The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, July 12, 2012

By Amanda VanAllen

Jul 12, 2012 4:42am

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

MITT ROMNEY
ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe: “On Question of Releasing Taxes, Romney Sidesteps Again” Mitt Romney offered a slightly inaccurate version of his tax return history  in an interview today, saying he’s released two years of tax returns and that he has released the “same level of information” as John McCain and John Kerry. “We’ve of course released all the financial statements that are required by law and then two years of tax returns—the most recent year will be released as soon as that’s prepared,” Romney told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Patrick O’Connor: “NAACP Cool Toward Romney’s Overtures” Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney drew loud boos Wednesday when he pledged to repeal President Barack Obama’s health law in a speech to the country’s largest civil rights organization. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee pulled few punches in delivering a variation on his standard stump speech to the annual NAACP convention, enduring sustained boos when he vowed to overturn “Obamacare.” LINK
The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Richard B. Cheney open Wyoming home for major Mitt Romney fundraiser” When Mitt Romney arrives Thursday at the gates of Teton Pines, a majestic Wyoming country club where captains of industry flock each summer to golf on an Arnold Palmer-designed course, his purpose will be greater than spending another evening separating rich people from their money. LINK

Politico’s Seung Min Kim: “Pelosi: Romney wanted to booed by NAACP” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is hinting that all those boos toward Mitt Romney on Wednesday at the NAACP convention may have been exactly what the former governor was counting on. “I think it was a calculated move on his part to get booed at the NAACP convention,” Pelosi said in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Wednesday. She did not elaborate further during the three-minute interview clip provided by Bloomberg. LINK
The Los Angeles Times’ Maeve Reston: “NAACP audience boos Mitt Romney’s comments on Obama, healthcare” Mitt Romney’s speech before the nation’s oldest civil rights organization Wednesday was meant as an olive branch to the black community, but his sharp criticisms of President Obama and a vow to repeal the Democrat’s healthcare plan drew sustained boos and a chilly reception from the audience of black voters. Romney’s message was aimed at a larger audience beyond the Houston convention hall — independent and moderate voters particularly. LINK

PRESIDENT OBAMA
The Hills’ Meghashyam Mali: “Obama ad keeps pressure on Romney over offshore holdings” President Obama’s campaign released a new video late Tuesday, raising pressure on GOP candidate Mitt Romney to provide more information on his personal finances for public scrutiny. Since a report in Vanity Fair magazine last week that said Romney used offshore transactions and accounts to hold assets and possibly gain tax benefits, Democrats have leaned on the presumptive GOP nominee to release additional tax records. LINK
The New York Daily News’ Alison Gendar: “House Republicans vote for 33rd time to dismantle President Obama’s health care reform bill” Only in Congress is it a good thing to fail at something 32 times and still keep trying. House Republicans on Wednesday voted for the 33rd time to dismantle President Obama’s sweeping health care reform bill — a symbolic vote that won’t amount to anything legislatively, but was calculated to allow the GOP members to rally opposition to the controversial measure. LINK

The Washington Times’ Susan Crabtree: “Obama repackages help for small businesses” President Obama offered a series of modest steps aimed at helping small businesses Wednesday after Republican criticism that his push for raising taxes on the high earners would hurt small businesses caught in the IRS dragnet. The White House hailed the new rules as a significant set of executive orders that would “accelerate federal payments, reduce paperwork and make it easier for small firms to access loan and tax credits.” LINK

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker and Michael Shear: “Romney Says He Offers Better Chance for Blacks” Although President Obama swept into the White House with the overwhelming support of black voters, Mitt Romney appeared before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Wednesday with a bold claim: “If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him.” LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
Mitt Romney Booded at NAACP Event LINK

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