The Note's Must-Reads for Thursday July 4, 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

Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Amanda VanAllen, Will Cantine and J.P. Lawrence

EGYPT ABC News' Dana Hughes and Molly Hunter: " President Morsi Ousted: First Democratically Elected Leader Under House Arrest" Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is under house arrest tonight after the military dissolved the country's constitution, triggering jubilation and fireworks in the streets of Cairo. The Muslim Brotherhood confirmed that Morsi is at the Republican guard headquarters. His confinement came hours after the end of the military's two-day ultimatum to Morsi that he calm the country's unrest or it would take action. The office of the presidency tweeted defiance in his name. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Matt Bradley and Reem Abdellatif: " Egyptian Military Ousts President Morsi" The leader of Egypt's military ousted President Mohammed Morsi from office and replaced him with the head of the country's constitutional court-a move the presidential palace quickly branded a "complete military coup." The announcements capped days of political crisis that brought millions of Egyptians out to the country's streets, spurring bellicose rhetoric from Mr. Morsi's backers and Egypt's military, and sparking deadly violence. More than two years after the biggest early tremor of the Arab Spring ousted Hosni Mubarak, and a year after his elected replacement took office, masses of protesters again called for the removal of a despot and the military again took charge. The stark divide between the crowds' celebration and anger after Mr. Morsi's ouster suggest a new period of political uncertainty ahead. LINK

USA Today's Sarah Lynch and Oren Dorell: " What went wrong in Egypt? Everything" The mob-backed military ouster Wednesday of Egypt's first democratically-elected leader came just three days and a year after he took office and launched a presidency that never rose above the narrow desires and broad grievances of the Islamist movement that he belonged to, analysts say. Army chief of staff Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, speaking on national television in front of a row of prominent political and religious leaders, said the military was forced to act after President Mohammed Morsi had refused for weeks to set up a national reconciliation government. LINK

The Washington Times' Dave Boyer: " Obama 'deeply concerned' over Egypt, calls for civilian rule" President Obama said Wednesday the U.S. is "deeply concerned" about the Egyptian military's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, and he called on Egypt's armed forces to return power to civilian authorities rapidly."I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters," Mr. Obama said in a statement. LINK

CLIMATE AND ENERGY The Los Angeles Times' Julie Cart: " As Arizona fire rages, scientists warn of more unpredictable blazes"Early morning is a frenetic time at a wildfire command post. Biologists, meteorologists, foresters and firefighters hustle into tents and grab laptops to review overnight reports, prepping for the day's assault. Fire behavior analysts run computer models that spit out information crucial to putting out the blaze: how many acres a fire will probably burn, in which direction and with what intensity. LINK

HEALTH CARE The New York Times' Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear: " Crucial Rule Is Delayed a Year for Obama's Health Law" In a significant setback for President Obama's signature domestic initiative, the administration on Tuesday abruptly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in his health care law's mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties. The decision postpones the effective date beyond next year's midterm elections. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM Bloomberg's Richard Rubin: " Border Bill to Cut Illegal Immigration By Up to One-Half" The Senate's immigration bill would cut illegal immigration to the U.S. by one-third to one-half over a decade, the Congressional Budget Office said. The net increase in the U.S. population would be 9.6 million by 2023, according to an estimate by the CBO, Congress's nonpartisan scorekeeper. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO 'Obamacare' Employer Mandate Delayed LINK

BOOKMARKS The Note: LINK The Must-Reads Online: LINK Top Line Webcast (12noon EST M-F): LINK ABC News Politics: LINK George's Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos): LINK Follow ABC News on Twitter: LINK ABC News Mobile: LINK ABC News app on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad: LINK

More ABC News