The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, March 14th, 2011

By Jayson

Mar 14, 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 www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants, CLAUDIA MORALES, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON and JORDAN MANOR

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Washington Post’s Peter Wallsten: “White House seeks to re-connect to young voters” Early last month, President Obama addressed 1,000 people at Penn State about his ideas for reviving the country’s economy. A couple of weeks later, he delivered a similar address to about 100 small-business owners at Cleveland State University. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee: “Donors Told Obama in Weaker Position” President Barack Obama's advisors are telling potential donors that he is in a weaker position heading into the 2012 election than he was in 2008 and are detailing potential vulnerabilities of likely opponents, according to people who have seen their presentation. LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Wallsten: “White House seeks to re-connect to young voters” Early last month, President Obama addressed 1,000 people at Penn State about his ideas for reviving the country’s economy. A couple of weeks later, he delivered a similar address to about 100 small-business owners at Cleveland State University. LINK

GOP/CONGRESS:
Politico’s Marin Cogan & Jake Sherman: “Conservatives impatient with stopgap bills” House conservatives have a new object of ire in their war on spending: the short-term spending resolution Republican leaders hope to pass this week. It’s not so much the bill itself as what it represents: the prospect of Republicans spending the rest of the fiscal year squabbling with Democrats on piecemeal spending cuts that neither make a true dent in spending nor show long-term progress in their No. 1 priority. LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Campaigning as All Things to All Republicans” Many aspiring Republican presidential candidates are going to great lengths to avoid the spotlight, but not Tim Pawlenty. He is doing whatever he can to step into it. LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Congress set to approve second measure preventing shutdown” Leaders in both parties are expressing confidence that a new stop-gap funding measure to fund the government and avoid a shutdown will be approved this week despite some discontent among conservatives in the House.  If the growing bipartisan consensus holds, Congress will have until April 8 to pass a budget for the remainder of fiscal 2011.  LINK

JAPAN/TSUNAMI
ABC News’ Clarissa Ward, Johee Cho, Akkiko Fujita: “Japan Earthquake: Evacuations Ordered Amid New Tsunami Fears” Japanese officials ordered evacuations Monday following a warning of a new tsunami triggered by aftershocks along the already earthquake-ravaged eastern coast of the nation. Officials reported as much as a 16-foot change in sea level off the central and northern sections of the coastline, according to NHK. Japanese authorities have declared a state of emergency at another nuclear power plant following Friday's massive earthquake that has left the country in a crisis Japan hasn't seen since World War II. LINK

ABC News’ Akkiko, Fujita Leezel Tanglao, and Jessica Hopper:Japan Earthquake: Death Toll Set to Rise Even as Nuclear Meltdown Fears Remain” Japanese authorities have declared a state of emergency at another nuclear power plant following Friday's massive earthquake that has left the country in a crisis Japan hasn't seen since World War II.  A state of emergency was declared at the Onagawa nuclear power plant, located in the hard-hit Miyagi prefecture, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported.  LINK 

ABC News’ Clarissa Ward, Johee Cho, Akkiko Fujita: “ABC News Reaches Ground Zero for the Quake and Tsunami” The ravaged Japanese port of Sendai may be ground zero for the destruction caused by the enormous quake and killer tsunami, and ABC News found today that bodies remain in crushed cars, buildings are still burning and lines stretch patiently for miles for food, water and gas. LINK

LA Times’ Mark Magnier, Barbara Demick, and Laura King: “Japan quake toll could number in tens of thousands” Reporting from Sendai, Japan, and Tokyo   With a death toll expected to climb into the tens of thousands, more than a half-million people displaced and a nuclear crisis continuing to unfold, rescuers converged Monday on Japan's devastated earthquake zone while workers in relatively unaffected areas struggled to return to offices and factories.  A new explosion rocked the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, wire services reported, sending a plume of smoke into the air. Japan's nuclear safety agency said it could not confirm whether the hydrogen explosion at the plant's No. 3 reactor had led to an uncontrolled leak of radioactivity.  LINK

