The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, April 29, 2010

Apr 29, 2010 4:28am

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 and CARRIE HALPERIN

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OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper & Matthew Jaffe: “POTUS to Nominate Three to Fed” LINK

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Obama: Middle America Can Teach Washington Some Common Sense” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sudeep Reddy: “Obama to Nominate Three to Fed Board” LINK

Bloomberg’s Scott Lanman and Hans Nichols: “Obama Fed Picks to Help Bernanke Manage End to Record Stimulus” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Obama plans to nominate 3 Fed governors” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Vets salute Obama on funding” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama: Energy programs can help rescue rural America” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama aka Barack the Barbarian” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama: Cheeseburger and fries to go, please” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: “2 Officials and 2 views on Discussing Mideast Peace” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “U.S., Pakistan bolster joint efforts, treading delicately” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “Afghan Taliban getting stronger, Pentagon says” LINK

Time’s Andrew Lee Butters: “Iraq’s Political Disarray Likely to Remain After U.S. Departure” LINK

Time’s Matthew Kalaman: “Is Netanyahu Quietly Freezing Settlements?” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender: “Kerry girds for fight to ratify arms pact” LINK

FINANCIAL OVERHAUL / GOLDMAN / ECONOMY:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller: “President Obama Praises Senate Deal on Wall Street Reform Bill, Warns of Lobbyists Influencing Democrats and RepublicansLINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Sen. Carl Levin…Here’s What We Need to Do About Those “sh***y” Deals” LINK

ABC News’ Byron Wolf: “Republicans Drop Filibuster, Allow Democrats to Debate Wall Street Reform Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Damian Paletta: “Senate Ends Financial-Bill Standoff” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Calls for Action on Financial Regulation Bill” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin and James Rowley: “Senate Republicans Vow to Amend Finance Bill as Debate Begins” LINK

Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer: “Florida’s Crist Plans Senate Bid as Independent, Reports Say” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “Ex-President Clinton Skeptical Goldman Violated Law” LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn and Edward Wyatt: “Republicans Allow Debate on Financial Overhaul” LINK

The Washington Post’s Shailagh Murray and Brady Dennis: “Republicans end filibuster of financial overhaul bill in Senate” LINK

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis and Lori Montgomery: “Suspicion greets Democrat’s stated reason for opposing financial overhaul bill” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown & Meredith Shiner: “GOP relents, Wall St. debate opens” LINK

Politico’s James Hohmann: “House GOP cool on compromise” LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Wall Street reform bill advances, debate to begin on Thursday” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Obama hails progress on financial reform” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama: We need Wall Street reform now” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Senate advances Wall Street bill” LINK

Time’s Jay Newton-Small: “Republicans Cave on Financial Reform” LINK

Time’s John Curran: “The Fed Intends to Keep Rates Low” LINK

Time’s Jay Newton-Small: “Capping Career, Dodd Relishes Fight For Financial Reform” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Senate Republicans will begin debate on legislation for financial regulation overhaul” LINK

Politics Daily’s Patricia Murphy: “Carl Levin Will Go After Wall Street in Wake of Goldman Sachs Hearing” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Don Lee: “Greece’s fiscal woes threaten the U.S.” LINK

Bloomberg’s Brian Faler: “More Than a Million May Lose Jobless Aid Due to Deficit Concern” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

USA Today’s Alison Young: “New health care law traps some in pricey state plans” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Robert Weisman and Liz Kowalczyk: “US investigates Partners’ contracts” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

The New York Times’ Randal Archibold and Jennifer Steinhauer: “Welcome to Arizona, Desert Outpost of Contradictions” LINK

The New York Times’ Helene Cooper: “Obama Says Passing Immigration Bill May Be Difficult” LINK

The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon and Anne Kornblut: “Justice Department considers suing Arizona to block immigration law” LINK

Politico’s Carol Lee: “Obama: Little ‘appetite’ on Hill for immigration” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama Sees Delays for Immigration Plan” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan: “Democratic Draft of Immigration Bill Emphasizes Border Security” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Bill Clinton: Expand immigration, reduce deficits” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Calif. congressman wants to deport children of illegal immigrants” LINK

