The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday February 23, 2011

By Jayson

Feb 23, 2011 4:02am

RAHM EMANUEL:
The New York Times’ Monica Davey and Emma Graves Fitzsimmons: “Emanuel Triumphs in Chicago Mayoral Race” Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman who worked for two presidents, was elected mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, marking a new path for a city that has, for 22 years, been led by a singular, powerful force, Richard M. Daley. LINK

The Hill’s Daniel Strauss “Emanuel wins mayor's race and Obama 'couldn't be prouder'” Rahm Emanuel will be the next mayor of Chicago, winning 55 percent of Tuesday's primary vote to avoid a runoff election. Gery Chico came in second with 24 percent with 86 percent of precincts reporting. “I want to extend my congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on a well-deserved victory tonight.  As a Chicagoan and a friend, I couldn't be prouder," Obama said. "Rahm will be a terrific mayor for all the people of Chicago." LINK

UNION LEGISLATION:
The Washington Time’s Valerie Richardson: “Three states away in Colorado, union backers rally for Wisconsin” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was nowhere near the Colorado state Capitol building Tuesday, but people here couldn’t stop talking about him. LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael A Fletcher and Brady Dennis: “State budget clashes spread to Indiane, Ohio” The offensive by Republican governors to tackle the power of public employee unions sparked new clashes Tuesday as protesters descended on Ohio's capitol and Democratic lawmakers in Indiana fled the state to avoid a vote on anti-union legislation. LINK

CONGRESS:
The Hill’s Erik Wasson “Shutdown is looming; parties focus on blame” House Republicans and Senate Democrats pregamed a government shutdown Tuesday, shifting their messaging machines into top gear to assign blame to the other side.  Each accused the other of refusing to negotiate in good faith to prevent the lights from going out on March 4. They remain far apart on how to finance Washington for the rest of the fiscal year. LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Carrie Buddoff Brown: “How a government shutdown could happen” Neither party says it wants a government shutdown. But the path to a compromise is so tricky, neither party can rule it out. LINK

BUDGET:
The Wall Street Journal’s John D. McKinnon: “Senate Plans Year-Long Series of Hearings on Tax Code” Overhaul of the tax code got off to a strong start in the Senate Finance Committee, with the announcement late Tuesday of a lengthy series of hearings. LINK

NY Daily News’ Michael Mcauliff “Republicans won't compromise on budget to avert government shutdown: Sen. Charles Schumer” With the battle over spending cuts getting more heated and the threat of a government shutdown looming closer when funding runs out March 4, Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held a hastily arranged conference call to complain the GOP has nixed their latest offer to negotiate a deal. LINK

The Hill’s John T. Bennett “Veteran Republicans fear Tea Party, liberals will unite to cut defense” Some House Republicans fear that a new coalition is forming between Tea Party-backed GOP freshmen and liberal Democrats to slash funding for the Pentagon.  Congressional sources told The Hill that some House Republicans are concerned that the party’s new crop of fiscal hawks will vote to cut big-ticket defense programs without considering the consequences.  LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS/LIBYA:
Bloomberg’s Alaa Shahine, Ola Galal and Nayla Razzouk: “Qaddafi Vows New Crackdown as Violence Spreads” Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi vowed to fight a growing rebellion until his “last drop of blood,” as parts of the capital of Tripoli resembled a war zone and some of his followers and troops defected to the opposition. LINK

OTHER MUST- READS:
USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Supreme Court’s Thomas goes 5 years without questions” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hit a milestone Tuesday by not asking a single question during the morning's oral arguments. It has been five years since Thomas uttered a question to a lawyer arguing a case. LINK

ABC News’ Mary Bruce “Sarah Palin Responds to Accusations Surrounding Leaked Manuscript” Sarah Palin responded tonight to accusations surrounding a leaked manuscript by a former aide, in particular a claim that she has a 2nd Facebook account that praises the posts on her official page. “Pay no attention to the fake accounts and their fake messages,” the former Alaska governor posted on her (official) Facebook page tonight. The accusations stem from the leaked unpublished manuscript of a book by Frank Bailey, one of Palin’s former aides from her time as governor. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
Obama To Small Businesses: 'You Are The Anchors'LINK

Frost on Govt Shutdown: GOP 'Playing with Dynamite'LINK

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