The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, June 21, 2011

By Jayson

Jun 21, 2011 3:22am

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 Jayce Henderson, Jacqueline Fernandez and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

PRESIDENT OBAMA / FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
ABC News’ Sara Just and Huma Khan: “Obama to Announce Afghanistan Troop Drawdown Numbers” President Obama will announce on Wednesday his much anticipated decision on drawing down troops in Afghanistan. After the announcement Wednesday, the president will travel Thursday to Fort Drum, N.Y., home of the 10th Mountain Division, one of the first to deploy to Afghanistan. President Bush visited there less than a year after the war started. LINK

The Washington Posts’ David Fahrenthold: “Obama’s negation of ‘hostilities’ in Libya draws criticism” The White House has officially declared that what’s happening in Libya is not “hostilities.” But at the Pentagon, officials have decided it’s unsafe enough there to give troops extra pay for serving in “imminent danger.” LINK

The Hills’ Russell Berman: “Boehner under pressure from the right and the left on Libya policy” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is under siege from factions on the left and the right as the House considers whether to strike funding for the U.S. military mission in Libya. House Republicans and anti-war liberals want Boehner to escalate a confrontation with the Obama administration over war powers and defend the relevance of Congress in military affairs by bringing forward a bill to end funding for the Libyan operation. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Libya testing limits of ‘73 law” American unmanned aerial vehicles are making surgical strikes on Libyan targets, and U.S. forces have expended $400 million worth of munitions in defending the rebellion against Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, but the administration says that doesn’t mean the country is at war – at least not for the purposes of the 1973 War Powers Resolution. LINK

2012 ELECTION:
The Washington Posts’ Philip Rucker and Nia-Malika Henderson: “Romney, Huntsman try to tap wealth of Mormon community” The first showdown between the two Mormons running for president will take place this week in Utah, where Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. will hold competing fundraisers only a couple of hours and a few blocks apart. LINK

NY Daily News’ Christine Roberts: “Michele Bachmann becomes third GOPer to get glittered, blasts Mitt Romney for his abortion policy” Rep. Michele Bachmann became the third GOPer to fall victim to the glitterati Saturday. Gay rights activist Rachel E.B. Lang  tossed glittery confetti at the Tea Party darling as she exited the stage at a RightOnline conference in Minneapolis. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “Huntsman's Utah record will face increased scrutiny” Former ambassador to China Jon Huntsman has spent the weeks leading up to his presidential announcement frequently characterizing his role in the Obama administration as a call to duty. Still, it may take more than explaining that he worked for a Democratic president for him to secure the Republican nomination. LINK

WEINER SCANDAL:
Wall Street Journals’ Devin Barrett: “With Letter, Weiner Makes Resignation Official” Disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner submitted his formal resignation letter Monday, saying he will no longer be a member of Congress starting Tuesday. In a brief, two sentence letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales, Weiner officially ended his term. The letter comes nearly a month after a photo sent on Twitter led to an uproar that soon exposed his sexually charged online conversations with about six women. LINK

GOP:
Politico’s Richard E. Cohen: “GOP eyes tax breaks” Last week’s resounding votes on ethanol subsidies were just the start. Republicans are now starting to eye all sorts of tax breaks and special-interest loopholes once considered sacred cows as they seek ways to increase government revenue without actually raising tax rates. The targeting of long-protected tax breaks — for ethanol, research and development, manufacturing and foreign company income. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Theo Emery: “Abortions foes’ pledge is snag for Romney” Mitt Romney has long battled the perception that he has waffled on social policy issues crucial to Republican voters, such as abortion and gay rights. Now the former Massachusetts governor’s refusal to sign an antiabortion pledge that five other GOP contenders support has put him on the defensive again. LINK

OTHER:
The New York Times’ Eric Lipton: “Support Is Mutual for Senator and Makers of Supplements” A drive along mountain-lined Interstate 15 here shows why Senator Orrin G. Hatch is considered a hero in this region nicknamed the Silicon Valley of the nutritional supplement industry. LINK

LA Times: “Commerce Department nominee deserves the job” John Bryson's nomination to be President Obama's next secretary of Commerce has been met with the predictable combination of delusion and obstructionism that characterizes the modern confirmation process. Some Senate Republicans vow to hold him hostage to the passage of several long-sought free-trade agreements; others insist they will reject him based on his presumed politics, which they wish were more like theirs. LINK

Bloomberg’s Daniel Ten Kate: “U.S. Must Help Asean Countries Build South China Sea Defenses, McCain Says“ The U.S. must help Southeast Asian countries build up naval defenses to counter “aggressive” Chinese actions in the South China Sea, Senator John McCain said in a speech. The U.S. should aid the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to “build up their maritime defense and detection capabilities to develop and deploy basic systems such as early- warning radar and coastal security vessels,” he said, according to a transcript of a speech yesterday to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:
Obama Impersonator Draws GOP BoosLINK
Will Texas Gov. Rick Perry Run for President?” LINK
Jon Stewart to Fox News Host: 'You're Insane'LINK

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