The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 20, 2010 4:11am

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, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, CARRIE HALPERIN and GEORGIA DAWKINS

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FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA:

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear and Michael Birnbaum: “Md. Second-grader gives lady pop quiz on immigration” LINK

STATE DINNER:

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Obama’s Second State Dinner Attracts No Gate Crashers” LINK

The Hill’s Christina Wilkie: “Obama, Calderon toast their similarities at festive state dinner” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Gets an Earful From Calderón” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s David Crawford and Joe Lauria: “Germany Stops Shipment to Iran” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alan Cullison and Maria Abi-Habib: “Afghan Insurgents Attack U.S. Base” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Shai Oster: “For China, Little Risk in Backing Sanctions” LINK

DEFENSE:

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “A Defender for a Defense the U.S. Doesn’t Want” LINK

FINANCIAL REGULATION:

The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis and Shailagh Murray: “Financial regulation measure is stalled in Senate” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “GOP, 2 Democrats stall financial regulation bill in Senate” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Jay Fitzgerald: “Scott Brown holds up vote on financial reform bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Damian Paletta: “Democratic Rift Stalls Financial Bill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson and Damian Paletta: “Ban on Pet Provisions Proves Too Much for Lawmakers” LINK

Bloomberg’s Alison Vekshin and Phil Mattingly: “Senate Democrats Fail to Win Support to Advance Financial Bill” LINK

ELECTIONS 2010 / TEA PARTY:

ABC News’ Huma Khan, David Chalian, Teddy Davis, Jonathan Karl, and Yunji de Nies: “Victories for Joe Sestak, Rand Paul Signal Voters’ Anti-Incumbent Mood” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and Shailagh Murray: “Primary elections help define President Obama’s role in midterm elections” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lois Romano: “Pennsylvania Democratic Senate hopeful Sestak goes against the grain” LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Slevin: “In Arkansas, U.S. Senate candidates scramble to take stock for June runoff” LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Primary day backlash hits centrists” LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “Democrats See Hope for Fall in Victory in House Race” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Upsets targeted by ‘Tea Party’-type groups” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “In Pa. primary, Arlen Specter bows to Joe Sestak” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Susan Milligan: “GOP outsider surges in Conn. Polls” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Stu Woo: “Whitman’s Lead Narrows in California Race” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “One Win Is Altering Parties’ Calculus” LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick and James Rowley: “‘Angry’ Voters Propel Specter to Senate Defeat, Paul to Victory” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Mark Z. Barabak and Kathleen Hennessey: “Primaries put Republicans on notice” LINK

DEMOCRATS / G.O.P.:

Politico’s Maggie Haberman: “S.I. GOP committee taps Fossella” LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown and Meredith Shiner: “Dem dissidents block financial reform” LINK

Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: “Liberals, GOP block bank reform in Senate” LINK

Bloomberg’s Terrence Dopp: “New Jersey Millionaire Tax Passage Likely; Christie Veto Looms” LINK

SENATE / CONGRESS:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Pennsylvania Primary Ends Arlen Specter’s 30-Year Reign: ‘Hard to Imagine Senate Without Him” LINK

Politics Daily’s Walter Shapiro: “Rand Paul’s Victory, Arlen Specter’s Defeat, and the Quest for Authenticity” LINK

Washington Times’ David Eldridge: “Left, right brace for voters’ anti-incumbent anger” LINK

GULF OIL SPILL:

The New York Times’ Justin Gillis: “Scientists Fault U.S. Response in Assessing Gulf Oil Spill” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Steve Stecklow, Spencer Swartz and Margaret Coker: “Oil Trade With Iran Thrives, Discreetly” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Geoff Mohan: “Gulf oil spill: BP grilled over choice of dispersant” LINK

IMMIGRATION:

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Immigrant Students Face Deportation After Protest at McCain Arizona Office” LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers: “Immigration Debate Looms Large Over Mexican President’s State Visit” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Obama and Calderon Decry Ariz. Immigration Law” LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan: “Democrats Embrace Panel to Regulate Flow of Immigrant Workers” LINK

SUPREME COURT / SUPREME COURT NOMINEE KAGAN:

Politics Daily’s Andrew Cohen: “Juvenile Justice: Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court Right an Old Wrong” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Nathan Koppel: “Kagan Critiqued Bush v. Gore Case” LINK

The Hill’s Russell Berman: “Kagan hearings set for June” LINK

WHITE HOUSE:

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye, Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny: “White House Embraces Upstart Who Beat Specter” LINK

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL:

The Boston Globe’s Bryan Bender: “Troops to weigh in on ‘don’t ask’ policy” LINK

The Hill’s Jared Allen and Bob Cusack: “Pelosi vows to end ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ by the end of the year” LINK

OTHER:

The New York Times’ Randal Archibold: “In Arizona’s Latest Twist, Voters Follow G.O.P. Governor and Approve Tax Increase” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “K Street no longer the legendary hub of D.C. lobbying firms” LINK

The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick: “Cross-country bike ride to honor CIA officers killed in Khost attack” LINK

Politico’s Jen Dimascio: “House committee passes defense bill” LINK

Politics Daily’s Mary C. Curtis: “NRA Convention: Love of Guns and Country Is Not Just a GOP Thing” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Mcauliff : “After Napolitano attacks NY for hoarding security cash, extra $121M is suddenly found … from 2008” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

“Michelle Obama Talks Immigration with 2nd Graders” LINK

“Bellwether Victory? Dems Keep PA-12″ LINK

“Is There a New National Political Climate?” LINK

“Obama on AZ Law: Could Be ‘Discriminatory” LINK

“Mexican President Rebukes U.S. Law at White House” LINK

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