The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

By Amanda VanAllen

May 29, 2013 3:04am

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 J.P. Lawrence

JERSEY SHORE
ABC News’  Arlette Saenz: “Obama and Gov. Christie Reunite to Tour Sandy Rebuilding Efforts.” Seven months after they made political waves touring the damaged New Jersey coastline together, President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reunited on the Jersey Shore as the president assessed the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the beach communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. ”We’re still rebuilding after Sandy. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Adam Edelman and Victoria Taylor: “‘Back in business:’ President Obama reunites with N.J. Gov. Christie as unlikely duo tout rebuilding progress of Jersey Shore” President Obama returned to New Jersey Tuesday, touring seaside communities rebuilt since last year’s Superstorm Sandy and cheerily resuming a mutually beneficial relationship with an unlikely political ally — Gov. Chris Christie. LINK

With the governor at his side, Obama canvassed several businesses and residences along the shore throughout the afternoon, examining progress residents have made in repairing much of the devastating damage left by last year’s hurricane. LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Shear and Mark Leibovich: “No Partisan Fire at the Shore: An Obama-Christie Reunion” Politics makes strange beachfellows. President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey affirmed this notion, and enjoyed its benefits, on Tuesday in a drizzly reunion on the Jersey Shore, seven months after Hurricane Sandy punished the famous coastline and united them in an unlikely political partnership. LINK

CHINESE HACKERS
ABC News’  Luis Martinez, James Gordon Meek, Brian Ross and Lee Ferran: “Major U.S. Weapons Compromised By Chinese Hackers, Report Warns.” A previously undisclosed portion of a U.S. Defense report lists the specific weapons system designs that it says have been at least partially compromised by Chinese hackers — from the most advanced fighter plane in history to America’s missile defense systems. The list of weapons, first reported Monday by The Washington Post and confirmed to ABC News by a U.S. official, was included in a version of a report from the Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board (DSB) made for top Pentagon and defense industry officials. LINK

REPORTER SURVEILLANCE
ABC News’ Chris Good: “Holder ‘Not Satisfied’ With How Leaks Are Investigated.” Attorney General Eric Holder told CNN today that he wants to change how the Justice Department handles leak investigations. The department is embroiled in controversy over its seizure of phone records for Associated Press reporters and offices. LINK

The Hills’ Jonathan Easley: “House Judiciary investigating whether Holder lied under oath” The House Judiciary Committee is investigating whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath during his May 15 testimony on the Justice Department’s (DOJ) surveillance of reporters. The panel is looking at a statement Holder made during a back-and-forth with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) about whether the DOJ could prosecute reporters under the Espionage Act of 1917, an aide close to the matter told The Hill. LINK

PLANNED PARENTHOOD
The Los Angeles Times’ David G. Savage: “Supreme Court rejects ban on funding Planned Parenthood” The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to allow Indiana to block Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood clinics because they perform abortions. Without comment, the high court let stand decisions by a federal judge in Indiana and the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago that prevented the measure from taking effect. LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Supreme Court declines to hear abortion case.” The Supreme Court refused Tuesday to wade back into one of its most controversial subjects: abortion. The court refused to consider Indiana’s appeal of a lower court decision striking down its denial of Medicaid funds to health care providers that perform abortions. LINK

DEATH PENALTY
The Wall Street Journal’s Ashby Jones: “Aiming to Mend, not End, Death Penalty” Bucking the trend of states scrapping their death penalties, a handful of legislatures are trying to amend their capital-punishment systems to speed up the process and help ensure that more executions take place. Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott is currently considering a bill the Legislature passed in April that would mandate that the state execute a prisoner within 180 days after the governor signs a death warrant. LINK.

The Washington Times’ Ben Wolfgang:”Illinois edges closer to endorsing gas fracking” Lawmakers in Illinois could sign off on legalizing fracking as early as this week, but approval of the highly controversial drilling method won’t come without a fight.  Despite a last-ditch effort from opposition forces inside and outside the state, Illinois’ Democrat-dominated state government is poised to become the latest to embrace the fracking boom. LINK

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Bloomberg’s Richard Rubin:  “IRS Taps Executive to Restore Integrity in Scandal’s Wake” The Internal Revenue Service has appointed David Fisher, chief financial officer of the Government Accountability Office, as a senior executive to help the tax agency recover from the controversy over its scrutiny of small-government groups. Fisher will be charged with improving internal controls and “restoring the integrity of IRS operations,” Danny Werfel, the acting IRS commissioner, said in a statement today announcing Fisher’s appointment as the agency’s chief risk officer and senior adviser. LINK

The Washington Post’s Josh Hicks: “GOP stoking fire of IRS scandal with eye toward 2014” Republicans have been trying to take advantage of the Internal Revenue Service’s politically toxic targeting scandal to better position their party for the 2014 midterm elections. And one big area of focus is President Obama’s new health-care law. Since a Treasury Department audit found that the IRS had singled out conservative groups for special scrutiny, GOP lawmakers have been raising concerns about IRS oversight of portions of the Affordable Care Act. LINK

OBAMACARE
Politico’s Jennifer Haberkorn and Brett Norman: “Nancy-Ann DeParle, former W.H. health care aide, pitches insurers for Obamacare” Nancy-Ann DeParle helped get Obamacare enacted during President Barack Obama’s first term. In his second term, she’s trying to get insurers to pony up millions to get the law successfully launched. Now in the private sector, DeParle is asking top executives at several health insurance companies to donate $1 million or more to Enroll America, a nonprofit organization promoting Obamacare enrollment, several sources familiar with her role said. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
“Colorado Gunman’s Shooting Caught on Tape.” LINK.

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