The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, May 14, 2010

May 14, 2010 4:14am

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, CLAUDIA MORALES and CARRIE HALPERIN

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PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “NY Lawmakers Attack White House Over Security Funding Cuts that White House Says Aren’t True” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: "Obama Expands Modernization of Nuclear Arsenal" LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Cooper: "Hawaii Limits Requests on Obama’s Birth Records" LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: "In New York Trip, Obama Is Optimistic on Economy" LINK

The Washington Post’s Nick Anderson: “Obama administration says it supports measure to avoid teacher layoffs” LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama: 'We are headed in the right direction' on economy" LINK

The Associated Press: "Obama asks Congress to aid Israel defenses" LINK

The Associated Press' Colleen Long: "Obama meets, praises Times Square bomb responders" LINK

Politics Daily's Jill Lawrence: "Obama the Hottie: President Gets Unusual Compliment in N.Y. Wings Joint" LINK

TERRORISM:

The New York Times’ William K. Rashbaum and Scott Shane: "3 in Custody May Have Supported Bomb Suspect" LINK

The Washington Post’s Greg Miller: “Pakistan arrests man with militant ties who says he aided Times Square bomb suspect” LINK

The Washington Post’s Pamela Constable and Haq Nawaz Khan: “Father of Times Square suspect a 'patriotic man' who raised his family 'cleanly'” LINK

The New York Daily News' Michael J. Feeney, Kerry Burke and John Lauinger: “Oldsmobile belonging to man attending Buzzcocks concert triggers bomb scare near Union Square" LINK

USA Today's Kevin Johnson: "N.Y. car-bomb inquiry crosses four states" LINK

Boston Globe's Jonathan Saltzman, Shelley Murphy, and John Guilfoil: "2 held in local antiterror raids" LINK

The Boston Herald’s Laurel J. Sweet, O’Ryan Johnson and Laura Crimaldi: “Terror hits home as Times Square probe nets arrests” LINK

Newsweek’s Mark Hosenball: “NYPD Developing CCTV Camera System That Will Be Better Than London’s” LINK

The Hill's Susan Crabtree: “Holder defends process for terrorists as more arrests made in bomb probe" LINK

Politics Daily's Tom Diemer: "Arrests in Times Square Bomb Probe: Three in U.S., One in Pakistan" LINK

OIL SPILL & REGULATION:

The New York Times’ Ian Urbina: "U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits" LINK

The New York Times’ John M. Broder: "Western Senators Propose Ban on Pacific Drilling" LINK

The New York Times’ William Yardley: "Court Backs Oil Project" LINK

The New York Times’ Sindya N. Bhanoo: "The E.P.A. Announces a New Rule on Polluters" LINK

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin: “For U.S. government and BP, no choice but to work together” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Richard Simon and Margot Roosevelt: “Democrats' effort to increase oil spill liability stalls" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Bettina Boxall: “Oil leak rate much higher than reported, professor says" LINK

Bloomberg’s Jessica Resnick-Ault and Katarzyna Klimasinska: “Obama Sends Bomb Inventor, Mars Expert to Fix BP Oil Spill” LINK

CONGRESS / CLIMATE BILL:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Will Senate Energy Bill Dampen Environmentalists’ Momentum?” LINK

USA Today's On Politics: "Crist: Fix Social Security and immigration together" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins: “Congress Reins In Its Perks for Travel” LINK

The Associated Press: "Senate passes fee restrictions on debit cards" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "White House Asks Congress For $10 Million to Fight Oil Spill Lawsuits" LINK

Politico’s James Hohmann: “Holder ducks questions on Sestak claim” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS / TEA PARTY:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Democrats Could ‘Absolutely’ Lose Majority Control in Congress, Some Strategists Say” LINK

The New York Times’ Katherine Q. Seelye: "Ground Shifts Strongly in a Democrat’s District" LINK

The Washington Times’ David Eldridge: “In Senate race in Kentucky, the son also rises” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Research: Most rich candidates face long electoral odds” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing: “Republican primary in Northern Virginia sounds familiar themes, with a twist” LINK

Politico’s “’Rubberstamp’ Robin Carnahan fires back at ‘Bailout’ Roy Blunt” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Alex Isenstadt: “Pa. race ‘a special interest’ laboratory” LINK

The Hill's Julian Pecquet: “Deficit worries make it tough for Dems to move 'doc fix'" LINK

Politics Daily's Patricia Murphy: "GOP Blocks Bill to Raise Oil Companies' Liability to $10 Billion" LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The New York Times’ Scott Shane: "U.S. Decision to Approve Killing of Cleric Causes Unease" LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler: "At U.S.-Afghan Meetings, Talk of Nuts and Bolts" LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “In speech, Karzai, expresses satisfaction with outcome of Washington visit” LINK

The Washington Post’s Ernesto Londoño and Craig Whitlock: “Despite political uncertainties in Iraq, U.S. sticking with drawdown plan” LINK

USA Today's Calum MacLeod: "China's crackdowns shadow talks" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama, Medvedev tell aides to step up talks on Iran sanctions" LINK

Time's Rania Abouzeid: "Pakistan Faces the Perils of Anti-Taliban Offensive" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Spiegel and Yochi J. Dreazen: “Karzai Presses U.S. on Kandahar Plan” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Lando: “Next U.S. Challenge in Iraq: Leaving” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Richard Boudreaux: “U.S., Russia Near Adoption Agreement” LINK

Politics Daily's David Wood: "Afghan President Karzai Refreshed, Refurbished and Ready for Peace" LINK

SOLICITOR GENERAL ELENA KAGAN:

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: “Scott Brown Gives Kagan a Pass on JAG Recruiting” LINK

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Kagan and the ‘Gay Question’ Controversy” LINK

The Washington Post’s Alec MacGillis: “Kagan's firsthand White House experience is rare on Supreme Court” LINK

FINANCIAL REFORM:

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis and Ylan Q. Mui: “Senate passes amendment on debit and credit card swipe fees” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Aaron Lucchetti, Serena Ng and Greg Hitt: “Rating Agencies Face Curbs” LINK

Bloomberg’s Peter Eichenbaum: “Senate Approves Debit-Card Swipe-Fee Limits in Financial Bill” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

Boston Globe's Political Notebook: "Kerry comes to defense of nominee to run Medicare, Medicaid programs" LINK

The Associated Press' Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar: "Small business lobby joins challenge to health law" LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee and Maggie Haberman: “From the W.H. to Main St. to Wall St.” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

Time's Katy Steinmetz: "Religious Leaders Press McCain on Immigration" LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Holder hasn’t read Ariz. Immigration bill” LINK

ENVIRONMENT:

USA Today's Doyle Rice: "Study: Climate change puts world's lizards at risk" LINK

Time's Michael D. Lemonick: "Study: Global Warming Is Driving Lizards to Extinction" LINK

SARAH PALIN:

Politics Daily's Mary C. Curtis: "NRA in Charlotte: Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Lots of Guns" LINK

OTHER:

USA Today's Gregg Zoroya: "Military mental health care stays were up in 2009" LINK

USA Today's Dan Vergano: "'Star Wars' meets reality? Military testing laser weapons" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "40-Year War On Drugs Hasn't Worked, Policy Chief Says" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Brown Says Kagan 'Supportive' of Military” LINK

“Karzai Visits Arlington Cemetary” LINK

“Obama Gets His Wings 'Extra Crispy'” LINK

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