The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, March 11, 2014

By Will Cantine

Mar 11, 2014 4:07am

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 Janine Elliot

ABC News’ Arlette Saenz: “Climate Change Keeps A Quarter of Senate Up All Night” Get ready for another all-nighter in the Senate. Twenty-eight Democratic senators are expected to take turns speaking on the Senate floor this evening all the way through Tuesday morning, all in the name of climate change awareness. While there is no specific legislation the senators will address, the all-night session is a sort of rallying cry for Democrats on the topic of climate change. Led by Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., the senators are expected to talk about how climate change is affecting their home states and discuss the need to build momentum behind the issue. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Lalita Clozel: “Senators Plan All-Nighter To Spotlight Climate Change” You could look at it as a filibuster without the bill. After the last round of votes concludes Monday night, 28 senators plan to talk the night away in series of speeches delivered on the chamber floor, focused on climate change. Although some call it a political stunt, the senators insist the event — organized by the Climate Action Task Force — will raise public awareness about global warming and how to stem it. LINK

The Hill’s Ramsey Cox: “Senate Dems Launch Climate Talkathon” The Senate Democratic talkathon on climate change began Monday night with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying he was sorry to report that climate change deniers existed in this Congress. “Climate change deniers still exist,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They exist, I’m sorry to say, in this Congress. … Climate change exists and it’s time to stop denying it.” Reid’s comments began an all-night session in which Senate Democrats are hoping to call attention to the issue of climate change. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Adam Edelman: “Senate Democrats Plan All-Night ‘Talkathon’ On Climate Change” Senate Democrats are planning an all-night “talkathon” Monday night to bring attention to climate change issues. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) will lead a group of at least 28 lawmakers from the Senate Climate Action Task Force through an 11-hour overnight session designed to, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), “wake up Congress to the disturbing realities of climate change.” “The purpose is to use the bully pulpit of our Senate offices to achieve that wake-up call. We believe that climate change is a catastrophe that is unfolding before our eyes and we want Congress to take off the blindfolds,” Boxer said. LINK

Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hunter and James Rowley: “Senate Ukraine Draft Measure Said To Include IMF Change” Senate Democrats may boost International Monetary Fund resources in an aid package they’re preparing for Ukraine, potentially setting up a dispute with the U.S. House. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez said today lawmakers “are very close” to an agreement “at least in the committee” on an aid plan for Ukraine that would include the IMF funding. Still, the committee delayed its planned consideration of the measure from tomorrow until March 12. “The IMF is the hangup” to an agreement on the measure, said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican. LINK

USA Today’s Oren Dorell: “Ukraine May Have To Go Nuclear, Says Kiev Lawmaker” Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea, a member of the Ukraine parliament told USA TODAY. The United States, Great Britain and Russia agreed in a pact “to assure Ukraine’s territorial integrity” in return for Ukraine giving up a nuclear arsenal it inherited from the Soviet Union after declaring independence in 1991, said Pavlo Rizanenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament. LINK

The New York Times’ Michael R. Gordon and Steven Lee Myers: “U.S. And Russia Hit Diplomatic Roadblock Trying To Start Ukraine Talks” The Obama administration’s effort to solicit Russia’s help to defuse the crisis in Ukraine hit a roadblock on Monday when Secretary of State John Kerry delayed an anticipated trip to Russia and the two sides issued dueling accounts of their recent diplomacy. Apparently in an effort to portray the United States as the intransigent party, the Kremlin took the unusual step of televising a brief exchange between President Vladimir V. Putin and the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, in which they complained that Mr. Kerry had spurned an invitation to come to Russia for consultations. LINK

The Washington Times’ Jacqueline Kilmas: “McCain: Putin Will Not Leave Crimea” Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, predicted Monday that Russia will not back out of Crimea, even if a vote by the peninsula’s residents finds they would rather be part of Ukraine. “I promise you Vladimir Putin will not be thrown out of Crimea because of a vote,” he said on CNN. Mr. McCain said he is working on a legislative package with other senators that can move through the committee on Tuesday. When asked what he would do to solve the international conflict, he said he would impose sanctions on Mr. Putin and his oligarch friends, restrict travel and bank accounts, and have some military operations in the Baltics, which could be Russia’s next target. LINK

Politico’s Josh Gerstein: “Snowden Inc.” First, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden popped up in Hong Kong. Then, Russia. By Monday, the fugitive from justice, a man regularly accused of treason, was in Austin, Texas, hitting the nation’s hottest tech festival — via the Web, of course. “They’re setting fire to the future of the Internet,” Snowden warned darkly, in jerky video relayed through a series of proxies from an undisclosed location in Russia. With an image of the U.S. Constitution projected behind him, he urged the tech-savvy SXSW attendees to ride to the rescue against rampant surveillance by the NSA and others. “The people who are in this room, now, you guys are all the firefighters, and we need you to help fight this,” he said, sounding every bit the geek as he described various encryption applications he believes should get wider use. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas MacMillan and Danny Yardon: “Snowden Urges Technology Companies To Adopt Better Encryption” U.S. fugitive and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden urged technology companies to adopt better methods of encryption to protect users from government surveillance, in remarks made through a video feed at a technology conference. Mr. Snowden, who has been charged by U.S. prosecutors under the Espionage Act, said technology companies can act more quickly to protect users’ privacy than the U.S. government, which will move slowly, if at all, to change intelligence-gathering practices. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Steve Appleford: “Edward Snowden Warns Of Personal Data Vulnerability” Edward Snowden brought no bombshells when he arrived to an excited round of applause Monday, his stubbled face relaxed as it was beamed in from across the continents for a “virtual conversation” about the vulnerability of personal data. His presence was event enough. Public appearances by the former National Security Agency contractor and U.S. exile are rare, and this one was beamed in from an undisclosed location in Russia via several online proxies for his own security, a bit of technological cloak-and-dagger that could only add to his mystique for the three roomfuls of international tech specialists struggling to hear his words in video that was choppy and often inaudible. LINK

The New York Times’ Matthew Wald and Bill Vlasic: “House To Investigate Slow Response To Fault In G.M. Vehicles” A House committee has started an investigation into the response by General Motors and federal safety regulators to complaints about faulty ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths, officials said on Monday. An Energy and Commerce subcommittee will hold hearings that will most likely include the automaker and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, although the date has not been set, said Charlotte Baker, a committee spokeswoman. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Bennett and Joseph B. White: “Congress To Investigate GM Recall” General Motors Co. faced new pressure from a powerful member of Congress to explain why it took nearly a decade to recall 1.6 million vehicles for faulty ignitions linked to 13 deaths, even as the auto maker hired a high-profile lawyer to lead its internal investigation and stepped up warnings to customers. Late Monday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee said it would launch an investigation into the slow recall and hold hearings. LINK

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe and Paul  Kane: “Chuck Schumer, Lamar Alexander Might Have Solution To Fixing Senate” In the next few days, the Senate will begin debate on the reauthorization of a child-care development block-grant program — a small, relatively noncontroversial program that is likely to pass. In this case, it’s not the “what” of the effort that’s most important but the “how.” The debate is expected to take a different course, with both sides getting equal time to make arguments and offer amendments — a practice that has pretty much all but disappeared in the increasingly partisan Senate. Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to cede control of the floor to the bill’s lead sponsors, Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who will lead the debate and allow Democrats and Republicans to introduce amendments. LINK

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