The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

By Jayce Henderson

Nov 20, 2012 3:25am

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’ Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Carrie Halperin, and Danielle Genet

GAZA:
The Hill’s Julian Pecquet: “Obama warns Egyptian President Morsi to rein in terrorists in Gaza” President Obama on Monday warned Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that he must get the violence in Gaza under control. Frustration in the U.S. over rocket attacks on Israel from Hamas militants is increasingly centered on Egypt, and is expected to raise pointed questions from lawmakers next week about the $2 billion in annual American aid to that country. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul Richter: “Gaza conflict threatens Obama’s plans for Mideast diplomacy” The increasingly bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip is threatening the Obama administration’s plans to reinvigorate its Middle East diplomacy, creating new obstacles across the region as the president prepares for his second term. With negotiators struggling to craft a cease-fire agreement, diplomats and experts say the strife is hampering administration efforts to help resolve the civil war in Syria, improve relations with Egypt’s new government, support moderate Palestinian leaders and check Iran’s growing ambitions. LINK

The Washington Post’s Abigail Hauslohner: “In Gaza, line between militants and population is thin” That is what the relatives of Amin Zohdi Bashir and Tamer Rushdi Bashir said as they buried two cousins on Monday.  They were killed Monday morning in a thundering flash of light that left their car in flames and streaks of tomatoes smashed across the roadside.  LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ASIAN TOUR:
The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “For Obama and Clinton, Their Final Tour in Asia as Partners”  They emerged from Air Force One together, side by side, smiling at the crowd waiting on the tarmac below. Then as they headed down the stairs, she held back just a little so that she would stay a step behind him. LINK

Bloomberg’s Daniel Ten Kate and Margaret Talev: “Obama Meets China, Japan Leaders as Sea Spats Threaten Trade” President Barack Obama met with leaders from China and Japan today as Asian countries struggle to resolve territorial disputes in sea lanes vital to world trade that threaten to disrupt economic ties. Obama called the U.S.-Japan alliance the “cornerstone” of regional security in a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who emphasized the importance of relations given the “increasing severity” of the security environment in Asia. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said he wanted his meeting with Obama to send a “positive message to the world.” LINK

FISCAL CLIFF:
Politico’s Jake Sherman, Carrie Budoff Brown and John Bresnahan: “Democrats have own fiscal cliff issues“  Democrats are confident that an Election Day mandate will deliver a fiscal cliff deal that raises tax rates on the rich. Perhaps a little too confident.  LINK

Wall Street Journal’s Gerald F. Seib: “President Has Small Edge On ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Leverage” Any negotiator will tell you that the key in a bargaining session is knowing at the outset who has leverage, and where it comes from. So it is in the great deficit-cutting showdown now under way between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans. LINK

DAVID PETRAEUS:
ABC News’ Pierre Thomas: “Friend Says Paula Broadwell Regrets Damage” A family friend of Paula Broadwell, the author who carried on an affair with former CIA Director David Petraeus, tells ABC News that Broadwell “deeply regrets the damage that’s been done to her family” from the dalliance. The person close to Broadwell also told ABC News Sunday night, that Broadwell is devastated by the fallout, which led to Petraeus’ resignation from the CIA. The friend spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. LINK

OTHER:
ABC News’ Chris Good: “Campaign Debt Outlives Presidential Race” The race might be over, but it hasn’t all been paid for. Presidential campaigns still owe millions of dollars to consultants, former staffers, phone companies, software vendors, database management firms, direct-mail firms, sign printers, event-productions companies, and banks; in other words, nearly every kind of entity with which a campaign does business. LINK

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook: “Pentagon overseas propaganda plan stirs controversy” Senior officers at the Pentagon are being advised on countering Taliban propaganda by a marketing expert whose company once weeded out reporters who wrote negative stories in Afghanistan and helped the military deceive the enemy in Iraq, according to military documents and interviews. Since 2000, the military has paid The Rendon Group more than $100 million to help shape its communications strategy, analyze media coverage, run its propaganda programs and develop counter-narcotics efforts around the world, Pentagon documents show. LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza: “The worst candidate of 2012” Running for office has often been compared to walking a tight rope without a net or hosting live television. If you are good, it shines through. If you aren’t, it, well, shines through. Today we are handing out the Fixy — the coveted political awards that we, well, made up — for the worst candidate of the 2012 election. LINK

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