Feb 14, 2011 5:45am

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


Newsweek’s George Will: “A Tale of Two bad Laws” The subject of abortion roiled Washington last week, as it has frequently done during the 38 years since the Supreme Court, by nationalizing the issue, made it the cause of a deep fissure in American politics. Last week’s interest in abortion could have been, but was not, because of the simultaneously heartening and (one hopes) unsettling report about stunning success in treating severe forms of spina bifida in utero. LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Obama administration studies recent revolutions for lessons applicable in Egypt” As the Obama administration works to shepherd the Egypt uprising toward a democratic government, it is drawing on the experiences of a half-dozen other nations whose revolutions have been the focus of internal White House study in recent weeks. LINK

NY Daily News Mike Lupica: “Egypt's revolution is lesson for Donald Rumsfeld, other U.S. foreign policy decision-makers”To the end, Donald Rumsfeld defends what he did in Iraq when he was secretary of defense for George W. Bush, defends his war there, and Bush's war, and Dick Cheney's. Another old man defending himself and selling a book at the same time, after 100,000 dead in Iraq and counting. To the end, Rumsfeld says it was worth it. Tell that to the dead. LINK

The New York Times’ John Harwood: “A House Democrat Relishes Role Reversal” Two years ago, Representative Chris Van Hollen and fellow House Democrats were responsible for setting President Obama’s legislative agenda in motion. It was heady, historic — and hard. LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and Mimi Hall: “Budget sets battle over cuts” President Obama will send Congress a 2012 budget today that would trim the budget deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next decade, but Republicans and non-partisan budget experts are already saying that's not enough. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Naftali Bendavid: “Budget Forecasts Bigger 2011 Deficit” President Barack Obama's 2012 budget proposal projects this year's deficit will reach $1.6 trillion, the largest on record, as December's tax-cut deal begins to reduce federal revenues, a senior Democrat said Sunday. The new forecast is larger than the $1.48 trillion deficit projected last month by the Congressional Budget Office, Congress's nonpartisan scorekeeper, and up from last year's $1.3 trillion shortfall. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Milton J. Valencia and Matt Carroll: “State’s bills soar for legal aid to poor”The state last year paid private lawyers $155.6 million to represent poor clients, almost 25 percent more than anticipated under a 2005 state law that was passed to make their pay more equitable with other states, according to a Globe analysis of the spending. LINK  

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