The Note's Must-Reads for Monday, April 16, 2012

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen and Carrie Halperin

WOMEN VOTERS ABC News' Amy Bingham: " Bachmann: Stay-at-Home Moms Understand Economy Better Than Husbands" Former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann fiercely defended Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms today, blasting Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's criticism that Romney "has never worked a day in her life" as "shocking and insulting." Bachmann told NBC's David Gregory that not only was Ann Romney qualified, as a stay-at-home mom, to advise her husband about the economy, but she may actually have a better understanding of a family's economic problems than her husband. LINK

MITT ROMNEY The Wall Street Journal's Sara Murray: " Romney Specifies Deductions He'd Cut" Mitt Romney, speaking at a private fundraising event on Sunday, offered the first details of deductions he would eliminate or limit in order to offset the income tax cut he has proposed for all taxpayers. Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, said he would eliminate or limit for high-earners the mortgage interest deduction for second homes, and likely would do the same for the state income tax deduction and state property tax deduction. LINK

The Washington Post's Felicia Sonmez: " Geithner: Romney camp's claims on women and job losses 'ridculous and very misleading'" Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Sunday pushed back against the argument made by Mitt Romney's camp and others that the overwhelming majority of jobs lost under the Obama administration had been held by women. LINK

The Washington Times: " Chatter about a Romney VP pick gets louder" With Mitt Romney all but assured of winning the Republican presidential nomination, speculation is growing about his choice for a running mate. On "Fox News Sunday," former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee said Florida Sen. Marco Rubio should be on the GOP ticket. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA USA Today's David Jackson: " Obama would push major immigration plan in second term" President Obama says he will push for major immigration legislation if he is re-elected. Obama told Univision he would like to do immigration this year, but Republican opposition is too intense. LINK

The New York Times' Adam Nagourney: " Obama Camp, Sensing Shift, Bets on a Long Shot in Arizona" President Obama's re-election campaign is dispatching workers across Arizona's college campuses and Latino neighborhoods this spring, registering as many new voters as they can in an organized, three-month effort to determine whether they can put this unlikely state into play for Democrats this November.  LINK

Politico's Josh Gerstein: " Obama: I'll be angry if agent scandal is true" President Barack Obama said Sunday he will be "angry" if there's truth to reports that Secret Service personnel patronized prostitutes ahead of his visit to an international summit meeting here. "If it turns out some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then, of course, I'll be angry because my attitude with respect to Secret Service personnel is no different than what I expect out of my delegation sitting here," Obama said in his first public comments on the incident that occurred at a Cartagena hotel last week. LINK

GENERAL ELECTION The Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak " A few states could decide Obama-Romney battle" With the November field set, Americans can look forward to months of trench warfare as President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney wage a costly, brutal and scathingly negative fight over a narrow slice of voters in a limited number of states.  Although Romney still must accumulate the 1,144 delegates he needs to officially claim the Republican presidential nomination - a task made infinitely easier by the exit of his chief rival, Rick Santorum - the more important calculation involves the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the White House. LINK

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