The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen and Jordan Mazza

CAROLINE KENNEDY ABC News' Sarah Parnass: "Caroline Kennedy to Be Named Ambassador to Japan" Caroline Kennedy is expected to be nominated U.S. ambassador to Japan, but the nomination is not yet finalized, a knowledgeable source told ABC News Monday. LINK

IMMIGRATION REFORM The Hills' Justin Sink: " White House 'encouraged' by Senate progress on immigration" The White House said Monday it was "encouraged" by progress on bipartisan immigration reform in the Senate, but cautioned that lawmakers were "not there yet" on an agreement. "We are encouraged by the continuing signs of progress that we are seeing in the Senate as the Group of Eight and the Senate more broadly works on comprehensive immigration reform," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday. LINK

The New York Times' Ashley Parker: " Senator's Bid to Fix Immigration Starts in His Backyard" A five-minute lunch break at Chick-fil-A was Senator Lindsey Graham's only unscheduled stop of the day. But he had barely stepped inside the fast food restaurant here last week before a constituent was upon him, urging Mr. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, to relay a message to his colleagues in Washington: "Make 'em understand the word 'illegal,' " said Stephen Lewis, 72, a retired Marine. "If you're not here legal, be punished or thrown out of this country for it." LINK

BUDGET CUTS The Washington Times' Jerry Seper: " Border Patrol agents dodge sequestration, avoid furloughs, pay cuts" U.S. Customs and Border Protection has postponed plans to furlough Border Patrol agents as a result of sequestration, which would have taken as many as 5,000 agents off the line, and also has delayed a proposed cut in overtime pay that would have cost each agent $7,000 a year. "In light of the Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill and sequestration impacts, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is re-evaluating previously planned furloughs and de-authorization of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and will postpone implementation of both at this time," said CBP spokesman Anthony Bucci in an email response. LINK

GUN CONTROL The Wall Street Journal's Joseph de Avila: "Tough Gun-Curb Laws Proposed in Connecticut" Connecticut lawmakers proposed sweeping legislation on Monday in response to the deadly Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., calling for stricter gun laws and changes to the state's mental-health system and school-safety procedures. LINK

The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Ed O'Keefe: " Firearms advocates target gun-control measures" Gun-control measures that seemed destined to become law after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., are in jeopardy amid a fierce lobbying campaign by firearms advocates. Despite months of negotiations, key senators have been unable to find a workable plan for near-universal background checks on gun purchases - an idea that polls show nine in 10 Americans support. LINK

BOEHNER USA Today's Susan Davis and Gregory Korte: "Boehner, like past speakers, sometimes needs Democrats" Speaker John Boehner has come under fire in recent months for breaking an unwritten, often-cited GOP axiom that legislation in the U.S. House should pass only with support of a majority of the ruling party. LINK

NORTH KOREA Bloomberg's Sandwon Yoon: " U.S. Sees No N. Korea Military Movement as Kim Names Premier" The Obama administration said it has detected no unusual troop movements from North Korea in support of its threats to attack South Korea, American bases in the Asia-Pacific or the continental U.S. "Despite the harsh rhetoric we're hearing from Pyongyang, we are not seeing changes to the North Korean military posture," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters yesterday in Washington. "We take it very seriously. But it is consistent with past behavior." LINK

HOUSE Politico's James Hohmann: " Justin Amash: The House's New Ron Paul" When it comes to the House of Representatives, Justin Amash is the new Ron Paul. The Michigan congressman, only 32, sees himself as a leader of "the second generation" of Paulites in the lower chamber. Sen. Rand Paul moved quickly to present himself as his dad's heir to libertarian faithful in recent months, but many in the movement see Amash as even purer than the younger Paul, and he's gotten rave reviews for explaining all his votes on Facebook. LINK

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