The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, June 8, 2011

By Jayson

Jun 8, 2011 4:04am

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 / LIBYA:
Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Barack Obama’s less-personal touch on diplomacy” President Barack Obama vowed to show a different face to the world than George W. Bush — and it turns out to be a far less chummy one when it comes to personal diplomacy. Obama’s demeanor on the international stage may be more appealing to Europeans and others irritated by Bush’s cowboy persona, but in terms of the one-on-one relationship building that can be a potent diplomatic lever for any president, the Democrat is practically an introvert compared with his world-class schmoozing predecessor. LINK

The Washington Time’s Kara Rowland: “Obama, Merkel downplay Libya disaccord” President Obama said Tuesday it’s “just a matter of time” before Col. Moammar Gadhadfi steps down after weathering more than two months of NATO airstrikes – even as the embattled leader vowed on Libyan state television to fight until his death. LINK

AFGHANISTAN:
The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung: “Afghan nation-building programs not sustainable, report says” The hugely expensive U.S. attempt at nation-building in Afghanistan has had only limited success and may not survive an American withdrawal, according to the findings of a two-year congressional investigation to be released Wednesday. LINK

ANTHONY WEINER:
ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: “Anthony Weiner: Poll Finds Majority of New York Voters Think He Should Not Resign” New Yorker’s first impression is that embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner should not resign his post. According to a survey of 500 New York City registered voters conducted by New York 1 and Marist College, only 30 percent say Weiner should resign. 51 percent of respondents said he should stay in his position and 18 percent said they were not sure. LINK

The New York Times’ Michael Barbaro and David Chen: “Weiner Faces Calls to Resign and Tries to Make Amends” Representative Anthony D. Weiner of New York, reeling from revelations of salacious online behavior that threaten his political career, moved rapidly on Tuesday to make amends as Republicans called for his resignation and leading members of his own Democratic Party distanced themselves from him. LINK

The Hills’ Mike Lillis: “Weiner in the pressure cooker” Pressure on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) intensified Tuesday as calls for his resignation and a probe into his online dalliances arrived simultaneously. From the right, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) urged Weiner to resign, while from the left, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked Ethics Committee leaders to investigate whether Weiner had violated any House rules — an unnecessary step providing clear indication that Democratic leaders want to distance themselves from Weiner in the earliest stages of the process. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett and Patrick O’Connor: “Republicans Call for Weiner to Resign” Republican leaders called Tuesday for the resignation of New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, putting pressure on leaders of his party who have stopped short of demanding that the embattled lawmaker step down over a sexting scandal. LINK

USA Today’s Gregory Korte and Fredreka Schouten: “Weiner silent as few colleagues defend him” With pressure increasing from colleagues on both sides of the aisle, embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner fell uncharacteristically silent Tuesday: no news conferences, no cable television appearances and certainly no Twitter posts. LINK

G.O.P. / 2012 ELECTIONS:
The New York Times’ Monica Davey: “One-Party Rule in 2 States Sends Them Off in Opposite Directions” The gears of government tend to grind slowly. But in Wisconsin lately they are racing at turbocharged speed. In just the last few weeks, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has signed legislation to require voters to show photo identification cards at the polls and to deregulate elements of the telecommunications industry. LINK

NY Daily News’Christine Roberts: “Michele Bachmann's political consultant says fellow GOPer, Sarah Palin, is not a "serious" candidate” Michele Bachmann's new political consultant, Ed Rollins, criticized Sarah Palin for failing to be a "serious" candidate on the "Kilmeade and Friends" radio show Tuesday. "Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years," Rollins told the show's host, Brian Kilmeade. "She got the vice presidential thing handed to her. She didn't go to work in the sense of trying to gain more substance. She gave up her governorship." LINK

ENVIRONMENT:
LA Times’ Neela Banerjee: “Former Interior secretary calls out Obama on the environment” President Obama has failed to answer Republican attacks on environmental safeguards "forcefully and persuasively" and to articulate his own vision for conserving American wilderness and water, former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt charged Tuesday. Babbitt, who served under President Clinton, said in an interview that he would lay out his concerns about the Republican environmental agenda and the Obama administration's response in a speech in Washington on Wednesday. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:
Obama: 'Not Concerned About a Double Dip'” LINK
Bernie Sanders: Republican Budget is 'Laughable'” LINK
Mitt Romney Edging Out President Obama?” LINK

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