The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday February 28, 2011

By Jayson

Feb 28, 2011 4:44am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Claudia Morales and Jayce Henderson

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Washington Time’s Sean Lengell: “Social Security reform looms with or without Obama” Despite President Obama‘s promises to lower the deficit and rein in spending, there was a conspicuous omission from his 2012 budget blueprint that many say would go a long way toward easing the nation’s financial woes: Social Security reform. LINK

Politico’s David Nather: “The Obama administration’s ‘risky move’ in Fla.” U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson has already dealt the Obama administration a staggering blow on health reform, and this week the administration may get another one from the fiery Florida judge. LINK

WISCONSIN PROTESTS:
The Wall Street Journal’s Amy Merrick and Kris Maher: “Wisconsin Protesters Defy Order to Leave” Thousands of protesters left the state capitol Sunday, but hundreds remained inside, defying an order by state officials to end nearly two weeks of raucous occupation over a bill that would strip many unionized state workers of collective-bargaining rights.  LINK

CONGRESS/BUDGET:
The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Hamburger: “Boehner signals reluctance about shutdown” 'Americans want the government to stay open,' the House speaker says. Meanwhile, a Democratic senator indicates that a Republican spending plan could lead to a temporary agreement. LINK

The New York Times’ Monica Davey and Jeff Zeleny: “A Three-Man Band of Budget cutter” In private, three of the Republican governors at the center of a growing national debate over public sector workers commiserate in telephone calls and e-mail messages. In public, the three — now members, it seems, of a newly established fraternity — sound like one another’s biggest boosters. LINK

Newsweek’s R. M. Schneiderman and Andrew Romano: “Showdown” There’s a chill in the air as Ohio Gov. John Kasich ambles down the steps of a white propeller plane and dips his athletic frame into the black car waiting on the tarmac of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten and Richard Wolf: “As clock ticks, tension rises over a federal shutdown” For 17 years, Del Terry has opened his rustic Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast to visitors from around the globe. But an impasse between President Obama and congressional Republicans over federal spending could force a partial government shutdown as early as Saturday, potentially closing Grand Canyon National Park and emptying his four-room inn nearby.  LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Senate conservatives spit over tax reform in deficit reduction strategy” Senate conservatives are split over a strategy for reducing federal spending over the long-term future, an issue they plan to force when Democrats attempt to increase the national debt ceiling later this year. LINK

LIBYA:
The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick: “Clinton goes on diplomatic offensive against Gaddafi” The United States has begun to reach out to some of the Libyan opposition groups encircling embattled dictator Moammar Gaddafi, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday as she prepared to lead a new diplomatic offensive to force the Libyan leader to quit. LINK

Bloomberg’s David Lerman and Viola Gienger: “U.S. Consults Allies on Libya, Offers Aid to Protesters” The U.S. said it will assist Libyan rebels trying to force Muammar Qaddafi from power, as pro- democracy protests that have swept the Middle East spread to Oman and reignited in Tunisia. LINK

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A Look Back at the 1995 Government ShutdownLINK
What Did We Learn from Michelle Rhee?LINK
Bush Target of Terror Plot?LINK

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