The Note's Must-Reads for Friday, March 27, 2009

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’ PETER MARTINEZ, CARRIE HALPERIN, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, JAYCE HENDERSON and JUSTIN GRANT

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PRESIDENT OBAMA, THE ECONOMY AND TAXES:

ABC News' Yunji de Nies, Karen Travers and Sunlen Miller: "Obama Tells Digital Town Hall Expect to Lose More Jobs" LINK

ABC News' Jake Tapper: "President Obama: Expect Job Losses Even After Recovery Kicks In" LINK

VOTE: "Mr. President, Will You Legalize Marijuana?" LINK

Reuters: "Obama: Pot Won't Grow Our Economy" LINK

USA Today's Barbara Hagenbaugh: "Lawmakers worry about haste in financial reforms" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Peter Nicholas: "Obama's budget pitch widens" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' James Oliphant and David Sarno: "Obama connects from on high, online" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Ben Meyerson: "In Washington, entertainment makes its case for funding" LINK

The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg: “Obama Makes History in Live Internet Video Chat” LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael Fletcher and Jose Antonio Vargas: “The White House, Open for Questions” LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Obama Seeks JPMorgan, Goldman, Citigroup Support on Bank Plan” LINK

The Washington Times’ Jon Ward: “Obama skirts pot query on Web forum” LINK

The New York Daily News’ David Saltonstall: "President Obama's first online townhall goes to pot" LINK

The New York Daily News' Kenneth Bazinet: "Obama pushes his budget before turning into Dem. Fundraiser-in-chief" LINK

 

TREASURY SECRETARY TIMOTHY GEITHNER:

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos: "'This Week' Coming Up: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner" LINK

Coming Up on "This Week": Ask Secretary Timothy Geithner your question: LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Puzzanghera and Walter Hamilton: "Geithner seeks authority to seize firms deemed a threat" LINK

The New York Times’ Edmund Andrews: “Battles Over Reform Plan Lie Ahead” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta and Jenny Strasburg: “Treasury Maps New Era of Regulation” LINK

Time Magazine’s Massimo Calabresi: “Geithner Makes His Pitch for More Regulation” LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill : “Treasury crackdown faces challenge” LINK

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News' Jake Tapper: "President Obama to Announce: More Troops, Resources, Diplomacy for Afghanistan-Pakistan" LINK

ABC News' Rick Klein: "How Big Is the Obama Army?" LINK

ABC's The World Newswer: "The World According To...Dennis Blair" LINK

USA Today's Ken Dilanian: "Pakistan to get billions from U.S. despite oversight concerns" LINK

USA Today's David Jackson and Tom Vanden Brook: "Obama signals Afghanistan war shift" LINK

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima: “Pick to Oversee Pentagon Acquisitions Targets Costly Weapons Programs” LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Obama Commemorates Camp David Accords 30th Anniversary”  LINK

The Washington Times’ Jim McElhatton: “Obama raised cash after leaving Senate” LINK

The Washington Times’ Suzanne Fields: “Obama's public overexposure” LINK

The New York Daily News' Michael Saul: "Obama to visit Normandy beaches for D-Day 65th anniversary" LINK

The New York Daily News' Michael Saul: "Notre Dame students protest as pro-choice Obama picked to give commencement" LINK

OBAMA AND FOREIGN POLICY:

The New York Times’ Peter Baker and Thom Shanker: “In New Afghan Strategy, Obama Will Add Troops” LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “Obama Plans More Funding For Afghan War” LINK

ABC News' Luis Martinez: "Additional 4,000 Troops to Be Ordered to Afghanistan" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Yochi J. Dreazen: “U.S. Defines Its Afghan Strategy” LINK

Bloomberg’s Kim Chipman and Tony Capaccio: “Obama Plans to Boost U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Set Benchmarks” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Stephen Fidler: “Obama to Woo European Public on Overseas Trip” LINK

Politico's Mike Allen: "'Obama's war' - New Troops and New Plan" LINK

Politico's David S. Cloud: "Holbrooke Holds Back" LINK

Politico's Ben Smith: "The GWOT Goes On" LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “U.S. boosting force in Afghanistan” LINK

AIG:

Bloomberg Commentary by William Pesek: “AIG Bailout Is Worth More Than 96 Million People” LINK

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:

USA Today's Chris Hawley: "Clinton visits Mexico in show of solidarity in drug war" LINK

ECONOMY/HOUSING & MORTGAGES/AUTO INDUSTRY/JOBS:

ABC News' Jake Tapper: "President Expresses Anger with Automakers, Plan for Industry to be Announced Likely on Monday" LINK

USA Today's Susan Page: "Poll: Outlook improving about economy" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Patrick McGreevy: "California jobs go to the well-connected" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s S. Mitra Kalita: “U.S. Deters Hiring of Foreigners as Joblessness Grows” LINK

Time Magazine’s Kurt Andersen: “The End of Excess: Is This Crisis Good for America?” LINK

CONGRESS:

ABC News' David Kerley: "Franken is Confident" LINK

The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “Senate Moves to Expand National Service Programs” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Greg Hitt and Naftali Bendavid: “Senate Panel Clears $3.6 Trillion Budget” LINK

The Hill's Jeffrey Young: "Hoyer Playing Health Reform Referee" LINK

The Hill's Walter Alarkon: "Senate Panel Approves Budget Resolution" LINK

Politico's Alex Isenstadt: "Boehner: 'This Is a Blueprint" LINK

Politico's Lisa Lerer & Manu Raju: "Prospects Dim for Labor Bill" LINK

DEMOCRATS/REPUBLICANS:

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane and Chris Cillizza: “Political Parties See Dramatic Decline in Fundraising” LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Democrats Agree on Budget’s Outline” LINK

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

USA Today's James Bruggers: "Earth Hour hopes to shed light on climate" LINK

OTHER MUST-READS:

The Los Angeles Times' Peter Wallsten: "A risky new push for immigration reform" LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Greg Miller: "U.S. official challenges North Korea's satellite claim" LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"GOP Blasts Geithner for 'Radical' Plan" LINK

"George on Budget Resolution" LINK

"McCain to Obama: Level With America on Afghanistan" LINK

"Obama: Weed Won't Grow Economy" LINK

"Biden: Stimulus Money Showing Results" LINK

"Positive Economic Signs" LINK

 

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