The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Apr 21, 2010 4:12am

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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FINANCIAL OVERHAUL / SEC:

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis and Shailagh Murray: “Once critical of financial regulation bill, Republicans change their tone” LINK

The Washington Post: “Suspecting politics in Goldman Sachs charges, Rep. Issa asks SEC for information” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Janet Hook: “Republicans soften on Wall Street reform bill" LINK

USA Today's John Fritze: "Goldman political contributions under attack" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Mcginty, Kate Kelly and Kara Scannell: “SEC Considers New Rules to Deter Banks From Dressing Up Books” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Sarah N. Lynch: “New Senate Push on Bank-Rules Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins: “Senators Seek Cash as They Mull Rules” LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan D. Salant and Kristin Jensen: “Goldman, Banks Ramp Up Donations, Lobbying in Regulation Fight” LINK

Bloomberg’s Patrick O’Connor and Alison Vekshin: “Republicans Signal Thaw in Battle Over Financial-Rules Bill” LINK

Time's Kate Pickert: "Is the Resolution Fund the Public Option of Financial Reform?" LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton and Michael O’Brien: “Dems dealt setback on Wall St. bill" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

The New York Times’ Monica Davey: “Top Obama Aide Utters Words All but Unthinkable in Chicago” LINK

The New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller: “Gates Calls for Easing Limits on Exports” LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama gets heckled over 'don't ask, don't tell'" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Rahm for mayor? Don't bet on it, WH spokesman says" LINK

The Associated Press' Robert Burns: "US and Europe rethink role of Cold War alliance" LINK

SUPREME COURT:

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Justices Reject Ban on Videos of Animal Cruelty” LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama is back, ready to deal on Supreme Court and Wall Street" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama sends 90th birthday greetings to Justice Stevens" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama Begins Court Interviews” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Court Voids Law On Animal Cruelty” LINK

The Associated Press' Ben Feller: "Obama now talking with possible high court picks" LINK

The Hill's Sam Youngman: “Obama to make Supreme Court pick by May 26" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Banning Animal Cruelty Videos" LINK

Politics Daily's Bruce Drake: "Obama Should Pick a Moderate for the Supreme Court, a Plurality Says" LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer, Dean Norland, and Jonathan Blakely: “No Vote for District of Columbia: Bill to Give D.C. Voting Rights in Congress Scuttled” LINK

The New York Times’ Ashley Southall: “Bill to Give Washington a Vote Stalls” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “Senate Takes Steps on Backlog of Nominations” LINK

The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Senate Bill Sets a Plan to Regulate Premiums” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ann Marimow and Ben Pershing: “Congressional leaders shelve D.C. voting rights bill” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Renee Dudley: “Costly Kennedy Institute ‘a waste,’ candidate says” LINK

USA Today's Kathy Kiely: "Lawmaker presses for 5% cut in congressional salaries" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten: “Crist Weighs Cost of GOP Break” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr.: “Brown Forges a Centrist Identity” LINK

The Associated Press' Jim Abrams: "House Abandons D.C. Vote Bill" LINK

Politics Daily's Patricia Murphy: "Tough Arizona Immigration Bill Stirs War of Words in Congress" LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS / TEA PARTY:

ABC News’ Kristina Wong and Matt Loffman: “Blago to Fitzgerald: ‘I hope You’re Man Enough’” LINK

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “Crist’s Passions: Listening for Answers the GOP May Not Want’” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “Democrats Top G.O.P. in Fund-Raising for Midterms” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jeffrey Smith: “Both national party committees spend big chunks on fancy meals, hotels, travel” LINK

Time's Jay Newton-Small: "A Tea Party Rises in a Nation of Tea Drinkers" LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Arizonan: Boycott us over immigration bill” LINK

The New York Daily News' Lindsay Goldwert: “John McCain: Illegal immigrants are intentionally causing car accidents" LINK

The Boston Herald Wire Services: “President Obama phones Scott Brown on immigration bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Immigration Legislation Gains Traction” LINK

Politico’s Kasie Hunt: “Barack Obama woos Scott Brown on immigration” LINK

The Hill's Jared Allen: “Dems urge White House to shun Ariz. immigration bill, push for reform" LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

Time's Bryan Walsh: "Global Warming: Why Aren't Temperatures Even Higher?" LINK

Politico’s Jeanne Cummings: “Graham: Climate bill needs business” LINK

OTHER:

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Experts say Washington is too quick to dismiss a value-added tax” LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "Report: 9M young Americans 'too fat to fight,' a security threat" LINK

USA Today's Haya El Nasser and Paul Overberg: "2010 Census response rate surprisingly close to 2000 rate" LINK

USA Today's Bill Nichols and Marisol Bello: "Civil rights activist Dorothy Height dies at 98" LINK

USA Today's Nanci Hellmich: "Experts want salt to be next FDA target" LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "U.S. Mint issues first quarter in series honoring national parks" LINK

Time's Helena Bachmann: "Why More U.S. Expatriates Are Turning In Their Passports" LINK

Politics Daily's Sandra Fish: "The 4/20: Marijuana Legalization Would Come with Problems" LINK

Politics Daily's David Wood: "Afghan Veterans Combat Stress — With a Game of Paintball" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Blago to Fitzgerald: I hope your 'Man Enough'” LINK

“Should FL Guv Crist Run as Indy or Drop Out?” LINK

“GOP: Financial Reform Doesn?t Protect Americans” LINK

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