The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, June 22, 2012

By Jayce Henderson

Jun 22, 2012 4:04am

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 www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, and Courtney Mims

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
Bloomberg’s Michael Tackett: “Obama Lead Varies in 3 Polls With No One Declaring Which Is Best” Within a day, three national polls asked Americans who they preferred in the contest between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, and one of them produced a result that only the White House could love.  A Bloomberg National Poll showed Obama, a Democrat, with a 13-point lead in the presidential race over Romney, while an Associated Press Poll found that Obama held a 3-point lead and Pew Research Center had the president up by 4 points. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky: “Health-Insurance Rebates Seen Totaling $1.1 Billion” The Obama administration said Thursday that insurers will hand out $1.1 billion in rebates to consumers this summer as part of the health overhaul. With the Supreme Court expected to decide the fate of the law by next week, administration officials are highlighting that they are pressing ahead implementing the law, in part to signal confidence it will be upheld LINK

MITT ROMNEY:
ABC’s Matthew Jaffe: “Romney Rips Obama’s Immigration Approach In High-Profile Speech To Latinos” In a high-profile address to Latinos Thursday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama had “failed to address immigration reform” after promising to do so during the 2008 campaign and vowed that, if elected, he would enact comprehensive measures that would enable families to remain together and improve economically. “I will work with Republicans and Democrats to build a long-term solution,” Romney said in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to scattered applause from the audience. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul West: “Romney reaches out to Latinos” Mitt Romney offered a family-friendly approach to the nation’s immigration woes in his first general-election outreach to Latino voters, but the modest steps that he sketched underscored the political pull-and-tug the issue has become for the Republican presidential candidate. LINK

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Romney stirs up challenge on unions’ own turf” Mitt Romney has pushed the 2012 electoral battleground into union-friendly territory — putting organized labor on the defensive in states it typically has little trouble holding. A recent demoralizing election loss in Wisconsin and simmering disappointment with President Obama poses further challenges for labor to rally its troops this election season. LINK

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker and Trip Gabriel: “Romney Exhibits a Change in Tone on Immigration” Mitt Romney struck a more conciliatory tone toward illegal immigrants on Thursday than he took during the Republican primary season, but he backed only limited steps to address the concerns of many Hispanic voters as he confronted one of the trickiest issues in his efforts to build a broad general election coalition. LINK

The Washington Post’s Tom Hamburger: “Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas” Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India. During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. LINK

The Washington Post’s Kenneth P. Vogel and Abby Phillip: “Mitt Romney winning mega-donor war” Mitt Romney surged past President Barack Obama in May fundraising on the shoulders of big donors — an advantage the Republican nominee seems likely to sustain through November. Romney and his super PAC allies and party team raised about $86 million in May, compared with roughly $65 million raised by Obama and his allies, according to campaign finance reports filed Wednesday. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “Mitt Romney seeks ‘common ground’ on immigration issue” If elected president, Mitt Romney said in a speech to Latino officials Thursday, he will strive to “find common ground” on the issue of immigration, which has stymied presidents of both parties. Reactions from groups on both sides of the issue Thursday showed that Romney had succeeded, but perhaps not in the way he intended. LINK

OTHER:
The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Race takes nasty turn with heckling, tweeting Romney, Obama campaigns trade some low blows” When President Obama was in Cleveland recently to give an economic speech, the campaign bus for Mitt Romney showed up, honking. Then circling around. Then honking some more. When Romney traveled through Pennsylvania on a six-state bus tour, Democrats had protesters, including former Governor Ed Rendell, go to a WaWa convenience store where Romney was slated to appear. LINK

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