The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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' Jayce Henderson, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza

STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS ABC News' Devin Dwyer: " State Of The Union 'Designated Survivor' Demystified" As President Obama's cabinet files into the House chamber for his State of the Union address Tuesday, an annual mystery will unravel before our eyes. One member of Obama's inner circle will be conspicuously missing, an absence anticipated but unannounced for the sake of security. Squirreled away far from the Capitol dome, that person will be tasked with a job select few Americans have held: the job of designated survivor. For one night only, during Obama's speech, the survivor abides with the macabre knowledge that he or she could become president in the event of the unthinkable, a catastrophe that wiped out the nation's senior leaders and the entire line of succession. LINK

The Boston Globe's Matt Viser: " Bauman, Arredondo Invited To State Of The Union" Two of the men forever linked by last year's Boston Marathon bombings will be guests of Michelle Obama for the State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Jeff Bauman - the 27-year-old who lost both legs in the attack - and Carlos Arredondo - the 53-year-old wearing a cowboy hat who wheeled him to safety - will be there for the speech. The scene of the two in the immediate aftermath of the bombings became one of the iconic images, capturing both the chaos and courage of the day. LINK

USA Today's Catalina Camia: " N.J. Mayor in Christie Bridge Scandal To Attend Obama's SOTU" The New Jersey mayor at the heart of the Chris Christie bridge scandal will be attending President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. Mark Sokolich, the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, will be the guest of Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., reports The Record . Christie apologized to Sokolich - and all of New Jersey - after e-mails released earlier this month showed his top aide and an appointee had schemed to tie up traffic on the busy George Washington Bridge. Christie's aides apparently wanted to extract revenge on the mayor, who declined to endorse the Republican governor's re-election bid last year. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Neil King Jr. and Patrick O'Connor: " Poll Finds Americans Anxious Over Future, Obama's Performance" President Barack Obama will lay out his agenda for the year on Tuesday night before a nation increasingly worried about his abilities, dissatisfied with the economy and fearful for the country's future, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Since the rise of modern polling in the 1930s, only George W. Bush has begun his sixth year in the White House on rockier ground than Mr. Obama. LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Obama tries to reach past TV to touch diminished audience with State of Union" President Obama has been losing his TV audience - literally. With the State of the Union proving ever less entrancing for viewers, the White House is desperate to turn the speech into a multiday event in an effort to bolster interest in Mr. Obama's policies, even if people don't tune in to hear his words. With online question-and-answer sessions, a "virtual road trip" scheduled for Friday and a presidential video, the White House is determined to spread Mr. Obama's message beyond Tuesday night's hour long address. LINK

The Hill's Amie Parnes and Justin Sink: " Obama in State of Union 'has one shot here and can't afford to miss'" President Obama's legacy and the future of his second term hang in the balance in Tuesday's pivotal State of the Union address. Obama will step to the podium reeling from a lost year, and with the window for him to exert his influence closing slowly but surely. "As much as I hate to admit it, this is probably going to be it," one former senior administration official said of the speech. "He has one shot here, and he can't afford to miss." LINK

The Washington Post's Zachary A. Goldfarb: " Democrats hope Obama's State of Union speech will be start of populist agenda" Democrats consider President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday a launching point for a year of sustained assault on Republicans over a populist economic agenda, part of an effort to focus more on bread-and-butter issues and less on ­income inequality. Party officials say they hope Obama's speech will set the stage for Senate and House candidates to confront Republicans on issues such as the minimum wage, unemployment benefits and access to college education. LINK

HILLARY CLINTON ABC News: " Hillary Clinton Says She Hasn't Driven A Car Since 1996" The last time Hillary Clinton got behind the wheel, her husband was still president and "Macarena" was on the top of the charts. "Last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996," Clinton said during a speech today at the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in New Orleans. Recalling the experience, Clinton said: "I remember it very well, and unfortunately, so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven't driven since then." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Michael Ramsey: " Hillary Clinton Talks Benghazi, 2016 - And Driving Ban" Hillary Clinton said Monday her proudest moment as secretary of state was participating in the risky decision to raid the compound where Osama Bin Laden was living. Her biggest regret? The deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Mrs. Clinton, in a paid speech to roughly 4,000 attendees of the National Automobile Dealers Association annual conference, delivered a message of bridge building and skirted issues that might be unpopular with the largely Republican crowd. During a question-and-answer session after her speech, outgoing NADA Chairman David Westcottt asked Mrs. Clinton if she would run for president in 2016. "I don't know," she replied. LINK

REP. TREY RADEL ABC News' Michael Falcone: " Dear Congress, I Quit! Trey Radel's Oddly Upbeat Goodbye To Capitol Hill" Last October Congressman Trey Radel was arrested for cocaine possession. Then he pleaded guilty in a Washington, DC Superior Court, which got him one year's probation. By late November he was checking himself into a Florida rehab facility. And although he returned to Congress after the new year, on Monday he called it quits - reportedly under pressure from Republican Congressional leaders. It was a steep - and rapid - downhill slide for the first-term Republican from south Florida who coasted into Congress in 2012 only to see his political career fall into shambles just over a year later. Which is what makes the tone of optimism in his resignation letter so striking. LINK

USA Today's Ledyard King: " Rep. Trey Radel Resigns After Drug Plea" Embattled Rep. Trey Radel of Florida resigned Monday, a little more than two months after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession. Radel, 37, a Republican from Fort Myers, submitted a resignation letter to House Speaker John Boehner that took effect at 6:30 p.m. "Unfortunately, some of my struggles had serious consequences," Radel said in his letter to Boehner. "While I have dealt with those issues on a personal level, it is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States representative to the place I love and call home, Southwest Florida. LINK

DEFICITS Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman: " D.C.'s attention-to-deficits disorder" Washington is done dwelling on the debt. Fatigued by a government shutdown and repeated failures to reach a grand bargain, leaders from both parties have moved on. LINK

IMMIGRATION The Los Angeles Times' Brian Bennett: " House Republicans consider their own immigration plan" In a potential breakthrough for long-stalled immigration legislation, House Republicans will consider a proposal this week that would allow millions of immigrants in the country illegally to gain legal status and, in some cases, to eventually become citizens. House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is expected to issue a list of broad immigration "principles" to fellow Republicans during a three-day retreat that begins Wednesday at a Chesapeake Bay resort. For the first time, the list will include a narrow path to citizenship as well as tighter border security and new visas for foreign workers. LINK

The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman and Ashley Parker: " Backing in G.O.P. for Legal Status for Immigrants " The House Republican leadership's broad framework for overhauling the nation's immigration laws will call this week for a path to legal status - but not citizenship - for many of the 11 million adult immigrants who are in the country illegally, according to aides who have seen the party's statement of principles. For immigrants brought to the United States illegally as young children, the Republicans would offer a path to citizenship. LINK

SUPER BOWL The New York Daily News' Adam Edelman: " Sen. Cory Booker unhappy with lack of attention Super Bowl is netting New Jersey" New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is "passed miffed" that his home state isn't getting more attention ahead of the Super Bowl, which is being billed primarily as a New York event but will actually occur on Garden State soil. "I passed miffed a while ago. I mean this is ridiculous," Booker said Monday on FOX 5's "Good Day New York." "Every time they talk about the Super Bowl, (you hear) 'we'll see you in New York.' Well they're not playing in New York, they're playing in New Jersey." LINK

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