The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday April 13th, 2011

By Jayson

Apr 13, 2011 3:52am

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 www.abcnews.com

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Washington Post’s Zachary Goldfarb and Peter Walsten: “Obama risks losing liberals with talk of cutting budget” President Obama faces a growing rebellion on the left as he courts independent voters and Republicans with his vision for reducing the nation’s debt by cutting government spending and restraining the costs of federal health insurance programs. LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Roger Runningen: “Obama Said to Call for Entitlement Cuts, Higher Taxes” President Barack Obama today will outline a path to cutting the nation’s long-term debt through reductions in entitlement spending and tax increases while seeking to draw a sharp contrast with Republican proposals, according to a person familiar with the plan. Obama’s approach will draw on the findings of the Simpson- Bowles debt commission chairmen who said tax increases had to accompany spending reductions, the person said.  LINK

The NY Daily News’ Michael Sheridan: “Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, tells birthers: He was born in Hawaii, now get over it!”  President Obama's half-sister has a message for birthers: Get over it already! Maya Soetoro-Ng, who shares a mother with the Commander-in-Chief, says the evidence is all there and people need to focus on more important issues. "He was born in Hawaii," she told Piers Morgan on his CNN show, which will air Tuesday night. "There is a tremendous amount of proof that has already been presented."LINK

BUDGET DEAL:
The New York Times’ Eric Lichtblau: “Lobbyists Won Key Concessions in Budget Deal” At a quarter till midnight last Friday, with a deal to avert a government shutdown barely an hour old, Senator Harry Reid phoned a fellow Democratic senator, Ron Wyden, at home and startled him with some bad news. “You lost free-choice vouchers,” Mr. Wyden recalls Mr. Reid telling him. LINK

The Washington Post’s Joe Davidson: “Federal employees dodge another direct budget hit” Federal employees dodged a bullet when a proposal to stop certain wage increases that are largely based on longevity failed to make it into last week’s budget deal between President Obama and congressional leaders. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Janet Hook, Naftali Bendavid, and Stephen Power: “GOP Wins Deep Cuts in Environment Spending” In negotiating the budget deal that averted a government shutdown, Democrats and the White House claimed a big victory in preventing Republicans from blocking a set of environmental regulations. LINK

The Hill’s Molly K. Hooper: “Cantor: We’ve got the budget votes.”  Republicans are rallying around the budget deal their leaders struck with President Obama and Senate Democrats. While there will certainly be defections, GOP leaders expressed confidence on Tuesday that their rank-and-file will overwhelmingly support the budget agreement.  LINK

HEALT HCARE:
The Washington Time’s Sean Lengell: “Ryan’s Medicare-Medicaid plan a game-changer in benefits debate” As the House begins debate this week on the Republicans’ budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year, provisions that call for massive cuts to Medicare and Medicare will dominate – a precursor to the battles over entitlement spending expected to define the 2012 elections. LINK

The LA Times’ James Oliphant and Kathleen Hennessey: “Arizona House GOP faces risky vote on Medicare, Medicaid” House Republicans will make a defining choice this week on a sweeping plan to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid, and many are not eager for a vote that could put their jobs at risk. Democrats, however, are eager to see the House take up the Republican 2012 budget plan. They say it represents an on-the-record endorsement by Republicans of a plan to upend a social program cherished by a growing number of aging Americans. LINK

GOP:
Politico’s Jonathan Martin: GOP establishment feeling heat in South Carolina” For 30 years this state has served as the firewall for establishment Republican presidential hopefuls, the place where insurgents who emerged from Iowa and New Hampshire went to die. In 2012, that tradition might end. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “If he seeks presidency, even rich Donald Trump will seek donorsDonald Trump may be rich, but if he decides to run for president, he plans to ask voters to “invest” in his candidacy. LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
ABC News’ Kirit Radia: “North Korea Government Has Detained American for Months”  An American citizen has been detained in North Korea for several months, the State Department said today. "I don't have any details on what this individual was doing in North Korea. But we would call on the government of North Korea to release this citizen on humanitarian grounds. And we would ask that they respect and treat this citizen in a manner consistent with international human rights law," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
Debt Limit: McConnell 'Time For Talking Is Over' LINK
DC Mayor Arrest: Rep. Holmes Norton Praises GrayLINK
Obama's Sister on Trump Birther TalkLINK

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