The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday May 22, 2013

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

Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson and Amanda VanAllen

IRS SCANDAL The Hill's Peter Schroeder and Bernie Becker: " IRS official to plead the Fifth before House Oversight Committee" Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the eye of the storm over the improper scrutiny of conservative groups, will refuse to answer questions from the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. Through her attorney, Lerner stated her intention to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights after being called to testify. LINK

OKLAHOMA ABC News' Abby Phillip: " Rep. Tom Cole: Okla. Needs Help, Not a Funding Battle" Republican Rep. Tom Cole, whose district took a direct hit from a powerful tornado on Monday, said the residents of the tornado ravaged towns in Oklahoma need help, not a political battle over funding in Washington. "Once a disaster starts, to me that's the end of a discussion. Now we need to focus on the Americans that are in a difficult spot," Cole told ABC News in an interview today. "They don't need to be watching a big political battle, they need to be sure they're getting help." LINK

ADULTERY INVESTIGATION ABC News' Luis Martinez: " Army General Suspended of Command for Adultery Investigation" The Army has suspended the one-star commanding general at Fort Jackson, S.C., for alleged misconduct involving adultery and an unspecified physical altercation. An Army official tells ABC News that the case does not involve sexual assault. Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts was suspended today as Commanding General, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, according to a statement from Army Training and Doctrine Command. The post, located in Columbia, S.C., is the largest of the five facilities the Army uses for basic training of new soldiers. LINK

USA Today's Tom Vanden Brook: " Army general suspended over adultery allegations" The Army announced Tuesday that it has suspended the top general at Fort Jackson in South Carolina over allegations of assault and adultery, the latest in a string of sex scandals to rock the military. It was not clear whom Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts struck or with whom he was involved. Fort Jackson conducts basic training for 60% of the Army's incoming women recruits. This is not a case of sexual assault or harassment among soldiers, according to Army spokesman George Wright. LINK

GAY MARRIAGE The Washington Times' Cheryl Wetzstein: " Bill Clinton urges Illinois lawmakers to take action on gay marriage" With less than two weeks to go before their springtime adjournment, Illinois lawmakers are being pressured over whether they will make their state the 13th to approve gay marriage. On Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton urged members of the Illinois House to vote for gay marriage as a way to strengthen the nation. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM ABC News' Jim Avila and Serena Marshall: " Immigration Reform Bill Moves to Full Senate" The bipartisan Senate "Gang of Eight" held together despite an onslaught of amendments and some efforts to kill its comprehensive immigration reform bill. Tonight, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill 13-5, largely intact, to the full Senate for a vote. LINK

USA Today's Alan Gomez: " Leahy withdraws gay couples amendment in immigration bill" Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced, but ultimately withdrew, an amendment that would have allowed gay and lesbian U.S. citizens to use the nation's immigration system to petition for their partners they married in other countries. Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, introduced the amendment as the Senate Judiciary Committee he chairs was debating a sweeping immigration bill that could legalize the nation's 11 million unauthorized immigrants while increasing border control and revamping the nation's legal immigration system. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Kristina Peterson: " Broad Immigration Overhaul Heads to Senate" The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a sweeping reworking of immigration laws on Tuesday evening, giving a bipartisan bill its first formal stamp of approval in Congress. After five days reviewing the more than 800 pages of the bill and accepting 100-plus amendments, the committee voted 13-5 to send the legislation to the full Senate, which is expected to take it up in early June. LINK

CONGRESS The Boston Globe's Joshua Miller: " Markey campaign pushes back against 9/11 resolution claims" The campaign of US Senate hopeful Edward J. Markey held a conference call today pushing back against attacks from Republican Gabriel E. Gomez that the Markey was weak on homeland security. Gomez attacked Markey, a Malden Democrat, on Monday for being one of 16 congressmen to vote against a 2004 resolution that expressed sympathy to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and lauded first responders and international allies. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " President Obama: Tornado Victims 'Will Have Support'" LINK

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