The Note's Must-Reads for Friday, July 12, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Amanda VanAllen, Will Cantine and Jordan Mazza

EGYPT ABC News' Arlette Saenz: " Rand Paul Introduces Bill To End Aid To Egypt" Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., proposed legislation Thursday aiming to halt the $1.5 billion in foreign aid the U.S. provides to Egypt. "Egypt is the latest example of the Obama Administration's misguided foreign policy," Paul said in a statement. LINK

IMMIGRATION USA Today's Alan Gomez: " Key GOP House Chairman Open To Citizenship Path" Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has long said that the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants should never get a "special" pathway to citizenship. Now, for the first time, he is saying they could get some path. Goodlatte, who holds considerable influence over the immigration debate as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said during an interview taped Thursday for C-SPAN's Newsmakers that he could see a plan in which adult undocumented immigrants are given a temporary legal status and could later apply for green cards and U.S. citizenship. LINK

NATIONAL DEBT The Washington Times' Seth McLaughlin: "Marco Rubio: No Debt Limit Increase Until Congress Adopts Plan To Balance Budget In 10 Years " Warning that the nation is on the "road to decline," Sen. Marco Rubio called on Congress Thursday to defund "Obamacare" and not raise the nation's debt limit until the White House agrees to a plan to bring the budget into balance within 10 years. Mr. Rubio said that Obamacare is choking economic growth and that Congress should not support any short-term spending bills to keep government running if they fund the health care law. LINK

EDWARD SNOWDEN Bloomberg's Nicole Gaouette and Michael Shepard: "Obama Tells Chinese He's Disappointed Over Snowden Case" President Barack Obama told Chinese officials that he's disappointed with China's treatment of U.S. demands that Hong Kong hand over fugitive security contractor Edward Snowden, who instead was allowed to flee to Russia. The issue surfaced during a meeting in Washington yesterday between Obama, Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who were representing China at strategic and economic talks in the city, according to a White House statement. LINK

The Hill's Kyle Balluck: " Obama: US Disappointed, Concerned With China's Handling Of Snowden Case" President Obama on Thursday criticized China's conduct in the case of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden during a meeting with China's special representatives to the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. According to a readout of the meeting at the White House, the president "expressed his disappointment and concern with China's handling of the Snowden case" to Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who are in Washington for high-level talks between the two countries. LINK

FARM BILL The New York Times' Jonathan Weisman and Ron Nixon: " House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps" Republicans muscled a pared-back agriculture bill through the House on Thursday, stripping out the food stamp program to satisfy recalcitrant conservatives but losing what little Democratic support the bill had when it failed last month. It was the first time food stamps had not been a part of the farm bill since 1973. The 216-to-208 vote saved House Republican leaders from an embarrassing reprisal of the unexpected defeat of a broader version of the bill in June, but the future of agriculture policy remains uncertain. LINK

The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe: "Farm Bill Passes Narrowly In House, Without Food Stamp Funding" House Republicans narrowly passed a farm bill on Thursday that was stripped of hundreds of billions in funding for food stamps, abandoning four decades of precedent to gain the backing of conservative lawmakers. The 216 to 208 vote was a victory for a Republican caucus that has struggled to pass the most basic of legislation, but it also set up weeks of acrimony and uncertainty as House and Senate leaders must reconcile two vastly different visions for providing subsidies to farmers and feeding the hungry. LINK

Politico's Ginger Gibson: " Farm Bill Debate Gets Heated" Don't know all 435 members of House? That's okay, they don't all know each other either, even when they're having disagreements on the floor. During the farm bill debate, Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) took to the floor to speak against cutting food stamps out of the measure. LINK

GOP The Boston Globe's James O'Sullivan: "Brown Calls For More Inclusive GOP" Former senator Scott Brown on Thursday lamented the Massachusetts Republican Party's splintering over ideological disagreements, calling for a "big-tent party" that welcomes the full philosophical spectrum. "What the heck is a real Republican? Can you tell me that? Is there a litmus test? Did I miss that class?" Brown asked rhetorically during remarks at the Willowbend Country Club. LINK

SENATE The Los Angeles Times' Michael A. Memoli: " Senate Filibuster Rule Could Face Reckoning Next Week" Fed up with Republican efforts to block confirmation of President Obama's appointees, Democrats threatened Thursday to limit use of the filibuster, a drastic maneuver that would end an age-old Senate tradition and could inflame tensions between the two parties. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid set the stage for a showdown next week, scheduling votes on seven stalled nominations that require 60 votes to advance under a filibuster. If those votes fail, Reid vowed that Democrats would alter Senate rules on executive branch nominations to allow them to pass on majority votes. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Speaker Boehner Says He's Facilitating Immigration Reform Process" LINK

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