The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Will Cantine, Carrie Halperin and Jordan Mazza

VETERANS DAY ABC News' Devin Dwyer: "Obama Honors Oldest Living WWII Veteran" President Obama today paid special tribute to an American treasure: the oldest known surviving veteran of World War II, Richard Overton. At a mid-morning Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, Obama singled out the 107-year-old Overton - who was in attendance - as a remarkable example of national service and sacrifice. LINK

The New York Daily News' Leslie Larson: " President Obama pays tribute to veterans, thanks them for their service at the close of 'America's longest war'" President Obama highlighted the near end to "America's longest war" in Afghanistan but warned the country to never forget its "sacred obligations" to those returning home in uniform, in his Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery. Thanking those in the 9/11 generation for serving "tour after tour after tour" abroad, the President praised the newest group veterans for bringing "the core of al Qaeda … on the path to defeat" but reminded the nation that the duty to veterans should remain a top priority - just weeks after lawmakers were slammed for allowing military death benefits to lag during the government shutdown. LINK

The Washington Times' Dave Boyer: " Obama pledges aid to returning troops on Veterans Day" As his administration struggles to keep its promise on providing veterans benefits, President Obama marked Veterans Day with a pledge to care for those returning from war in Afghanistan. "Our work is more urgent than ever, because this chapter of war is coming to an end," Mr. Obama said Monday at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. "By this time next year, the transition to Afghan-led security will be nearly complete. The longest war in American history will end." LINK

HEALTH CARE The Hills' Elise Viebeck: " Estimates put ObamaCare enrollment far short of goal" A new flurry of enrollment estimates for ObamaCare suggests the administration will have a lackluster figure to announce when it releases its official early enrollment count later this week. Fewer than 50,000 people have successfully purchased private health plans on marketplaces linked to, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. LINK

The Washington Post's Amy Goldstein and Sarah Kliff: "About 40,000 Americans are said to have signed up for plans on"Roughly 40,000 Americans have signed up for private insurance through the flawed federal online insurance marketplace since it opened six weeks ago, according to two people with access to the figures. That amount is a tiny fraction of the total projected enrollment for the 36 states where the federal government is running the online health-care exchange, indicating the slow start to the president's initiative. LINK

ELECTIONS 2016 The Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak: " Chris Christie the candidate to beat in 2016? Not so fast." Chris Christie may well be the next Republican presidential nominee. He could quite possibly win the White House in 2016. But it's a long way from here to there and the congealing conventional wisdom of Christie as the Man To Beat (in an election still more than two years off) is not only terribly premature but structurally as worthy as a house built of pickup sticks. LINK

IRAN The Wall Street Journal's Laurence Norman: "Iran, U.N. Reach Nuclear Deal" Iran agreed Monday to allow the United Nations to conduct additional inspections of its nuclear sites after failing over the weekend to reach a deal with six world powers on more extensive concessions. Secretary of State John Kerry said the confidence-building deal under discussion in Geneva over the weekend broke down because Iran rebuffed an offer that diplomats on the other side were united behind. LINK

The New York Times' Mark Landler: " After Near Miss on Iran, Kerry Says Diplomacy Is Still the Right Path" Secretary of State John Kerry came up a few disputed words short of closing a landmark nuclear deal with Iran on Sunday in Geneva. Now he is defending the diplomacy that led to that near miss against a rising chorus of critics at home and abroad. On Monday, in this Persian Gulf emirate deeply suspicious of a nuclear Iran, Mr. Kerry laid out his fullest argument yet. LINK

Bloomberg's Terry Atlas & Kambiz Foroohar: " Kerry Says Iran Deal Criticism Premature as Talks Go On" The U.S. and world powers were "extremely close" to a first-step agreement on limiting Iran's nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry said, telling critics their objections are premature. "The time to oppose it is to see what it is, not to oppose the effort to find out what is possible," Kerry told reporters yesterday in Abu Dhabi. Talks in Geneva, which broke up Nov. 9 without an initial agreement, have been criticized by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for considering steps to ease some economic sanctions without first ensuring a halt to Iran's uranium enrichment. LINK

PRESIDENT WARREN Politico's Ben White and Maggie Haberman: " Wall Street's nightmare: President Elizabeth Warren" There are three words that strike terror in the hearts of Wall Street bankers and corporate executives across the land: President Elizabeth Warren. The anxiety over Warren grew Monday after a magazine report suggested the bank-bashing Democratic senator from Massachusetts could mount a presidential bid in 2016 and would not necessarily defer to Hillary Clinton - who is viewed as far more business-friendly - for the party's nomination. LINK

SUPERPACS USA Today's Fredreka Schouten: " Pro-Democratic super PACs outspend conservatives" President Obama and many congressional Democrats repeatedly have condemned the flood of outside money in elections, but liberal activists and Democratic-aligned groups have adopted the strategy in a slew of recent contests. Liberal super PACs have spent $10.8 million on federal races this year -twice as much as conservative super PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics' tally of independent spending in federal races. LINK

OTHER The Boston Globe's Michael Levenson: " Campaign bill would order quick disclosure of donors" Secretary of State William F. Galvin and several state lawmakers, alarmed by the flood of secret money that poured into the Boston mayor's race, are preparing legislation that would require outside groups to disclose their donors in real time. Outside political committees pumped nearly $4 million into the Boston election, most of it to help elect Martin J. Walsh. But current law does not require those groups to reveal their donors until January. That means voters had no way of knowing, before they cast their ballots, who funded many of the ads that saturated the airwaves during the race. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO "Is US Money Funding Terror in Afghanistan? " LINK

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