The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, April 07, 2014

By Jayce Henderson

Apr 7, 2014 3:19am

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, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza

WHITE HOUSE
The New York Daily News’ Adam Edelman: “White House considering ban on selfies with the President” Thanks to David Ortiz, the White House says it may be time to strike out the selfie. The seemingly candid photograph Boston Red Sox slugger Ortiz took last Tuesday of himself with President Obama might have been the last ever presidential selfie, a top White House aide said Sunday. Ortiz took the selfie with Obama Tuesday during the team’s visit to the White House. The pic appeared spontaneous, but then it was revealed Big Papi has a deal with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone to perform public relations stunts like the Obama photo op. LINK

WAGE EQUALITY
The Hill’s Benjamin Goad: “Obama moving again on equal pay” President Obama is preparing to lean on companies that do business with the government with a pair of new executive actions designed to close the wage gap between men and women. The orders, detailed by a White House official, reflect the latest steps taken by the president to promote income equality without backing from the divided Congress – though both measures are limited in scope. Obama will unveil the two orders on Tuesday, which marks “Equal Pay Day,” the name given to the point in the year at which an average woman’s pay catches up to what a man doing the same job made in the previous year. LINK

Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere: “New Obama Order To Lead Midterm Equal Pay Push” At the White House Tuesday, President Barack Obama will sign two new executive actions on equal pay as Senate Democrats move for a show-vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act — launching Democrats’ first large-scale coordinated message effort ahead of this year’s midterms. One of the new executive orders on Tuesday, Equal Pay Day, will prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their salaries — a move one White House official called “a critical tool to encourage pay transparency.” LINK

NSA
The Los Angeles Times’ Ken Dilanian: “Lawsuit targets use of warrantless NSA wiretaps in criminal prosecutions”  When federal prosecutors charged Colorado resident Jamshid Muhtorov in 2012 with providing support to a terrorist organization in his native Uzbekistan, court records suggested the FBI had secretly tapped his phones and read his emails. But it wasn’t just the FBI. The Justice Department acknowledged in October that the National Security Agency had gathered evidence against Muhtorov under a 2008 law that authorizes foreign intelligence surveillance without warrants, much of it on the Internet. His lawyers have not been permitted to see the classified evidence. LINK

MENTAL HEALTH
The Washington Times’ Ben Wolfgang: “Military hitting the breaking point on mental health problems” As more details come to light surrounding Spc. Ivan Lopez’s state of mind before he fired on fellow service members at Fort Hood last week, the clearer it becomes, lawmakers and military leaders say, that the mental health of returning veterans no longer can be relegated to the back burner. The shooting spree, in which the gunman killed three people and injured 16 others before taking his own life, once again has thrust the mental health issue into the spotlight and brought into focus the sheer inadequacy of both the overall understanding of troubled, disturbed individuals and the professional services to reach them before tragedy strikes. LINK

2016 ELECTIONS
The New York Times’ Peter Baker: “Jeb Bush Talks Approach If He Runs For President” With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education. Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thinks he could avoid “the vortex of a mud fight” with a “hopeful” message. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Robert Costa: “In The ‘Credentials Caucus,’ GOP’s 2016 Hopefuls Study Policy And Seek Advisers” Last Monday night at Washington’s Capital Grille, Senate firebrand and potential presidential candidate Ted Cruz met conservative economist Stephen Moore for a dinner that stretched on for four hours. Moore said he helped the Texas Republican brainstorm policies that would get beyond “standard Republican pablum.” Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), another senator eyeing a 2016 run, recently summoned former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin to his office and regularly solicits advice from scholars at the American Enterprise Institute. LINK

GENERAL MOTORS
ABC News’ Benjamin Bell: “Sen. Claire McCaskill: ‘Moment of Truth’ for General Motors” Sen. Claire McCaskill, speaking today on “This Week,” did not rule out the possibility of jail time for General Motors employees who may have perpetrated a coverup at the company involving a defective ignition switch.  “I know Justice Department is taking a hard look,” McCaskill, chair of the Senate committee charged with overseeing the alleged malfeasance, told ABC’s Jon Karl. LINK

FORT HOOD SHOOTING
USA Today’s Aamer Madhani: “Obama to attend Fort Hood memorial service Wednesday“ President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Fort Hood on Wednesday to pay respect to the victims of last week’s shooting tragedy at the Texas military installation, a senior White House official announced Sunday.  “It’s a terrible tragedy what happened at Fort Hood,” senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said during an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation. LINK

MEDICARE
The Wall Street Journal’s Kristina Peterson and Anna Wilde Mathews: “Some Democrats Fight Obama Over Medicare” More than two dozen Democrats are fighting the Obama administration over planned cuts to private plans offered in Medicare, tied in part to the 2010 health overhaul, which could divide the party on health care in the run-up to this year’s midterm elections.  The cuts to Medicare Advantage insurers, which are expected to be included in planned 2015 payments to be unveiled Monday, have drawn increasingly vocal opposition from Democrats who fear that insurers will use the cuts to justify higher premiums or fewer options for enrollees. LINK

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