The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday June 2nd, 2011

By Jayson

Jun 2, 2011 3:15am

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA ADMINISTRATION:
The New York Times’ Carl Hulse and Jackie Calmes: “Obama Urged to Act Quickly on Budget Agreement” Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that Congress and the White House should try to reach an agreement within the next month that would combine an increase in the federal debt limit with deep spending cuts, and he called on President Obama to play a larger role in negotiations. LINK

The New York Times’ Binyamin Appelbaum: “Employment Data May Be the Key to the President’s Job” No American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has won a second term in office when the unemployment rate on Election Day topped 7.2 percent. LINK

LA Times’ David S. Cloud: “General's role did not cost him Joint Chiefs post, Gates says” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Wednesday dismissed as "garbage" reports that a senior Marine general was passed over to be chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff because of his back-channel role in the 2009 administration debate on sending additional troops to Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters on his way to a security conference in Singapore, Gates denied that Gen. James Cartwright, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was not chosen as chairman because he helped White House aides develop options for sending fewer troops to Afghanistan than the number favored by Gates and other top Pentagon officials. LINK

NATIONAL DEBT:
Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman: “John Boehner calls for debt deal in a month”  House Speaker John Boehner said he doesn’t want to run up against an August deadline for boosting the nation’s debt limit — fearing that it could unnerve Wall Street — but he’s refusing to back away from his calls for major spending cuts in return for a debt deal with the White House. And Boehner, for the first time, said he wants to raise the limit within one month’s time. LINK

 

The Hills’ Bob Cusack and Molly Hooper: “Speaker Boehner calls for debt ceiling deal by the end of June” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that he wants to strike a deal on the nation’s debt limit over the next month. Boehner’s comments could change the timetable for a bipartisan agreement, which many lawmakers and Wall Street analysts had previously assumed would not be ironed out until right before the August congressional recess.  LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf and Alan Gomez: “Obama, House Republicans agree to disagree on debt limit” President Obama and House Republicans agreed to disagree on solutions to the nation's $14.3 trillion debt problem Wednesday at a sometimes-contentious White House meeting that illustrated how difficult it will be to reach a compromise. LINK

2012 ELECTION:
ABC News’ Michael Falcone and Amy Walter: “Rethinking 2012: Is The GOP Field About To Get Bigger?” Chris Christie’s heading to Iowa, Rick Perry’s coming East, Rudy Giuliani’s on his way to New Hampshire and Jim DeMint is starting to make presidential noises. Just when it seemed like the only real 2012 wild card was Sarah Palin, whose bus tour along the Eastern seaboard took her to the doorstep of Donald Trump last night, could the growing unrest with the current Republican field push some holdouts off the sidelines? LINK

NY Daily News’ Samuel Goldsmith: “Donald Trump says he'd 'absolutely' run for president as independent if GOP fields poor candidate” Donald Trump jumped back into the spotlight Wednesday, saying he will "absolutely" run for president as an Independent if the Republicans nominate a weak candidate. "Oh absolutely," he said on Fox’s "Good Day New York." "I'd like to see what happens with the Republicans. If they get the right person. So far, I don't see it." LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Rivals Crowd Romney Kickoff” Mitt Romney formally enters the Republican presidential campaign Thursday after years of preparation, bringing to the race a large war chest, a national donor list and a cadre of political operatives that would be the envy of any candidate. LINK

ANTHONY WEINER:
The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and Felicia Sonmez: “Anthony Weiner’s plan to cool Twitter furor backfires” In a moment that will probably go down in the annals of how not to handle a crisis, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) insisted again on Wednesday that he was not the one who sent a suggestive photo from his Twitter account — but he told NBC News that “I can’t say with certitude” whether the now-famous image is of his own crotch. LINK

The Washington Time’s David Eldridge: “Rep. Weiner won’t deny Twitter photo isn’t him” The story of Rep. Anthony D. Weiner  keeps getting weirder and weirder. One day after vowing not to talk about the lewd photo sent from his Twitter account to a Seattle college student, the New York Democrat went on the offensive Wednesday, saying flatly: “I didn’t send that picture out” and that it was the work of a hacker. But he also said he couldn’t say “with certitude” that the photo wasn’t him. LINK

OTHER:
The Boston Globe’s Glen Johnson: “Governor shifts from business to disaster duty” As Governor Deval Patrick announced yesterday that a UK-based company was adding up to 25 jobs in Massachusetts, the sunshine streaming into the State House Great Hall from the skylights above faded to black. The governor finished his remarks, answered a couple questions from reporters in the hallway outside, and then headed off to an evening engagement. LINK

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