The Note's Must-Reads for Monday, June 11, 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' Rick Klein: " 'World News' Political Insights: President Obama's Rough Stretch Exposes Weak Spots" First went the mood. Next, the muscle failed. Finally, to close out a horrific week for President Obama's reelection bid, went the message. The first week of June began with a monthly jobs report that solidified a sense of an anemic economic recovery. Then a Democratic loss in Wisconsin, coupled with staggering Romney campaign fundraising figures, revealed the strength of political organization on the right. LINK

The New York Times' Julia Preston: " While Seeking Support, Obama Faces a Frustrated Hispanic Electorate" As President Obama heads into the main stretch of his re-election campaign, his immigration policies have produced few gains among Latinos, whose votes could be crucial for him in November. LINK

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: " Obama's political gaffe will be fodder in general election" Here's an unpopular opinion: Political gaffes matter. After President Obama's assertion Friday that "the private sector is doing fine" - and his subsequent attempt to clean up the rhetorical mess he made for himself - many Democrats insisted that while it wasn't his best moment, it was far from consequential in his reelection race. LINK

Bloomberg's Margaret Talev: " Obama To Emphasize Rural America In Interviews, Report Tomorrow" President Barack Obama will conduct interviews with eight local television stations - in mostly Republican-friendly parts of swing states - to promote his Democratic administration's efforts for rural communities. LINK

The Hills' Meghashyam Mali: " Pro-Obama super-PAC unveils new Bain attack" Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super-PAC, unveiled a new ad Sunday targeting presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney on his tenure as head of Bain Capital. In the new video, a former steelworker, Donnie Box stands in front of a pad-locked factory and charges Romney and the private equity giant of closing the plant and costing hundreds of Americans their jobs. LINK

MITT ROMNEY The Washington Times' Seth McLaughlin: " Romney's initiatives: Miracles or gimmickry?" Facing a budget deficit of $3 billion when he took over as Massachusetts governor in 2003, Mitt Romney immediately instituted emergency spending cuts, raised fees on items such as birth certificates, gun licenses and boat registrations, and closed corporate tax breaks to solve the shortfall. Along the way, he won support even from Democratic lawmakers who praised the governor for balancing the state's books. LINK

OBAMA/ROMNEY USA Today's David Jackson: " Obama, Romney aides say the other is out of touch" Aides to President Obama and Mitt Romney are busy accusing each other of being out of touch - and even on different planets. Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod questioned Romney's place in the solar system after the Republican candidate opposed more federal aid for local teachers' jobs (as well as police and firefighters). LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath: " Obama Campaign Bristles at Romney Aide's Criticism" An economic adviser to Mitt Romney has taken criticism of Barack Obama's policies overseas, a move the president's campaign complains is out of bounds. Glenn Hubbard, an adviser to the Republican presidential candidate, wrote an opinion piece in the German-language business newspaper Handelsblatt that takes aim at the White House's advice on the unfolding European debt crisis. LINK

TEA PARTY Politico's Robin Bravender and Anna Palmer: " Tea party preps for other Big Labor state battles" Next stops for the tea party after Wisconsin: Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Fresh off last week's seismic victory against Big Labor, conservative activists are revving up their ground game in key presidential swing states where unions have long dominated. The goal: secure big wins in the House, Senate and the White House. LINK

OTHER The Los Angeles Times' Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons: " Presidential campaigns focus on wealthy donors over swing states" In three days of campaign travel this last week, President Obama spent just two hours on the soil of a battleground state - a small fraction of his time given that voters in those places are expected to decide the election. Instead, Obama rubbed elbows with wealthy donors in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS " Mike Huckabee on His VO Chances" LINK " David Axelrod: Romney 'On a Different Planet'" LINK

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