The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, May 3, 2010

May 3, 2010 4:41am

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 / ADMINISTRATION / CORRESPONDENTS DINNER:

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi: “For Obama, a changed tone in presidential humor” LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Obama goes to La. to address oil spill” LINK

The Associated Press’ Robert Burns: “Obama wary of oil spill’s environmental, economic threat” LINK

Politics Daily’s Walter Shapiro: “Jay Leno Bombs at White House Dinner: Take This Comic, Please” LINK

The Associated Press: “Obama, Bloomberg talk about NYC car bomb” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Oil Spill: Obama Names Coast Guard Admiral to Oversee Federal Response” LINK

Politics Daily’s Tom Diemer: “Obama to Visit Gulf Coast as Oil Slick Grows Unchecked” LINK

Politics Daily’s Walter Shapiro: “Jay Leno Bombs at White House Dinner: Take This Comic, Please” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS / AFGHANISTAN:

The Washington Post’s Joshua Partlow: “Karzai to seek Obama’s approval for peace deals with insurgents” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Laura King: “Afghanistan reports surge in civilian deaths” LINK

TIMES SQUARE BOMB SCARE / TERRORISM:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Napolitano on NY Bomb- no evidence ‘anything other than a one-off’” LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum, William Rashbaum and Al Baker: “Police Seek Man Taped Near Bomb Scene” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Obama vows ‘to see that justice is done’ in Times Square bomb” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Alison Gendar, Rocco Parascandola and Helen Kennedy: “Police eyeing link to South Park in Times Square car bomb” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Keith Johnson: “Attempts Suggest Shift to Small-Scale Strikes” LINK

Bloomberg’s Henry Goldman: “Police Seek Person Seen Near Times Square Bomb, Step Up Patrols” LINK

USA Today’s Kevin McCoy and Joan Biskupic: “Times Square bomb treated as potential terror attack” LINK

OIL LEAK:

ABC News’ Jack Date: “BP: Accident Caused by ‘Failed Piece of Equipment’” LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: “Obama: We’ll clean up ‘BP oil spill’” LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Obama gets look at coastal oil spill” LINK

The New York Times’ Campbell Robertson and Henry Fountain: “BP Describes Race to Fix Well as Obama Warns of Oil Damage” LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut: “Obama tours Gulf Coast while following failed NYC bombing” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: “Obama sees ‘massive, potentially unprecedented’ Gulf oil disaster” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ashley Powers and Jim Tankersly: “Uncertainty grows with oil slick’s size” LINK

FINANCIAL REFORM / ECONOMY / TAXES:

The Hill’s Silla Brush: “FDIC wary of Wall Street derivatives ‘spin-off’ provision in financial bill” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Henry Chu: “European countries, IMF offer Greece $146 billion in loans” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen: “Pelosi tells panel chairmen to ‘redouble’ efforts to chip away at federal budget” LINK

USA Today’s Dennis Cauchon: “Ballot issues test anti-tax mood” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Napolitano: Arizona Law ‘Bad for Law Enforcement’” LINK

The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson: “Born-again ‘border hawk’: Will the new McCain fly?” LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Immigration crackdown championed” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Lauren A.E. Schuker: “Arizona Shooting Stokes Immigration Debate” LINK

USA Today’s Alan Gomez: “Ariz. immigration policy sets off polarizing debate” LINK

Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger: “Immigration Reform: Cuando Vuelan Los Cerdos…” LINK

NUCLEAR:

The New York Times’ William Broad and David Sanger: “U.S. Is Pushing to Deter a Mideast Nuclear Race” LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger: “U.S. Releasing Nuclear Data on It’s Arsenal” LINK

The Washington Post’s Mary Beth Sheridan and Colum Lynch: “Nuclear non-proliferation treaty conference set for showdown between U.S., Iran” LINK

HEALTH CARE:

Politico’s Thomas Geoghegan: “It’s all about the states” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

The Associated Press: “Clinton does not intend to leave post” LINK

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI:

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “Pelosi makes history, and enemies, as an effective House speaker” LINK

SUPREME COURT:

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Napolitano would be a good Supreme Court Justice, Salazar Says’” LINK

SENATE / CONGRESS:

Politico’s John Fortier: “Charlie Crist and the narrow middle” <a href=http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/36666.html
The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Crist blames GOP exit on ‘primary fear’” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Pentagon Asks Congress to Wait on Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” LINK

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Post’s Anita Kumar: “McDonnell strikes a balance, conservatives rethink support” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Miriam Jordan: “Conservative Latinos Rethink Party Ties” LINK

The Associated Press’ Charles Babington: “Internal GOP wars shaping policies nationwide” LINK

The Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington: “A liberated Crist hits Senate trail on his own” LINK

OTHER:

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “Linda Lipsen to become head of American Association for Justice” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Liam Pleven: “Pentagon in Race for Raw Materials” LINK

Politics Daily’s David Wood: “Army’s Generous Pay, Benefits: Are Skyrocketing Costs Sustainable?” LINK

Politics Daily’s Lizzie Skurnick: “Rielle, Oprah, and Zen America’s Truth-Off” LINK

Politics Daily’s Christopher Weber: “Navy Plan to Name Ship After Late Rep. John Murtha Meets Opposition” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Napolitano on Times Square Bomb” LINK

“BP America President Lamar McKay” LINK

“Interview with Napolitano, Salazar and Allen” LINK

“ABC Talks to Celebs, Politicos on Red Carpet” LINK

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