The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 12, 2010 4:39am

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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SOLICITOR GENERAL ELENA KAGAN:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Could Elena Kagan’s Confirmation Signal End of Protestant Era on the Supreme Court?” LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Jonathan Karl: “Vice President Biden: No ‘Anti-Military Bias’ in Elena Kagan’s Decision as Harvard Law Dean” LINK

New York Time's James Barron: "A New York Bloc on the Supreme Court" LINK

The Washington Post’s Krissah Thompson and Hamil R. Harris: “White House seeks to defend Kagan's diversity record” LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Kagan has decent public backing, says Gallup" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Kagan begins Senate visits on Wednesday" LINK

Boston Globe's Tracy Jan and Mark Arsenault: "In Kagan stance on military, a complex history" LINK

The Associated Press' Henry C. Jackson: "SPIN METER: GOP senators' shifting standards" LINK

The Associated Press' Jesse J. Holland: "Senators to query Kagan, but don't expect answers" LINK

Time's Jay Newston-Small: "How Many Republican Votes Can Kagan Woo?" LINK

The Boston Herald’s Richard Weir: “Nominee’s sexual orientation sparks debate” LINK

Newsweek’s Eve Conant: “Gay Rights a Flashpoint in Kagan Nomination” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Kagan and Key Case: The Jury Is Out” LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “GOP won’t make it easy for Kagan” LINK

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Kagan’s friends: She’s not gay” LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Elena Kagan's Financial Disclosure, Ethics Agreement Released" LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA & HIS ADMINISTRATION:

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama is 'deeply frustrated' with oil spill" LINK

USA Today's The Oval: "Obama calls new British PM Cameron" LINK

USA Today's Nanci Hellmich: "Michelle Obama reveals goals of childhood obesity task force" LINK

Politics Daily's Lynn Sweet: "Michelle Obama Unveils Anti-Childhood Obesity Action Plan" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Adamy: “White House Obesity Plan Mixes Carrots With Sticks” LINK

The Hill's Roxana Tiron: “Levin: Gates 'gutsy' for trying to curb Pentagon spending, bureaucracy” LINK

OIL HEARINGS & REGULATION REFORM:

New York Time's John M. Broder: "U.S. to Split Up Agency Policing the Oil Industry" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Richard Simon and Jim Tankersleyn: “Finger-pointing all around at Senate hearings on oil spill” LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Tankersley: “Interior secretary calls for splitting offshore-drilling agency in two" LINK

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin and Ed O'Keefe: “Offshore drilling agency to undergo radical overhaul, Salazar announces” LINK

Boston Globe's Matt Viser: "States may get more of a voice on oil drilling" LINK

Time's Bryan Walsh: "Will the Gulf Accident Stymie Plans to Drill in Alaska?" LINK

The Washington Post’s Steven Mufson and David A. Fahrenthold: “In Senate testimony, oil executives pass the blame for massive gulf spill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Power, Neil King Jr. And Siobhan Hughes: “Oil-Rig Regulator to Be Broken Up” LINK

Politics Daily's Patricia Murphy: "Interior Department Shakes Up Oil Agency in Wake of Spill" LINK

CONGRESS:

New York Time's Scott Shane: "Senators Demand Tighter Rules on No-Fly List and Addition to Terror Group List" LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Senate calls for audit of three years of Fed deals” LINK

USA Today's John Fritze: "Dealers-turned-candidates run into trouble" LINK

The Associated Press: "Mollohan's 28-year run in Congress ends with primary loss" LINK

The Associated Press: "President Carter's grandson wins Georgia Senate seat" LINK

The Hill's Russell Berman and Sam Youngman: “Pelosi says Karzai critical to support for $33B war funding bill” LINK

The Hill's Molly K. Hooper: “GOP drafts bill to prevent Geithner from voting for IMF loans to EU members” LINK

Politico’s Jake Sherman: “House GOP wants your budgets cuts” LINK

DEMOCRATS / REPUBLICANS / TEA PARTY:

New York Time's Adam Nagourney: "Specter, After Shift, Faces Fire From Both Parties" LINK

