First lady Melania Trump makes surprise visit to US-Mexico border amid immigration crisis
First lady Melania Trump makes surprise visit to US-Mexico border amid immigration crisis
The Note's Must-Reads for Monday, February 11, 2013

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 Carrie Halperin

WHITE HOUSE: The Washington Times' Dave Boyer: " White House: GOP spreading 'myths' about Obama's fiscal approach" The White House accused congressional Republicans on Sunday of spreading "myths" about President Obama's efforts to avoid looming budget cuts and blamed the GOP for pushing an unbalanced" approach that favors the wealthy. "The notion that President Obama hasn't put forward a solution to deal with these looming cuts is false," said Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer in a blog post. He said Mr. Obama's latest offer to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, "meets the Republicans halfway on spending and on revenues, and would permanently turn off the sequester and put us on a fiscally sustainable path." LINK

DRONES: The New York Daily News' Dan Hirschhorn: " Drone Strikes: Washington debates oversight" Lawmakers are deeply divided over whether the Obama administration's program of targeted drone strikes needs greater oversight - and those divides don't fit neatly along party lines. The debate - which first broke into the open last week with the disclosure of documents outlining the legal rationale for strikes targeting even Americans - raged hot on Sunday ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address this week. LINK

DEFENSE: The Hill's Jeremy Herb: " Defense, domestic groups ally for last-minute push to halt sequester" The defense industry is joining forces with health, education and other domestic sectors to wage a last-minute push to stop the across-the-board sequestration cuts from taking effect. The new approach from the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and domestic spending advocates is an attempt to convince lawmakers who care about defense that they should align with lawmakers worried about cuts to domestic programs. LINK

The New York Times' David E. Sanger: " Obama to Renew Drive for Cuts in Nuclear Arms" President Obama will use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to reinvigorate one of his signature national security objectives - drastically reducing nuclear arsenals around the world - after securing agreement in recent months with the United States military that the American nuclear force can be cut in size by roughly a third. LINK

STATE OF THE UNION: USA Today's Susan Page: " State of the Union: Obama's audience of four" When he delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama not only will be speaking to the 40 million or so TV viewers across the country. His words also will be aimed at a few people sitting right in front of him. LINK

HEALTH CARE: The Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky: " In Medicaid, a New Health-Care Fight" Employers in several states are bracing for higher health-care costs as some governors, worried about the impact on state budgets from the federal overhaul, resist a planned Medicaid expansion. Under the new law, lower-paid workers at companies such as the Nashville, Tenn.-based chain of Captain D's seafood restaurants could qualify for the national expansion of Medicaid set to begin in 2014. LINK

GOP: The Boston Globe's Stephanie Ebbert: " Activists say Republicans can do well in Senate race" If Scott Brown's election three years ago convinced Massachusetts Republicans that anything was possible, his decision not to run in ­another Senate special election ­reminded them that it is not. Decisions by Brown and numerous other top-tier Republicans to bow out of contention for a special US Senate election were made for individual reasons but reflect ­Republicans' new reality, much like their pre-2010 reality: No one ­expects one of them to win. LINK

CYBER TERROR: The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima: " Report: Cyber-spying threatens U.S. economy" A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country's economic competitiveness, according to individuals familiar with the report. The National Intelligence Estimate identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking to penetrate the computer systems of American businesses and institutions to gain access to data that could be used for economic gain. LINK

CONGRESS: Politico's James Hohmann: " Mass. Dem aims to follow Brown's path" Stephen Lynch is no Scott Brown - for starters, he lacks the men's catalog good looks and the R next to his name. But the Democratic congressman running for John Kerry's Senate seat hopes voters will see in him what they admire about the defeated senator: A common-man touch, a pragmatic approach and an ability to connect with moderate working-class voters. LINK

BOOKMARKS: The Note: LINK The Must-Reads Online: LINK Top Line Webcast (12noon EST M-F): LINK ABC News Politics: LINK George's Bottom Line (George Stephanopoulos): LINK Follow ABC News on Twitter: LINK ABC News Mobile: LINK ABC News app on your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad: LINK

More ABC News