The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday July 24, 2012

Jul 24, 2012 3:22am

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’ Carrie Halperin, Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen and Jordan Mazza

PRESIDENT OBAMA
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Obama Fundraises With Players in Solyndra Scandal” At an exclusive re-election fundraiser tonight, President Obama hobnobbed with 60 of his wealthiest supporters, including two figures at the center of the Solyndra loan controversy. Steve Westly, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, was one of the first to raise red flags about the administration’s support for a $500 million loan to Solyndra, the solar energy start-up that later went bankrupt. LINK

The Hill’s Ben Geman: “White House threatens to veto GOP drilling bill” The White House on Monday waved the veto pen at a House GOP bill that would require vastly wider offshore oil-and-gas leasing. “The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 6082, which would undermine the targeted, science-based, and regionally-tailored offshore development strategy that the American people and the States have helped develop over the last three years,” the White House said in a “formal statement of administration policy,” referring to the House plan by its bill number. LINK

The Washington Post’s David Nakamura: “After Aurora shootings, Obama again takes on role as healer in chief in Colorado.” In the midst of a tight reelection campaign, President Obama flew to Colorado on Sunday for the second time in less than a month. It is a key battleground state that he captured four years ago and would like to hold on to this fall.  But Obama did not talk politics on either visit.  LINK

2012 RACE
USA Today’s Susan Page: “POLL: Romney preferred over Obama to handle the economy” Despite concerted Democratic attacks on his business record, Republican challenger Mitt Romney scores a significant advantage over President Obama when it comes to managing the economy, reducing the federal budget deficit and creating jobs, a national USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. LINK
The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Campaigning Resumes After Weekend Pause” The presidential candidates jumped back into campaign mode Monday after a weekend pause from political punch and counterpunch amid grieving for the dozen people killed in Aurora, Colo. Republican Mitt Romney resumed his criticism of President Barack Obama for his July 13 comments that Americans succeed through their collective efforts. And for the first time, Mr. Obama shot back, accusing Mr. Romney of distorting his words. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey: “Obama, Romney campaigns briefly touch on foreign policy“  As Republican Mitt Romney  prepared to set off on a three-country, seven-day grand tour abroad, the presidential campaigns ventured into relatively new territory Monday: engaging in a debate over foreign affairs, international alliances and war policy.  The long-distance discussion was cursory yet notable for appearing at all in a race that has been dominated by competing economic strategies and traded accusations of cronyism and financial secrecy. LINK

 The New York Times’  Helene Cooper and Richard A. Oppel Jr.: “President Criticizes Romney Over Foreign Policy.”  President Obama directed a sharp assault on Mitt Romney’s  foreign policy credentials on Monday, as the weekend political truce that followed the shooting rampage in Colorado dissolved into the more familiar political punch and counterpunch.  LINK

 GUN CONTROL

The Washington Times’ Paige Winfield Cunningham: “Rampage unlikely to prompt Hill action” Lawmakers returning to Washington for the first time after last week’s deadly movie-theater shooting mourned the victims, but there seemed little indication Congress is ready to take gun control off the back burner, where it’s been sitting for more than a decade as Congress passed a handful of minor laws that mostly expanded access to firearms. While some Democrats in Congress said Monday that the shooting, which killed a dozen and left 58 wounded, cries out for legislation, the White House has already ruled out pushing for more gun-control laws, and Republicans said the time isn’t ripe. LINK

 The New York Times’ Tim Gabriel: “Obama and Romney Do Not Change Course Over Outcry on Gun Violence.” President Obamaand his challenger,  Mitt Romney, echoed each other in embracing the role of national grief counselor in the wake of the deadly rampage in Colorado last week, offering stirring words of condolence and comfort. But neither has responded to calls for a renewed debate over how to prevent gun violence. Asked on Sunday whether Mr. Obama favored new gun control initiatives, his spokesman, Jay Carney, twice said the main focus of the president — who four years ago called for an assault-weapons ban — was to “protect Second Amendment rights.”  LINK

 ABC NEWS VIDEO
Obama Notes Accomplishments, Promises Kept to Veterans GroupLINK

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