The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, May 30th, 2011

By Jayson

May 30, 2011 4:05am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates Claudia Morales, Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayson Henderson and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION:
The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’Connor, Leslie Eaton and Jacob Gershman: “Prominent Names Dip Toes in 2012 Race” A handful of prominent Republicans are considering jumping into the presidential race, sensing a void in a field that has recently lost several contenders. LINK

The Washington Post’s Ralph Z. Hallow: “Tea party 2012 effect stirs GOP trepidation” Republicans, once ecstatic about the energy generated by the 2009 anti-spending tea party uprising, are growing increasingly uneasy about the impact in 2012 of a movement that seems beyond the control of anyone, including its own leaders. LINK

The Washington Posts’ Karen Tumulty and Philip Rucker: “Iowa Republican’s worry about their relevance in the 2012 presidential election” Politically speaking, this state is in something of an existential crisis. For the past nine presidential elections, Iowa has reveled in the attention it gets with its position at the front of the presidential nominating contest. This time around, the question is not just who will win the Iowa caucuses but also whether it will matter. LINK

The New York Times’ Michael D. Shear: “Palin’s Path May Be Unclear, but Her Ride Is Revved Up” For sheer mastery of celebrity theater, Sarah Palin cannot be beat. Ms. Palin, the former governor of Alaska, let the anticipation build for hours on Sunday in the Pentagon’s North Parking Lot, where thousands of bikers (and their rumbling Harleys) had gathered for the annual Rolling Thunder rally ahead of Memorial Day. LINK

NY Daily News’ Helen Kennedy: “Sarah Palin arrives in D.C. on motorcycle with Rolling Thunder” Sarah Palin roared into a Washington DC motorcyle rally on the back of a Harley Davidson Sunday, causing a frenzy. In black leathers, a black helmet and heels, Palin rode in the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride before kicking off a bizarre bus tour to New Hampshire. LINK

ABC News’ Jordyn Phelps: “John McCain Says Palin Can Beat President Obama in 2012” As speculation swirls over whether former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will enter the race for the 2012 presidential campaign, former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (AZ) said this morning that he thinks Palin can win in a race against President Obama in 2012. LINK

HEALTH CARE:
Politico’s Sarah Kliff: “GOP govs move ahead on health exchanges” A small but growing number of prominent, Republican governors — including Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour — are taking the lead to shape a key component of the health care overhaul their party fought so hard to kill. It’s a delicate balancing act for Republicans who, on the one hand, oppose federal health reform, even challenging its constitutionality in federal court, and, on the other hand, are pragmatically trying to control as much of the implementation process as they can. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Brian C. Mooney: “Romney and health care: In the thick of history” In late spring 2005, Mitt Romney gathered with a dozen top policy and political advisers in a conference room near the governor’s suite on the third floor of the State House. For two years, they had grappled with the abstruse complexities of health care reform, sifting data, evaluating input from experts, and testing theories to craft a plan that would expand coverage to nearly everyone in the state and not break the bank.  LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Washington Post’s Krissah Thompson: “Obama tours ‘heartbreaking’ destruction in Mo.” The survivors of the monster tornado that ravaged this small city gathered to grieve their losses, as President Obama called on them to remember the stories of “strength and courage” that emerged from the storm. LINK

The Hills’ Sam Youngman: “Obama Promises to Help Rebuild Tornado-Ravaged Missouri” Before landing to officially begin his visit, President Obama surveyed the damage as Air Force One flew over this town that was almost erased from the Earth by a massive tornado just one week ago. From the air, it looked as though a giant had taken a lawnmower right through the center of a miniature town. On the ground, the destruction was seemingly endless as fields of debris, once neighborhoods, stretched on as far as the eye could see. LINK

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