The Note's Must-Reads for Friday, June 15, 2012

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

Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson and Amanda VanAllen

PRESIDENT OBAMA ABC News' Devin Dwyer: " Sarah Jessica Parker Hosts the Obamas" Facing a tightening presidential race and onslaught of cash from pro-Republican outside groups, President Obama tonight got a boost from some of his loyal allies in the film and fashion industries with an exclusive multimillion dollar campaign fundraiser at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, actor Matthew Broderick. LINK The New York Times' Jeremy Peters: " Obama Visits New York for Star-Studded Fund-Raisers" President Obama swept through New York on Thursday evening for a pair of high-dollar, high-wattage fund-raisers where some of the city's top fashion luminaries lent their cash and their star power to his re-election campaign. LINK

Bloomberg's Mike Dorning: " Obama's 2008 Young Voters Find Little hope in Job Market" A year after finishing college, Alison Foster, 23, is living with her parents and scraping by on part-time, temporary project work from an employer she interned with earlier this year. "I didn't anticipate that a year out I would be barely making any money at all," said Foster, from Arlington, Virginia. Along with a degree in environmental sciences from the University of Vermont, her resume includes prestigious internships with a member of Congress and the National Park Service's Conservation Study Institute, and yet no job offers have come. LINK

The Boston Globe's Brian MacQuarrie: " Obama: Romney's policies similar to those of pre-recession" In a fiery campaign speech in Cleveland on Thursday, President Obama linked Mitt Romney with what he called the failed Republican fiscal policies of the last decade and declared the economy the top issue facing American voters. "There is one place where I stand in complete agreement with my opponent: This election is about our economic future," Obama said. "But more than anything else, this election represents a choice between two fundamentally different visions about how to create strong, sustainable growth." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Connie Stewart: " President Obama raises money at home of Sarah Jessica Parker" President Obama came to the right person to raise money Thursday night: "Sex and the City" icon Sarah Jessica Parker. In one memorable episode, she said (as Carrie), "I like my money right where I can see it - hanging in my closet." LINK

The Washington Times' Susan Crabtree: " Obama tells Ohioans he champions the middle" In a speech his campaign billed as a reset after a series of stumbles and a string of bad economic news, President Obama stuck to a long-established script Thursday with the only new line shifting the onus on voters to break open the partisan deadlock in Washington. Focusing the choice away from his record in office, Mr. Obama fell back on his familiar refrain of casting himself as the champion of the middle class and warning of the slash-and-burn tactics that he says presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would put into place if elected - what he called two starkly different visions for fixing the economy. LINK

MITT ROMNEY The Washington Post's Zachary Goldfarb and Philip Rucker: " Romney doubles down on economic message as slowdown weakens Obama" The spring slowdown in the economy has further exposed President Obama's greatest political vulnerability going into his reelection campaign and forced him into a more urgent and aggressive debate with Mitt Romney on the central issue of the presidential election. LINK

The New York Daily News' Jonathan Lemire: " Mitt Romney: Insurance companies should be allowed to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions" Mitt Romney again vowed this week to strike down Obamacare - but he may have a fight on his hands while trying to repeal one of its most popular features. Romney has stepped up his attacks on the controversial health care plan, vowing to eliminate it if the Supreme Court does not rule it unconstitutional. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Sara Murray: " Romney Green Energy Fund Draws Fire From Democrats" Mitt Romney reiterated this week his belief that government shouldn't be "picking winners" in the private sector, and his campaign is pounding away at the argument that the Obama administration did exactly that in its failed investment in the Solyndra solar panel company. But as the Solyndra debate rolls on, that line of attack is being shadowed by a vestige of Mr. Romney's own history: his championing of green-energy investments, some of which also went belly up, while he was governor of Massachusetts. LINK

OBAMA/ROMNEY The Hills' Amie Parnes: " Obama vs. Romney in Ohio" President Obama and Mitt Romney on Thursday offered dueling addresses on the economy in the critical swing state of Ohio, providing the first real split-screen day of the general election. Obama telegraphed the message that he's the one who has the interests of the middle class at heart on the economy, while Romney railed at the president for being unable to lead an economic recovery. LINK

Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere: " Obama, Romney spar on economy" President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney seemed to be headed for a swing state rumble Thursday. Instead, they shadowboxed. In Cincinnati, there was Romney, who moved up his remarks at a factory to own the airwaves before Obama spoke. Romney delivered a rousing rendition of his stump speech that put him on equal footing, at least in terms of coverage, for the first time in the 2012 campaign. LINK

USA Today's Jackie Kucinich and Richard Wolf: " Obama and Romney stump in Ohio" In a set of dueling speeches Thursday in Ohio, President Obama and Mitt Romney highlighted the state's ongoing role as a political kingmaker and center of this year's election fight over the condition of the economy. Romney opened up in Cincinnati, telling a crowd inside an equipment manufacturer that Obama's economic policies have made it harder for businesses to hire and made the economy worse. LINK

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