The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, November 26, 2013

By Will Cantine

Nov 26, 2013 3:08am

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 Jordan Mazza

IRAN
ABC News’ Mary Bruce: “Obama Defends Iranian Nuclear Deal Against ‘Tough Talk And Bluster’”  President Obama today defended the Iranian nuclear deal against criticism from skeptics at home and abroad, arguing that “we cannot close the door on diplomacy.”  “We cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems. We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict. And tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security,” the president said at an immigration event in San Francisco.  LINK

USA Today’s Tom Vanden Brook: “Hagel praises deal with Iran, worries about Afghanistan” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in his first public statements about the high-stakes talks with Iran, said Monday that the deal to slow the country’s nuclear ambitions poses “minimal” risks for the United States.  “Yes, there’s risk in this, of course,” Hagel said in an interview with USA Today. LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “Iran Deal Further Tests Obama’s Credibility” President Obama’s credibility problem has battered his approval ratings, complicated his relationship with foreign allies and harmed his party’s prospects in next year’s midterm elections. But the decline in the public’s opinion of his trustworthiness presents a particular set of challenges for his diplomacy with Iran, highlighted this weekend by an agreement that will temporarily freeze the country’s nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief. LINK

Politico’s Jennifer Epstein: “President Obama: ‘Tough Talk And Bluster’ Wrong Move On Iran” President Barack Obama pushed back Monday at critics of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran over the weekend, arguing that it’s his responsibility to keep pushing for a diplomatic solution. “We cannot rule out peaceful solutions to the world’s problems. We cannot commit ourselves to an endless cycle of conflict,” he said in San Francisco, in his first public remarks on the deal since his statement at the White House late Saturday. “Tough talk and bluster may be the easy thing to do politically, but it’s not the right thing for our security.” LINK

The Hills’ Julian Pecquet and Jeremy Herb: “Congress Wants Tough Conditions Before Any Final Deal With Iran” Worried lawmakers are trying to set tough conditions for a final deal with Iran, fearful that President Obama’s interim agreement exposes the U.S. and Israel to danger. But key Democrats and Republicans have decided not to fight the deal reached over the weekend, despite lambasting it as a giveaway to the mullahs in Tehran. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM
The New York Times’ Sarah Wheaton: “Obama Calls For Quick Action On Immigration, And So Does A Heckler”  President Obama is often heckled, but it is rare for a guest who is part of a White House-approved backdrop to shout out a protest while the president is in mid-speech. But that is what happened here on Monday when Mr. Obama called on Congress to pass an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws. LINK

Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere: “Immigration Advocates’ Last Ditch Pitch” Immigration reform forces’ last-ditch pitch for action before the end of the year: individual political self-interest. They’ve tried appeals to presidential politics, economic and tax calculations, rational argument, Christian and moral values, humanity, the American spirit. They’ve pushed the idea of giving Washington something positive to show for 2013. As President Barack Obama noted Monday in San Francisco, there’s even a group of people camping out on the Mall in a fasting protest that Vice President Joe Biden visited Monday. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Obama Responds To Heckler On Immigration Reform: ‘It Won’t Be As Easy As Shouting’” The young man’s plea was direct: Stop the deportations, he urged President Obama, of the 11.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States. “You have the power to stop deportations for all,” the man said as he interrupted Obama’s immigration policy speech here Monday afternoon. “Actually,” the president replied, “I don’t. And that’s why we’re here.” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Kate Linthicum: “Obama Uses Heckler to Make Point on Immigration” President Obama told a heckler who interrupted a speech on immigration Monday that he would not circumvent Congress and try to halt deportations by executive order because the U.S. is “a nation of laws.” “Please use your executive order!” shouted the heckler, who was standing behind Obama on stage, close enough to be in the television camera shot, during an event in San Francisco’s Chinatown as the president began a two-day visit to California. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Dan Friedman: “President Obama interrupted by hecklers during San Francisco immigration speech” President Obama stopped the ejection of hecklers who interrupted his speech on immigration reform in San Francisco Monday, then he gave them a short civics lesson. Obama was mostly thorough in his call for the House of Representatives to act on a comprehensive immigration passed by the Senate, when several crowd members began shouting. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Obama heckled over immigration, rebukes protester” Immigrant-rights protesters confronted President Obama on Monday, interrupting his speech in San Francisco and demanding he use executive authority to halt all deportations, but he rebuked them and told them he doesn’t have that kind of power. The confrontation is the latest sign of growing tension between Mr. Obama and some on his political left who say he can do more to push the issue of immigration, even as he argues that the roadblock is actually Republicans on Capitol Hill. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alejandro Lazo: “Deportation Protest Steals Spotlight in Obama Speech”  President Barack Obama renewed his call for Congress to pass immigration legislation, framing the issue as crucial to boosting the U.S. economy in remarks that also included an unscripted exchange with a young man protesting deportations.  Speaking before supporters and invited guests at a community center in this city’s Chinatown neighborhood, Mr. Obama invoked the stories of generations of Asian immigrants, including the parents of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and recent technology entrepreneurs that have arrived in this growing digital hub.  LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Bloomberg’s David Lerman: “U.S. to Continue Flights in Defense Zone Claimed by China” The U.S. won’t change its flight operations to comply with China’s newly claimed air-defense zone in the East China Sea, a Pentagon spokesman said. “We will not in any way change how we conduct our operations,” Army Colonel Steve Warren told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday. U.S. pilots won’t register their flight plans or identify their transponder or frequency, Warren said. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
“Heckler Disrupts Obama’s Speech With Minute-Long Rant”  LINK

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