NY Daily News’ Helen Kennedy: “Japanese man rescued 9 miles out to sea after hours, wife swept away by massive tidal wave” Amid the vastness of the devastation in Japan, there were a handful of small miracles.  Just ask Hiromitsu Shinkawa, who was rescued from the roof of his house – floating 9 miles out at sea.  Shinkawa, 60, had seen his wife swept away by the tidal wave that washed his home away and sent him swirling into the open ocean clinging to debris. He spent two days on the makeshift 10-foot raft his roof had become, trying to hail rescuers with a scrap of red cloth affixed to a long stick.  LINK

NY Daily News’ Linda Sherida: “Earthquake causes Japan’s coastline to move as much as 13 feet, tilts Earth’s axis 10 inches: Report”  Friday's devastating 8.9 earthquake in Japan moved Japan's coastline as much as 13 feet, averaging eight feet along a stretch measuring 300 miles, according to the Geographical Survey Institute.  It also shifted the Earth on its axis 25 centimeters, or 10 inches, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy (INGV). LINK

GUN CONTROL:
ABC News’ Tahman Bradley: “Will POTUS Op-Ed on Gun Violence Reopen Gun Debate?” In an op-ed penned for the Arizona Daily Star, President Obama lays out where he thinks the discussion on gun laws should go.  In raising the issues of guns, it appears Obama is ready to reopen one of the country’s most volatile political issues.  The president writes that since January's tragic shooting in Tucson another 2,000 Americans have been lost to gun violence.  "Every single day, America is robbed of more futures. It has awful consequences for our society. And as a society, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to put a stop to it," Obama writes.  LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama seeks to re-open gun control debate after Tucson Shootings” Two months after the mass shooting in Arizona, President Obama is calling for better background checks on gun buyers and suggesting that more gun control legislation may be needed. LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
LA Times’ David S. Cloud: “Violence in Bahrain, Yemen; Oman’s ruler cedes some power” Reporting from Manama, Bahrain Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-government demonstrators blocking access to the financial district of Bahrain's capital on Sunday, as sectarian tension escalated in this tiny island kingdom.  The clashes began early Sunday after protesters set up barricades across a main road into downtown Manama and turned away motorists headed for work. Dozens of policemen in riot gear forced the demonstrators back in a series of clashes over two hours, witnesses said.  LINK

OTHER:
ABC News Jake Tapper reports: “Comments on Prisoner Treatment Cause State Department Spokesman to Lose His Job” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned Sunday, under pressure to step down from the White House.  The impetus for his termination were comments he made last week at M.I.T. when he said the Pentagon’s treatment of Private Bradley Manning, suspected of leaking cables to Wikileaks, is “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”  LINK

The Hill’s Vicki Needham: “Should the U.S. ‘put the brakes on nuclear? Some Dems think so” Some U.S. lawmakers are looking to “put the brakes” on building new nuclear power plants after witnessing the crisis at several Japanese reactors that were rocked by Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami.  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) called for a temporary moratorium on the construction of nuclear power plants in the United States following the Japanese quake, which damaged two reactors at a nuclear facility in the country's northeast.  "The reality is that we're watching something unfold," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "I think it calls on us here in the U.S. naturally – not to stop building nuclear power plants – but to put the brakes on right now until we understand the ramifications of what's happened in Japan."  LINK

Newsweek’s Michelle Cottle: “Just Because Michelle Wears McQueen… Doesn’t Mean Washington Is Having Any Fun” At 5:30 on a blustery Tuesday afternoon, room H-137 of the U.S. Capitol is a sea of middle-aged white guys in rumpled suits. Each sports a large white name tag bearing the initials IPAA (that’s Independent Petroleum Association of America to you and me) and their given names in all caps: BOB! GARY! MIKE! In town for three whirlwind days of chatting up lawmakers, the IPAA has arranged this reception to honor the 112th Congress. LINK

ABC VIDEOS:
“Desperation and Destruction in Japan” LINK

“Disaster in Japan” LINK

“Japan: A Country Devastated” LINK

“Explosion Rocks Japanese Nuclear Plants” LINK

“Japan Nuclear Plants After The Quake” LINK

BOOKMARKS:
The Note: LINK

The Must-Reads Online: LINK
Top Line Webcast (12noon EST M-F): LINK
ABC News Politics: LINK
The Political Punch (Jake Tapper): LINK
George's Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos): LINK
Follow ABC News on Twitter: LINK
ABC News Mobile: LINK
ABC News app on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad: LINK

 

