The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, April 16, 2010

Apr 16, 2010 4:32am

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

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PRESIDENT OBAMA:

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Obama: Change taking hold” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Lattman: “Troubles Mount For Ex-Car Czar” LINK

THE FIRST FAMILY:

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear and David Hilzenrath: “Obamas report $5.5 million in income on 2009 tax return” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “The Obamas’ Income: $5.5 million Minus $1.79 Million to the IRS” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “U.S. –Jamaica relations tested by lobbying dispute” LINK

Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio and Lizzie O’Leary: “Petraeus Says Commando Raids on Afghan Taliban Leaders Rising” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Alex Rodriguez: “Four German soldiers killed in Afghanistan’s north” LINK

OBAMA AND MINE SAFETY:

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Obama orders National Mine Safety Review, Says Miners Owed Assurance and Accountability” LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Reviewing Mine Safety, Obama Faults Company and the Government” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power and Kris Maher: “Obama and Mining Firm Trade Barbs” LINK

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY:

The Washington Post’s Greg Miller, Spencer Hsu and Ellen Nakashima: “Former NSA official allegedly leaked material to media” LINK

OBAMA AND NASA:

ABC News’ Rachel Martin and Karen Travers: “On the Defensive, President Obama Pledges Commitment to NASA, Space Exploration” LINK

The New York Times’ Kenneth Chang: “Obama Vows Renewed Space Program” LINK

The Washington Post’s Marc Kaufman and Scott Wilson: “At Space Center, Obama defends changes in space program” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ralph Vartabedian and W.J. Hennigan: “Obama looks to deeper space as NASA’s mission” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama hits the fundraising beat” LINK

Time’s Jeffrey Kluger: “Has Obama’s NASA Strategy Fizzled at Launch?” LINK

The Associated Press’ Seth Borensteain and Erica Werner: “Obama: Space Program Not a Luxury” LINK

NUCLEAR:

The New York Times’ Scott Shane: “Nuclear Fear of Cold War Now Applies to Terrorists” LINK

WHITE HOUSE:

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz: “White House complains about CBS News blog post saying that possible Supreme Court nominee is gay” LINK

HEALTH CARE REFORM:

The Associated Press: “Health bill could come before court” LINK

ECONOMY / FINANCE / JOBS:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Huma Khan: Sen. Corker: ‘We’re Going to Have a Solid Bipartisan Effort’ on Financial Reform” LINK

Politico’s Eamon Javers: Eight Republicans who may break ranks on bank bill” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “President Signs Bill to Extend Jobless Aid” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Cari Tuna, Jessica E. Vascellaro and Pui-Wing Tam: “Tech Sector in Hiring Drive” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Jonathan Weisman: “Showdown Looms on Finance Rules” LINK

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols: “Obama Convenes Advisory Panel as Regulation Fight Heats Up” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Senate OK’s $18B to extend jobless benefits” LINK

The Associated Press: “$18 billion jobless benefits bill clears House, goes to Obama” LINK

Boston Globe’s Robert Gavin: “Jobless rate falls, a first since ’07″ LINK

EQUALITY:

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama Widens Medical Rights for Same-Sex Partners” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: “Obama extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners of gays” LINK

Politico’s Kendra Marr: “Obama calls for new hospital rules” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “New Rules Give Gays Hospital Visit Rights” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Obama orders hospitals to allow same-sex visitation” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey: “Obama orders most hospitals to grant gays visitation rights” LINK

FORT HOOD:

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu: “Lieberman, Collins accuse Obama administration of impeding their Fort Hood probe” LINK

INTERROGATION:

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gorman and Evan Perez: “Destruction of Interrogation Videotapes Raised Concerns at CIA” LINK

The Associated Press’ Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo: “CIA chief, Bush White House clashed over waterboard tapes” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The New York Times’ Randal Archibold: “Immigration Raids Focus on Shuttle Vans” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Miriam Jordan: “Immigration Raid Targets Vast Network” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

Politico by Eric Liu: “Right uses Liu to frame court debate” LINK

Time’s David Von Drehle: “Who Will Get the Stevens Seat?” LINK

CONGRESS / SENATE:

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Pressure is on holdout Sen. Collins” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “One More Democrat, Rep. Ted Deutch, Joins the House” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Tommy Thompson Says He Won’t Run for Senate in Wisconsin” LINK

DEMOCRATS / G.O.P. / TEA PARTY:

ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Tea Party Activists Unveil ‘Contract from America’” LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers and Rachel Martin: “Obama at Democratic Fundraiser: Tea Partiers Should Be Thanking Him for Tax Cuts” LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel: “Tea Party crash fizzles out” LINK

The Washington Times’ Staff: “Immigrant groups try to steal thunder from tea party” LINK

The New York Times’ Kate Zernike: “With Tax Day as Theme, Tea Party Groups Demonstrate” LINK

The Washington Post’s Amy Gardner and Michael Ruane: “Tea party’ protesters gather in Washington to rally against taxes, spending” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr., Douglas Belkin and Louise Radnofsky: “Tea-Party Activists Stage Tax-Day Rallies” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Bloggers read the tea leaves on Sarah Palin-Mitt Romney” LINK

The Hill’s Aaron Blake: “GOP candidates outraising Dems” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “‘Tea Partiers’ flood streets of capital” LINK

The Associated Press: “Oregon teacher, anti-Tea Party activist put on leave” LINK

The Associated Press’ Calvin Woodward: “Tea party rally upbraids ‘gangster government’” LINK

Boston Globe’s Frank Phillips: “State GOP looks to gain more ground” LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

The Washington Post’s Steven Pearlstein: “Congress worked out health care. Is Climate change next?” LINK

USA Today’s Rick Hampson: “In Vermont, nuke power faces a test” LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “A grass-roots approach to conservation” LINK

Time’s Austin Ramzy: “China’s Quake: Avoiding the Political Aftershocks” LINK

OTHER:

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe: “Postmaster general says USPS could cut its workforce” LINK

The Washington Post: “Democrat Ted Deutch dreams of shooting hoops at the White House” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Wire Services: “Feds tag $70M for screening” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Ex-Gov. George Pataki hits the trail” LINK

The Associated Press: “Ex-US security official accused in leaks” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Stop Saturday Mail Delivery? Post Office Honchos Disagree” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Obama Committed to Space Exploration” LINK

“Sen. Lincoln: Let’s Shine Light on Wall St.” LINK

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