The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, March 18, 2013

Mar 18, 2013 3:07am

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’ Carrie Halperin, Amanda VanAllen and Will Cantine

ECONOMY
ABC News’ Benjamin Bell: “John Boehner: The ‘Talk About Raising Revenue Is Over’” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz during an exclusive interview for “This Week” that talk of including revenue as part of an effort to strike a so-called “grand bargain” to address the $16 trillion debt of the United States was “over,” leaving Democrats and Republicans where they have been for months – at loggerheads. “The president believes that we have to have more taxes from the American people. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Anthony York: “California cities, counties find funds to hire Capitol lobbyists” Although many of California’s cities and counties have been struggling financially, putting off road repairs, cutting back library hours and reducing police patrols, there is one way in which they have not held back: hiring Sacramento lobbyists. LINK

Politico’s David Rogers: “Shutdown, Budget Bills On Floor This Week” Warring 10-year budget plans come before the House and Senate this week, even as lawmakers must pass a six-month stopgap bill to avert a shutdown and keep agencies operating in the wake of cuts ordered under sequestration. President Barack Obama is counting on Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to get her resolution across the Senate floor and set up talks this spring with the Republican House. Playing Martha to Murray’s Mary is Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), whose charge is to keep the government household running through the summer while the “grand bargainers” — well, bargain. LINK

LABOR SECRETARY PEREZ
USA Today’s  Aamer Madhani: “Obama to tap Perez to head Labor Department” President Obama will name the Justice Department’s top civil rights enforcer Thomas Perez to be his next Labor secretary, according to a White House official. Obama will make

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