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants, CLAUDIA MORALES, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON and JORDAN MANOR

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Washington Post’s Peter Wallsten: “White House seeks to re-connect to young voters” Early last month, President Obama addressed 1,000 people at Penn State about his ideas for reviving the country’s economy. A couple of weeks later, he delivered a similar address to about 100 small-business owners at Cleveland State University. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee: “Donors Told Obama in Weaker PositionPresident Barack Obama's advisors are telling potential donors that he is in a weaker position heading into the 2012 election than he was in 2008 and are detailing potential vulnerabilities of likely opponents, according to people who have seen their presentation. LINK

The Washington Post’s Peter Wallsten: “White House seeks to re-connect to young voters” Early last month, President Obama addressed 1,000 people at Penn State about his ideas for reviving the country’s economy. A couple of weeks later, he delivered a similar address to about 100 small-business owners at Cleveland State University. LINK

GOP/CONGRESS:
Politico’s Marin Cogan & Jake Sherman:Conservatives impatient with stopgap billsHouse conservatives have a new object of ire in their war on spending: the short-term spending resolution Republican leaders hope to pass this week. It’s not so much the bill itself as what it represents: the prospect of Republicans spending the rest of the fiscal year squabbling with Democrats on piecemeal spending cuts that neither make a true dent in spending nor show long-term progress in their No. 1 priority. LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny: “Campaigning as All Things to All Republicans” Many aspiring Republican presidential candidates are going to great lengths to avoid the spotlight, but not Tim Pawlenty. He is doing whatever he can to step into it. LINK

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: “Congress set to approve second measure preventing shutdown” Leaders in both parties are expressing confidence that a new stop-gap funding measure to fund the government and avoid a shutdown will be approved this week despite some discontent among conservatives in the House.  If the growing bipartisan consensus holds, Congress will have until April 8 to pass a budget for the remainder of fiscal 2011.  LINK

JAPAN/TSUNAMI
ABC News’ Clarissa Ward, Johee Cho, Akkiko Fujita: “Japan Earthquake: Evacuations Ordered Amid New Tsunami Fears” Japanese officials ordered evacuations Monday following a warning of a new tsunami triggered by aftershocks along the already earthquake-ravaged eastern coast of the nation. Officials reported as much as a 16-foot change in sea level off the central and northern sections of the coastline, according to NHK. Japanese authorities have declared a state of emergency at another nuclear power plant following Friday's massive earthquake that has left the country in a crisis Japan hasn't seen since World War II. LINK

ABC News’ Akkiko, Fujita Leezel Tanglao, and Jessica Hopper:Japan Earthquake: Death Toll Set to Rise Even as Nuclear Meltdown Fears Remain” Japanese authorities have declared a state of emergency at another nuclear power plant following Friday's massive earthquake that has left the country in a crisis Japan hasn't seen since World War II.  A state of emergency was declared at the Onagawa nuclear power plant, located in the hard-hit Miyagi prefecture, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported.  LINK

ABC News’ Clarissa Ward, Johee Cho, Akkiko Fujita: ABC News Reaches Ground Zero for the Quake and Tsunami” The ravaged Japanese port of Sendai may be ground zero for the destruction caused by the enormous quake and killer tsunami, and ABC News found today that bodies remain in crushed cars, buildings are still burning and lines stretch patiently for miles for food, water and gas. LINK

LA Times’ Mark Magnier, Barbara Demick, and Laura King: “Japan quake toll could number in tens of thousands” Reporting from Sendai, Japan, and Tokyo   With a death toll expected to climb into the tens of thousands, more than a half-million people displaced and a nuclear crisis continuing to unfold, rescuers converged Monday on Japan's devastated earthquake zone while workers in relatively unaffected areas struggled to return to offices and factories.  A new explosion rocked the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, wire services reported, sending a plume of smoke into the air. Japan's nuclear safety agency said it could not confirm whether the hydrogen explosion at the plant's No. 3 reactor had led to an uncontrolled leak of radioactivity.  LINK

