The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, May 27, 2013

By Jayce Henderson

May 27, 2013 3:19am

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 JP Lawrence

BENGHAZI / OTHER FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
The Hill’s Julian Pecquet: “Dems prepare game plan as House investigates Benghazi audit” Democrats vow they won’t be caught flat-footed when the co-author of the State Department’s independent audit on Benghazi appears for a closed-door interview with congressional investigators next month. Retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering has agreed to be deposed by Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) Oversight panel on June 3 after being threatened with a subpoena. Democrats say they’re wary of a trap, and want to be able to counter what they say is Issa’s habit of leaking “cherry-picked” portions of witnesses’ testimonies to the press. LINK

The Boston Globes’ Anne Gearan and William Booth: “John Kerry pitches $4b package to aid West Bank” Hoping to use economic promise as a bridge to a peace deal between Palestinians and Israel, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced an estimated $4 billion economic development proposal for the West Bank on Sunday that he said could cut the 21 percent unemployment rate by two-thirds. LINK

The Washington Times’ Ashish Kumar Sen: “Iran ensures no change with West in presidential election” Iran’s June 14 elections are expected to produce a president loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and not improve prospects for an end to the country’s nuclear standoff with the West or its support for President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime in Syria. LINK

DRONES:
ABC News’ Imtiyaz Delawala: “Sen. Rand Paul Questions Drone Policy, Says Scandals Threaten President Obama’s ‘Moral Authority’” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on “This Week” that the recent controversies engulfing the White House over the IRS, reporter leak investigations, and Benghazi have threatened President Obama’s “moral authority to lead the nation,” while he continued to question the administration’s use of drone strikes against terrorist targets overseas. While he has called for a special counsel to investigate the IRS scandal, in which the IRS gave increased scrutiny to conservative groups applying for non-profit status, Paul would not say whether he believed any crimes were committed. LINK

Politico’s Kevin Robillard: “Rand Paul urges drone due process fixes” Two prominent critics of the Obama administration’s drone program said Sunday the reforms President Barack Obama introduced last week are good first steps, but don’t go far enough. “I was pleased with his words, and I was pleased that he did respond to this,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on ABC’s “This Week.” LINK

ECONOMY:
Bloomberg’s Alaa Shahine:  “Stiglitz Says Too Soon to Cut U.S. Stimulus as Growth Not Normal” Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said it would be premature for the U.S. Federal Reserve to reduce monetary stimulus even if there’s little evidence it helped the world’s largest economy.  “It’s the only stimulus,” the Columbia University professor said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Jordan May 25. “Clearly the economy is not back to normal, and to accept this as the new normal would be really wrong.” LINK

OKLAHOMA:
The Los Angeles Times’ Neela Banerjee: “Okla. Tornado: Obama promises Moore sustained help in it’s recovery” President Obama visited Moore, Okla., on Sunday to view the devastation left by last week’s vast tornado and to reassure the community of sustained support from the federal government on its cleanup and rebuilding. “Oklahomans have inspired us with their love, their courage and their fellowship,” Obama said, surrounded by state and federal officials and tornado survivors clustered in front of high mounds of debris. “This is a strong community with strong character. There’s no doubt they will bounce back. But they need help.” LINK

USA Today’s George Schroeder: ”Obama to Oklahoma: ‘You are not alone’“ During a firsthand look Sunday afternoon at the devastation from last week’s violent tornado, President Obama praised Oklahomans for their resolve while consoling victims and promising continued help. ”I’m just a messenger here today, letting everybody here know that you are not alone, that you’ve got folks behind you,” Obama said. “Obviously, the damage here is pretty hard to comprehend. Our hearts go out to the families who have been impacted, including those who had loved ones who were lost.” LINK

The New York Times’ Michael D. Shear: “Obama Consoles Town Flattened by Tornado” President Obama walked among 10-foot-tall piles of tornado debris littered with children’s schoolbooks on Sunday as he offered the condolences of a nation to a town nearly wiped off the map by a storm. Standing next to the rubble that was once Plaza Towers Elementary School — and the place where seven children lost their lives when the tornado touched down a week ago — the president declared his confidence that Moore would rebuild and recover, and he pledged the support of his government, and the nation, toward that goal. LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Obama visits tornado-devastated city of Moore” After days of grieving and cleanup along Eagle Drive, a battered community took a moment to rest Sunday and welcome President Obama, who after walking several blocks of one devastated neighborhood promised that the country would not turn its back on the residents’ recovery. Speaking at what was until last week the brick campus of Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children were killed by the slam of a fearsome tornado, Obama offered equal measures of confidence and solace in the bewildering aftermath. LINK

ANTHONY WEINER:
The New York Daily News’ Simone Weichselbaum and Erin Durkin: “Anthony Weiner campaigns at a church and says the path to redemption is like a car’s GPS” To Anthony Weiner, the g in GPS stands for God. In his first campaign trail visit to a church Sunday, the newly minted mayoral candidate compared his faith to a navigation system in a car whose owner has fouled up and needs to be yanked back on track. “If you make a wrong turn, it doesn’t shut off, it doesn’t break, it doesn’t yell at you, it just says, ‘Recalculating.’ So to me it’s a perfect metaphor for what faith is to me and maybe what it is to you,” Weiner told the congregation at Greater Springfield Memorial Church in Queens. “It’s an unjudgmental thing. You can make 10 wrong turns in a row, and it whispers, ‘Recalculating.’” LINK

OTHER:
USA Today’s Sean O’Sullivan: “NRA fights ruling on guns in public housing“ Having lost a federal court battle over restrictions on guns in Wilmington public housing, plaintiffs backed by the National Rifle Association have asked an appeals court to send the matter back to Delaware courts. Attorney Francis G.X. Pileggi told a panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday that Delaware’s Constitution provides for a far broader right to keep and bear arms than the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, so this case – involving limits on those rights – would best be resolved at the state level. LINK

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