The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday July 25, 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' Carrie Halperin Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen and Ben Waldron


ABC News' Arlette Saenz: " Romney Blasts Obama Over Security Leaks, Defense Cuts" What was billed as a major foreign policy speech today by Mitt Romney contained few new initiatives as the presumptive GOP nominee slammed President Obama on his handling of national security leaks in his administration, looming defense cuts and his "shabby" treatment of Israel. "This isn't a partisan issue; it's a national security crisis," Romney said of the leaks at a speech to the VFW convention here on the eve of his week-long trip abroad. LINK

The New York Times' Richard A. Oppel: " Romney Blasts Security Leaks as a Betrayal" On the eve of a trip abroad intended to burnish his qualifications to be commander in chief, Mitt Romney accused Obama administration officials on Tuesday of betraying the country by leaking national security secrets for their own political gain and failing to stand up to adversaries like China, Russia and Iran. Mr. Romney's address, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention here, was the most expansive foreign policy speech of his candidacy and opened a new and aggressive attack on President Obama on national security. LINK

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake: " How super PACs are saving Mitt Romney" Republican-aligned super PACs and other outside conservative groups have spent more than $144 million on general election ads in swing presidential states, a huge outlay of cash that has allowed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to not only combat but exceed heavy early ad spending by President Obama. Roughly 80 percent of all ad spending by Republicans on the general election has come from these super PACs, as Romney has expended a relatively meager $35 million to date on ads in swing states, according to ad buy figures provided to the Fix by a GOP media buyer. LINK

Politico's Patrick Reis and MJ Lee: " Doubts over Mitt Romney repeal of Dodd-Frank" Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama's financial reform is strangling the economy - and he's pledging to repeal it once he's in office. The problem: Republicans in Congress say that's impossible. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Mark Z. Barabak: " Mitt Romney strongly criticizes President Obama in VFW speech" Preparing for his first foreign travel as the unofficial Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney used a send-off speech before military veterans Tuesday to deliver a scathing indictment of President Obama's defense and foreign policies. Tying the tepid economy at home to weakness abroad, Romney asserted that Obama's "policies have made it harder to recover from the deepest recession in 70 years, exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify [and] compromised our national security secrets." LINK

USA Today's Meredith Mandell: " Romney overseas trip to court voters living abroad" Mitt Romney begins a six-day overseas tour Wednesday to meet leaders in England, Israel and Poland and demonstrate his statesmanship and foreign policy chops - as well as to rake in campaign cash and woo voters living abroad. In London, Romney will attend a joint fundraising dinner with other GOP committees where guests will pay up to $75,000 a plate, according to an invitation The Washington Post posted on its website. LINK


Bloomberg's Roger Runningen: " Obama Raises Money As Campaign Responds To Romney Attacks" President Barack Obama raised money from supporters in the Pacific Northwest today as he and his campaign organization fired back at Republican Mitt Romney's attacks. Obama, on a three-day swing through five states, plans to collect at least $6.3 million in California, Oregon and Washington, more than half of it today at four fundraisers in Portland, Oregon, and a Seattle, Washington, suburb. LINK

The Washington Times' Susan Crabtree: " New Obama ad aims to stanch entrepreneurship remark fallout" After two weeks of political fallout over his comments that self-made entrepreneurs aren't entirely responsible for their own success, President Obama is amplifying previous attempts to clarify the remarks with a new ad accusing Republicans of taking his quotes out of context. LINK


The Wall Street Journal's Neil King Jr. and Daniel Lippman: " Obama Keeps Lead as Voter Anxiety Rises" American voters are growing more polarized and locked in their views as they witness a presidential campaign that is boosting negative feelings about both candidates, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Tuesday shows. The poll also finds a resurgence of anxiety about the economy as job growth has slowed, though President Barack Obama maintains his edge on several fronts despite that. Half of registered voters feel less optimistic about the direction of the economy, with just 27% predicting the economy would improve over the next year-a sharp drop in optimism from recent months. LINK


" Romney's VP Vetter Keeps the Secret at Home" LINK


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