The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, May 17, 2010

May 17, 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, CARRIE HALPERIN and GEORGIA DAWKINS

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PRESIDENT OBAMA / ADMINISTRATION:

USA Today's The Oval: "Sunday's best: Elections, the oil spill and the Supreme Court" LINK

Politics Daily's Bruce Drake: "Latest Round-Up of Obama Poll Ratings by State" LINK

FIRST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA:

The Washington Post’s Jenna Johnson: “First lady pays off on challenge to serve with GWU commencement speech” LINK

The Associated Press: "First lady tells George Washington grads to 'keep giving'" LINK

AFGHANISTAN:

The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe: “Combat Generation: Trying to work with an Afghan insurgent” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Los Angeles Times' Borzou Daragahi: “Iran agrees to exchange of nuclear material” LINK

DEFENSE:

The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock and Dana Hedgpeth: “Congress may override efforts by Secretary Gates to cut defense spending” LINK

BP / OIL SPILL:

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Feds to BP: You’ll Be Paying Entire Cost of Spill, Right?” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Tankersley, Raja Abdulrahim and Richard Fausset: “BP makes headway in containing oil leak” LINK

The Associated Press' Justin Pritchard: "Agency fell short in oil rig checkups" LINK

Time's Bryan Walsh: "From the Top Down, Sloughing Off Blame for the Spill" LINK

FINANCIAL OVERHAUL:

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis: “Obama’s terms for financial overhaul remain mostly intact” LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Despite audit, Federal Reserve’s scope may widen with Senate bill” LINK

ECONOMY / TAXES / JOBS / MARKETS:

USA Today's Adam Shell: "Investors brace for a queasy new week of stock uneasiness" LINK

USA Today's On Deadline: "Regulators track down big 'mystery trader' in market plunge" LINK

Bloomberg's Phil Mattingly: "Frank Prepares to Merge House's Financial-Regulation Measure With Senates" LINK

Bloomberg's Rich Miller: "Recovery Rewards U.S. Investors as Jobless Deny Historical Rebound" LINK

HEALTH CARE:

ABC News' John Gever: "FDA Wants You… to Snitch on Illegal Drug Ads" LINK

SUPREME COURT / ELENA KAGAN:

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “Senator Doesn’t See Bid to Block Kagan” LINK

Politico's Josh Gerstein: "Civil rights vets uneasy with Kagan" LINK

USA Today's Joan Biskupic: "Kagan's skills well-suited to Senate hearings" LINK

The Associated Press: "GOP to grill Kagan on her sparse record" LINK

The Associated Press: "Laura Bush says Kagan nomination is 'great'" LINK

Time's David Von Drehle: "Was Supreme Court Nominee Kagan a Youthful Socialist?" LINK

Politics Daily's Bruce Drake: "Republicans Zero In on Kagan's Stance on Military Recruiting at Harvard" LINK

Politics Daily's David Gibson: "Thurgood Marshall Is a 'Saint'; Elena Kagan Has a Lesser Goal in Mind" LINK

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO:

The Wall Street Journal’s Keith Johnson: “Napolitano Under Fire Again” LINK

WHITE HOUSE:

ABC News' Howard LaFranchi: "Petraeus for President? Army General Keeps Speculation Alive" LINK

CONGRESS:

Bloomberg's Jonathan D. Salant: "Flood of Cash to Congress Is Unabated as Banks Seek Influence" LINK

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

Politico's Maggie Haberman: "Encore? Giuliani sets stage for 4th act" LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “In Three Turbulent Primaries, Measures of Voter Discontent” LINK

The New York Times’ James McKinley Jr.: “In the Middle in Arkansas, and Hit From Both Sides” LINK

The New York Times’ John Harwood: “Angry Coters, but How Many?” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “GOP Shifts With U.S. Mood” LINK

Time's David Von Drehle: "Can Blanche Lincoln Survive a Democratic Challenge?" LINK

Politics Daily's Jill Lawrence: "Specter-Sestak Dogfight Tops Senate ' Super Tuesday' Primaries" LINK

Politics Daily's Walter Shapiro: "Will Rand Paul Hand the Tea Party Movement Its Biggest Victory Ever?" LINK

NASA:

The New York Times’ Kenneth Chang: “Busy Schedule for Rocket Obama Wants Scrapped” LINK

FORMER FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH:

Politics Daily's Bruce Drake: "Laura Bush Says Press Typecast Her and Blames 'Liberal Bias'" LINK

OTHER:

The Hill's Jordy Yager: “Lawmakers expect revised border violence plan from Calderon visit” LINK

The Associated Press' Genaro C. Armas: "Bill Clinton campaigns in Pa. in Murtha seat race" LINK

Boston Globe's David Filipov: "Vt. farmer draws a line at US bid to bolster border" LINK

Time's Alex Altman: "Obama Talks Tough on Oil Spill" LINK

Time's Tim Padgett: "Who is Killing Honduran Journalists?" LINK

Boston Herald's Jessica Van Sack: "AG Eric Holder urges B.U. grads to serve ‘public good’" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"SEN. Bennett on His Loss to Tea Party Candidates" LINK

"Palin Supports Arizona Law" LINK

"Greeenroom: Disaster in the Gulf" LINK

"Michelle Obama to Grads: Give Globally" LINK

"Interview with Ses. Leahy, Sessions" LINK

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