The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, August 29, 2011

Aug 29, 2011 4:00am

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

2012 ELECTIONS:
The Hills’ Brendan Sasso: “Romney-Perry, Perry-Romney domain names selling for $50k” The owner of the domain names Romney-Perry2012.com and Perry-Romney2012.com has put a price on the rights to the websites: $50,000 each. The auction is a clear sign that the presidential race is heating up, as the cottage industry of presidential domain names gears up for profit. LINK 

The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer: “Obama’s campaign muddled in name game” President Obama’s re-election campaign has appropriated for its voter-registration operation the name of an existing group, Project Vote, that has been the target of voter-fraud complaints tied to the much-criticized and now-defunct activist group ACORN. LINK 

The New York Times’ Manny Fernandez and Emily Ramshaw: “As a States’ Rights Stalwart, Perry Draws Doubts” As Gov. Rick Perry of Texas begins his presidential campaign, he is working hard to position himself as the leading Republican champion of states’ rights, using his high-profile battles with Washington and his book on the dangers of federal power to build an ideological and constitutional rationale for his fierce anti-Obama message. LINK 

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’ Connor: “GOP Leaders Bring Some Bad Blood to Race” With Rick Perry and Mitt Romney now leading the field, the Republican 2012 presidential contest is creating a new chapter in the story of two men who have occasionally clashed and who have markedly different personal styles. In 2006, during a meeting in Austin, Mr. Perry, the Texas governor, questioned a decision Mr. Romney, then the governor of Massachusetts, had made as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Mr. Romney had hired the media adviser Alex Castellanos for the group, though Mr. Castellanos was working for one of the candidates trying at the time to unseat Mr. Perry. LINK

The Washington Post’s Perry Bacon: “Rick Perry has distanced himself from George W. Bush’s brand of conservatism” Texas Gov. Rick Perry, like most of the other the GOP presidential hopefuls, says his campaign is about undoing the decisions of President Obama. But Perry also presents a stark alternative to the last Republican to occupy the White House, his fellow Texan George W. Bush. LINK 

The New York Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett: “Former New York Gov. George Pataki decides against running for President in 2012” Former Gov. George Pataki's presidential bid ended before it even started. Pataki, who was flirting with the idea of getting into the Republican field, has decided against it, sources said. The former three-term governor is citing personal reasons for his decision to take a pass, those close to him told The News. LINK 

USA Today’s Alan Gomez: “Tea Party taking a good look at Perry” For the past few months, members of the Tea Party movement pointed to Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann , businessman Herman Cain and Texas Rep. Ron Paul as favorites in the GOP presidential field. LINK 

HURRICANE IRENE:
ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Obama Visits FEMA’s Hurricane Response Center” As Hurricane Irene's Category 1-force winds pounded the coast of North Carolina today, President Obama visited FEMA's National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C.   After touring the facility, Obama shared what he's most worried about. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Andrew Malcolm: “Obama and his aides hail governments' response to Tropical Storm Irene” Good afternoon, everybody. I’m joined today by my secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and administrator of FEMA, Craig Fugate, to provide a brief update on our ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Irene. First, let me say that this is a storm that has claimed lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who’ve lost loved ones and those whose lives have been affected by the storm. LINK

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