The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, June 1, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

Jun 1, 2012 3:23am

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’ Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen and Carrie Halperin

ENDORSEMENTS
ABC News’ Holly Bailey: “Nancy Reagan endorses Mitt Romney” Nancy Reagan announced Thursday she’s backing Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. The endorsement came after Romney and his wife, Ann, met with the former first lady at her home outside Los Angeles over “lemonade and cookies,” according to a statement. Reagan called him the “clear choice” in the 2012 race. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA
The Washington Post’s Amy Gardner: “Obama campaign attacks Romney’s record as Mass. Governor” President Obama’s reelection campaign launched Part 2 of its strategy to discredit Republican challenger Mitt Romney this week, pouncing on his record as Massachusetts governor after more than two weeks of attacks on his years working in private equity. LINK

OBAMA/ROMNEY
USA Today’s Catalina Camia: “Romney chides Obama in front of Solyndra factory” Mitt Romney paid a surprise visit today to Solyndra, the now-bankrupt California energy company that received $535 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Solyndra is a symbol of how President Obama’s stimulus plans have failed and how his opponent is unable to boost the economy. LINK

The Boston Globes’ Matt Viser: “Romney gives Obama presidency an ‘F’” Mitt Romney on Thursday night praised President Obama for killing Osama bin Laden, even while giving him an overall “F” when grading his term. “I’m sure he has,” Romney told CBS News, when asked whether Obama had done anything well. “I appreciated, for instance, the decision he made to go after Osama bin Laden and to make sure he was executed.” LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “Romney: Obama had little to lose in Solyndra” Standing outside the shuttered California headquarters of Solyndra on Thursday, Mitt Romney said President Obama must answer to voters for the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars he gambled on the politically connected solar technology company, which went belly-up in 2011. LINK

Los Angeles Times’ Seema Mehta and Kathleen Hennessey: “Romney and Obama campaign events drown out messages” Politics often feels like a carnival sideshow. Thursday was one of those days. Mitt Romney and aides to President Obama held competing news conferences on opposite sides of the nation, each aimed at establishing a layered and damaging narrative about the opponent and illustrating why he is incompetent to right the nation’s economy. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Brian Browdie: “Mitt Romney’s favorability rebounds among women, while President Obama’s slips: poll” Mitt Romney is popular with the ladies. The GOP presidential nominee is viewed favorably by 41% of adults — up 6 points from April — with most of the gains coming from women, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday. LINK

MITT ROMNEY
Politico’s Byron Tau: “Bill Clinton: Mitt Romney’s business record ‘sterling’” President Bill Clinton veered sharply off message Thursday, telling CNN that Mitt Romney’s business record at Bain Capital was “sterling.” “I don’t think that we ought to get into the position where we say ‘This is bad work. This is good work,’” Clinton said. “The man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.” LINK

OTHER
The Wall Street Journal’s Danny Yadron: “Recent Polls Show 2012 Settling Into Deadlock” With about five months until Election Day, a slew of recent polls show the presidential campaign is settling into dead-lock, both nationally and in key battleground states. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in waiting, are even or close to it in Iowa, Nevada and Colorado, according to NBC/Marist College polls of each state released Thursday morning. LINK

The Hill’s Jeremy Herb: “Rep. McKeon rips Obama, Sen. Reid for ignoring sequestration” House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) on Thursday ripped into President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for failing to try to stop $500 billion in automatic cuts to Defense spending, in his most pointed remarks yet about the threat of sequestration.  LINK

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols:Obama Tells Donors Health-Care Fight May Loom After Court Rules” President Barack Obama is confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to revisit the health-care issue in a second term, a position at odds with his publicly expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, according to three Democratic activists.  As he previewed his agenda for donors at a May 14 fundraiser, Obama said he may be forced to try to revise parts of his health-care plan, depending on how the court rules later this month, said one activist, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s comments.  LINK

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Mitt Romney Hits Obama on Solyndra ‘Waste’LINK

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