The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, June 9, 2011

By Jayson

Jun 9, 2011 3:35am

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
Politico’s Glenn Thrush: “President Obama's campaign expands its 2012 map” President Barack Obama’s campaign team is gaming out complex state-by-state scenarios for 2012 that anticipate uphill battles in recession-ravaged blue states — and new opportunities in Arizona and Georgia. Their underlying assumption is that the GOP presidential field remains so fluid – and the country’s economic outlook so devilishly unpredictable – that Obama must construct robust grassroots field operations in nearly every competitive state in order to hit the magic number of 270 electoral votes and win re-election. LINK

ANTHONY WEINER:
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “More Democrats Urge Weiner to Resign; Watchdog Sees Double Standard” A growing number of Democrats are joining several high-profile Republicans in calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York to resign following his admission of risqué online exchanges and lying about them. Pennsylvania Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a top Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee official, called Weiner's behavior "offensive" and said that he should resign. LINK

The Hills’ Mike Lillis: “Top Dem calls for Weiner to resign” Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) political career took a serious hit Wednesday as one of the Democrats’ top campaign lieutenants urged him to resign in the wake of his online sex scandal. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (Pa.), the head of recruiting for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), said Weiner’s “offensive behavior” makes him unfit to remain in office. LINK

NY Daily News’ Christine Roberts: “Ann Coulter blasts Anthony Weiner sext scandal, Democratic 'liberal mob’” Ann Coulter is using Rep. Anthony Weiner's sext scandal to justify her theory on Democrats' "liberal mob" mentality. During a media blitz to promote her new book "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Damaging America," the conservative political commentator criticized liberals for jumping to attack blogger Andrew Breitbart. LINK

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker and Michael Barbaro: “Reckless Fashion, Rapid Online Pursuits of Political Admirers” Gennette Cordova said she did not even think the photo was real. It was nearly 9 p.m. on a Friday when Ms. Cordova, who was preparing to head out for the night with a friend, logged onto Twitter and discovered that Representative Anthony D. Weiner had sent her a suggestive photo of himself in gray boxer briefs. LINK

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane: “Some congressional Democrats call on Weiner to resign from House” The saga of Rep. Anthony Weiner took several turns Wednesday as a handful of Capitol Hill Democrats called for the lawmaker to resign and news broke that Weiner’s wife was pregnant. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett: “Democrats Push Weiner to Go” Prominent Democrats began calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign as a new, more graphic image surfaced Wednesday to propel the sexting scandal engulfing the New York Democrat. LINK

2012 ELECTION:
The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Peter Wallsten: “Romney draws early fire from conservatives over views on climate change” It seemed like a straightforward question on a second-tier issue: Would Mitt Romney disavow the science behind global warming? The putative Republican presidential front-runner, eager to prove his conservative bona fides, could easily have said what he knew many in his party’s base wanted to hear. LINK

HEALTH CARE:
The Washington Time’s Stephen Dinan: “Judges seem receptive to health care challenge” President Obama’s health care law received a chilly reception Wednesday from a federal appeals court that seemed wary of approving a major expansion of government coercion over the economic activity of millions of Americans. LINK

SENATE / OTHER:
Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly: “U.S. Senate Rejects Amendment to Delay Rule Capping Debit-Card Swipe Fees” The U.S. Senate rejected a plan backed by large banks for a six-month delay in a Federal Reserve rule to cap the debit-card swipe fees set by Visa Inc. (V) and MasterCard Inc. (MA) Senators led by Richard Durbin, the Illinois Democrat who pushed to include the fee caps in the Dodd-Frank Act, turned back the proposed delay in a 54-45 vote today that left the amendment six short of the 60 needed for approval. LINK

LA Times’ Brian Bennett: “U.S. can't justify its drug war spending, reports say” As drug cartels wreak murderous havoc from Mexico to Panama, the Obama administration is unable to show that the billions of dollars spent in the war on drugs have significantly stemmed the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States, according to two government reports and outside experts. LINK

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