The Washington Times’ Ralph Z. Hallow: “GOP moderation hobbles Portman’s Ohio run” LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “Rep. Alan Mollohan loses Democratic primary in West Virginia” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Edward Mason: “Voters tap Republican for Scott Brown’s empty seat” LINK

Boston Globe's Brian C. Mooney: "GOP group targeting Cahill anew" LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

ABC News’ Pierre Thomas and Kirit Radia: “Pakistani Man Found with Explosives on Hands at U.S. Embassy in Chile” LINK

ABC News’ Kristina Wong: “Time to Talk to the Taliban?” LINK

New York Time's Mark Landler: "Karzai Visits Washington, With Smiles All Around" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' David S. Cloud, Julian E. Barnes and Paul Richter: “Afghanistan wants to be designated a significant U.S. ally” LINK

USA Today's Aamer Madhani: "U.S. reviews Afghan watchdog authority" LINK

The Associated Press: "Chilean police detain Pakistani in U.S. Embassy" LINK

The Associated Press' Robert Burns and Matthew Lee: "Karzai meets Obama on way ahead in Afghan war" LINK

Time's Tony Karon: "Karzai and Obama: Whose Strategy for the Afghan Endgame?" LINK

TERRORISM:

The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick: “Pakistani insurgents' connection to Times Square bomb attempt still not found” LINK

Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff: U.S. Weighs Official “Terrorist Organization” Status for the Pakistani Taliban” LINK

USA Today's Martha T. Moore: "Coverage in Times Square bomb inquiry criticized" LINK

ECONOMY:

New York Time's David Leonhardt: "In Greek Crisis, Some See Parallels to U.S. Debt Woes" LINK

The Washington Post’s Neil Irwin: “Despite E.U. rescue fund, Spain struggles with soured private loans” LINK

USA Today's Wendy Koch: "Economy puts more youth on run" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Strapped States Cash In on Gambling and Other Vices" LINK

FINANCIAL REFORM:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Financial Reform Bill Would Have White House Name Inspectors General at Financial Agencies” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Sudeep Reddy: “Senate Pushes Fed to Give Up Names” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin and Craig Torres: “Senate Votes to Audit Fed Emergency Steps, Rejects Wider Probe” LINK

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER:

New York Time's Sarah Lyall: "Cameron Faces Challenges Beyond His Coalition" LINK

New York Time's John F. Burns: "Cameron Takes Over as British Premier After Brown Resigns" LINK

Politics Daily's Walter Shapiro: "New Prime Minister David Cameron Ends Labour Party Era in Britain" LINK

Politics Daily's Tom Diemer: "David Cameron Is Britain's Prime Minister: Coalition Formed, Gordon Brown Resigns" LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

The Washington Post’s Ashley Halsey III: “Chesapeake Bay settlement has EPA agreeing to enforce pollution reduction goals” LINK

Politico’s Jeanne Cummings: “Energy bill packed with tax breaks” LINK

The Hill's Jim Snyder & Ben Geman: “The battle over climate bill begins” LINK

BEAU BIDEN:

USA Today's The Oval: "Biden's son had mild stroke" LINK

The New York Daily News' Kenneth R. Bazinet: “VP Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, has mild stroke, expected to 'make full recovery': White House" LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston and Edwin Chen: “Biden’s Son, Delaware Official, Stable After Suffering Stroke” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

The Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman: “Health-care overhaul is up against long campaign across U.S.” LINK

Politico’s Sarah Kliff and Jennifer Haberkorn: “Dems sell health law benefits” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

Newsweek’s Arian Campo-Flores: “Evangelical Campaign for Immigration Reform Faces Key Obstacle: Grassroots” LINK

OTHER:

The Associated Press: "Booker wins 2nd term as mayor of high-crime Newark" LINK

The Associated Press: "Gift to aid in Vietnam memorial upkeep" LINK

Politics Daily's Christopher Weber: "Oil Spill Command Center Turns Away ABC Reporter" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Gibbs on Underwater Oil Leak Video: 'Ask BP'” Gibbs on Underwater Oil Leak Video: 'Ask BP'>LINK

“Hatch on Kagan Depends on 'Judicial Philosophy'” LINK

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