NY Daily News’ Helen Kennedy: “Japanese man rescued 9 miles out to sea after hours, wife swept away by massive tidal wave” Amid the vastness of the devastation in Japan, there were a handful of small miracles.  Just ask Hiromitsu Shinkawa, who was rescued from the roof of his house – floating 9 miles out at sea.  Shinkawa, 60, had seen his wife swept away by the tidal wave that washed his home away and sent him swirling into the open ocean clinging to debris. He spent two days on the makeshift 10-foot raft his roof had become, trying to hail rescuers with a scrap of red cloth affixed to a long stick.  LINK

NY Daily News’ Linda Sherida: “Earthquake causes Japan’s coastline to move as much as 13 feet, tilts Earth’s axis 10 inches: Report”  Friday's devastating 8.9 earthquake in Japan moved Japan's coastline as much as 13 feet, averaging eight feet along a stretch measuring 300 miles, according to the Geographical Survey Institute.  It also shifted the Earth on its axis 25 centimeters, or 10 inches, according to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy (INGV). LINK

GUN CONTROL:
ABC News’ Tahman Bradley: “Will POTUS Op-Ed on Gun Violence Reopen Gun Debate?” In an op-ed penned for the Arizona Daily Star, President Obama lays out where he thinks the discussion on gun laws should go.  In raising the issues of guns, it appears Obama is ready to reopen one of the country’s most volatile political issues.  The president writes that since January's tragic shooting in Tucson another 2,000 Americans have been lost to gun violence.  "Every single day, America is robbed of more futures. It has awful consequences for our society. And as a society, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to put a stop to it," Obama writes.  LINK

 

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama seeks to re-open gun control debate after Tucson ShootingsTwo months after the mass shooting in Arizona, President Obama is calling for better background checks on gun buyers and suggesting that more gun control legislation may be needed. LINK

 

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

LA Times’ David S. Cloud: “Violence in Bahrain, Yemen; Oman’s ruler cedes some power” Reporting from Manama, Bahrain Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of anti-government demonstrators blocking access to the financial district of Bahrain's capital on Sunday, as sectarian tension escalated in this tiny island kingdom.  The clashes began early Sunday after protesters set up barricades across a main road into downtown Manama and turned away motorists headed for work. Dozens of policemen in riot gear forced the demonstrators back in a series of clashes over two hours, witnesses said.  LINK

 

OTHER:
ABC News Jake Tapper reports: “Comments on Prisoner Treatment Cause State Department Spokesman to Lose His Job” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned Sunday, under pressure to step down from the White House.  The impetus for his termination were comments he made last week at M.I.T. when he said the Pentagon’s treatment of Private Bradley Manning, suspected of leaking cables to Wikileaks, is “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”  LINK

The Hill’s Vicki Needham: “Should the U.S. ‘put the brakes on nuclear? Some Dems think so” Some U.S. lawmakers are looking to “put the brakes” on building new nuclear power plants after witnessing the crisis at several Japanese reactors that were rocked by Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami.  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) called for a temporary moratorium on the construction of nuclear power plants in the United States following the Japanese quake, which damaged two reactors at a nuclear facility in the country's northeast.  "The reality is that we're watching something unfold," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "I think it calls on us here in the U.S. naturally – not to stop building nuclear power plants – but to put the brakes on right now until we understand the ramifications of what's happened in Japan."  LINK

Newsweek’s Michelle Cottle: “Just Because Michelle Wears McQueen… Doesn’t Mean Washington Is Having Any Fun” At 5:30 on a blustery Tuesday afternoon, room H-137 of the U.S. Capitol is a sea of middle-aged white guys in rumpled suits. Each sports a large white name tag bearing the initials IPAA (that’s Independent Petroleum Association of America to you and me) and their given names in all caps: BOB! GARY! MIKE! In town for three whirlwind days of chatting up lawmakers, the IPAA has arranged this reception to honor the 112th Congress. LINK

 

ABC VIDEOS:

“Desperation and Destruction in Japan” LINK

“Disaster in Japan” LINK

“Japan: A Country Devastated” LINK

“Explosion Rocks Japanese Nuclear Plants” LINK

“Japan Nuclear Plants After The Quake” LINK

 

BOOKMARKS:
The Note: LINK
The Must-Reads Online: LINK
Top Line Webcast (12noon EST M-F): LINK
ABC News Politics: LINK
The Political Punch (Jake Tapper): LINK
George's Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos): LINK
Follow ABC News on Twitter: LINK
ABC News Mobile: LINK
ABC News app on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad: LINK

 

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