The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, June 18, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

Jun 18, 2012 3:40am

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’ Amanda VanAllen and Courtney Mims

MITT ROMNEY
ABC News’ Emily Friedman:”Have You Beat Obama Yet?’ Grandson Asks Romney” Mitt Romney’s grandchildren have been getting an up-close look at the political process, but at least one — 4-year-old Nate — seems to have had enough of the long, drawn-out campaign.”Nate, the first thing he said when he saw me was, ‘Have you beat Barack Obama yet?’ That’s our 4-year-old,” Romney said today, as he, his wife Ann and three of his 18 grandchildren - Nick, Chloe and Parker — visited with reporters on the back of his tour bus. LINK

The Hills’ Molly K. Hooper: “Boehner campaigns with Romney, says he can deliver Ohio” House Speaker John Boehner (R) says he can deliver the campaign battleground state of Ohio for Mitt Romney’s presidential bid. The highest ranking elected Republican appeared at a rally in his Ohio district with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sunday evening. LINK

Yahoo News’  Holly Bailey : “Romney campaigns with John Boehner in Ohio” House Speaker John Boehner made his first public appearance with Mitt Romney this campaign, touting the Republican nominee as someone who has the ability to put “the economy back together again.”Speaking to several hundred supporters at a rally along a cordoned-off downtown street in this Western Ohio town, Boehner cast Romney as someone who would be an ally to a Republican-led Congress LINK

The New York Times’ Trip Gabriel: “Romney Doesn’t Say Whether He Would Overturn Obama Immigration Order” Responding to the challenge that President Obama posed in his order last week to stop deporting some illegal immigrants, Mitt Romney declined to say on Sunday whether he would reverse the president’s decision if he takes up occupancy of the White House.Although Mr. Romney said during the Republican primary debates that he would veto the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, he was more equivocal about Mr. Obama’s order last week. LINK

The Washington Post’s Phillip Rucker and Dan Balz “Romney knocks Obama’s immigration move but struggles to offer an alternative plan” Mitt Romney criticized President Obama’s decision to stop deporting some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children as an election-year political move, but he repeatedly declined in an interview Sunday to lay out an alternative plan.The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said he wants a “long-term solution,” unlike what he derided as Obama’s “stopgap measure,” but would not say what it would entail other than to provide permanent residency to those who serve in the military.LINK

OBAMA/ROMNEY
The Los Angeles Times’ Maeve Reston: “For Obama, a ‘team of rivals’; For Romney, debate and rebuttal” Mitt Romney and Barack Obama don’t agree on much these days in their battle for the White House, but they have displayed some similar traits — their reserve, their cool, cerebral approach to problems and their preference for a deliberative decision-making process with the help of a team willing to challenge their views. When Obama was running for the White House in 2008, he told reporters that he drew inspiration from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, “Team of Rivals.” LINK

The New York Daily News’ Mike Lupica: “Mitt Romney’s strategy against President Obama is to say nothing at all” There was Mitt Romney on Sunday with Bob Schieffer, in the middle of his bus tour through Pennsylvania, Romney presenting himself as honestly as he could, which means as the rich, affable, last stiff standing on the Republican side. And, by the way? It might be more than enough to make him the next President. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Romney hits ‘timing’ of Obama’s decision on illegals” Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday refused to say whether he would revoke President Obama’s decision to categorically stop deporting young-adult illegal immigrants as the ramifications of the administration’s election-year move last week continued to reverberate. Some Republicans in Congress have vowed to sue to force Mr. Obama to back down, saying his decision to stop deportations flies in the face of the law. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA
USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama aide on immigration plan: Not a permanent fix” A top aide to President Obama said today. “We’ve tried as hard as we can to pass both the DREAM Act and comprehensivehat the administration’s new immigration policy for young people is only a stopgap measure, and “comprehensive immigration reform” is still needed. immigration reform — Congress has refused,” said senior adviser David Plouffe on ABC’s This Week. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Carol E. Lee: “Foreign-Policy Challenges Greet President at Summit” President Barack Obama, already tested by a sluggish domestic economy in an election year, this week confronts two foreign-policy challenges for which he has few options: the European economic crisis and the violence in Syria. The president, with no economic leverage, will continue to pressure European leaders at a gathering of world leaders in Los Cabos, Mexico, this week to take stronger action to resolve their crisis before it further weakens the U.S. recovery. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Jonn E. Sununu ” Panic  sets in at the White House “It’s been a tough couple of weeks for President Obama, one of tho”0se stretches where everything seems to go south at once. The economy is soft, his poll numbers are down, and Europe has the markets on edge; Romney is even beating him in the money race.” LINK

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