Raul Castro replaced as Cuba's president
Raul Castro replaced as Cuba's president
The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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, Amanda VanAllen, Carrie Halperin, Will Cantine and J.P. Lawrence

NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY ABC News' Kirit Radia: " Edward Snowden Blasts Obama 'Deception': WikiLeaks" Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who claimed to be the source of reports revealing secret U.S. government surveillance programs, broke his silence today in a defiant statement directed at President Obama, according to the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks. LINK

The Hills' Jeremy Herb and Justin Sink: " Putin keeps Obama, Washington on edge over Snowden end game" Vladimir Putin's surprise suggestion Monday that his country could accept an asylum request from Edward Snowden is raising new questions in Washington about what the mercurial Russia leader wants. Experts on U.S.-Russia relations say the drama could imperil an already icy relationship between the United States and Russia as officials grapple with deciphering the complex motives driving Putin. LINK

USA Today's Anna Arutunyan and Aaron Tilton: " Snowden asks to stay in Russia, Putin says he must stop leaks" Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier Monday that Snowden would have to stop leaking U.S. secrets if he wanted to be granted asylum in Russia, where Snowden has been hiding out for eight days. Putin insisted that Russia is not going to extradite Snowden to the USA, refusing a demand from President Obama that he be handed over to the USA to face charges of espionage. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA IN AFRICA The Washington Times' Dave Boyer: " Bush, Obama together in Africa as president praises predecessor" President Obama blames former President George W. Bush for many of America's problems, but as the two men prepare for an improbable meeting Tuesday in the East African nation of Tanzania, Mr. Obama is finding reason to praise his predecessor. The White House announced Monday that Mr. Bush would join Mr. Obama in Dar es Salaam to lay a wreath commemorating the victims of the 1998 terrorist bombings at the U.S. embassies in Tanzania in Kenya. Mr. Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, are promoting women's health issues in East Africa on a trip that coincides with Mr. Obama's weeklong tour of the continent. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM The New York Daily News' Adam Edelman: " Jeb Bush pushes House Republicans to pass immigration reform" Former Florida governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush is joining a growing number of conservative Republicans in calling for the U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reform. "No Republican would vote for legislation that stifled economic growth, promoted illegal immigration, added to the welfare rolls and failed to ensure a secure border. LINK

MIDDLE EAST The Wall Street Journal's Matt Bradley and Reem Abdellatif: " Egypt Army Issues Ultimatum" The leaders of Egypt's military warned they would intervene in the country's political crisis if President Mohammed Morsi fails to resolve it within 48 hours, raising the prospect of a military takeover just one day after millions of Egyptians marched to demand the president's resignation. LINK

The New York Times' David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim: " Morsi Faces Ultimatum as Allies Speak of Military 'Coup'" Egypt entered a perilous 48 hours on Monday when the military delivered an ultimatum to the country's first democratically elected president, hundreds of thousands of protesters renewed calls to oust him from office and the president's Islamists allies vowed to take to the streets to stop what they called "a military coup." LINK

Politico's Josh Gerstein: " Egypt Painfully Familar for Obama" President Barack Obama insisted Monday that he isn't taking sides in the standoff between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and millions of protesters who've taken to the streets to protest his policies. But that's not likely to be enough for many in those angry crowds, who seem firmly convinced that the White House has bolstered the Muslim Brotherhood leader, even as ordinary Egyptians - and some in his own cabinet - have grown increasingly dissatisfied with his rule. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO Obama Holds Press Conference With Tanzania Leader, Praises Bush LINK

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