The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman and Carol E. Lee: “ Obama Aims at Election Laws” The Obama re-election campaign has quietly opened a counteroffensive against Republican-backed changes to election laws that Democrats say will suppress votes for their candidates and limit their get-out-the-vote drives. The effort, led by former White House counsel Robert Bauer, prompted the suspension of an Ohio law limiting early voting. LINK

HERMAN CAIN ABC News’ Kevin Dolak and Huma Khan: “ Herman Cain’s Sexual Harassment Accuser Says He’s Lying” One of the women that Herman Cain allegedly sexually harassed believes that the GOP frontrunner is not telling the truth about what happened between them 12 years ago, according to the woman’s attorney. Speaking on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360? Tuesday night, attorney Joel P. Bennet said that his client is still mulling a decision on how to handle the resurfacing of the harassment allegations, but will be bringing him the confidentiality signed agreement between her and the National Restaurant Association, where she and Cain worked at the time. LINK 

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg, Jeff Zeleny and Mike McIntire: “ Cain Accuser Got a Year’s Salary in Severance Pay” The National Restaurant Association gave $35,000 — a year’s salary — in severance pay to a female staff member in the late 1990s after an encounter with Herman Cain, its chief executive at the time, made her uncomfortable working there, three people with direct knowledge of the payment said on Tuesday. LINK

The Washington Post’s Sandhya Somashekhar and James Grimaldi: “ Herman Cain’s accuser wants to tell her side of story, lawyer says“  A woman who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990s is ready for her story to come out, her attorney said Tuesday, even as the Republican presidential hopeful spent a second day trying to quell the mounting controversy and explain his conflicting recollections of the matter. LINK

USA Today’s Catalina Camia: “ Report: Herman Cain’s accuser wants to talk” One of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment wants to come forward and tell her story, her lawyer told The Washington Post. Joel P. Bennett told the Post that he is calling on the National Restaurant Association to release the woman from the confidentiality agreement she signed with the trade group that employed her and Cain in the 1990s. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Aliyah Shahid: “ Herman Cain sexual harassment claims: Right defends GOPer, say attacks could help in 2012” Conservatives have a message for Herman Cain: We’ve got your back. Several right-leaning pundits, politicians and advisers are rushing to the Republican presidential candidate’s defense following bombshell accusations that he sexually harassed two women, claiming he’s a victim of the media and the left. LINK

RICK PERRY The Hills’ Cameron Joseph: “ Perry wasn’t drunk at speech, says host” Presidential candidate Rick Perry was stone-cold sober during his bombastic, comedic speech in New Hampshire, according to the man who invited the Texas governor to speak and spent much of the evening with him. “I can tell you unequivocally he wasn’t drinking at the event and he hadn’t been drinking prior to the event,” said Kevin Smith, the executive director of Cornerstone Action, the conservative group that hosted the event over the weekend. LINK  

The Boston Globe’s Shira Schoenberg “ Perry begins N.H. advertising campaign” Texas Governor Rick Perry is making his first television ad buy in New Hampshire, with an ad touting his record in Texas and contrasting himself with President Obama. “If you’re looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that,” Perry says in the ad. “He’s destroying our economy. I’m a doer not a talker.” LINK

MITT ROMNEY Politico’s Darren Samuel Sohn: “ Mitt Romney hit for past emissions stance” Mitt Romney faces an inconvenient truth on climate change. While the former Massachusetts governor often touts his decision not to sign up for a regional cap-and-trade compact, he also glosses over a six-year-old set of carbon dioxide rules that his aides touted at the time as the first in the country for electric utilities. LINK

IOWA The Los Angeles Times’ Seema Mehta: “ Romney, Cain skip Iowa economic forum” Much of the Republican presidential field gathered here Tuesday to discuss how to improve the nation’s economy. But what was most notable was who skipped the event — Iowa front-runners Mitt Romney and Herman Cain. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS Obama Talks Oil and Gas With Texas Station KTRKLINKRick Perry on Viral Video: ‘I Felt Good’LINK

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