The Notes Must-Reads for Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

By Jayson

Apr 20, 2011 5:24am

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 by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants Claudia Morales, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson and Amanda VanAllen


The New York Times’ Robert Pear: “Obama Panel to Curb Medicare Finds Foes in Both Parties” Democrats and Republicans are joining to oppose one of the most important features of President Obama’s new deficit reduction plan, a powerful independent board that could make sweeping cuts in the growth of Medicare spending. LINK

Politico’s Kenneth P. Vogel “Obama administration considers moves to limit anonymous donations” The Obama administration is considering a number of measures to compel disclosure of the kind of anonymous campaign contributions that helped finance millions of dollars of attack ads against Democrats during the 2010 elections. The White House last week began circulating a draft executive order that would require companies seeking government contracts to disclose contributions – including those that otherwise would have been secret – to groups that air political ads attacking or supporting candidates. LINK

Bloomberg’s Roger Runningen and Mike Dorning: “Obama Begins Campaign-Style Swing to Sell Deficit Reduction Plan” President Barack Obama hits the road today to sell his deficit reduction plan, drawing lines with his Republican opposition over values in a cross-country trip that has all the markings of a campaign swing. Along with driving his message on the federal budget, Obama, who announced his re-election bid less than three weeks ago, will be attending to essential tasks of a political candidate: raising money, touching base with a core constituency of younger voters and visiting critical states on the electoral map. LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Obama begins selling ‘balanced’ deficit plan” President Obama began a coast-to-coast sales pitch Tuesday for something that may prove tough to sell: spending cuts and tax increases LINK

The New York Times’ Jennifer Preston: “Republicans Sharpening Online Tools for 2012” As part of President Obama’s plan to rebuild the grass-roots movement that propelled him to the White House, he took to YouTube this week to urge his 19.3 million Facebook friends to join him, and invite others, for a town-hall-style chat on Facebook Wednesday with Mark Zuckerberg, the social media site’s chief executive, at his side. LINK

New York Daily News’ Adam Caparell: “Donald Trump Presidential Run a Stunt? NBC Exec Believes the Reality Star is Bluffing for Ratings” Think Donald Trump's proposed presidential run is nothing more than a stunt? So does NBC, home of the real estate mogul's hit show "Celebrity Apprentice." An executive at the network told Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday that no one is falling for Trump's much-rumored 2012 campaign.  LINK

The Washington Time’s Seth McLaughlin: “Trump hits back at Rove, GOP criticsDonald Trump fired back at Karl Rove Tuesday for labeling his possible White House bid a “joke,” saying the one-time senior George W. Bush adviser “should be ashamed of himself” for the role he played in pushing an agenda that turned voters against Republicans and paved the way for the Obama presidency. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Freshman Republican’s bind: Vote convictions or help economy by rising debt limit?” SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On his 104th day in office, Rep. David Schweikert stepped before about 60 of his constituents here and, like an economics professor, flipped through one scary chart after another to hammer home his point: America faces a tidal wave of debt. LINK

LA Times’ James Oliphant and Katherine Skiba: “Michelle Obama's Plane Aborts Landing in Incident With Military Plane” A plane carrying First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden had to abort a landing at Andrews Air Force Base because an air traffic controller allowed it to get too close to a military cargo plane landing ahead of it, a federal aviation official said Tuesday evening. The Federal Aviation Administration said neither plane was in danger.  LINK

The Hills’ Erik Wasson:  Obama and Republicans Flirt Over New Negotiations on 2012 Budget” The White House and congressional Republicans on Tuesday signaled a new willingness to work together to reach a long-term budget deal. After deriding President Obama’s proposal for debt negotiations to be led by Vice President Joe Biden, congressional Republicans announced they would send House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) as their representatives for the May 5 talks. LINK

ABC News’ Amy Walter:  “Three Cups Of Tea Party For Romney” One of the big questions for 2012: which Republican will win the affection of Tea Party voters. While ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann are the most closely identified with the Tea Party cause, the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that it's ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who does best among voters who identify as Tea Party supporters.  In a head to head match-up against President Barack Obama, seventy percent of those who say they are Tea Party supporters say they'll vote for Romney compared to 61 percent for Palin and 60 percent for Bachmann. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Christopher Rowland: “Amid strained clinics, foe assails ‘Obamacare’”  The plight of health care’s have-nots is vividly illustrated alongside a highway on the outskirts of Yazoo City, the hometown of Mississippi governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour. Tucked into a crumbling strip mall with a dollar store called Dirt Cheap, a bare-bones clinic with a peeling facade serves dozens of impoverished patients daily. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Elizabeth Williamson, Amy Schatz, and Geoffrey A. Fowler: “Facebook Seeing Friends in Beltway President Barack Obama will travel to Facebook Inc.'s Silicon Valley headquarters Wednesday to hold a "town hall" meeting on the economy with users of the social-networking site. LINK

“Chris Chocola: Donald Trump 'Is Not Conservative'” LINK
“Obama Talks Gas Prices At VA Economic Town Hall”
“Dick Durbin: Not Ruling Out Social Security Cuts”

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