The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday June 3rd, 2011

By Jayson

Jun 3, 2011 3:25am

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

2012 ELECTIONS:
The New York Times’ Michael Shear: “Romney, Opening Race, Presents Himself as the Candidate to Face Obama” Formally offering himself as a candidate for the presidency for a second time, Mitt Romney sought Thursday to look past the primary challenges of the next 12 months, portraying the choice for voters as one between himself and President Obama. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Romney: “Mitt Romney announces 2012 presidential bid” Mitt Romney officially stepped into the 2012 presidential race here Thursday by casting himself as the one Republican with the skills to heal the ailing U.S. economy and rein in Washington’s runaway spending. LINK

Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer: “Palin Collides With Romney in NH” Sarah Palin crashed her red, white and blue bus into Mitt Romney’s party yesterday, sweeping into New Hampshire for the final leg of her multiday East Coast tour as he was in the state declaring his candidacy for president. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, formally opened his bid for the Republican nomination with an assault on President Barack Obama’s economic policies. LINK

LA Times’ Seema Mehta: “Palin, Giuliani steal some Romney thunder in New Hampshire”  As Mitt Romney formally announced his presidential bid Thursday, two larger-than-life political personalities crashed into New Hampshire, stealing the nominal frontrunner's thunder and underscoring that the GOP field is far from settled. Continuing her catch-me-if-you-can bus tour of historic sites on the Eastern Seaboard, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hosted a clambake for “tea party” activists on the coast, proclaiming her love for the movement and her goal of highlighting the importance of the American spirit. LINK

ABC News’ John Berman and Emily Freidman: “Mitt Romney Announces White House Run” Mitt Romney, flanked by hay bales and a larger-than-life American flag on a Stratham farm, announced today that he's running for president, declaring that President Obama has "had his chance. "We the people on this farm and citizens across this country are the people who are just getting started," said Romeny. LINK

NATIONAL DEBT:
The Washington Post’s Dan Balz and Philip Rucker: “Sarah Palin dismisses Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s warnings about debt ceiling” Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) teed off on Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner on Thursday night, saying she does not believe his “false statements” that a “catastrophe would befall” the country if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling by August. LINK

The Hills’ Molly Hooper and Peter Schroeder: “Geithner cautions GOP: Raise debt or ‘lights out’” Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday warned skeptical Republican freshmen it would be “lights out” for the economy if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling. Geithner trekked to Capitol Hill on the same day that Moody’s Investors Services warned that the nation’s perfect credit rating could be at risk if lawmakers do not make progress on a debt deal. LINK

GOVERNOR WEINER:
Politico’s Ben Smith: “Anthony Weiner’s talkathon isn’t saying much” There are two camps of crisis management — and thus far, Anthony Weiner seems to be keeping his feet firmly planted outside both of them. College public relations textbooks urge full transparency, getting everything out immediately and fully, while another school — embodied by a host of scandal-scarred pols over the years — urges secrecy, limited communications and never, ever voluntarily giving up information to the authorities. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett: “Weiner Now Silent Over Lewd Photo” Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York lawmaker besieged by questions about a lewd photo sent from his Twitter account, tried to keep quiet about the incident Thursday as a top Republican urged him to "come clean.'' LINK

JOHN EDWARDS:
USA Today’s Fredreka Schouten and Kevin Johnson: “Did John Edwards break the law?” Former North Carolina senator John Edwards has admitted fathering a child with a mistress while he ran for the presidency and his wife battled a recurrence of the cancer that would claim her life. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:
GOP Race for President Heats Up in New HampshireLINK

Anthony Weiner Interview: Is Twitter Photo Him?LINK

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