Morning Must Reads: April 28

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the news: Obama's new sanctions on Putin; Iraq's first post-occupation parliamentary elections; Pope Francis announces two new saints; Obama's approval rating and the 2014 midterms; Gay rights push shifts its focus South and West; The untold story of Larry Page's incredible comeback

  • “Seeking to ratchet up pressure on Vladimir Putin, President Barack Obama said the United States will levy new sanctions Monday on Russian individuals and companies in retaliation for Moscow’s alleged provocations in Ukraine…” [AP]
  • On Monday morning, local time, the U.S. and the Philippines signed a 10 year pact that will give U.S. planes, warships and troops more access to the archipelagic nation…” [TIME]
  • “More than two years after the last U.S. troops left Iraq, as the country prepares for its first post-occupation parliamentary elections on Wednesday, its demoralized, under-equipped military is losing the fight against Islamist militants, who are better armed, better trained, and better motivated…” [WSJ]
  • Under the leadership of a young, battle-hardened rebel commander, the men entrusted with the first American missiles to be delivered to the Syrian war are engaged in an ambitious effort to forge a new, professional army.” [WashPost]
  • If there’s no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict soon, Israel risks becoming ‘an apartheid state,’ Secretary of State John Kerry told a room of influential world leaders in a closed-door meeting Friday.” [Daily Beast]
  • How India’s Iconic Gandhi Cap Has Changed Sides [BBC]
  • The Return of Geopolitics [Foreign Affairs]
  • Francis Names John Paul II, John XXIII As Saints [Boston Globe]
  • The White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault is likely to release its recommendations on Tuesday…” [BuzzFeed]
  • One Therapist, $4 Million in 2012 Medicare Billing [NYT]
  • “Congress returns Monday afternoon for its longest run of the year — nine straight weeks when the lights will be on in at least one chamber. And, for so many glimmers of policymaking hope, it’s getting close to now-or-never time.” [Roll Call]
  • “The GOP-controlled House is pushing a bipartisan bill aimed at expanding access to charter-school funding and making it easier to open new charter schools modeled after those that have been the most successful.” [WSJ]
  • President Obama’s approval rating remains ominously weak among the constituencies that could tip the battle for control of the Senate in November…” [National Journal]
  • Paul Ryan’s Inner City Education [BuzzFeed]
  • The darkest secret in the big money world of the Republican coastal elite is that the most palatable alternative to a nominee such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas or Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky would be Clinton, a familiar face on Wall Street following her tenure as a New York senator with relatively moderate views on taxation and financial regulation.” [Politico]
  • “The country’s leading gay rights groups and donors, after a decade focused on legalizing same-sex marriage, are embarking on a major drive to win more basic civil rights and workplace protections in Southern and Western states where the rapid progress of the movement has largely eluded millions of gay men and lesbians.” [NYT]
  • Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Sunday the National Basketball Players Assn. wants the NBA to bar Clippers owner Donald Sterling from playoff games the rest of this season and impose the maximum penalty allowed under league bylaws if racist remarks purportedly made by Sterling can be verified as his.” [L.A. Times]
  • The Untold Story of Larry Page’s Incredible Comeback [BI]
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