The Note's Must-Reads for Monday July 2, 2012

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Compiled by ABC News' Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson and Amanda VanAllen

2012 RACE

ABC News' Rick Klein: " 'World News' Political Insights: Bain Attack Takes Toll on Romney, But Dems Worry About Money Race" President Obama's unhappy June came to a happy close - and he had more than the Supreme Court to thank for that. The presidential race has been essentially tied for an uncommon length of time. No dynamic - not glum economic news, not a special election loss, not a series of off-message surrogates - has been able to shake that. LINK

The Hill's Alexander Bolton: " Gains in congressional approval could undermine Obama strategy" The congressional approval rating has steadily ticked up over the past six months and Republican leaders hope this will undermine President Obama's plans to run against the unpopular institution. Obama's strategy since the end of last summer has been to paint Congress as unreasonably obstructionist and blocking practical legislation to increase employment. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Alana Semuels: " Presidential campaigns missing the mark in advertising to Latinos" Both political parties agree that the country's 21.3 million registered Latino voters could make a crucial difference in this year's presidential election. Yet in a race defined by massive spending on television ads, fast-response Internet videos and sophisticated social media efforts, both President Obama and challenger Mitt Romneyhave fallen short thus far when it comes to targeting Latino voters electronically, according to some Spanish-language media experts. LINK

MITT & ANN ROMNEY USA Today's Aamer Madhani: " Obama donor slammed by RNC in 2008 gives to Romney" In 2008, the Republican National Committee raised critical questions about campaign contributions Barack Obama received from a former Iraqi politician with a controversial past and close ties to an Obama fundraiser who was convicted on attempted bribery and extortion charges. LINK

Wall Street Journal's Thomas Burton: " Ann Romney Talks of Her Struggle With MS" By the time she began looking for help, Ann Romney had been losing her balance and stumbling. Her right leg was numb. She had trouble swallowing and was losing strength in her grip. She called her brother, a doctor in San Diego, expecting the kind of smart-aleck response he often used to lighten the mood. Instead, she heard a long silence. LINK

Boston Globe's Callum Borchers: " Murdoch advises Romney to broaden circle of advisers" News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch used Twitter on Sunday to share some advice with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney: Drop the "old friends" from your campaign and hire "some real pros." LINK

The Washington Times' Guy Taylor: " Romney has no intention of making frenemies" Call it the "friend-enemy" distinction. Mitt Romney has assembled a foreign-policy platform rooted in the belief that adversaries such as Russia must be confronted for backsliding on democracy and that Israel must be supported in the face of common threats such as a nuclear-armed Iran. LINK


The New York Times' Susan Saulny: " Stung by Recession, Young Voters Shed Image as Obama Brigade" Maria Verdugo, a 20-year-old graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, barely remembers the presidential election of 2008 - the one that spawned a youth movement that was singular in its scope and political effectiveness - except for "something about Obama saying we needed a change." These days, Ms. Verdugo is so busy working to pay off her student loans that she has not decided whether to register "as a Democrat, a Republican or what," she said. LINK

The Washington Post's Peter Wallsten: " Ruling secures for Obama a larger place in history" Until Thursday, it wasn't clear that future generations would have much to assess about the enduring legislative legacy of the Obama presidency. There had been no victory on climate change, no shift in the way Washington worked, no grand bargain to cut the deficit. LINK

Politico's Robin Bravender: " Obama Spanish language ad blitz aims to wrap up Latino vote" President Barack Obama wants to dominate the Latino vote, and his campaign has orchestrated a Spanish-language ad blitz to make it happen. Obama's campaign has spent more than $2 million on Spanish-language television and radio ads since mid-April, according to several sources who track media buys. LINK

Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman and John McCormick: " Obama's Supreme Court Win May Help Now More Than November" The most important U.S. Supreme Court decision during a president's re-election campaign may not have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the 2012 race. In the hours after the court upheld President Barack Obama's health-care law, both he and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, retreated to previously stated positions: Romney vowed to repeal and replace the law, while Obama touted its attributes and warned of the consequences of repeal. LINK


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