The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday: April , 7, 2011

By Jayson

Apr 7, 2011 4:05am

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

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

FEDERAL BUDGET/SHUTDOWN:
The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and Jackie Calmes: “Obama Meeting Fails to End Stalemate Over Federal Budget” President Obama and Congressional leaders said Wednesday that a late-night White House bargaining session produced no budget breakthrough that would avert a government shutdown this weekend but agreed the two sides had narrowed the issues in efforts to strike a deal. LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, Perry Bacon Jr. and Philip Rucker: “Obama says shutdown would be ‘inexcusable’” Congressional negotiators raced against the clock Wednesday to reach a deal As Democrats and Republicans continued to bicker publicly over who is responsible for the weeks-long stalemate over the 2011 budget, senior aides to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) made progress in private talks, raising hopes for at least the broad outlines of a pact by week’s end.to fund the government for the rest of the year. LINK

Bloomberg’s Laura Litvan and Catherine Dodge: “Obama Says Meeting ‘Narrowed the Issues’ on Budget Impasse President Barack Obama said a meeting last night with Congress’s top two leaders advanced efforts to reach a budget agreement that would prevent a shutdown of the U.S. government later this week. “We should be able to complete a deal and get it passed and avert a shutdown,” Obama said in brief remarks to reporters after he conducted the White House session with House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “Progress at White House meeting, but no budget deal yet”With Washington stumbling toward a government shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama met late into the night Wednesday to narrow their differences even as Republicans sought political cover behind a short-term “troop funding” bill that the White House has asked the GOP not to pursue. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid, Janet Hook and Carol E. Lee: “Obama Presses for Budget” President Barack Obama emerged from a late-night meeting Wednesday with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid saying the two parties had moved closer to a spending agreement to avoid a government shutdown Friday, but no deal had been struck. LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall and Gregory Korte: “Countdown to possible federal shutdown stokes anxiety” As the government neared a partial shutdown that would stall tax refunds, shutter national parks and delay paychecks to troops in combat, President Obama and congressional leaders stepped up budget negotiations Wednesday night as agencies prepared contingency plans. LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe and Michael Ruane: “Government shutdown: Potential furloughs for 800k federal workers, disruption of D.C. services” Washington braced Wednesday for a far-reaching federal government shutdown and a potential stop to everything from local trash collection and the writing of some parking tickets to Saturday’s annual Cherry Blossom Parade. LINK

The Washington Time’s Stephen Dinan: “Late night spending talks make progress but yield no deal” Racing a Friday deadline to avert a government shutdown, President Obama met late Wednesday with top congressional negotiators and said afterward that he is “confident” a spending deal can be finalized in time. LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan and Michael S. James: “Government Shutdown Showdown: Obama, Republican and Democratic Congressional Leaders 'Narrow the Issues” President Obama touted a "productive meeting" at the White House Wednesday evening with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on negotiations to avert a government shutdown — but there's no deal yet. "I thought the meetings were frank, they were constructive and what they did was narrow the issues and clarify the issues that are still outstanding," Obama said, though he declined to elaborate on the sticking points. LINK

The Hill’s Vicki Needham: “Shutdown could interrupt military pay, furlough 800,000”  A government shutdown could furlough more than 800,000 federal workers, interrupt military pay, slow tax refunds, cancel this weekend’s Cherry Blossom Parade and stymie the economic recovery, the Obama administration warned Wednesday. Lawmakers and the White House are working frantically to keep that from happening, but as of press time Wednesday, there were mixed signs on whether they were making any progress. LINK

The LA Time’s Kathleen Hennessey Richard Simon and Julie Mianecki: “Contingency plan for possible government shutdown packs a mean punch.” Confronting the prospect of failure in last-ditch budget talks, federal officials have prepared plans to furlough about 800,000 employees, freeze the processing of some income tax refunds and suspend pay for the military as part of the impending government shutdown. Administration officials detailed the shutdown plans Wednesday, emphasizing their hopes that Congress and theWhite House would reach a compromise on spending before a midnight deadline Friday.  LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
The NY Daily News’ Helen Kennedy: “Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy's letter to President Obama: Please stop bombing my country! Moammar Khadafy sent President Obama a rambling three-page letter Wednesday asking him to quit bombing Libya. In the letter, Khadafy begs Obama to halt what he called an "unjust war against a small people of a developing country."  LINK

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Government Shutdown: What Will Close?LINK

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