The Note's Must-Reads for Monday, July 23, 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' Matthew Larotonda: " Obama Meets Victims, families in Devastated Aurora, CO" As the nation tries to piece together what drove the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, President Barack Obama traveled to the town of Aurora, Colo., today to console the wounded and the loved ones of those lost in Friday's movie theater tragedy. After more than two and a half hours of private meetings with the distraught victims he emerged, red-eyed, to quote scripture. LINK

The New York Times' John Eligon, Serge F. Kovaleski and Marc Santora: " Obama Consoles Aurora as City Begins Healing" President Obama came to this city on Sunday to meet with survivors of the shooting rampage at a movie theater last week, visiting the victims and their families and leading the country in mourning the 12 people killed in the attack. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Peter Nicholas and Danny Yadron: " Obama's Burn Rate Worries Some Democrats" The Obama campaign has been spending heavily on payroll, television ads and polling for months, hoping to tarnish Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the eyes of voters at an early stage of the general-election showdown. But some Democrats worry that the overhead built by the Obama camp over the past 15 months will prove impossible to sustain. LINK

MITT ROMNEY: Politico's Maggie Haberman: " Romney: 'Right thing' for Obama to go to Aurora today" At a fundraiser in San Francisco, Mitt Romney struck a somber note and noted he planned to speak in less partisan terms than a typical speech, out of deference to the shootings in Aurora, per a pool report. LINK

The Washington Post's Jason Horowitz: " Amid a campaign of American exceptionalism, reminders of Romney's international past" Campaigning in Ohio last week, Mitt Romney suggested he was the presidential candidate most in sync with the national spirit, accusing President Obama of being "out of touch with the character of America" and promoting a philosophy "so foreign to us, we can't even understand it." LINK

The Washington Times' Luke Rosiak: " Romney tops Obama fundraising total in June" Mitt Romney out-raised President Obama by $73 million to $66 million in June, disclosures showed Friday, as he doubled his small-donor base and capitalized on his newfound control over the Republican National Committee to hit up wealthy early supporters for the much larger contributions that vehicle can accept. In March, only 13 percent of the money sent to Mr. Romney's campaign, which can accept up to $5,000, came from small donors, a figure that stayed at less than 25 percent in April and May. LINK

GUN CONTROL: Boston Globe's Callum Borchers: " Bloomberg says candidates should debate gun control" New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday called for President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to lead a national debate about gun control, so far a non-issue in the presidential campaign. "You want our votes. What are you going to do about it?" Bloomberg, an independent, said on CBS's "Face the Nation." Bloomberg applied pressure on the presidential candidates two days after a gunman killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. LINK

The Hills' Meghashyam Mali: " White House: Obama focused on fighting gun crime with 'existing law'" White House press secretary Jay Carney on Sunday said President Obama was committed to preventing gun crimes by relying on "existing law," two days after a mass shooting in Colorado sparked renewed debate about gun control. Obama arrived in Colorado Sunday afternoon to meet with victims of the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, which left 12 dead and dozens injured. LINK

OTHER: USA Today's Jackie Kucinich: " GOP makes room for Rep. Ron Paul at Tampa convention" Ron Paul supporters have feuded with state Republican parties across the country, battling for delegate seats at the national convention, but the national party is welcoming Paul and his supporters to the event with open arms, even helping the Texas congressman organize his troops. The Paul campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have been working closely over the past few months to work out logistics in order to include the Texas congressman and his supporters in the August convention in Tampa. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Bob Secter and Rick Pearson: " On campaign trail, Chicago's a popular villain" Once there was an aspiring young political strategist who disrupted a Chicago campaign event for a rival party candidate by inviting homeless people to it with promises of free food, drink and more. Republicans this election season have been attacking "Chicago-style politics" with relish, and such shenanigans might seem to fit into that low-road legacy. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO: " Roundtable I: Debating Gun Violence" LINK

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