The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, August 17, 2011

By Jayson

Aug 17, 2011 3:06am

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:
ABC News’ Ann Compton: “Obama Debuts New Presidential Bus on Rural Tour” If the presidential limousine is known as "the beast," the new official tour bus could be called "the behemoth."  The Secret Service is trucking President Obama and his senior staff through the Midwest this week on an imposing jet-black coach, outfitted with top-notch security and communications equipment to keep its occupants safe. LINK

The New York Times’ Mark Landler and Jeff Zeleny: “Obama Presses His Case in Crucial Iowa, but Perry Is Close on His Heels” President Obama pulled up to a bucolic community college here in his $1.1 million black armored bus on Tuesday and spent much of the day closeted in a conference with farmers and small-business owners, hoping to sell them on his message that he could revive the listless job market. LINK

The Washington Times’ Dave Boyer: “Obama: Tea-party GOP blocking U.S. recovery” A day after clashing with a tea party activist, President Obama Tuesday told crowds here that it was “a faction in Congress” that was to blame for blocking economic progress. LINK

The Hills’ Michael O’Brien: “Obama vows he’ll be ‘ready’ for eventual Republican competitor” President Obama said Tuesday he’ll be “ready” for whichever Republican candidate he faces in the 2012 general election. The president took it easy on Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — two front-runners for the Republican nomination — for their campaign trail missteps in the past week. LINK

USA Todays’ Catalina Camia: “Obama: Perry has to be 'more careful' with his words” President Obama said GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry has "to be a little more careful" with his rhetoric and says he'll cut the Texas governor some slack for suggesting the Federal Reserve is almost "treasonous." In an interview with CNN airing tonight, Obama was asked if he thought Perry's comments during an Iowa event on Monday night were disrespectful. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Obama dares Republicans to block his coming jobs package” After pledging to send a job-creation package to Congress next month and daring Republicans to block it, President Obama offered few specifics Tuesday about the form the plan might take as he stuck to a broad outline of how to improve the economy. On the second day of Obama's three-day bus tour of the upper Midwest, the president worked off the blueprint he had used the day before, offering proposals such as extending a payroll tax cut, spending money to repair roads and bridges, and ratifying pending trade agreements. LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Obama on Iowa Stump Says Strong Recovery Will Begin With Small Businesses” President Barack Obama told an audience in rural Iowa that the U.S. economy will be “stronger than before” as he sought to regain the initiative on the economic debate that likely will dominate the 2012 campaign. LINK

G.O.P.:
The Washington Post’s Dan Eggen: “Rick Perry reverses himself, calls HPV vaccine mandate a ‘mistake’” Religious conservatives in Texas were stunned in 2007 when Republican Rick Perry became the first governor in the country to order young girls to get a vaccine against a sexually transmitted virus that can cause cervical cancer. LINK

New York Daily News’ Nina Mandell: “Michele Bachmann lied about attending family reunion, says her own mother: report” Michele Bachmann's own mother ratted her out for skipping a family reunion – which the Tea Party darling blamed for making her late to an event in Iowa Sunday night. Bachmann's mom, Jean Amble, and her two cousins told Politico Monday that the Minnesota congresswoman never showed up at the reunion, though hubby Marcus Bachmann and the couple's children did. LINK

Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “Romney calls for common ground, hails Tea Party” In a political era that has been marked by partisan rancor and a stick-to-your-principles mantra, Mitt Romney increasingly seems to be banking on the notion that voters will appreciate someone who calmly calls for common ground. LINK

Politico’s Maggie Haberman & Jake Sherman: “GOP eyes new 2012 candidates” What if Rick Perry isn’t the last one in? The Texas governor’s late entry in the presidential race might have been expected to close out the GOP’s 2012 field. But, in some conservative circles at least, there’s evidence it’s had the opposite effect. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Danny Yadron: “Perry Sticks by His Bernanke Attack” Texas Gov. Rick Perry's jab at Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke heightened a Republican debate about the Fed as a political target and raised questions about whether Texas tough talk will prove an asset or liability in Mr. Perry's presidential quest. LINK

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Obama: 'Faction in Congress' Holding Back CountryLINK
Bachmann Criticizes Warren BuffettLINK

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