The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, January 21, 2013

By Amanda VanAllen

Jan 21, 2013 3:58am

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 and Jordan Mazza

REVENUE
ABC News’ George Stephanopolous: “David Plouffe: Revenue Debate Not Over” White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on Sunday that despite Republican warnings that the tax debate is over, President Obama would not accept a budget deal without additional revenue.  LINK

INAUGURATION
The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “Obama Sworn in for 2nd Term, This Time Quietly” With only his family beside him, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn into office for a second term on Sunday in advance of Monday’s public pomp, facing a bitterly divided government at home and persistent threats abroad that inhibit his effort to redefine America’s use of power. LINK

The Washington Post’s David Nakamura and Robert Barnes: “Obama officially begins his second term” Barack Hussein Obama officially began his second term as the 44th president Sunday, setting the stage for him to lay out his vision in an inaugural address on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. More than half a million people are expected to watch from the Mall, four years and a day after the nation’s first African American president was sworn in the first time. President Obama, joined on Sunday by a dozen family members, recited the 35-word oath of office administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the Blue Room of the White House. LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Emily Schultheis: “Inauguration 2013: Obama’s King moment” When President Barack Obama looks west across the national mall from the Capitol on Monday, his panorama will include the spot to the right where contractors are building the National Museum of African American History and Culture by the foot of the Washington Monument. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial will be to his left, obscured from sight but not from mind. And, directly in front of him — across a sea of people who come to hear his second inaugural address — Obama will have a view of the Lincoln Memorial, the Doric tribute to the president Obama most identifies with and the backdrop for King’s most famous civil rights speech. LINK

The Hills’ Meghashyam Mali: “Obama: Inauguration a chance to celebrate ‘this incredible nation’” In a short speech at the National Building Museum on Sunday night, President Obama thanked his supporters and said his second inauguration was a chance to celebrate “this incredible nation.” “What we are celebrating is not just the election or swearing in of a president, what we are doing is celebrating each other and celebrating this incredible nation we call home,” said Obama at al reception for campaign donors and backers of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons: “Brief ceremony begins Obama’s second term” In a swift and simple ceremony at the White House, President Obama was sworn in for a second term Sunday and embarked on another four years leading a nation hobbled by a weak economy and gripped by political division. With his family at his side and his hand on his wife’s family Bible, the 44th president began the new term on an understated note, repeating the oath of office in a private ceremony the day before a more lavish, public reenactment. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Douglas Feiden and Joseph Straw: “President Barack Obama enters second term grayer, wiser with official swearing in as the free world’s leader for four more years” An older, grayer and battle-scarred Barack Obama officially began his second term as America’s 44th President on Sunday when he took the oath of office during a simple and intimate ceremony at the White House. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 35-word oath flawlessly and from notes a few minutes before noon — a contrast from 2009 when he recited it from memory and flubbed the words — as First Lady Michelle and First Daughters Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, looked on. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama faces a daunting 4 years as he takes reins for second term” Barack Hussein Obama took the presidential oath at 11:55 Sunday morning in a small ceremony at the White House, gripping the reins of office for another four-year term and a chance to build on his already historic legacy — though unlike the beginning of his first term, he now faces a divided Congress capable of thwarting him. The oath, administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the majestic White House Blue Room, went off without a hitch, as first lady Michelle Obama held a Bible and their two daughters stood next to her. LINK

USA Today’s Fredreka Schoute: “Labor unions, lawmakers donate to Obama’s inauguration”  More than 3,000 individuals and organizations are helping to fund President Obama’s inaugural festivities, including labor unions, according to an updated list of donors.  LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser and David Uberti: “Obama takes oath, with gala to follow today” President Obama was sworn into office on Sunday just before noon, officially beginning another four-year term.”I did it,” Obama said to his youngest daughter, Sasha, after being sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. He thanked the small group gathered in the room, and then left with his wife and two daughters.  LINK

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