The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Carrie Halperin and Alicia Tejada

MITT ROMNEY ABC News' Emily Friedman: " Exclusive: Romney Picks Head of Veep Search, Says Talks Started This Weekend" Mitt Romney today revealed for the first time that he has put longtime adviser Beth Myers in charge of his vice presidential vetting process. "I have selected someone who has been a counselor of mine for a number of years, Beth Myers. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Patrick O'Connor and Janet Hook: " Romney Woos Conservative Leaders" Mitt Romney, while ramping up efforts to win swing voters who will play a large role in November's election, has remained personally involved in trying to persuade conservative leaders to back him and help drive Republican turnout this fall. The day after Mr. Romney effectively sealed the nomination with a win in the Wisconsin primary on April 3, he huddled with the heads of a dozen or so conservative organizations at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. LINK The New York Times' Michael Shear: " Aides Play Down Romney's Talk on Taxes for Wealthy" Senior advisers to Mitt Romney said Monday that Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, was merely tossing around ideas, not making policy announcements, when his chat with donors about some significant changes to the tax code was overheard by reporters at a fund-raiser this weekend. LINK

The Washington Post's Jon Cohen: " Romney rallies GOP, faces big popularity deficit for general election" Mitt Romney's favorable numbers among Republicans have shot to a record high, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted after Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential contest a week ago.  LINK

Politico's Ginger Gibson: " Mitt warms up Philly tea party"  As he hones in on the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney is hoping to spark some enthusiasm from former skeptics like tea-party supporters. Next to 20-foot tall marble statue of Ben Franklin, Romney took the stage at a tea-party event here to a robust round of applause. LINK  

PRESIDENT OBAMA USA Today's Fredreka Schouten: " Obama, DNC raised $53M in March for campaign" President Obama's fundraising gained strength in March, as he raised a combined $53 million for his campaign and the Democratic National Committee in preparation for the next phase of the campaign: the general election battle with Republican Mitt Romney. Obama's March haul is nearly twice the $29.1 million he collected for himself and the party in January. LINK

DEMOCRATS The Washington Times' Seth McLaughlin: " Democrats say Romney the one who hides" After accusing President Obama of keeping his real second-term agenda out of the public eye, Mitt Romney found himself on the receiving end of a similar line of attack from Democrats, who said the former Massachusetts governor is the one hiding his true political colors. LINK

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