LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Is Senate Nearing a Bipartisan Climate Bill?” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Margot Roosevelt: “Foes of California's global warming law pour money into a campaign to delay it" LINK

USA Today's Brian Winter: "For them, Earth Day was late in coming" LINK

The Hill's Jim Snyder: “House proposes changes to lead law" LINK

Politico’s Jeanne Cummings: “Inhofe: Climate’s no better for bill” LINK

OTHER:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Distrust in Government Skyrockets, Survey Finds” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Before Gay Marriage Fight, Clashes on Free Speech” LINK

The New York Times’ Randal Archibold: “Immigration Bill Reflects a Firebrand’s Impact” LINK

Boston Globe's Susan Milligan: "On the rights to bear arms, brandish arguments" LINK

Time's Steven James Snyder: "Fresh Revelations About Spitzer in New Documentary" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Crist on Running as Independent” LINK

“Snowe: Always Willing to Be Only GOP Vote” LINK

“Vice President Biden Announces Top Al Qaida Deaths” LINK

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