Time’s Ioan Grillo: “Mexicans Unite to Oppose Arizona’s Anti-Illegals Law” LINK

The Associated Press’ Julie Pace: “Obama: Congress may not tackle immigration soon” LINK

GOV. CHARLIE CRIST:

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Teddy Davis: “Source: Crist to Bolt GOP, Run for Senate as Independent” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten and Valerie Bauerlein: “Crist Looks to Go It Alone” LINK

Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer: “Florida’s Crist Plans Senate Bid as Independent, Reports Say” LINK

The New York Times’ Damien Cave and Gary Fineout: “Gov. Crist Appears Set to Bolt Party in Senate Bid” LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan and Ralph Hallow: “If Crist leaves party, GOP donors vow to take cash back” LINK

Politico’s Andy Barr: “Michael Steele: Charlie Crist won’t be senator” LINK

G.O.P. / DEMOCRATS:

ABC News’ David Chalian: “Democratic Party Chief Unveils a 2010 Battle Plan with a 2012 Focus” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty: “Republicans hope to win three symbolic Senate Seats” LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “To woo voters, Democrats plan to cast selves as party of results” LINK

The Washington Times’ David Eldridge: “Kaine dismisses grim Dem fall forecast” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju & John Bresnahan: “Republicans fume over Reid rhetoric” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Joe Lieberman to Host Fundraiser for Harry Reid” LINK

CONGRESS:

The Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington: “Fla. gov. on cusp of independent bid for US Senate” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Peter Schworm: “Lawmakers expected to pass antibullying legislation today” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Gov. Charlie Crist to Run as Independent in Florida Senate Race” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Special election in Pa: GOP House candidate gets boost” LINK

The Associated Press: “Florida’s Gov. Crist on cusp of independent Senate bid” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Justices’ Ruling Blocks Cross Removal” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Bid for Right to Sign Ballot Petitions in Secret Stirs Skeptics on the Supreme Court” LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Justices allow cross on public land in California” LINK

ENVIRONMENT / ENERGY:

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “Big Wind Farm Off Cape Cod Gets Approval” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “Dems press Obama on climate” LINK

Politico’s Marin Cogan: “Clinton: Climate bill could come first” LINK

The Hill’s Russell Berman and Alexander Bolton: “Reid: Despite activist uproar, climate comes before immigration” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Tankersley and Bob Drogin: “Cape Wind project wins federal approval” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power and Mark Peters: “First Offshore Wind Farm Wins Approval” LINK

Time’s Bryan Walsh: “Offshore Wind Power: Is It Worth the Trade-Offs?” LINK

Politics Daily’s Sheila Kaplan: “EPA Staffers Were Forced to Ignore Science, Investigation Finds” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Wind Farm off Cape Cod Gets Go-Ahead From Obama Administration” LINK

FORMER FIRST LADY, LAURA BUSH:

The Washington Post’s Ann Gerhart: “In memoir, Laura Bush reveals painful events during husband’s presidency” LINK

The Washington Times: “Political scene” LINK

OTHER:

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “U.S. Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book on C.I.A.” LINK

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe: “SEC Boss Schapiro Voices “Disgust” With Agency’s Porn Problem” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Six months to November elections, with dates to watch” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Va. troopers to be allowed to refer to Christ in prayers” LINK

The Associated Press’ Lolita C. Baldor: “Legal questions raised over CIA drone strikes” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Mark Shanahan: “Time thinks highly of Scott Brown” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Two Republicans Co-Sponsor Democrat Van Hollen’s Campaign Finance Bill” LINK

Politics Daily’s Graydon Gordian: “Guantanamo Detainee’s Torture Claim Dominates Hearing” LINK

Politics Daily’s Suzi Parker: “Border Corruption: Drugs Now, Dirty Bombs Next?” LINK

Politics Daily’s Andrew Cohen: “Justices Speak on Public Display of the Cross, but Not Clearly” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Cantor Discusses Immigration Law, the ‘New’ GOP” LINK

“Will Obama’s Approval Rating Help Dems in 2010?” LINK

“SEC Boss Voices ‘Disgust,’ Agency’s Porn Problem” LINK

“Chelsea Tells Bill Clinton to Lose 15 Pounds” LINK

“The Senate Soap Opera: Financial Reform” LINK

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