The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, January 12, 2011

By Jayson

Jan 12, 2011 3:35am


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 Associate Jayce Henderson 

ABC News’ Karen Travers: “Will Tucson Shooting Spark a Call for Tougher Gun Laws?” Saturday's images from Tucson, Ariz., looked all too familiar. Once again, America mourns victims of gun violence and questions what could provoke such a destructive act. LINK

ABC News’ John Parkinson: “Pelosi Set to Travel to Tucson with President for Memorial Service” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will travel to Tucson, Arizona tomorrow with President Obama aboard Air Force One to attend a memorial service at the University of Arizona to remember the victims of Saturday’s shooting. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth and David Fahrenthold: “Giffords’s condition is encouraging, doctors say; Tucson awaits Obama’s arrival” Three days after their son allegedly killed six people and left a congresswoman critically wounded, Jared Lee Loughner's parents issued their first public comments Tuesday night, saying that they, too, could not comprehend what had motivated the shootings. LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: “For Boehner, Rampage Imposes Its Own Agenda” Speaker John A. Boehner expected to spend his first celebratory weeks as the new leader of the House showcasing his party’s differences with the Democrats. But the shooting rampage in Arizona upended those plans. Now Mr. Boehner is being called on to play a far less partisan role, leading Republicans and Democrats alike through a difficult period.  LINK

Bloomberg’s Mike Dorning: “Obama in Arizona Means Moment to Alter an Image of ‘Detachment’” When he goes to Arizona today, President Barack Obama will confront a moment of national pain that presents him with a chance to establish a new bond with the American people. LINK

USA Today: “Senator explains pitch citing Giffords shooting” A spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Tuesday "it would have been absurd" not to mention the Arizona shooting spree that gravely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a recently mailed newsletter to constituents. LINK

The Hill’s Mike Lillis: “Speaker Boehner says no to new restrictions on firearms” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is rejecting gun-control legislation offered by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in response to the weekend shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others in Arizona. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Paul West: “A solemn presidential duty awaits Obama in Tucson” Reporting from Washington — When he addresses a memorial for the Tucson shooting victims, President Obama — like Ronald Reagan after the Challenger explosion, Bill Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing and George W. Bush after Sept. 11 — will stand before a nation that is taking stock of him in a crisis. LINK

Politico’s Carol Lee: “Biden visits U.S. troops in Afghanistan” Vice President Joe Biden surprised U.S. troops having breakfast Wednesday morning at a dining facility at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. "I'm Joe Biden," he joked, sticking out his hand to introduce himself to a service member after entering the hall shortly before 8 a.m. "You eat breakfast like this every morning, with all the press?" Biden said, gesturing toward the media hovering nearby. "You're on TV." LINK

The Washington Times’ Reuben F. Johnson: “China test advanced fighter as Gates meets with Hu” China carried out the first flight test of an advanced stealth fighter as visiting Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates raised questions about the jet during a meeting in Beijing with China's president. LINK

Boston Globe’s Sarah Schweitzer: “GOP leaders hail gun OK in N.H. capitol” As a state representative, Al Baldasaro says he has been physically threatened multiple times. But he has always felt a measure of safety because New Hampshire’s laws permit him to carry a concealed weapon. LINK

Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr.: “Republicans Shift Themes in Debate About Rampage” Potential Republican presidential candidates, pressed to address Saturday's rampage in Arizona, are bringing the discussion around to such themes as the need to strengthen the family and the broader threat of Islamic fundamentalist violence they argue are being ignored. LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Human Rights Campaign Rates New Congress Antigay” Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's leading gay-rights advocacy organization, has studied the records of the members of the 112th Congress and it finds that the House of Representatives has flipped from a pro- to anti-gay-rights majority. (HRC uses the acronym LGBT, which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender.) LINK

Nancy Pelosi Visits Giffords Office, Wipes Tear AwayLINK 

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