The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Amanda VanAllen

Jul 10, 2013 4:06am

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, Will Cantine, Jayce Henderson and J.P. Lawrence

2016 CAMPAIGN
ABC News’ Rick Klein: ”Presidential Campaign Shadows No More: It’s Already 2016” The shadow campaign is out of the shadows. Consider the case of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The former secretary of state is just a few months into the “beaches and speeches” portion of her career, at least a year and a half away from any kind of decision about running for president. But this week, big-moneyed Republican donors will be meeting to plot ways to stop a Clinton candidacy. LINK 

USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten: ”Pro-Clinton Super PAC Hires Obama 2012 Field Organizers“ Ready for Hillary, the super PAC pushing a presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton, is joining forces with a firm whose leaders built President Obama’s wildly successful grassroots campaign operation. The PAC announced it has hired 270 Strategies to build a field operation to marshal voter support for a potential 2016 Clinton campaign. The firm’s partners include Jeremy Bird, Obama’s 2012 national field director, and Mitch Stewart, who oversaw the campaign’s operations in battleground states. LINK 

The LA Times’ Christi Parsons: “Obama Campaign Leaders Sign Up For Pro-Clinton PAC” Two architects of President Obama’s grass-roots campaign organization are joining forces with the “super PAC” devoted to drafting Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president, a significant practical and symbolic boost for her campaign-in-waiting. Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart say their consulting firm will work with the Ready for Hillary PAC in the effort to round up early support for a 2016 candidacy. LINK

HEALTHCARE
ABC News’ John Parkinson: “House GOP Takes Aim At Individual Mandate” Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, poised to take yet another swing at dismantling Obamacare, today strongly hinted that they intend to vote by the end of the month to delay implementation of the individual mandate provision in the Affordable Care Act by one year. Pointing at the Obama administration’s decision last week to postpone implementation of the mandate for businesses, House Speaker John Boehner questioned why President Obama would side with big business but move ahead with the mandate for individuals and families. LINK 

The Boston Globe: “GOP Gears Up For Fight On Health Care Mandate” House Republican leaders on Tuesday seized on the Obama administration’s one-year delay of a requirement that employers offer health insurance or face penalties, demanding the same postponement for the mandate on individual insurance purchases and promising a series of showdowns aimed at dividing Democrats from the White House. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler, Jennifer Corbett Dooren and Peter Nicholas: ”U.S. Struggles To Meet Health-Law Deadline” When Obama administration officials delayed a central plank of the new health law—requiring that big employers offer health insurance to workers—they said it was to help businesses pleading for more time. Left unsaid was the federal government hadn’t written key rules guiding employers, according to current and former administration officials, and computer systems that were supposed to run the program weren’t operational. LINK 

The New York Times’ Jonathan Weisman and Robert Pear: “Seeing Opening, House G.O.P. Pushes Delay On Individual Mandate In Health Law” House Republican leaders on Tuesday seized on the Obama administration’s one-year delay of a mandate for larger employers to offer health insurance or face penalties, demanding the same postponement for the mandate on individual insurance purchases and promising a series of showdowns aimed at dividing Democrats from the White House. After more than two years of voting repeatedly and unsuccessfully to repeal the health care law, Republicans believe they are getting traction thanks to what they see as the Obama administration’s self-inflicted wound over the employer mandate. LINK

ABORTION
Bloomberg’s Julie Hirschfeld: “Abortion Foes Guide States In Pushing New Restrictions” When Bette Grande, a Republican state representative in Fargo (ND38FARG), North Dakota, wanted to make it illegal for a woman to end a pregnancy after learning her unborn child would suffer from Down syndrome or another chromosomal abnormality, she turned to a trusted source. Americans United for Life, a nonpartisan Washington-based legal group that has worked for more than four decades to overturn abortion rights, had drafted a model bill to achieve just what Grande was seeking. LINK

BLACK CAUCUS
The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer: “Black Caucus Presses Obama On Voting Rights, Immigration” Black lawmakers pressed President Obama on Tuesday to ensure that immigration reform doesn’t shortchange African immigrants, and they strategized about ways to protect minority voting rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The Congressional Black Caucus met with Mr. Obama at the White House for about 90 minutes, their first gathering with the president in more than two years. Although some caucus members have been critical of Mr. Obama for not doing enough to lower black unemployment and appointing too few blacks to his Cabinet, they emerged from the meeting with words of praise for the president. LINK

The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Justin Sink: “Black Lawmakers Push President To Take Firm Action On Gun Control” Members of the Congressional Black Caucus urged President Obama to take action on gun control legislation Tuesday at their first meeting with the president in more than two years. Obama “reaffirmed his commitment” to the issue during the White House meeting, one administration official said. The president told the lawmakers that he will focus on gun violence and acknowledged the problem wasn’t just about tragic events like the one in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six educators were killed by a lone gunman in December. LINK

IMMIGRATION
The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake: “House GOP To Look At Immigration Against Backdrop Of Deep Divisions” House Republicans will meet Wednesday to hash out their differences on immigration legislation, and there is a lot of hashing out to be done. The session is expected to last hours, and, if recent history is any guide, a lot of it is likely to be contentious and unpleasant. Since the 2012 election, the House GOP conference has proved to be as fractious and unwieldy as any in recent memory, with members openly antagonizing the leadership on a number of key issues, including the “fiscal cliff,” the reelection of Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker and, most recently, a failed federal farm bill. LINK

Politico’s Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei: “Immigration Reform Heads For Slow Death” Republicans walked away from their 2012 debacle hell-bent on fixing their problems with Hispanics. Now, they appear hell-bent on making them worse. In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House. LINK

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Snowden Predicts US Reaction To LeaksLINK
Former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer Returns To PoliticsLINK

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