The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, January 31, 2011

By Jayson

Jan 31, 2011 4:08am

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

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Jayce Henderson, Jacqueline Fernandez and Claudia Morales

The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “Obama administration aligns itself with protests in Egypt with call for ‘orderly transition’” The Obama administration firmly aligned itself on Sunday with the protest movement that has overtaken Egypt, calling for an "orderly transition" to a more representative government amid rising U.S. concern that the demonstrations are turning violent and that unrest could spread across the Arab world. LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama moves forward with government reorganization” President Obama appointed a deputy budget and management director to supervise what officials hail as the biggest reorganization of the federal government in more than half a century, one designed to help the United States meet global economic cooperation. LINK

Newsweek’s Leslie Gelb: “Obama’s Risky Path in Egypt” Obama administration officials say they are not taking sides between President Hosni Mubarak, America’s key ally in the Arab world, and the street protesters who purportedly represent a path to democracy in authoritarian Egypt. These officials might even believe what they’re saying. But the very assertion of “not taking sides” is itself a tilt away from the all-out support traditionally given by Washington to this Egyptian strongman in recent decades. LINK

Bloomberg’s Vivian Salama, Ola Galal and Alaa Shahine “ElBaradei Rallies Egyptian Opposition as Protests Enter Sixth Day” Egyptian opposition leaders rallied around Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency, as protesters defied a curfew and demonstrated against President Hosni Mubarak for a sixth day. The opposition formed a committee to convey their demands to the government, said Ayman Nour, who was a distant second to Mubarak in Egypt’s first multi-candidate election in 2005. LINK

The Hill’s Sean Miller: “House Dem: Liberal groups need to back off for party to win in 2012” Liberal groups need to stay out of Democratic primaries if the party is going to retake the House majority, according to a conservative Massachusetts Democrat. Rep. Stephen Lynch was one of several Democrats who faced an aggressive primary challenge from the left in 2010. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Brody Mullins: “Race to Corral Campaign Rainmakers for 2012” The GOP's money primary is heating up.For months, only two likely Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential campaign—former governors Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty—were actively recruiting wealthy Republicans to raise money for them. But in recent weeks, other potential GOP candidates have begun courting the party's top bankrollers. LINK

The Washington Time’s Kara Rowland: “Two nominees again face Senate” After calling for bipartisanship in his State of the Union address, President Obama chose to send back to the Senate two controversial nominees already blocked once by Republicans. LINK

The New York Times’ Ian Lovett and Eric Lichtblau: “Protesters Take On Conservative Retreat” So much for a quiet little weekend getaway. An invitation-only political retreat for rich conservatives, run out of the spotlight for years by a pair of Kansas billionaires, became a public rallying point for liberal outrage on Sunday, as 11 busloads of protesters converged on a resort in the Southern California desert. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Jonathan Saltzman: “State parole bill could have wide consequences” Legislation in the state Senate to overhaul the parole system would make it harder, if not impossible, for certain offenders to win early release and would sharply limit the discretion of the state Parole Board, according to several criminal justice specialists. But the measure proposed last Monday by a bipartisan group of senators would not go as far as some states have in recent years, often following heinous crimes by parolees, the specialists said. LINK

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