The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday, June 27, 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 Jordan Mazza

PRESIDENT OBAMA ABC News' Devin Dwyer: " Did Obama's Campaign Outsource Work Overseas?" Mitt Romney's election campaign today circulated a Washington Free Beacon report purporting to show that the Obama campaign operation has outsourced call center work abroad, despite criticizing Romney for supporting the same practice. LINK

The New York Daily News' Bernie Augustine: " President Obama booed at Boston fund-raiser after joking about Red Sox trading Kevin Youkilis to White Sox" They're not Youk-ing, Mr. President, they're booing. President Obama struck out at a Boston fund-raiser Monday night when he made a crack about the Red Sox trading third baseman Kevin Youkilis to his Chicago White Sox. LINK

USA Today's Susan Page: " USA TODAY/Gallup Poll: Latinos Strongly Backing Obama" President Obama has built an overwhelming lead among Latino voters, a nationwide USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of Hispanics finds, as Republican challenger Mitt Romney faces a difficult path ahead to make inroads among what has been the nation's fastest-growing ethnic group for a generation. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Janet Hook, Daniel Lippman, and Niel King Jr.: " Obama Clings to Narrow Lead" President Barack Obama has managed to retain a narrow lead in his race for re-election despite a spate of poor economic news and surging GOP optimism about Mitt Romney's prospects, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. The president outpolls Mr. Romney, his presumed Republican rival, 47% to 44%, a lead within the survey's margin of error and similar to the advantage he enjoyed a month ago. Mr. Obama's lead is wider in swing states, where the campaigns have battled most intensely. LINK

ROMNEY&OBAMA The Los Angeles Times' Paul West and Michael A. Memoli: " Romney and Obama preview reactions to healthcare ruling" In dueling Southern campaign stops Tuesday, President Obama and Mitt Romney previewed their likely responses to the Supreme Court's highly anticipated healthcare ruling, with the Democratic incumbent warning against refighting the reform battle and the Republican deeming the question one of states' rights and personal responsibility. The court is expected to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and, in particular, its most unpopular provision: a requirement that individuals purchase medical insurance or pay a penalty. LINK

MITT ROMNEY The Washington Times' Seth McLaughlin: " Romney taking heat on amnesty question" The past two weeks have offered Mitt Romney numerous opportunities to clarify his stance on immigration - and every time the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has taken a pass. Looking to run out the clock before the November election without getting entangled in tough issues, Mr. Romney has settled on a go-to answer when he's asked about immigration, health care, women's pay or other thorny policy questions: President Obama is trying to change the conversation away from his record on the economy. LINK

Bloomberg's Julie Hirschfeld: " Romney Poised To Claim Victory As Court Rules On Health" Whichever way the Supreme Court rules on the health-care law tomorrow, Mitt Romney is preparing to claim victory. If the court invalidates the statute, "then the first three-and-a-half years of this president's term will have been wasted on something that has not helped the American people," Romney told voters yesterday at an outdoor rally at Carter Machinery, a construction company in Salem, Virginia. LINK

POLLS The New York Times' Marjorie Connelly: " Latest Poll Shows Obama and Romney in Dead Heat" The contest between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, remains close according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Mr. Obama has 47 percent and Mr. Romney has 44 percent among registered voters, a difference that is within the poll's margin of sampling error. LINK

IMMIGRATION The Washington Post's Peter Wallsten: " Arizona immigration ruling complicates Republicans' strategy with Hispanics" Monday's Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's tough anti-illegal-immigration law stirred a growing debate among Republicans over how to navigate an issue that has energized the conservative base and turned off Hispanic voters. Some on the right were taken aback to see Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., an iconic figure to many conservatives, side with the court's liberals to reject several key provisions in the law and even declare that as a "general rule, it is not a crime for a removable alien to remain present in the United States." LINK

Politico's Scott Wong: " GOP grasps for idea on immigration" Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions says Congress must first "end the lawlessness" by illegal immigrants. Arizona Sen. John McCain still wants his protégé, Marco Rubio, to roll out his version of the pro-immigrant DREAM Act, though the ambitious freshman senator has all but ruled out doing so anytime soon. LINK

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