The Note's Must-Reads for Friday, November 09, 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 Ben Waldron

IMMIGRATION ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf: " GOP Soul Searching Could Spur Action on Immigration." Mitt Romney aimed his candidacy squarely at white people and therefore lost the country, which is less and less white, according to an emerging narrative about how he lost. In particular, Romney lost the Latino vote by a significantly wide margin. Republicans failed to adapt to the changing country, the storyline goes. They chose a presidential candidate who distinguished himself during the Republican primary by tacking to the right, specifically on the issue of immigration. LINK

The Hills' Daniel Strauss: " Boehner 'confident' GOP, Obama can reach deal on immigration" Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was "confident" Republicans could agree to a comprehensive immigration bill. Boehner (R-Ohio) made the comment in an interview with ABC News released two days after President Obama's decisive reelection victory over Mitt Romney. LINK

HEALTHCARE The Los Angeles Times' Noam N. Levey: " Obama's reelection cements his healthcare law" President Obama's victory all but assures that his landmark healthcare law and its guarantee of insurance coverage for nearly all Americans will be implemented, effectively putting an end to the Republican campaign to derail the law. That outcome - which seemed almost unimaginable this spring when the Supreme Court considered whether theAffordable Care Act was constitutional - puts immediate pressure on many Republican state leaders who fought it. They must decide in days whether to implement it or have the federal government do it for them. LINK

GOP The Washington Post's Peter Wallsten: " Republican Party begins election review to find out what went wrong" Top Republican officials, stunned by the extent of their election losses Tuesday night, have begun an exhaustive review to figure out what went so wrong and how to fix it. Party leaders said they already had planned to poll voters in battleground states starting Tuesday night in anticipation of a Mitt Romney victory - to immediately begin laying the groundwork for midterm congressional elections and a Romney 2016 reelection bid. LINK

FISCAL CLIFF USA Today's Susan Davis: " Boehner Sees Short-Term Budget Fix." House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he will resist any effort to make major tax or spending changes in the lame duck session of Congress beginning next week, seeking instead a short-term deal to delay the year-end "fiscal cliff." "I've never seen a lame duck Congress do big things. And as speaker I feel pretty strongly that a lame duck Congress shouldn't do big things," he said in an interview with USA TODAY. Boehner said retiring and defeated members - who get to vote in the lame duck - should not decide such major legislation. LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Fiscal cliff forecast: Bad now, worse later" As Congress prepares to try to negotiate ways to avoid the fiscal cliff, its own scorekeeper has some stark analysis: There will be pain no matter what, but ducking choices now will mean an even worse situation by the end of the decade. In two reports Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office laid out some of the options facing Washington as lawmakers return next week for a lame-duck session of Congress. But the CBO said that no matter what Congress does, the economy in the short term will struggle. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Damian Paletta, Carol E. Lee and Naftali Bendavid: " Pressure Rises on Fiscal Crisis." The White House and Republican lawmakers faced pressure to reach a solution to the looming budget crisis after a nonpartisan agency detailed Thursday how inaction would push the U.S. economy back into recession next year, and skittish investors continued to drive stocks lower. Economists from the Congressional Budget Office detailed new warnings of an economy speeding toward a so-called fiscal cliff created by a combination of government spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect Jan. 1. LINK

SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER Politico's Jake Sherman, Carrie Budoff Brown, and John Bresnahan: " Behind Boehner's new tone" Speaker John Boehner thinks he's learned from his mistakes. After his secret debt negotiations last year with President Barack Obama sparked a sharp round of blowback from conservatives, his leadership and members of his House Republican Conference, Boehner has launched a carefully choreographed campaign on the high-stakes fiscal cliff talks. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA Bloomberg's Peter Coy: " Obama's Economy Seen Gaining in New Term Regardless of Policies" President Barack Obama promises to use his second term to boost the U.S. economy. The opposite is more like it: A strengthening economy will boost the president's second term. Job growth is poised to continue increasing tax revenue, which will make it easier to shrink the budget deficit while keeping taxes low and preserving essential spending. LINK

MITT ROMNEY The New York Times' Michael Barbaro: " For Romney, All His Career Options Are Still Open. Except One." They predict he will write a book, convinced that the daily diary he kept on the campaign trail would make for a compelling read. They speculate that he will return to the corridors of finance, where his reputation as a savvy chief executive and investor remains unblemished. LINK

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