The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday April 9, 2013

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GUN CONTROL ABC News' Sunlen Miller: " Reid Says Republicans 'Seem Afraid' of Gun Control Debate" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had some tough words for Republicans threatening to filibuster gun control legislation the full Senate will start working on this week: "Shame on them." "Senate Republicans seem afraid to even engage in this debate," Reid said on the Senate floor of the Republicans threatening to filibuster the gun control legislation. "The least Republicans owe the parents of these 20 little babies who are murdered at Sandy Hook is a thoughtful debate about who whether stronger laws could have saved their little girls and boys," Reid said. "The least Republicans owe them is a vote." LINK

USA Today's Jackie Kucinich and Aamer Madhani: " Obama accuses GOP of 'political stunts' on guns" With several GOP lawmakers threatening to block a vote on Democratic-backed gun-control legislation, President Obama used a speech in Connecticut on Monday to charge that his opponents are threatening to use "political stunts" to prevent an overhaul of gun laws. Obama's stinging rebuke came as 13 GOP lawmakers sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday, indicating they would block legislation "that would infringe on the American people's constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance." LINK

The Hill's Amie Parnes and Alexander Bolton: " Obama makes last-ditch effort as gun control teeters in Senate" President Obama made a last-ditch effort Monday to build support for a Senate gun control bill by addressing a Connecticut audience that included relatives of the 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School children killed late last year by a lone gunman. "This isn't about me," Obama told the audience at the University of Hartford. "And it shouldn't be about politics. LINK

The New York Daily News' Chelsia Rose Marcius, Dan Friedman, and Daniel Beekman: " 'NOW IS THE TIME': Obama, in speech near Newtown, says he's 'determined as ever' to get gun bill passed" On the eve of a Senate showdown over guns, President Obama returned to the state where 20 schoolchildren were massacred and called on Americans to demand that Congress enact tough new restrictions on firearms. Standing inside the University of Hartford sports center, Obama warned that some lawmakers are plotting "political stunts" to prevent a vote on "common-sense" gun control measures after debate begins on Tuesday. LINK

EDUCATION The Wall Street Journal's Josh Mitchell: " Panel Calls for Overhauling Student Grants" A blue-ribbon panel is calling for an overhaul of the federal Pell-grant program for low-income college students, reflecting concerns that not enough of the award recipients end up graduating. The report-set to be released Tuesday by a panel of educators convened by the College Board, a trade group of universities and colleges-adds to the debate about federal student-aid programs, which have grown rapidly under President Barack Obama. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Obama's Gun Control Might Live or Die This Week" LINK " Mark Kelley: Failure is not an option on tougher gun legislation" LINK " U.S. Navy Laser Test Takes Down Drone" LINK

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