The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, March 9, 2011

By Jayson

Mar 9, 2011 4:09am

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 Jayce Henderson, Claudia Morales, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Jordan Manor

FIRST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA:
ABC News’ Sunlen Miller: “Michelle Obama Celebrates International Women’s Day: “We’ve Come a Long Way, Ladies” “We’ve come a long way, ladies,” First Lady Michelle Obama declared from the East Room of the White House this evening, commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and celebrating Women’s History Month.  One hundred years ago we would have never imagined that we’d be standing here in the East Room of the White House celebrating this day with this administration so we have reason to celebrate.” LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
LA Times’ David S. Cloud and Laura King: “Taliban fighters moving back into former Afghanistan stronghold” Insurgents who were driven out of the Taliban stronghold of Sangin in southern Afghanistan are flowing back in as winter lifts, threatening fragile gains achieved by U.S. Marines over the last five months, according to American commanders.  The return of midlevel Taliban leaders, including some believed to have taken refuge in Pakistan raises concern that violence is likely to surge in this strategically located district in northeastern Helmand province, long used by the Taliban as a base of operations. LINK

Bloomberg’s Ola Galal: “Qaddafi Forces Hammer Rebels as Nations Weigh No-Fly Zone” Rebel fighters in Libya came under fire from rocket barrages and air strikes as they battled Muammar Qaddafi’s forces east of the oil town of Bin Jawad. The daily attacks on rebels and civilians by Libyan warplanes are adding urgency to discussions among the U.S., European nations, Arab countries and others over a possible. LINK

TERRORISM:
The New York Times’ Scott Shane: “For lawmaker examining terror, a pro-I.R.A. Past” For Representative Peter T. King, as he seizes the national spotlight this week with a hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims, it is the most awkward of résumé entries. Long before he became an outspoken voice in Congress about the threat from terrorism, he was a fervent supporter of a terrorist group, the Irish Republican Army. LINK

The Hill’s Jordy Yager: “Congressman receives threats on even of hearings on Muslims in America” Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) is receiving a barrage of threatening phone calls, some from overseas, which has led to increased police protection ahead of Thursday’s hearing on the possible radicalization of American Muslims. King told The Hill that he’s not concerned about his safety and that the hearing, which will examine whether the Muslim community in the U.S. is being targeted by terrorist groups to carry out attacks, will proceed as scheduled.  LINK

GOP / DEMOCRATS:
ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Matthew Jaffe: “CBO: Democrats’ “$6.5 Billion” in Spending Cuts Actually $4.7 Billion” The Congressional Budget Office this week said that the Senate Democrats’ bill offers $4.7 billion in spending cuts — not the $6.5 billion that President Obama and congressional Democrats said.  After last week’s meeting on Capitol Hill among congressional leaders and Vice President Biden, Senate Democrats wrote legislation and gave it to CBO to be analyzed.  LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper: “GOP calls out Obama, preps second stopgap” House Republicans are preparing a second stopgap spending bill because their budget standoff with Democrats shows no sign of reaching a resolution any time soon.   GOP lawmakers on Tuesday criticized the Obama administration for refusing to offer specific cuts for the remainder of the fiscal year.  Democrats demanded that Republicans reduce their demand for $57 billion in spending reductions, but Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday insisted the White House should break the impasse by offering more than “rhetoric” that it has met the GOP “halfway.”  LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Republicans duel over possible tax hikes” For years, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) fought in the same war against bloated government, two conservatives linked in the battle for lower taxes and less spending. But times have changed. LINK

BUDGET / WHITE HOUSE:
The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut: “White House moving to repair troubled relationship with Cabinet” News this week of the first departure of a Cabinet secretary from the Obama administration comes amid a wide-ranging effort under the new chief of staff, William M. Daley, to repair badly frayed relations between the White House and the Cabinet. LINK

The Washington Time’s Stephen Dinan and Seth McLaughlin: “Senate set to kill parties’ competing spending-cut bills” House Republicans said Tuesday they will likely have to write another short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown on March 18, as a deal over funding the final seven months of the fiscal year remained elusive. LINK

EDUCATION / OTHER:
The Wall Street Journal’s James R. Hagerty: “Pennsylvania Budget Cuts Hit Education” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday proposed what he described as a "reality-based budget" that cuts spending 3% to close a projected $4 billion deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1. LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama promotes ‘education month’ in Boston” President Obama continued what he called "education month" today in Boston, telling a special tech school that improving education is the best way to create jobs in the future. LINK

LA Times Christi Parsons:President Obama enlists high-powered help in education push  President Obama enlisted the help of billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates in selling his education reform ideas on Tuesday, a move he hopes will help convince business leaders to get behind his plans.  In a speech at a Boston public school, Obama argued that the U.S. should put more money into advancing a "21st century curriculum" to help prepare the future workforce.  "There is no better economic policy than one that produces more graduates with the skills they need to succeed," Obama said at TechBoston Academy, a pilot school. "That's why reforming education is the responsibility of every single American … every business leader."  LINK

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