The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, July 6, 2011

By Jayson

Jul 6, 2011 3:40am

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, Jacqueline Fernandez, Alicia Tejada and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

PRESIDENT OBAMA / DEBT / ECONOMY:
ABC News’ Sara Just and Matthew Jaffe: “Obama Sees Progress on Debt Negotiations, but No Solution Yet” President Obama made an unscheduled appearance today before reporters to say that some progress has been made in the deeply divided negotiations over the nation's debt ceiling, and "greater progress is in sight."  But he cautioned, there is still a long way to go: "I don't want to fool anybody, we still have to work through our differences." LINK

The New York Daily News’ Aliyah Shahid: “Mitt Romney, GOP presidential candidate, now says President Obama DID make the economy 'worse'” Mitt Romney is taking heat for insisting the President's stimulus package actually made the economy worse — a claim the Massachusetts governor backtracked on just last week. "There's no question the recession was made deeper and more painful for more Americans by virtue of the President's plans," Romney told reporters at a July 4 event in New Hampshire. "He made the recession worse and the recovery more anemic." LINK

The Hills’ Sam Youngman and Erik Wasson: “Obama urges lawmakers to seize moment, rejects short-term deal” President Obama on Tuesday rejected calls for a short-term hike to the debt ceiling, saying Congress should not give up on a deal to make significant cuts to the country’s budget deficits.  Obama, who invited the top two leaders from both parties and both chambers to meet with him Thursday at the White House, challenged lawmakers to seize the moment and reach a grand deal. LINK

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery: “Obama calls lawmakers to White House in effort to break debt stalemate” President Obama on Tuesday rejected calls for a short-term increase in the legal limit on government borrowing and summoned congressional leaders to the White House to restart negotiations over a long-term plan to restrain the deepening national debt. LINK

Washington Time’s Dave Boyer and Stephen Dinan: “Obama prods Congress on debt deal” President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to “do something big” to reduce the federal budget deficit, spurned talk of a short-term deal with Republicans to raise the debt limit and invited leaders to come Thursday to the White House to revive negotiations. LINK

2012 ELECTION:
The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny: “Perry Breaks with a Fellow Texan: Bush” Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican contemplating a presidential run, shares many attributes with the last man who ran for president from here, his predecessor and onetime patron, George W. Bush. He has the same straight-legged Texas swagger; the down-home, clipped speaking style; the desert-baked conservatism. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “Iowa Republican leaders don't miss Romney, Huntsman” DES MOINES — For nearly 40 years, potential Republican presidential contenders have flocked to Iowa to participate in the rural campaign rituals of giving stump speeches from hay bales, marveling at butter sculptures at the state fair and competing in the Ames Straw Poll, all in hopes of coaxing potential caucusgoers to vote for them on a cold night in February. LINK

Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr.: “Pawlenty's Homespun Tale” SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.—Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brings a biographical peculiarity to his quest for the White House. Were he to win, he'd be the first president who had never lived outside his home state. LINK

GOP:
Politico’s Scott Wong: “Freshman Republican senators go guerilla” Six months into their first term, a band of Republican freshmen are fed up with the tortoise pace of the Senate and have resorted to guerrilla warfare to take on the establishment — and it’s causing headaches for leaders of both parties. Sen. Ron Johnson, who unseated Democratic Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold last November, mounted a protest last week against Democrats’ failure to produce a budget — an effort that culminated Tuesday when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was forced to yank a bipartisan Libya resolution from the floor. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser and Shira Schoenberg: “Romney keeps up the recession drumbeat” Mitt Romney continued to assert yesterday that President Obama prolonged the recession and made it worse, even while acknowledging that he had jettisoned economists’ accepted definition of recession – a shrinking economy – in favor of his own. “The technical term of recession is not the one the American people recognize,’’ Romney said. “Most of the American people understand we’re still feeling the effects of the recession.’’ LINK

TERRORISM:
The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung, Greg Miller and Greg Jaffe: “U.S. indicts Somali on terrorism charges” The U.S. military captured a Somali terrorism suspect in the Gulf of Aden in April and interrogated him for more than two months aboard a U.S. Navy ship before flying him this week to New York, where he has been indicted on federal charges. The case represents the Obama administration’s attempt to find a middle ground between open-ended detentions in secret prisons, as practiced by the George W. Bush administration, and its commitment to try as many terrorism cases as possible in civilian courts. LINK

DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN:
The Los Angeles Times’ Kim Willsher: “Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces attempted-rape case in France” The Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal took a new twist Tuesday when a French writer filed a lawsuit in Paris accusing the former head of the International Monetary Fund of attempted rape. Tristane Banon, 32, said the veteran politician attacked her in a Paris apartment when she went to interview him for a book she was writing in 2003. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:
Obama: Deficit Compromise Is in SightLINK
“'Top Line' at the Movies: Gary Sinise and the 'Lt. Dan Band'” LINK
Rep. McCotter: America Needs a Manufacturing BaseLINK

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