The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, April 14, 2011

Apr 14, 2011 5:37am

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 at

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants Jacqueline Fernandez, Claudia Morales, Jayce Henderson and Ben Waldron

Bloomberg’s Mike Dorning: “Obama Sets June Deadline for Deficit Cut Deal in Challenge to Republicans” President Barack Obama set a June deadline for a bipartisan deal to cut the federal deficit and offered a path to get there that was designed to contrast with a Republican proposal he called unfair to the elderly and overly generous to the wealthy. Obama’s plan, outlined in a speech yesterday at George Washington University, would cut $4 trillion in cumulative deficits within 12 years.  LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “What Barack Obama said, what he meant” After months of avoiding the deficit-reduction debate, President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to portray the challenge of repairing the nation’s fiscal health not as the Armageddon described by Republicans but, rather, as a problem to be managed. His speech at George Washington University was more partisan than Democrats had expected, laying down markers on what he will accept in bipartisan negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden. LINK 

The Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee and Damian Paletta: “Obama Stokes Deficit Fight” President Barack Obama asked Congress to adopt a mix of revenue increases and spending cuts to tame the nation's long-term budget deficits, in a combative speech that portrayed Republicans as backing "tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires" while demanding sacrifice from the nation's seniors, poor and the middle class. LINK

The Hills’ Sam Youngman and Erik Wasson: “'Act boldly now': Obama Calls for Reducing Deficit by $4 Trillion” In a sharply worded address designed to boost the White House in its fight with Republicans over spending, President Obama on Wednesday called for the nation to reduce budget deficits by $4 trillion over the next 12 years. Obama focused his criticism on the House Republican budget, zeroing in on reforms it would make to Medicare and Medicaid that the president said would fundamentally change the relationship between the government and citizens.  LINK

ABC News’ Karen Travers, Matthew Jaffe, and John Parkison “President Obama Outlines Broad Plans to Reduce Deficit, Slams GOP Budget Proposal” President Obama today outlined his own proposal for reducing the nation's deficit by $4 trillion in the next 12 years, calling it a "more balanced approach" than the one championed by congressional Republicans, and emphasized that everything in the budget must be up for discussion. "Any serious plan to tackle our deficit will require us to put everything on the table, and take on excess spending wherever it exists in the budget," the president said in remarks a few blocks away from the White House at George Washington University. LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Michael Shear “Obama’s Debt Plan Sets Stage for Long Battle Over Spending” President Obama made the case Wednesday for slowing the rapid growth of the national debt while retaining core Democratic values, proposing a mix of long-term spending cuts, tax increases and changes to social welfare programs as his opening position in a fierce partisan budget battle over the nation’s fiscal challenges. After spending months on the sidelines as Republicans laid out their plans, Mr. Obama jumped in to present an alternative and a philosophical rebuttal to the conservative approach that will reach the House floor on Friday. LINK

The Washington Posts’ Lori Montgomery and Zachary A. Goldfarb  “Obama Announces Framework for Cutting Deficit by $4 trillion Over 12 Years”  President Obama entered the debate about the national debt on Wednesday after months on the sidelines, offering a plan to trim borrowing by $4 trillion over the next 12 years by combining deep cuts in military and domestic spending with higher taxes on the wealthy. In a stinging rebuke to Republican budget-cutters, Obama acknowledged that the debt must be tackled faster than he has previously proposed, but he rejected GOP calls to make fundamental changes to Medicare and Medicaid and to scale back his initiative to expand health-care coverage to the uninsured.

USA Today’s Susan Page: “Medicare at the center of budget debate” In the debate over deficits that is likely to dominate the capital for the next year, there are a few signs of common ground between President Obama and emboldened Republicans as each side tries to trim trillions of dollars from the federal budget.LINK 

The Washington Time’s Sean Lengell: “In a symbolic move, House votes to defund proviso of health law” The House on Wednesday voted to defund a portion of the 2010 health care reform law that deals with preventative health services – a mostly symbolic gesture as the bill almost certainly will be blocked in the Senate. LINK

The LA Times’ Mark Z. Barabak and Christi Parsons: “Lack of Primary Competition Gives Obama an Edge” One of the president's biggest advantages as he seeks a second term will not be visible: the absence of any serious primary opposition. Incumbents forced to fend off a challenge within their own party tend to lose the November election (like Gerald R. Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980 and George H.W. Bush in 1992) or choose not to run at all (like Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968). LINK

New York Daily News’ Aliyah Shahid “Mitt Romney, Potential GOP Nominee, to Donald Trump, Birthers: President Obama was Born in the U.S.” Mitt Romney has a message for Donald Trump and his fellow birthers: Get real. The former Massachusetts governor and potential GOP presidential candidate said he believes definitively that President Obama was born in the U.S. LINK

“Biden Falls Asleep During Obama Debt Speech?” LINK
“Obama Attacks Paul Ryan Budget” LINK 

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