The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, June 10, 2011

By Jayson

Jun 10, 2011 3:44am

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 Digital News Associates Jayce Henderson, Claudia Morales, Jacqueline Fernandez and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

2012 ELECTION / NEWT GINGRICH:
ABC News’ Emily Friedman: “Mitt Romney Bows Out of Iowa Straw Poll to Focus Resources Elsewhere” Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not attend the Iowa Straw Poll this August, an event long known to be one of the first indicators of how a campaign might fair in the crucial Hawkeye State. LINK

The New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny and Trip Gabriel: “Gingrich Aides Quit en Masse Over Conflicts” Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign imploded on Thursday as his top advisers banded together and resigned, setting off a further exodus of aides and supporters and battering his hopes of a political comeback. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Chris Cillizza: “Romney will skip Iowa straw poll in August” Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, widely regarded as the front-runner in the Republican presidential race, has decided not to participate in this year’s Iowa Straw Poll or any other such tests before the 2012 primaries and caucuses, his campaign announced Thursday night. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’Connor: “Romney to Skip Key Poll in Iowa” Mitt Romney will skip a key early test for Republican presidential candidates by forgoing the Iowa straw poll in mid-August, a decision that could recast the contest in the nation's first presidential nominating state.  LINK

USA Today’s Susan Page and Jackie Kucinich: “Newt Gingrich loses key members of his campaign” Former House speaker Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign imploded Thursday with the resignation of his senior campaign strategists and top supporters in key states. LINK

The Washington Time’s Ralph Z. Hallow: “Gingrich campaign hit by mass exodus” His campaign already reeling from self-inflicted blows, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich found his 2012 White House hopes hit by yet another devastating setback Thursday when several senior campaign staffers abruptly quit following a long-brewing dispute over scheduling and fundraising LINK

LA Times’ Tom Hamburger and Mark Z. Barabak: “Gingrich loses his top campaign staff” The top staff of Newt Gingrich's nascent presidential campaign abandoned their candidate Thursday, in a group resignation that followed a series of disagreements over the former House speaker's commitment to the GOP race. After days of discord over how the campaign should proceed, Gingrich on Thursday lost his campaign manager, Rob Johnson; his national campaign chair, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue; and his longtime aide and spokesman, Rick Tyler; along with key strategists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. LINK

The Hills’ Michael O’Brien: “Gingrich campaign suffers mass resignations from top staffers” Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign suffered what could be a fatal blow Thursday when at least a half a dozen senior aides resigned. The former House Speaker (R-Ga.) lost his campaign manager, Rob Johnson; his longtime spokesman, Rick Tyler; his top lieutenants in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina; and other paid staff. LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin & Alexander Burns: “Newt Gingrich proves critics right” From the moment Newt Gingrich launched his 2012 presidential bid, he was dismissed as too undisciplined and unfocused to win. With his campaign in tatters Thursday following a mass exodus of his entire national and early-state staff, Gingrich appears to have proved his critics right. LINK

DEBT REDUCTION:
The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Biden, lawmakers pick up pace of debt-reduction talks” Amid fresh signs of a faltering economic recovery, bipartisan negotiations to rein in the national debt shifted into high gear Thursday as lawmakers in both parties called for a quick resolution to the talks as the best medicine for the shaky economy. LINK

OTHER:
The Boston Globe’s Noah Bierman: “Patrick grants managers 3% raise” Governor Deval Patrick granted a 3 percent raise yesterday to 4,000 state managers beginning July 1, despite a budget that cuts higher education, local aid, and social services. Patrick’s budget chief, Jay Gonzalez, sent a memo to Cabinet secretaries yesterday authorizing the raise, which will cost the state about $9.9 million and coincides with a salary increase for unionized employees. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:
Ron Johnson: No New Tax CutsLINK
Should Anthony Wiener Resign?” LINK
Rudy Giuliani and Rick Perry in 2012?” LINK  

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