The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson, Will Cantine and J.P. Lawrence

HILLARY CLINTON ABC News' Abby D. Phillip: " Hillary Clinton Launches Speaking Series, Denounces Voter Suppression Efforts" Six months after leaving her post as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton is jumping back into the public sphere.At the American Bar Association Conference today, Clinton announced a series of speeches to address high profile public policy issues including voting rights, which she addressed today. LINK

The New York Times' Amy Chozick: " Clinton Calls For Action To Protect Voter Rights" Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waded into the battle over voting rights on Monday in the first of a series of speeches in which she says she plans to address some of the most pressing issues in Washington. Mrs. Clinton, in remarks delivered at the American Bar Association conference here, condemned the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act, which has paved the way for states to pass laws that would require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. LINK

The Washington Post's Philip Rucker: " Clinton Defends Voting Rights Act, Says States Revive 'Old Demons Of Discrimination'" Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a forceful and impassioned defense of the Voting Rights Act here on Monday, condemning laws and other moves in some states that she said are reviving "old demons of discrimination." In an address focused on the role of the law in American society, Clinton emphatically entered the debate about minority voting rights and made some of her most political remarks since stepping down as secretary of state this year. LINK

Politico's Breanna Edwards: " Hillary Clinton Attacks Voting Rights Ruling" Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood for protecting voting rights Monday afternoon at a speech in San Francisco, slamming the Supreme Court for the "damage" it caused at a local level with its landmark decision on the Voting Rights Act. "By invalidating pre-clearance, the Supreme Court has shifted the burden back onto citizens alleging discrimination," Clinton said in a speech to the American Bar Association which was honoring her. Clinton denounced what she called a "phantom epidemic of voter ID fraud," saying that the damage brought on by the court's decision could affect citizens at a very local level. LINK

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT The Wall Street Journal's Devlin Barrett: " Holder Calls Criminal Justice System 'Broken'" Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the country's criminal justice system "is in many respects broken," and he called for "sweeping, systemic changes" to alter how criminal suspects are charged, tried and punished. Mr. Holder spoke in San Francisco to a gathering of the American Bar Association, laying out a series of policy changes designed to reduce the growing federal prison population. The central change would reduce the frequency of charges that carry mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. LINK

BUDGET The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Budget battle ends up with slashed deficit, no recession" The federal deficit is down 37.6 percent so far this fiscal year, according to Treasury Department statistics released Monday, showing the government has made progress in stanching the spread of red ink while managing to avoid a double-dip recession. Both sides of the political aisle had warned that austerity would doom the nascent economic recovery. LINK

SENATE USA Today's Melanie Eversley: " Twitter crackles over U.S. Senate race in N.J." The mayor known for making Twitter a near extension of his office was being mentioned all over the Twitterverse Monday night, hours before New Jersey voters were to decide whether to make him the Democratic candidate in the New Jersey race for U.S. Senate. Newark Mayor Cory Booker may not have become a trending topic on Twitter, but celebrities and well-knowns were tweeting their support for him left and right Monday night, just before Tuesday's special-election Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death in June of Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg. LINK

Bloomberg's John McCormick: " Republican Primaries Risk Repeat Misfires in Senate Majority Bid" Kentucky, Wyoming and South Carolina should be easy wins for incumbent Republicans trying to regain the U.S. Senate majority in 2014. Instead, the primary challenges they face threaten to drain resources, sharpen campaign trail rhetoric and build division for a party struggling to find its way after a demoralizing 2012 election. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO "Holder Announces Reforms to 'Mandatory Minimum' Drug Sentencing" LINK "Federal Judge Declares NYC's 'Stop and Frisk' Program Unconstitutional" LINK "Iowa State Fair Plays Host to 2016 Presidential Hopefuls" LINK

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