The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, July 8, 2013

By Jayce Henderson

Jul 8, 2013 3:03am

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, Will Cantine and JP Lawrence

EGYPT:
The Washington Times’ David Sherfinski and David Eldridge: “Rep. Mike Rogers: Egyptian military deserves continued U.S. support” Rep. Mike Rogers said Sunday that the Egyptian military is a stabilizing force and should continue to receive U.S. aid, despite its role in deposing a democratically elected government. Mr. Rogers, a Michigan Republican who is chairman of the House intelligence committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would support making an exception to U.S. law that calls for the suspension of U.S. aid in the case of a military coup. LINK

JOHN KERRY:
The Hill’s Daniel Strauss: “Report: John Kerry’s wife hospitalized in critical condition” Teresa Heinz Kerry , the wife of secretary of State John Kerry, was rushed to a Nantucket, Mass. hospital on Sunday, where she is receiving medical care for an undisclosed condition. A hospital spokesman said Heinz Kerry, 74, was admitted to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and was in stable but critical condition, the Associated Press reported.” LINK

USA Today’s Catalina Camia: “John Kerry’s wife hospitalized in Boston” Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, was at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sunday night after being stricken with an unspecified medical condition while on the island of Nantucket. Earlier Sunday, Heinz Kerry was taken by ambulance to Nantucket Cottage Hospital accompanied by Kerry, according to a statement from Kerry spokesman Glen Johnson. Noah Brown, a spokesman for the Nantucket hospital, said she arrived in critical condition after 3:30 p.m. ET but was stabilized by doctors. LINK

HILLARY CLINTON:
The Boston Globe’s Jennifer Graham: “Age is not Hillary Clinton’s weakness” It’s a merry din that Republicans are making, as if they just took notice of Hillary Clinton’s age, three years before the next presidential election. (That’s 12 cycles of Botox, if anyone’s counting.) Clinton will be 69 when inaugurated — and yes, inaugurated she will be, if her enemies retain the inane and oily strategy of suggesting that she’s too old to be president. LINK

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH:
ABC News’ Chris Good: “George W. Bush on Gay Marriage, Immigration, and Why Obama Kept His Terrorism Policies President George W. Bush cautioned against criticizing gay couples, saying in an interview on “This Week” that you shouldn’t criticize others “until you’ve examined your own heart.” Bush had waded into the revitalized same-sex marriage debate last week – if only barely – in a comment to a reporter in Zambia, who asked whether gay marriage conflicts with Christian values. “I shouldn’t be taking a speck out of someone else’s eye when I have a log in my own,” Bush said last week. LINK

IMMIGRATION:
The Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Mascaro: “Conservative group to launch ad supporting Senate immigration bill” As an overhaul of  immigration laws shifts to the House, a right-leaning group is launching a new television ad campaign Monday that will call on House lawmakers — and, implicitly, resistant Republicans — to support the Senate-passed “border surge” as part of “conservative immigration reform.”  The ad seeks to influence rank-and-file lawmakers as House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) convenes Republicans behind closed doors to assess how the GOP majority will respond to the bipartisan Senate bill. LINK

Politico’s Seung Min Kim: “New Ad For Immigration Reform” A major conservative advocacy group is going on air with its fourth ad calling for immigration reform. The American Action Network will unveil a new television ad Monday titled “Surge,” highlighting the provisions in the so-called border surge plan included in the Senate legislation that passed last month. The 30-second ad will air in prime time on Fox News Channel nationwide this week, when eyes will turn to the Republican-led House on the next steps for immigration reform. LINK

NSA:
The Wall Street Journal’s Jennifer Valentino-Devries and Siobhan Gorman: ”Secret Court’s Redefinition of ‘Relevant’ Empowered Vast NSA Data-Gathering“ The National Security Agency’s ability to gather phone data on millions of Americans hinges on a secret court ruling that redefined a single word: “relevant.” This change—which specifically enabled the surveillance recently revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden—was made by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a group of judges responsible for making decisions about government surveillance in national-security cases. LINK

CONGRESS:
The New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman: “In Congress, Gridlock And Harsh Consequences” Despite finger-pointing news conferences and radio addresses by both parties on Capitol Hill, Congress let interest rates double last week on federally subsidized student loans. Eleven days earlier, a coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans in the House scuttled the latest attempt at a farm bill, dooming for now disaster assistance for livestock producers still affected by last year’s drought. LINK

FURLOUGHS:
The Washington Post’s Lolita C. Baldor: “Defense Furloughs Set To Start” A day without pay, the first of 11 through September, comes this week for more than 650,000 people who hold civilian jobs with the Defense Department. But officials worry that the Pentagon will be hit even harder in 2014 by having to impose layoffs if automatic budget cuts continue as planned. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to provide senators with more details this week on how the next wave of across-the-board budget cuts will affect the department, said Pentagon press secretary George Little. LINK

ELIOT SPITZER:
The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett: “Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned after prostitution scandal, to jump into race for city controller” Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer stunned the political establishment Sunday night by announcing he is running for city controller — joining mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner as the latest disgraced politician looking for a comeback. In an odd twist, the ex-governor — who resigned in 2008 amid a high-priced call girl scandal — will be competing against Kristin Davis, the ex-madam who says she supplied him with hookers and who is running on the Libertarian line. LINK

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