The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, April 15, 2010

Apr 15, 2010 4:48am

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 Carrie Budoff Brown and Glenn Thrush: “Obama dares Republicans to fight Wall St. bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Revs Up Fund-Raising Machine” LINK

Bloomberg’s Mark Drajem: “Obama Looks Back to Bush Export Growth to Bolster Trade Push” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama’s NASA policy: The White House vs. Neil Armstrong” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Obama White House vs. press corps” LINK

Time’s Catherine Mayer: “Britain’s Election: Raiding the Obama Playbook” LINK

Time’s Theo Emery: “Why Obama Backed Down on an Embattled Nominee” LINK

Politics Daily’s Jill Lawrence: “Obama’s Nuclear Moves: Good for America, Bad for Democrats?” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Army to Court Martial Officer Who Doubts Obama Was Born in U.S.” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Corn: “Obama’s Nuclear Summit: Invisible for Conservatives?” LINK

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet: “Michelle Obama: Mexico, Haiti Trips Defining Her Image” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Yunji de Nies and Karen Travers: “First Lady Says Mexico Still Safe for Travel” LINK

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: ‘Feingold, McGovern, Jones Call for ‘Flexible Timetable’ for Withdrawal from Afghanistan” LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Helene Cooper: “Obama Speech Signals a U.S. Shift on Middle East” LINK

The New York Times’ Andrew Kramer: “U.S. Signals Support for New Kyrgyz Leaders” LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger: “Officials Say Iran Could Make Bomb Fuel in a Year” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “France, U.S. Spar Over Extradition” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Rosenberg: “U.S. Forces Leave Afghan ‘Valley of Death’” LINK

Bloomberg’s Peter Robison and Gopal Ratnam: “China ’Power’ Over Metals for Smart Bombs Prompts U.S. Hearing” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Julian E. Barnes: “U.S. doubles anti-Taliban special forces” LINK

Time’s Andrew Lee Butters: “Syrian Saber-Rattling Has U.S. Concerned” LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

The New York Times’ Alissa Rubin: “U.S. Forces Close Post in Afghan ‘Valley of Death’” LINK

The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe: “U.S. retreat from Afghan valley marks recognition of blunder” LINK

GITMO / TERRORISM / IMMIGRATION:

The Washington Post’s Spencer Hsu: “Attorney General Eric Holder stands his ground at Senate hearing” LINK

The New York Times’ Randal Archibold: “Arizona Endorses Immigration Curbs” LINK

FINANCE / ECONOMY:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Jonathan Karl: “Financial Reform Bill: Can Democratic Legislation Prevent Future Bank Bailouts?” LINK

Politico’s Meredith Shiner: “Unemployment package clears hurdle” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Financial overhaul duel is health care’s offspring” LINK

The Washington Post’s David Cho, Brady Dennis and Scott Wilson: “Obama calls together congressional leaders in push for new financial regulation” LINK

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb: “SEX proposes tracking large traders’ moves” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin and Ylan Mui: “Bernanke, new economic data predict a long road to full recovery” LINK

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The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta and Victoria Mcgrane: “GOP Fights to Unify Opposition to Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Conor Dougherty: “Revenue Picture Brightens a Bit for States, but Budget Gaps Are Looming” LINK

USA Today’s The Oval: “Treasury Secretary Geithner: ‘We’re very close’ on financial reform” LINK

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Brown opposes current financial overhaul bill” LINK

UNEMPLOYMENT / HOUSING:

The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb: “Treasury seeks public comments on reform plans for housing-finance system” LINK

The Washington Post’s Renae Merle: “Federal aid is forestalling only a fraction of foreclosures, report says” LINK

EDUCATION:

The Washington Post’s Nick Anderson: “Sen. Harkin proposes #23 billion bailout for schools” LINK

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

The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Labor unions put heat on Democrats” LINK

The New York Times’ Kate Zernike and Megan Thee-Brenan: “Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Expiring Tax Cuts’ Fate Has Parties Strategizing” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten: “Crist Avoids Discussing Senate Run” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas A. Blackmon: “Bunning, Again the Maverick, Endorses Rand Paul for Senate” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Edward Mason, Hillary Chabot and Jessica Van Sack: “Mitt Romney-Sarah Palin in 2012? You betcha!” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Julian E. Barnes: “Did RNC Chairman Michael Steele liken some GOPers to an elephant’s rear end?” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Jim Bunning endorses Tea Party favorite to replace him” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Chris Dodd lashes out at GOP on financial bill” LINK

Boston Globe’s Stephanie Ebbert and Sarah Schweitzer: “Palin, Tea Party Express hit chord in Hub” LINK

USA Today’s On Politics: “Palin blasts Democrats, media” LINK

The Associated Press’ Beth Fouhy: “RNC chairman: GOP wants to help black community” LINK

Time’s Alex Altman: “Palin Rallies the Tea Party Ahead of Tax Day Protests” LINK

Politics Daily’s Bruce Drake: “18 Percent of Americans Say They Are Supporters of the Tea Party Movement” LINK

Politics Daily’s Suzi Parker: “Huckabee Moving to Florida — a Prelude to Another Presidential Run?” LINK

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI:

The Associated Press’ Laurie Kellman: “CAPITAL CULTURE: Pelosi braces for midterms” LINK

CONGRESS:

Politico’s Jake Sherman: “Felipe Calderon will address a joint session of Congress” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Timiraos: “Partisan Scrum on Housing” LINK

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron: “McCain gets help from defense firms” LINK

USA Today’s Matt Kelley: “No hurry in Senate to ban private-firm ‘earmarks’” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr: “Kagan’s Bridge Building Boosts Her U.S. Supreme Court Candidacy” LINK

Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish: “Harvard Law dean considered for Supreme Court” LINK

COAL SAFETY / ENVIRONMENT:

Politics Daily’s Annie Snider: “Coal Execs Quizzed by Congress on Safety, Environment” LINK

OTHER:

The Washington Post’s Greg Miller: “Deputy Director Kappes to leave CIA” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Andy Pasztor: “Feud Over NASA Threatens America’s Edge in Space” LINK

Bloomberg’s Holly Rosenkrantz: “SEIU’s Stern Leaves After Missing Goal of Revitalizing Labor” LINK

USA Today’s On Deadline: “Arizona House OKs bill making it a crime to be in country illegally” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Legislation Calls for Haiti’s Debt to Be Canceled” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Michelle Obama Dances in Mexico” LINK

“Financial Reform: Backdoor Bailout?” LINK

“Dodd Reacts to ‘Bailout’ Charge: ‘Poppycock!’” LINK

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