The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, May 10, 2013

By Jayce Henderson

May 10, 2013 3:26am

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
ABC News’ Arlette Saenz: “President Obama Declares Economy ‘Poised for Progress’” President Obama today said today the innovation and persistence of the American people has fostered an economy that is “poised for progress.”  “A lot of sectors of our economy are doing better,” Obama told students and teachers at Manor New Tech High School near Austin, Texas.  LINK

Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev: “Obama Austin Tech Tour Raises Democrat Profile in Texas” President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to approve more federal spending for technology education, training and jobs, holding up the Austin, Texas, area’s economic boom as an example for the rest of the country. The Texas visit today was one of a series of events across the country that the administration says are meant to build pressure on Congress to adopt economic ideas laid out in Obama’s State of the Union address this year. LINK

BENGHAZI:
The Washington Times’ Guy Taylor: “Boehner sees proof of Benghazi cover-up in Obama administration emails” House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday called on President Obama to release a cache of emails that Republicans say clearly prove senior White House and State Department officials sought to mislead the American public about the Benghazi terrorist attack during last year’s election campaign. Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, told reporters on Capitol Hill that the administration now has a chance to clear up some of the lingering questions about when it learned that the attack was indeed “conducted by Islamic terrorists.” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Hughes: “Boehner Seeks Emails on Benghazi“  Congressional Republicans, again stepping up their focus on last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, are planning additional hearings and have discussed issuing subpoenas to compel testimony.  House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) demanded the release Thursday of emails he said would show the administration had political motives for overlooking early reports that last year’s attack on U.S. posts in Libya was terrorism-related. LINK

BOSTON BOMBINGS:
The New York Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Michael Schmidt: “Bombings a Bitter Booked for F.B.I.’s Director” Robert S. Mueller III was awakened at home close to 1:30 a.m. on April 19 as one suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was in cardiac arrest and the other was on the run. By 3 a.m., after an F.B.I. agent had used a fingerprint scanner on the dying suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in a hospital emergency room to learn his identity, Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director, had arrived in a suit and tie at his agency’s headquarters in downtown Washington. LINK

IMMIGRATION:
The Hills’ Alexander Bolton: “Gang of Eight fends off poison-pill amendments to immigration bill” The Senate’s Gang of Eight fended off a slew of poison-pill amendments aimed at the immigration reform bill, building momentum for the legislation that has sparked strong opposition from conservatives. Members of the gang touted the passage of a slew of GOP-sponsored amendments they said had strengthened the bill and would help address the concerns of conservatives. LINK

The Washington Post’s David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe: “GOP senators’ assault shows tough path for immigration measure” The difficult road ahead for comprehensive immigration reform became more evident Thursday as Republican critics mounted a sustained assault on the legislation, demanding that it include considerably greater border security measures before legalizing any undocumented immigrants. The contentious beginning of the debate in the Senate, where the bill’s prospects for approval are considerably better than in the House, was a clear signal of tough times as the legislation moves forward. LINK

USA Today’s Alex Gomez: “Big test for immigration bill brings hope to backers“  Senators who back a sweeping immigration law said Thursday they were heartened by the first big test of the proposal in which members of both parties were allowed to make changes to the bill.  The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee adopted eight amendments offered by Republicans and 13 from Democrats.  LINK

DEBT CEILING:
The Los Angeles Times’ Jim Puzzanghera: “GOP may seek to tie debt ceiling deal to tax code changes” In a little more than a week, the U.S. will hit its debt limit — and the maneuvering has begun against a backdrop of the mid-2011 drama that led to the nation’s first-ever credit downgrade. An improving economy and higher taxes, along with some financial juggling by the Treasury, could give the government more time to resolve the persistent crisis. LINK

OTHER:
Politico’s Manu Raju: “Is Gabriel Gomez the next Scott Brown?” He is hailed as the second-coming of Scott Brown: A young, telegenic military man with moderate Republican views and a candidate with a real possibility of winning the Massachusetts Senate seat. But Gabriel Gomez is quick to warn that this is not 2010. And on this point, he agrees with Democrats: He’s no Scott Brown. “This is a different election, I have a different opponent, it’s a different time,” Gomez said in an interview this week at a Cape Cod diner. LINK

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Prince Harry Makes Surprise Visit to White HouseLINK

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