The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, August 18, 2011

By Jayson

Aug 18, 2011 4:29am

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

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

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Obama Approval on Economy Plummets to 26 Percent in Gallup Poll, A New Low” President Obama’s approval rating on the economy has plummeted 11 points since May to a new low for his presidency, according to a new Gallup survey. Just 26 percent of Americans now think Obama is doing a good job handling the economy, down from 37 percent in mid-May – a sharp decline from the past 18 months when the number had hovered between 35-39 percent. LINK

The Hills’ Meghashyam Mali: “Obama hints proposal will go further than $1.5T in deficit cuts” President Obama suggested Wednesday that his economic proposal in September will include more than the $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts the so-called supercommittee is tasked with eliminating. The proposal will also include new proposals for boosting jobs and the flagging economy, a senior administration official said Wednesday.  LINK

The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer: “On digital battleground, Obama is armed and dangerous” President Obama holds the early advantage in the digital campaign for re-election, but his Republican challengers aren’t ceding any ground in the race to gain an edge through social media and other online strategies. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Campaigning as Mr. Outsider” President Barack Obama pitched himself onto the political scene as a man who could rise above partisan politics, and despite presiding over a bitterly divided government, he is starting the 2012 campaign still casting himself as that guy. On a three-day Midwestern bus trip, Mr. Obama tried to portray himself as an outsider. "The only thing that's holding us back right now is our politics," he said three times at a town-hall-style meeting here on Wednesday. "That's the message we need to send to Washington," he said, as if he wasn't part of Washington. LINK

Bloomberg News’: “Biden Meets China’s Future Leader Xi Jinping” U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping today in Beijing, kicking off a visit that U.S. officials say is primarily aimed at forging ties with the man set to lead China for the next decade. “There’s no more important relationship that we need to establish on the part of the United States than the close relationship with China,” Biden told Xi at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People today, adding that he hoped their “personal relationship will continue to grow as well.” LINK

New York Daily News’ Corky Siemaszko: “President Obama in campaigner in chief mode as he continues bus tour through Midwestern states” Hugging complete strangers, cradling babies, making small talk with small town folk – and sampling lots of ridiculous food. Oh, the things a candidate has to do get elected President. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Obama bus tour provides glimpse of reelection strategy” During a three-day tour by bus of the Midwest, President Obama provided an early snapshot of his reelection strategy, one in which he’ll try to convince voters that his approach offers the rational path and seek to define Republicans as so unwilling to compromise they would risk financial chaos. And despite alarming levels of unemployment and a volatile market, the president has also revived a theme from his first campaign — optimism — in a manner that paints Republicans as cynical and disinterested in solutions. LINK

The New York Times’ John Broder: “Bashing E.P.A. Is New Theme in G.O.P. Race” The Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as a favorite target of the Republican presidential candidates, who portray it as the very symbol of a heavy-handed regulatory agenda imposed by the Obama administration that they say is strangling the economy. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Perry, Romney Offer contrasting approaches to job creation in GOP race” The opening days of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination have revealed a stark contrast between his approach to reviving the economy and that of the presumed front-runner, Mitt Romney. LINK

USA Todays’ Chris Woodyard: “Bachmann promises $2-a-gallon gas” Rep. Michele Bachmann is promising to get the price of gasoline back below $2 a gallon if she is elected president. The Minnesota Republican noted while on the stump today that gas used to go for $1.79 the day that President Obama took office, notes. LINK

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Obama's Jobs Strategy: Major Speech PlannedLINK

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