The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, April 10, 2014

By Jayce Henderson

Apr 10, 2014 3:00am

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

FORT HOOD
ABC News’ Chris Good: “President Obama Returns to Ft. Hood: ‘We’ve Been Here Before’” For the second time, President Obama visited Ft. Hood to speak at a memorial service for shooting victims. And for the second time, Obama praised the victims today as honorable soldiers and sought to console the community that lost them. “Part of what makes this so painful is that we’ve been here before,” Obama said. “This tragedy tears at wounds still raw from five years ago. Once more soldiers who survived foreign war zones were struck down here at home, where they’re supposed to be safe. We still do not yet know exactly why.”LINK

The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson: “At Fort Hood service, Obama calls for renewed attention to wars’ toll on those who served” President Obama arrived here again Wednesday to console a mourning military community that has carried the burden of the nation’s post-Sept. 11 conflicts, marking a turn from the wars abroad to the one now looming at home. As a dry wind blew across this vast Army post, Obama eulogized three soldiers, all veterans of the Iraq war, who were killed last week by Spec. Ivan Lopez, a fellow Iraq veteran who was being treated for mental illness. LINK

The Hill’s Justin Sink: “Obama: Fort Hood shooting ‘tears a wound still raw’ in nation” President Obama on Wednesday vowed to step up efforts to help veterans and soldiers suffering from mental health issues, and pledged the nation would stand with the families of victims killed in last week’s Fort Hood shooting. “We must honor these men with a renewed commitment to keep our troops safe — not just in battle, but on the home front,” Obama said at a memorial service for the fallen soldiers. LINK

FEDERAL RESERVE
The Wall Street Journal’s Jon Senrath: “Fed Shows Growing Worry About Low Inflation” Federal Reserve officials are growing concerned the U.S. inflation rate won’t budge from low levels, the latest sign of angst among central bankers about weakness in the global economy. The Fed began 2014 hopeful that a strengthening U.S. economy would push very low inflation from 1% toward the 2% level that officials associate with healthy business activity. Three months into a year marked by unusually harsh winter weather, which appears to have damped economic growth, there is little evidence of such movement. LINK

HILLARY CLINTON
Bloomberg’s Jonathan Allen: “Clinton Jumps into Koch-Bashing Act” For Hillary Clinton, diplomacy ends at the Koch Theater’s edge. It’s an article of faith on the left that the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch bankrolled the Tea Party movement mostly to advance their own business interests. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, has pilloried the Koch brothers,  the fifth and sixth richest men in the world, worth a combined $100.2 billion, from his perch on the Senate floor. The Americans for Prosperity committee they founded has opened the 2014 election season with a flood of TV ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats. LINK

LYNDON JOHNSON
Politico’s Todd Purdum: “LBJ’s poignant paradoxes” Forty-five years after he was driven from the White House in despair and disrepute over Vietnam, four presidents and a raft of luminaries from the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment gathered here this week to honor Lyndon Baines Johnson at a three-day conference celebrating his role as godfather of the landmark law that made modern America: the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It’s a tribute long in coming for a president of peerless political talents and outsize flaws, whose transformative legacy was barely mentioned when Barack Obama claimed the Democratic nomination in Denver on August 27, 2008 — the very date that would have been Johnson’s 100th birthday. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey: “Obama to honor Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act” President Obama has tried to model Abraham Lincoln’s team of rivals and Teddy Roosevelt’s power of the bully pulpit. He’s lauded Ronald Reagan’s communication skills and linked himself to the Kennedy clan. He’s praised his onetime nemesis, George W. Bush, as well as his onetime adversary, Bill Clinton. But Obama has rarely cozied up to the predecessor some argue did more than any other modern president to pave the way for his election as the nation’s first black president: Lyndon B. Johnson. LINK

BOSTON BOMBER
The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt and Eric Schmitt: “Russia Didn’t Share All Details on Boston Bombing Suspect, Report Says” The Russian government declined to provide the F.B.I. with information about one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects that would most likely have led to more extensive scrutiny of him at least two years before the attack, according to an inspector general’s report. Russian officials had told the F.B.I. in 2011 that the suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “was a follower of radical Islam and a strong believer” and that Mr. Tsarnaev “had changed drastically since 2010 as he prepared to leave the United States for travel to the country’s region to join unspecified underground groups.” LINK

NEW JERSEY Gov CHRIS CHRISTIE
The New York Daily News’ Corky Siemaszco: “New Jersey judge rules Gov. Christie pals can keep Bridgegate documents private” The New Jersey legislature’s probe of Bridgegate got stuck Wednesday in legal traffic. A state judge ruled that two top allies of embattled Gov. Chris Christie do not have to turn over documents related to the George Washington Bridge lane closings. Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Stepien had been fighting subpoenas issued by the legislative panel ordering them to turn over emails and text messages tied to the traffic-stopping scandal last September. LINK

IRS:
The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Displays of Obama, Democratic support common at some IRS offices” Ethics investigators publicly accused several Internal Revenue Service employees and offices Wednesday of engaging in pro-Democratic politics on government time, including one agency office in Dallas where employees posting pro-Obama stickers and buttons was “commonplace.” Republicans on Capitol Hill said it was more evidence that the embattled tax agency is politically biased against conservative groups, even as they moved ahead with action to discipline the IRS and former employee Lois G. Lerner. LINK

SAFE AND ACCURATE FOOD LABELING ACT
USA Today’s Christopher Doering: “Legislation would ban state GMO labeling measures” A bill introduced Wednesday would put the federal government in charge of overseeing the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, preventing states from enacting their own requirements to regulate the controversial ingredients. The legislation, known as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, would require the Food and Drug Administration to review the safety of a product before it enters the marketplace, putting into law a process that is currently voluntary but widely used by food companies. LINK

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Obama Returns to Fort Hood for Memorial ServiceLINK

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