The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Aug 24, 2011 4:46am

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

2012 ELECTION:
ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe and Michael Falcone: “Sarah Palin and Rick Perry Friendship: Will It Stop the 'Mama Grizzly' From Running?” Rick Perry launched his presidential campaign with a headline-filled week on the stump. Sarah Palin is still undeclared, but seemingly giving it serious thought.  Her most recent move — a video released by SarahPAC reprising her trip to the Iowa State Fair earlier this month– looks a lot like a campaign commercial. She'll also be returning to Iowa Sept. 3 to headline a Tea Party rally. LINK

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake: “Sarah Palin’s team fights speculation about run for president” Sarah Palin’s political team fought back Tuesday against speculation that she will run for president, saying that anyone claiming to have special knowledge about her plans is maliciously misleading the American people. LINK

The Hills’ Michael O’Brien: “Romney's campaign strategy comes under fire from the GOP” A growing chorus of Republicans are questioning the wisdom of Mitt Romney's campaign strategy of maintaining a lower profile and being less effervescent than the former Massachusetts governor had been in his 2008 campaign. Romney's effort to set a more lax pace in launching the Republican presidential cycle, and his deliberate game plan of picking and choosing his public availabilities, left the door open to other Republicans — namely, Texas Gov. Rick Perry — to enter the race and wage a credible challenge to Romney. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Kim Geiger: “Obama in dead heat with four GOP contenders” President Obama  is polling neck-and-neck with four Republican presidential candidates, according to a Gallup survey of registered voters. When matched against Obama in a hypothetical election, the four GOP contenders –Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann– are statistically tied with the incumbent president. LINK 

Politico's Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith: "Conservative elites pine for 2012 hero" It’s a tough time to be a conservative intellectual. From The Weekly Standard to The Wall Street Journal, on the pages of policy periodicals and opinion sections, the egghead right’s longing for a presidential candidate of ideas — first Mitch Daniels, then Paul Ryan — has been endless, intense and unrequited. LINK

REGIONAL POLITICS:
The New York Times’ Marc Lacey: “License Access in New Mexico Is Heated Issue” New Mexico is one of just two states, the other being Washington, that allow in-state residents who are illegal immigrants to get the same driver’s licenses given to citizens, as long as they pass a written test and successfully show they can turn and stop and park. LINK 

The Wall Street Journal’s Miriam Jordan: “Alabama Immigrant Law Irks Business” An Alabama law to tackle illegal immigration is coming under fire from some business leaders in the state, who say the measure is undermining Alabama's economy even before it takes effect. Representatives of agribusiness, the state's biggest industry, and sectors such as construction, which is charged with rebuilding the tornado-hit city of Tuscaloosa, are reporting worker shortages because of immigrants already fleeing the state. The state agriculture commission says squash, tomatoes and other produce are rotting in the fields. LINK

OTHER:
The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Debt panel trade-off: Exposure vs. efficiency” The congressional super committee charged with tackling the federal debt crisis is facing overwhelming calls to conduct all its deliberations in the open, but some voices are warning that too much transparency could end up dooming the whole thing. LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “White House seeks $10 billion savings in regulatory rollback” President Obama's effort to roll back costly regulations that are not needed could save more than $10 billion over five years, but critics say that's a drop in the bucket. A total of 26 federal agencies produced final plans that include more than 500 possible changes, including more than 100 at the Transportation Department — the lone agency run by a Republican, former congressman Ray LaHood. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS:
Obama Golfing When Earthquake StruckLINK
Palin's Speech: Is She Running?LINK

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