The Note's Must-Reads for Monday, April 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' Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN ABC News' Benjamin Bell: " Elizabeth Warren Hopes Hillary Clinton Makes 2016 Run But Declines To Endorse Her" While Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she hopes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes a run for the White House in 2016, she declined to explicitly endorse Clinton's candidacy today on "This Week." "You know, all of the women - Democratic women, I should say, of the Senate - urged Hillary Clinton to run, and I hope she does," Warren responded when asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos if Clinton was her candidate in 2016. "Hillary is terrific," she said when asked again if she would endorse her in the event Clinton makes a run for the Democratic nomination. LINK

The Washington Times' Jessica Chasmar: " Elizabeth Warren hopes Clinton Will Run, But Declines To Endorse Her" Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she hopes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, but declined to endorse her Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "You know, all of the women - Democratic women, I should say, of the Senate - urged Hillary Clinton to run, and I hope she does," the Democrat said when host George Stephanopoulos asked if she'd endorse Mrs. Clinton, ABC News reported. "Hillary is terrific," she said when asked again. Mrs. Warren also expanded on her past as a registered Republican in the 1990s and why she left the party. LINK

U.S. MILITARY AND ASIA The New York Times' Mark Landler: " U.S. And Philippines Agree To A 10-Year Pact On The Use Of Military Bases" The United States has reached a 10-year agreement with the Philippines that will give American warships, planes and troops greater access to bases in the archipelago, American officials said Sunday. The deal, which will be the centerpiece of President Obama's visit to the Philippines on Monday, returns the United States to a visible presence in the country for the first time since the American military gave up its sprawling naval and air bases, including one at Subic Bay, in 1992. The accord will also give the United States more flexibility to project its military assets in a region that has become increasingly tense, with China and its neighbors, including the Philippines, squabbling over territorial claims in the East and South China Seas. LINK

Bloomberg's Joel Guinto Margaret Talev: " U.S., Philippines Sign Defense Pact Amid China Tensions" The Philippines and the U.S. signed an agreement today that will boost the American troop presence in the Southeast Asian nation, as it seeks to counter China's assertiveness over territorial disputes. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg signed the 10-year accord in Manila a few hours before President Barack Obama arrived for a two-day visit. The U.S. doesn't intend to establish a permanent military presence in the country, Goldberg said at the ceremony.

The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous and Julian E. Barnes: " U.S. Beefs Up Military Options For China As Obama Reassures Allies In Asia" The U.S. military has prepared options for a muscular response to any future Chinese provocations in the South and East China seas, ranging from displays of B-2 bomber flights near China to aircraft-carrier exercises near its coastal waters, officials said. The menu of options, described by officials briefed on the action plan, reflects concerns that U.S. allies in Asia have questions about the Obama administration's commitments to its security obligations, particularly after Russia's seizure of the Crimean peninsula. LINK

SEN. RAND PAUL The Washington Post's Robert Costa: " Sen. Rand Paul, Possible 2016 Republican Contender, To Introduce Pro-Israel Legislation" In a gesture that is sure to win applause from supporters of Israel within the Republican electorate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday will introduce a bill that would stop U.S. aid to the newly formed unity government in Palestine unless certain demands were promptly met, including a cease-fire and a public declaration of Israel's right to exist. The move by Paul, a potential 2016 presidential contender, is his latest effort to reassure skittish Republicans that he is a firm supporter of Israel. Last year, he visited with Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and prayed at the Wailing Wall, and he has touted his two votes for sanctions against Iran as evidence that he considers Israel a key ally. LINK

The Hill's Julian Hattem: " Paul Wins Maine Straw Poll" Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was the clear winner in the Maine Republican Party's straw poll on Sunday. The tea party senator, representing the libertarian wing of the party, came away with 176 of the 690 votes cast in Bangor, Maine, according to multiple reports. That was good enough to beat out his colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who came in second place with 98, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who received 70, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who pulled in 60 votes. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a potential sleeper candidate for the GOP in 2016, pulled in 62 votes. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) got 57, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice each got fewer than 50 votes. LINK

PENTAGON USA Today's Tom Vanden Brook: " Report: Pentagon To Destroy $1B In Ammunition" The Pentagon plans to destroy more than $1 billion worth of ammunition although some of those bullets and missiles could still be used by troops, according to the Pentagon and congressional sources. It's impossible to know what portion of the arsenal slated for destruction - valued at $1.2 billion by the Pentagon - remains viable because the Defense Department's inventory systems can't share data effectively, according to a Government Accountability Office report obtained by USA TODAY. The result: potential waste of unknown value. LINK

Politico's Jeremy Herb: " Defense Contractors Fight For Their Slice" Defense contractors are going back to war to protect their slice of a shrinking Pentagon budget. Gone are the days of unity when giants like Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman banded together in 2012 to fight automatic defense cuts in a campaign called Second to None. Now, with another round of sequestration ahead and an uncertain post-war era looming, contractors are back to skirmishing with one another over every last scrap of the defense budget. Lockheed backers are publicly sniping at Boeing over the Pentagon's potential purchase of Navy EA-18G Growler aircraft, while Boeing advocates are dissing Lockheed's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed also wants to save the iconic U-2 spy plane, while Boeing hopes to stop the mothballing of the A-10 attack plane - both are on the chopping block. LINK

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