The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, September 24, 2010

By Jayson

Sep 24, 2010 4:21am

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



The New York Times’ David Sanger: “With Warning, Obama Presses China on CurrencyPresident Obama increased pressure on China to immediately revalue its currency on Thursday, devoting most of a two-hour meeting with China’s prime minister to the issue and sending the message, according to one of his top aides, that if “the Chinese don’t take actions, we have other means of protecting U.S. interests.” LINK

Newsweek’s Ryan Tracy: “The No-Drama First Lady” It was a tough act for Michelle Obama to follow. First the audience of world luminaries watched Bill Clinton ease behind the podium and praise her husband. Then they laughed as the man with whom she shares the White House introduced her, describing his good fortune never to have run a campaign against his “better half” (“She would have beat me thoroughly,” the president said). LINK


ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama 'Deeply Offended' by Ahmadinejad Comments On 9/11A White House source tells ABC News that President Obama found Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments about the 9/11 attacks today at the UN General Assembly "deeply offensive and inappropriate, and especially inappropriate to have been made so close" to the site where the World Trade Center once stood. LINK

The Washington Post’s John Pomfret: “Dispute with Japan highlights China’s foreign-policy struggle” The increasingly bitter dispute between China and Japan over a small group of islands in the Pacific is heightening concerns in capitals across the globe over who controls China's foreign policy. LINK

The Washington Times’ Kara Rowland: “Iranian president suggests U.S. 'orchestrated' the 9/11 attacks” American and European diplomats walked out of the room in protest Thursday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested before the U.N. General Assembly that the U.S. government may have orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to somehow bolster Israel. LINK


Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Kate Andersen Brower: “Obama Focuses at UN on Mideast, Currency Friction With ChinaPresident Barack Obama used the backdrop of the United Nations General Assembly meeting to tackle tensions with China and to urge world leaders to support the Middle East peace process, two issues that are testing his economic and foreign policy plans. The U.S. president pressed China’s Premier Wen Jiabao over currency valuation during a two-hour meeting yesterday, an adviser said, as momentum is building in Congress for trade sanctions if the yuan remains what the U.S. views as undervalued. LINK

Bloomberg’s Bill Varner and Flavia Krause-Jackson:Ahmadinejad Stature Fades as Pressure Grows on Iran Atomic Work” When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first came to the United Nations General Assembly three years ago, he declared the question of Iran’s nuclear program “closed.” Ahmadinejad returned to the UN this week with a different message: that he was open to talks with the U.S. and other Western powers about the nuclear issue. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Farah Stockman: “US, Iran signal possibility of resuming nuclear talks The issue of Iran’s nuclear program was little more than a footnote in President Obama’s wide-ranging, 35-minute speech before the United Nations yesterday. But behind the scenes, US and Iranian officials appeared to be engaging in preliminary efforts to reopen talks to resolve what many consider the greatest global threat: a nuclear-armed Iran. LINK


ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Health Insurers Eliminate Child-Only Policies, Is it a Sign of Future Cutbacks?” The move by some health insurance companies to scrap child-only policies has many questioning whether providers will try to circumvent provisions of the new health care reform law in the future. Politically, it has unearthed old tensions between the Obama administration and health insurances at a time when new provisions are being rolled out. LINK


The Los Angeles Times’  Michael J. Mishak: “Brown presses Whitman on Prop. 23” The Republican candidate announces her opposition to the measure to suspend the state's global warming law. But her Democratic rival in the governor's race accuses her of double-talk for supporting a one-year moratorium. link


Politico’s Richard E. Cohen: “Some candidates tepid on 'Pledge'” In the real America, beyond a Sterling, Va., lumberyard, some of the most promising Republican candidates are skeptical that the party’s “Pledge to America” is strong enough tea to satisfy unhappy voters. LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. “Earmarks Cause GOP RiftHouse Republicans called earmarks symbols of fiscal decay when they swore them off completely in March. Candidates from both parties are now pledging, if elected, to never get near one. LINK


USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: “Big cash edge for GOP in state elections” Unlimited donations from corporations and wealthy individuals have helped committees working to elect Republican governors and state legislators break fundraising records and surge past Democrats. LINK



The Wall Street Journal’s Jessica Holzer and Kara Scannell: “House Votes to Repeal Exemption on SEC Secrecy” The House voted Thursday to repeal part of the recently enacted financial overhaul that allowed the Securities and Exchange Commission to keep secret some information it gathers during examinations, in a blow to SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro. LINK


Bloomberg’s Joel Rosenblatt: U.S. Opposes Proposed `Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ban in Military” A proposed court order that would block the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should apply only to members of the group that challenged the constitutionality of the law, the Department of Defense said. LINK


The Denver Post’s Tim Hoover: “Candidates for Colorado treasurer debate pension system, education” The candidates for state treasurer clashed Thursday over solutions for the troubled public employee pension system and the value of mandatory funding increases for schools. State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, the Democratic incumbent seeking a second term, and Walker Stapleton, her Republican challenger, squared off in a taping of a 9News/ Denver Post debate. LINK


The Miami Herald’s Mary Ellen Klas: “GOP claims Alex Sink gave bonuses to state pension managers who lost billions” Millions of Americans had that stomach-churning feeling when headlines announced another bad day on Wall Street as stock and bond markets plunged in value. People watched helplessly as investment nest eggs cracked, leaving many — particularly seniors — worried they would never recover what they had dutifully built up in savings. LINK


The Philadelphia Inquirer’s William Bender: “Meehan has an edge over Lentz in Delco” There are three main reasons that Delaware County's 7th District race could be considered Pennsylvania's marquee congressional contest this year. It's an open seat, with Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak running for the Senate instead of seeking a third term in the House. LINK



Bloomberg’s Michael B. Marois and Christopher Palmeri: “ Schwarzenegger, California Lawmakers Agree on Budget Compromise”  California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and top lawmakers agreed on a “framework” to close a $19 billion deficit that left the most populous U.S. state without a budget for almost three months. The governor and the Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate and the Assembly, known as the Big Five, will hammer out the details at a meeting in Sacramento on Sept. 27, said Aaron McLear, Schwarzenegger’s press secretary. LINK


ABC News: “Jerry Brown Accuses Whitman Buying Female Vote” California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown is accusing his Republican counterpart Meg Whitman of buying the female vote in the state and discusses a public debate. LINK


ABC News: “Palin Hints at Presidential Run” Sarah Palin announced on Fox News that she is considering a presidential run if no other Republicans “step up.” LINK



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