The Note's Must-Reads for Friday April 19, 2013

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GUN CONTROL New York Times' Jeremy Peters: " Last Votes Tallied in Gun Debate, Senate Looks to Move On" The last whimpers of the gun control debate in the Senate played out in anticlimactic fashion on Thursday as lawmakers began the process of formally moving on. All that remained of a broad package of measures representing the most serious changes to the nation's gun laws in 20 years were two amendments: one that would address mental health care, and another that would penalize states that divulge information about gun owners except under very specific circumstances like a criminal investigation. LINK

The Washington Post's Philip Rucker: " Gun-control backers vow to be more energetic in wake of Senate defeat" Advocates of stricter gun laws vowed Thursday to be louder and more passionate in the weeks and months ahead than gun-rights activists, who helped quash proposals to reduce gun violence this week that were widely popular among the public. Working with a committed White House, gun control proponents said they are mobilizing on two fronts. In the short term, they will attempt to shame opposing senators and stoke enough public outcry in their home states to force them to switch positions. LINK

IMMIGRATION USA Today's Alan Gomez: " Rubio Steps Up As Spokesman For Immigration Bill" Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spent about 15 minutes with conservative radio host Lars Larson on Thursday defending a sweeping immigration bill he and seven of his colleagues unveiled just hours before. When Rubio was done, Larson's first three callers complained that the bill would reward people who broke the law to be here, and they didn't believe the border would be secured as the senators promise. LINK

ABC News' Jim Avila and Serena Marshall: " Bipartisan Senators Roll Out Historic Immigration Bill" There they stood: four Democrats and four Republicans, the Senate Gang of 8, publicly promising to fight for an immigration reform bill introduced Tuesday. The bill would beef up border security with $4.5 billion-worth of drones, sensors and border patrol agents, while offering America's undocumented a 13-year path to citizenship if they undergo background checks, pay fines, keep clear of felonies, and learn English and civics. LINK

BENGHAZI The Boston Globe's Bradley Klapper: " Kerry Says US Progressing In Benghazi Attack Inquiry" Seven months after the attack on a US diplomatic mission in Libya, the Obama administration on Wednesday insisted that it was making progress in holding ­accountable those responsible for killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA Politico's Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen: " Behind the Curtain: Obama, boxed in" There are two very different President Obamas. There's the confident, uncompromising Obama who sought to shame and bully Republicans into submitting to his agenda of tax increases and sweeping gun reform. This version of Obama was dominant until one month ago. Then there's the calmer, more compromising Obama - the one who has courted Republicans and taken on his own party with a call for (modest) reductions in entitlement spending. This version of Obama took command last month. LINK

Bloomberg's Hans Nichols: " Obama Says Boston's Resilience Serves as Rebuke to Terrorism" President Barack Obama said the people of Boston and the U.S. aren't cowed by the deadly terrorist attack at the city's signature marathon and the resilience on display in the aftermath "is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act." "The Scripture teaches us, God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline," Obama said today at an interfaith service for the victims of the bombing. "And that's the spirit you've displayed in recent days." "We'll pick ourselves up, we'll keep going," he said. "We will finish the race." LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Gabby Giffords On Gun-Control Failure: 'I'm Furious'" LINK " Mark Sanford Accused of Trespassing at Ex-Wife's Home" LINK

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