The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, January 14, 2011

By Jayson

Jan 14, 2011 3:00am

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 Digital News Associate Jayce Henderson

ARIZONA SHOOTING / LOUGHNER:
The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth and William Branigin: “Giffords reaches ‘major milestone’ in recovery” Doctors treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Thursday she has reached "a major milestone" medically with her ability to open her eyes and seemingly respond to her surroundings as she recovers from a gunshot wound to the head. LINK

Bloomberg’s Tom Schoenberg: “Loughner Defense Faces Choices Similar to Oklahoma City Bomb Case” Lawyers for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh spent months polling the public and analyzing news reports in search of a more favorable venue for his trial over the attack that killed 168 people, including 19 children. LINK

GUN CONTROL:
The New York Times’ Adam Nagourney and Jennifer Steinhauer: “A Clamor for Gun Limits, but Few Expect Real Changes” The National Rifle Association has gone uncommonly dark since the weekend shootings here. A posting on its Web site expresses sympathies for the victims of the violence, and N.R.A. officials said they would have nothing to say until the funerals and memorial services were over. LINK

Newsweek’s Daniel Stone: “Is Gun Violence the Cost of Freedom?” Looking in from abroad, much of the world has historically been baffled by America’s gun laws. In no other country can a mentally unstable person access a Glock pistol as easily as suspected Arizona shooter Jared Loughner did. And in no other country is the number of people who own guns as high as in the United States, where there are 90 guns for every 100 people. LINK

NATIONAL SECURITY:
ABC News’ Jason Ryan: “TSA Chief Explains Intel on Thermos Threat and Extra Screening” TSA Administrator John Pistole today disclosed that intelligence information was obtained on Dec. 23, 2010 that Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was seeking to make a bomb using insulated drinking mugs and thermoses, leading to the extra check in security lines over the holiday. LINK

CONGRESS / G.O.P. / RNC / DEMOCRATS:
Politico’s Jake Sherman: “House GOP tries to regain momentum” Their agenda remains ambitious, aggressive and utterly unchanged, but as House Republicans head back to work after a national pause for mourning, they’re trying to recapture their momentum while setting the right political tone. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Brody Mullins: “Next RNC Chief Has Tough Job” Republican leaders gather Friday to pick a new party chief amid hopes that fresh leadership might revitalize the GOP's flagship organization, the Republican National Committee, heading into the 2012 election. LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Union seeks Hail Mary in labor talks” The NFL is big business these days, but the new Congress isn't exactly playing tight defense in the face of a looming and perhaps economically damaging work stoppage. The union that represents the players – the National Football League Players Association – wants the 112th Congress to help negotiate a labor contract with team owners. LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Liberal groups worry Obama will cut deal on Social Security” A broad coalition of labor unions and liberal groups have launched an intense lobbying campaign directed at the White House in advance of President Obama’s State of the Union address. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
Robert Gibbs Talks About AZ Memorial AtmosphereLINK
JFK Library Goes DigitalLINK
Joe Biden Tears Up Talking About Wounded US TroopsLINK

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