The Note's Must-Reads for Tuesday August 14, 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 Will Cantine


ABC News' Mary Bruce: " Obama Highlights Federal Response To Drought In Iowa" Touring drought-stricken Iowa, President Obama Monday showcased the power of incumbency as he touted his administration's response to the drought and announced new federal aid to help farmers and ranchers. LINK


ABC News Emily Friedman: " Romney Won't Say Where He And Paul Ryan Diverge On Medicare" Asked three times Monday whether there are parts of Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan with which he disagrees, Mitt Romney offered no specifics, saying only that "there may be." LINK

Bloomberg's Julie Hirschfeld Davis: " Romney Campaigning In Florida Attacks Obama On Medicare" Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, moving aggressively to defend his running mate's budget blueprint, charged that President Barack Obama is weakening Medicare while his party is working to save it. LINK


ABC News' Jonathan Karl: " 'Paul Who?': Trailing The GOP Running Mate At The Iowa State Fair" First, an observation: Aside from some very loud and persistent hecklers (some of whom came disguised as Romney supporters, complete with shirts and signs), Paul Ryan had a warm, enthusiastic reception at the Iowa State Fair. After the heckling - which took place at the famous Soap Box where Romney was heckled last year - Karl caught up with Ryan during his rather chaotic departure. LINK

The Hill's Cameron Joseph and Alexandra Jaffe: " GOP concerned Ryan could cost party House and Senate seats" Republicans strategists are worried that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) addition to the presidential ticket will cost their party House and Senate seats this fall. Their concern: Democrats will successfully demonize Ryan's budget plan, which contains controversial spending cuts and changes to Medicare. LINK

The New York Daily News' " VP nominee Ryan gets taste of messy side of presidential politics in day marked by unruly protesters and negative headlines "Mitt Romney's newly-minted running mate Paul Ryan got a taste of the messier side of presidential politics on Monday as he contended with unruly protesters at his first solo speech in Iowa. The chaotic scene came less than 24 hours after Ryan got a hero's welcome back in his home state of Wisconsin after being named Romney's VP pick on Saturday. LINK

Boston Globe's Michael Kranish and Bob Caina Calvan: " Paul Ryan's budget plan is built on a series of rosy assumptions" The most immediate impact of the Paul Ryan budget would be twofold: a doubling-down on the Republican supply-side theory that cutting taxes especially for the wealthy will spur growth and increase revenue, and a vision of the most dramatic shrinking of government spending in history. In Ryan's view, these two things would be just the elixir the economy needs, inevitably increasing jobs and opportunities. What seems clear is that Ryan's budget can work only if his doctrinaire assumptions work - and even then it is hard to gauge because he has left out many of the details. LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Ryan sparks split on immigration" Rep. Paul Ryan could be Mitt Romney's olive branch to voters who want to see illegal immigrants gain legal status, with the Wisconsin Republican having repeatedly backed legalization efforts and cast himself in the mold of former President George W. Bush, who fought a battle with his own party on the issue. LINK


The Los Angeles Times' Alana Semuels and Christi Parsons " Obama and Ryan duel over farm aid, economy in Iowa" Iowa contributes all of six electoral votes to the grand total of 538 up for grabs in November's election. But President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are devoting plenty of time to the state, an indication that both campaigns think the election could come down to that thin slice. LINK


" Obama Vs. Ryan: Budget Cuts, Taxes, Medicare" LINK " Paul Ryan Campaigns With Mitt Romney" LINK " Paul Ryan On How Public Speaking Is Like Bow Hunting" LINK


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