The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, June 6, 2011

Jun 6, 2011 5:00am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants Jacqueline Fernandez, Jayce Henderson and Amanda VanAllen

2012 ELECTION / GOP:
ABC News’ Michael Falcone: “Herman Cain Vows: 'We Will Put A Conservative In The White House' In 2012 (Hint: 'His Name Is Going To Be Herman Cain')” Herman Cain told a ballroom full of social conservatives at the annual Faith and Freedom Coalition conference Saturday night that “we have a severe deficiency of leadership” in the White House and said he’s the presidential candidate to turn things around. The country, he said, is facing a “moral crisis, an economic crisis…a spending crisis, an energy crisis.” LINK

The New York Times’ Katharine Seelye: “’Culture Warrior’ Looks to Broaden the Battle” Exasperation crept into Rick Santorum’s voice when he was asked the other day how he planned to win the Republican nomination for president in 2012 after having lost his last election as senator from Pennsylvania by more than 17 points in 2006. LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Among GOP, anti-tax orthodoxy runs deep” The Republican Party once had a home for the thinking of Tom Coburn, Mike Crapo and Saxby Chambliss. But that party is long gone. The three U.S. senators banded together a few months ago in support of higher tax revenue as a means of balancing the federal budget. Even with drastic spending cuts, they concluded, Washington could not vanquish its soaring $14.3 trillion debt without additional income. LINK

The Washington Post’s Sandhya Somashekhar: “Conservative women enthusiastic about Bachmann, Palin” They don’t like identity politics and aren’t crazy about the word “feminist.” But a lot of conservative women here can’t help but rejoice that they may have a couple of tough-talking, tea-drinking mothers to choose from in the Republican primary. LINK

NATIONAL DEBT:
The Hills’ Molly Hooper: “GOP freshman unconvinced on Geithner's debt ceiling timetable” Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner did little to convince freshman GOP lawmakers of the newfound urgency of raising the debt ceiling on Thursday. House freshman lawmakers who attended the late day bicameral closed-door meeting said that Geithner’s refusal to present a “scorable” plan that would reduce the deficit in exchange for a must-pass debt limit increase, left many feeling frustrated. LINK  

The Wall Street Journals’ Brent Kendall and Corey Boles: “Questions Linger on Getting Debt Deal by July 4” Political leaders say they want a deal to boost the federal borrowing limit by July 4th, a month before the Treasury said the government will be in danger of a default, but it isn't yet clear how they get past stark differences on federal spending and taxes. Despite the hurdles, even some ardent opponents of raising the current $14.29 trillion debt ceiling are resigned to the likelihood that lawmakers will reach a deal. LINK

LA Times’ Lisa Mascaro and Noam N. Levey: “Chances fading for a sweeping deal on spending cuts” Prospects are dimming for a grand bargain to rein in long-term budget deficits as Democrats and Republicans resist compromise on key issues ahead of the 2012 campaign, according to congressional officials and budget experts familiar with the negotiations. That means the standoff over raising the nation's nearly $14.3-trillion debt limit may conclude this summer with a more limited round of spending cuts and promises of future reform, pushing off the tough choices about taxes and Medicare until after next year's election. LINK

EDWARDS ON TRIAL
USA Todays’ fredreka Schouten and Kevin Johnson: “Edwards case puts pressure on Justice unit” The decision to prosecute two-time presidential candidate John Edwards raises the stakes for the U.S. Justice Department to demonstrate it can bring politically charged cases to trial and win — after botching the 2008 conviction of then-Alaska senator Ted Stevens, experts say. "They have a black eye," former federal prosecutor Sanjay Bhandari said of prosecutors in the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, which is heading the Edwards' prosecution. "But this Edwards indictment is not the action of a unit that's being conservative." LINK

OTHER
The Washington Times’ Tim Devaney: “Democrats fire back at GOP on unemployment numbers” The drumbeat of sobering economic news in the country has the White House on the defensive, with Democrats and administration officials appearing on Sunday political shows to rebut Republican criticisms about the nation’s decades-high unemployment rate. White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” objected testily to the use of the term “jobless recovery.” LINK

Politico’s Jason Millman: “Democrats stay quiet on Medicaid cutbacks” Since Rep. Paul Ryan introduced his budget blueprint in April, Democrats have held countless news conferences and issued even more press releases condemning the plan — as they say — to eliminate, end or kill Medicare as we know it. Yet, for all the Democrats’ posturing and campaigning against Republican plans for Medicare, the GOP budget actually makes more immediate and deeper cuts to Medicaid. LINK

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