The Note's Must-Reads for Thursday, August 02, 2012

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PRESIDENT OBAMA ABC News' Russell Goldman: " Mitt Romney Better Move To Right, Says Emboldened Tea Party" The stunning Texas victory of Ted Cruz, a young Tea Party-backed Republican over an establishment candidate vying for a Senate seat, has already so emboldened the insurgent conservative movement that activists are warning Mitt Romney he had better get on board. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Paul West: " President Obama hits battleground state of Ohio hard" Three months before voters decide his fate, President Obama has seized on the tossup state of Ohio as his top reelection target. Obama has bombarded the state with a larger volume of TV advertising than any other. LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: " Obama's Latest Viral Critic: Age 6" It looks as if even kids can get involved in negative campaigning nowadays. A viral video features a 6-year-old child named Isaac Anthony offering "10 reasons not to vote for (President) Obama." LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: " GOP: Obama Aides Evading Transparency" A Republican-run House committee is accusing aides to President Obama of seeking to hide certain contacts through personal e-mails and meetings beyond the White House gates. One target: former deputy chief of staff Jim Messina, now manager of President Obama's re-election team. LINK

USA Today's David Jackson: " Obama Cites Study Co-Written By Ex-Obama, Ex-Bush Aides" President Obama buttressed his argument against Mitt Romney's tax plan Wednesday by citing an "independent, non-partisan study," though Romney aides quickly pointed out that one of the report's co-authors is a former White House staffer. LINK

The New York Times' Jackie Calmes: " Obama Says Romney's Tax Plan Favors Wealthy Only" President Obama assailed Mitt Romney for "top-down economics" in his ninth trip this year to this battleground state, brandishing a new study showing that Mr. Romney's plans would mean additional large tax cuts for millionaires at the expense of other Americans. LINK

MITT ROMNEY The Hills' Alicia M. Cohn: " Romney camp targets auto bailout in new TV ad" Mitt Romney's campaign pivoted back to the auto bailout in its latest TV ad, released Wednesday. The ad takes direct aim at President Obama's claim that the 2009 federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, begun under former President Bush and continued under the Obama administration, was a success. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Patrick O'Conner: " Romney Campaign Expands Its Staff To Work With Vice-Presidential Pick" Mitt Romney's campaign is adding more staff to work with the candidate's eventual vice-presidential pick, an indication that a choice is drawing nearer now that Mr. Romney has returned from a trip abroad. LINK

Politico's Michelle Quinn: " Mitt Romney not yet a member of the 'thumb tribe'" Mitt Romney carries an iPhone and taps his private thoughts on an iPad, but his campaign wants Americans to know he's pro-Android, too. When his campaign announced that it would make an app available to let people know the instant the former Massachusetts governor publicly reveals his vice presidential pick, it made the app for Android smartphones as well as the iPhone. LINK

The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold and Aaron Blake: " Swing state poll: Romney still struggling to convince voters he cares" Mitt Romney started this campaign with a problem: an image as a wealthy elitist, out of touch with middle-class life. New polls out Wednesday show that - even now, after months of campaigning and an expensive effort to introduce himself to voters - Romney still hasn't overcome that first impression. LINK

The Boston Globe's Matt Viser: " In a twist, Romney lauds Israeli health care system" Mitt Romney praised aspects of the Israeli health care system while speaking to a group of donors on his foreign trip, comments that raised eyebrows in the United States because Israel has the type of government-run health care system that Romney has been strenuously running against in his presidential campaign. Calling Israel a "pretty healthy nation," Romney commented on how the country spends far less to maintain its health care costs, a gap that some studies have attributed to the heavy role of government and a requirement that everyone have health care. LINK VOTING The Washington Times' Stephanie Dinan: " Democrats: Doomsday; Republicans: Your fault" President Obama's budget director told Congress Wednesday that automatic spending cuts will slash funding for 16,000 school employees, cut the U.S. Border Patrol and kick 100,000 children out of the Head Start program as the White House sought to up the political pain for lawmakers bickering over how to stave off the cuts. LINK Bloomberg's Julie Bykowicz : " Kochs Take Tip From Soros Investing In Voter Registration" The door-knockers wearing matching T- shirts and carrying electronic tablets loaded with maps and survey scripts fanned out on a recent evening across Hillsborough County, a Florida enclave that has backed the winning presidential candidate in each of the last three elections. Their mission: Find residents who share the small- government philosophy of Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit group founded by billionaire industrialists and Republican donors Charles and David Koch. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS " Mitt Romney Is Set To Pick His Vice President For 2012 Election" (VIDEO) " Mitt Romney's VP Finalists" (VIDEO)

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