The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011 4:38am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants Jacqueline Fernandez, Claudia Morales, Jayce Henderson and Amanda VanAllen

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “President Obama Calls Immigration Reform 'Economic Imperative' Despite Republican Opposition”President Obama made his first official visit to the U.S.-Mexico border today where he challenged Republicans to get serious about immigration reform, saying his administration has met their demands for beefed up internal enforcement and border security. Speaking before a crowd of supporters in El Paso, Texas, Obama said the unprecedented number of border agents and technological resources along the border have significantly reduced the illegal flow of drugs, weapons and humans into the United Staes over the past two years. LINK

LA Times’ Peter Nicholas: “At Border, Obama Calls for Immigration Reform” President Obama visited the southern border to push for an overhaul of the immigration system, part of a renewed effort to shore up his standing among Latino voters and paint Republicans as hostile to a minority group whose force in U.S. politics is growing. Chances of passing an immigration bill are considered to be low, but the White House is taking high-visibility steps to show it is not abandoning a goal that has its roots in the 2008 campaign. LINK

The Hills’ Sam Youngman and Jordy Yager: Obama Talks about Immigration Reform; GOP Calls it Stumping” President Obama said Tuesday he has "gone above and beyond" Republican demands on border security and said those on the other side of the aisle should come to the table on comprehensive immigration reform. In a major speech in El Paso, Texas, the president stepped headlong into the immigration fight, urging the audience to pressure Congress to take action despite seemingly long odds that such major legislation will pass heading into a presidential election year. LINK

The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes: “In Border City Talk, Obama Urges G.O.P. to Help Overhaul Immigration Law” President Obama came to this border city on Tuesday to argue that he is doing his part to crack down on illegal immigration, and that Republicans must now join him in overhauling the nation’s immigration laws for the millions of workers already here illegally. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Killing of bin Laden roils Republican Primary Race” The killing of Osama bin Laden has thrust foreign policy into a 2012 Republican presidential contest that was supposed to revolve around the economy, dividing GOP candidates and complicating, at least temporarily, the central theme of incompetence they were pressing against President Barack Obama.  LINK

The Washington Time’s Ralph Z. Hallow: “Humbled Gingrich to launch 2012 bid” Newt Gingrich vowed Tuesday that his 2012 run for the GOP presidential nomination will be free of the intellectual arrogance and personal disorganization that he concedes marred his tenure as speaker of the U.S. House in the 1990s. LINK

Politico’s Jake Sherman: “GOP rhetoric calm on debt ceiling” As Congress gears up to do battle on the debt ceiling and Democrats urge quick action, top GOP lawmakers in the House are sounding less concerned about immediate action on the debt ceiling, brushing off the White House and the Senate majority who worry that continued inaction could roil markets and, eventually, lead the nation to default. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen and T.W. Farnam: “Romney focused on outraising – by far – Republican presidential competitors” Tim Pawlenty is heading back to Iowa this week. Newt Gingrich will deliver his first formal speech as a presidential candidate. Ron Paul was among the GOP hopefuls gathered in South Carolina for the first debate of the campaign, while others are testing the waters and weighing whether to run. LINK

USA Today’s Joan Biskupic: “Judges hear arguments on Obama health care law” Federal appeals court judges hearing a challenge to the Obama-sponsored health care law voiced skepticism today for arguments that the law was unconstitutional.  LINK 

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Romney to offer health proposal” Mitt Romney, whose emerging candidacy for president has been clouded by GOP doubts over his health care plan in Massachusetts, is planning a bit of political jujitsu tomorrow: taking the biggest perceived negative of his campaign and attempting to turn it into a positive. The former Massachusetts governor will seek to redefine his candidacy by delivering a major speech outlining his vision for dismantling President Obama’s overhaul and creating a new national model. LINK 

The New York Times’ David Streitfeld: “Federal Retreat on Bigger Loans Rattles Housing” By summer’s end, buyers and sellers in some of the country’s most upscale housing markets are slated to lose one their biggest benefactors: the deep pockets of the federal government. In this seaside community of pricey homes, the dread of yet another housing shock is already spreading. LINK 

New York Daily News’ Helen Kennedy: “Osama Bin Laden's Prodigal Son Omar Says President Obama no Better Than Al Qaeda Leader After Strike” Osama Bin Laden’s son complained Tuesday that his father was summarily executed – if he's really dead – and demanded proof from President Obama."We are not convinced on the available evidence in the absence of [a] dead body," said Omar Bin Laden, 30, who said he was speaking for his many brothers. The son, who long ago denounced his father's murderous ways, said Obama was no better than the terrorist. LINK

 “Obama says Immigration Issue is 'Not New'” LINK
“Did Osama Bin Laden Killing Break the Law?

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