The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, May 18, 2010

May 18, 2010 3:51am

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The New York Times: “U.S. to Promote Press Freedom” LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “Obama’s Aunt Is Granted Asylum on Second Try” LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Obama Taps F.B.I. Deputy to Head a Security Agency” LINK

Politico’s Kendra Marr: “Obama to create BP Commission” LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Glenn Thrush: “President steers clear of shaky Arlen Specter” LINK


The New York Times’ Eric Schmitt and Mark Landler: “U.S. to Press Pakistan on Bomb Plot Inquiry” LINK

The New York Times’ David Sanger and Michael Slackman: “U.S. Is Skeptical on Iranian Deal for Nuclear Fuel” LINK

The New York Times’ Marc Lacey: “Mexican Leader to Visit U.S. as Woes Mount” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “CIA director, national security adviser to meet with officials in Pakistan” LINK

Washington Times’ Eli Lake: “Pakistan seen restricting data from mullah” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon, Margaret Coker and John Lyons: “Iranian Nuclear Deal Raises Fears” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Marc Champion: “In Risky Deal, Turkey Seeks Security, Trade” LINK

Time’s Bryan Walsh : “Some Success in the Gulf — and Trouble in Washington” LINK

Time’s Andrew Lee Butters: “Iran’s New Nuke Proposal: Progress, or Delaying Tactic?” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Laura King: “Afghan suicide bomber kills at least 12” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ My-Thuan Tran and Mark Magnier: “Thai protest leaders accept offer of mediated talks” LINK


The New York Times’ William Broad and David Sanger: “Review Cites Flaws in U.S. Antimissile Program” LINK

The Boston Globe’s David Filipov: “Vt. farmer draws a line at US bid to bolster border” LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Jared Favole and Stephen Power: “Obama to Name Panel to Probe Disaster” LINK

Bloomberg’s Nicholas Johnston: “Obama Said to Plan Presidential Commission to Probe Oil Spill” LINK

The Hill’s Ben Geman: “Sen. Lieberman laments absence of witness from Interior agency” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Richard Fausset: “For oil rig workers, risk comes with paychecks” LINK


The New York Times’ Damien Cave: “A Generation Gap Over Immigration” LINK

The New York Times’ Julia Preston: “Illegal Immigrant Student Protest at McCain Office” LINK

Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Touchy issues await Mexican leader’s visit” LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Mexican president’s visit to focus on immigration” LINK


ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: “Supreme Court Rules ‘Sexually Dangerous’ Can Be Held Longer Than Sentences” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Justices Limit Life Sentences for Juveniles” LINK

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak: “Extended Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders Is Upheld” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Justices Restrict Life Terms For Youths” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin: “Court Backs Sex-Offender Detention” LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic and Martha T. Moore: “Court limits harsh terms for youths” LINK


The Washington Post’s Brady Dennis: “Senate gets ready to act on financial regulations” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s James R. Hagerty: “Loan Aid Leaves Some Worse Off” LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Chu: “Credit card overhaul cuts bank fees by $5B” LINK


ABC News’ Jonathan Karl: “GOP Sen. Bob Blasts Tea Party: You Can’t Govern with ‘Screaming and Anger” LINK

Politics Daily’s Staff: “Tuesday Primary Election Results: Will the Incumbents survive?” LINK

Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis: “Republican Wave Could Sweep In Minority Candidates, Too” LINK

Politico’s Manu Raju: “Trey Grayson Rips Rand Paul ahead of Tuesday’s primary” LINK

Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Candidates cut back bucks for Hill seats” LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Democrats Shifting Focus Back to Jobs Creation” LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz: “Primaries may help foreshadow November elections” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Shear: “Primaries may impact the fortunes of Obama’s White House” LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon Jr.: “Language lessons for Democrats, from the political brain of Drew Westen” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr.: “Tea Party Troubadour Sheds Sunglasses, Hat and Fake Name” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten: “Democrats Face Threat From Their Own Base” LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Incumbents attract late primary donors” LINK


ABC News’ Teddy Davis: “Ron Paul’s Legacy Lives on in His Son’s Kentucky Senate Campaign” LINK

Politics Daily’s Sandra Fish: “Roxanne Conlin Guns for Sen. Charles Grassley’s Seat in Macho Iowa” LINK


Politics Daily’s Robert and Donna Trussell: “BP Oil Spill: America Responds” LINK

Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Class action filed against Arizona’s new statute” LINK

The Boston Herald’s Laurel J. Sweet: “President Obama relative wins battle to stay in U.S.” LINK

The Boston Globe’s Maria Sacchetti: “Obama’s aunt is granted asylum” LINK


“GOV: Specter ‘Lightening Rod’ for Anti-incumbency” LINK

“Washington Pst’s Chris Cillizza on ‘Top Line” LINK

“Napolitano Would Not Have Signed AZ Bill” LINK

“Michelle Obama Announces Nutrition Agreement” LINK

“DHS Secretary Updates Congress on Spill” LINK

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