The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, August 25, 2011

By Jayson

Aug 25, 2011 3:03am

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 and Desk Assistant Amanda VanAllen

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The Los Angeles Times’ Reston: “President Obama’s vacation not much of a getaway” As the president tried to concentrate on his golf swing Wednesday, fierce fighting continued in Libya, officials surveyed damage from a magnitude 5.8 earthquake and Hurricane Irene hurtled toward the East Coast. The vacationing leader of the free world just can't catch a break. LINK

FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY:
ABC News’ Michael Falcone and Rick Klein: “Why Dick Cheney Kept A Secret Resignation Letter Locked Away” Dick Cheney was ready for a quick exit. The former vice president had a secret resignation letter drafted, signed and locked away since March 2001 just in case he became incapacitated, he writes in his forthcoming memoir. LINK

2012 ELECTION / GOP:
The New York Times’ Trip Gabriel: “In Campaigning, Bachmann Controls Her Image” As Representative Michele Bachmann’s blue bus pulled up to a recent rally here, a campaign aide shooed a reporter poised to ask a question from the spot where she would step down. “Our arrivals are closed,” he said. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Mitt Romney now trailing Rick Perry for GOP presidential nomination, poll shows” All year, he was the nominal front-runner, the weak front-runner, the putative front-runner. On Wednesday, Mitt Romney stopped being the front-runner at all. “I’m just one of the guys running,” the former Massachusetts governor told reporters here Wednesday. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Shira Schoenberg: “Romney would repeal Dodd-Frank law” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has sharpened his critique of the financial regulatory overhaul signed by President Obama. In response to the financial meltdown, Obama and Congress passed the Dodd-Frank bill, Wall Street reform legislation that enacted consumer protections, reformed some derivatives trading, and imposed new regulations on mortgage lenders and hedge funds. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Cameron McWhirter: “Mississippi Republicans Aim for a Sweep in State” The Republican Party has launched a major push to capture the Mississippi House of Representatives this fall, a goal that has eluded it since Reconstruction and that would remove nearly every vestige of Democratic control from the state's government. LINK

FEDERAL DEFICIT / SUPER COMMITTEE:
The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “CBO: Federal deficit will hit $1.3 trillion” The government will run another $1.3 trillion deficit in fiscal 2011, Congress‘ chief scorekeeper said Wednesday in a report that highlighted both an economy that will struggle over the next few years and a federal budget showing massive red ink for the foreseeable future. LINK

The Hill’s Erik Wasson: “We are already hard at work, say the chairmen of bipartisan super committee” They have vastly different approaches to the economy, but the new heads of the bipartisan deficit super committee are trying to show they can play nice together. LINK

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