The Note's Must-Reads for Wednesday August 15 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' Emily Friedman: " Romney Calls Obama 'Angry And Desperate' At Close Of Battleground Bus Tour" Closing out his four-day bus tour, Mitt Romney stood on the steps of the courthouse here and ripped apart President Obama's campaign strategy as one of the "diversions" that have taken the nation's highest office to a "new low" that appears "angry and desperate." LINK

ABC News' Devin Dwyer: " Ad Tying Romney To Cancer Death Airs 'In Error'" A controversial TV ad tying Mitt Romney to a woman's cancer death aired today for the first time in Ohio, apparently in error, according to the pro-Obama super PAC that produced it. LINK

The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Amy Gardner: " Romney calls Obama 'angry and desperate' as campaign turns uglier" Mitt Romney lashed out at President Obama with some of the harshest rhetoric of his campaign at a Tuesday night rally here, accusing Obama of leveling "wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency." The already divisive presidential contest took on an even uglier tone after Romney seized on the latest campaign-trail skirmish - a comment at a Virginia rally by Vice President Biden that Romney's plans to loosen Wall Street regulations would "put y'all back in chains" - to go after his opponents. LINK

The Hill's Emily Goodin and Justin Sink: " Romney slams Obama in tough new speech" Mitt Romney used a tough new campaign speech to personally blast the Obama campaign on Tuesday, saying comments earlier in the day from Vice President Biden are "what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like." "Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago," Romney said while campaigning in Ohio. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Sara Murray: " Romney Calls Obama Campaign A 'Disgrace'" Mitt Romney delivered a scathing rebuke of the president's campaign strategy, calling it a "disgrace," that doesn't live up to the expectations Barack Obam a set four years ago. LINK

USA Today's Judy Keen: " Wisconsin Not Sure Thing For Romney-Ryan Ticket" Car salesman David Paulson planned all along to vote for Republican Mitt Romney in November's presidential election, but before Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was added to the ticket, he wasn't "as excited as I am now," he says. LINK


The Wall Street Journal's Carol E. Lee and Sara Murray: " Obama, Romney Spar Over Energy" The presidential race shifted to a debate over energy Tuesday as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney sought votes in the Midwest, home to several states that could prove decisive in November. LINK

USA Today's Gregory Korte: " Romney Attacks Obama Energy Policy In Ohio" At an eastern Ohio coal mine, Mitt Romney spoke of the United States' energy independence. At an ice cream shop in Zanesville, he emphasized small businesses. LINK

The Los Angeles Times Christi Parsons and Seema Mehta: " Obama, Romney talk energy in battleground states" President Obama visited an Iowa farm Tuesday where a family grows corn and soybeans while also generating wind energy with several turbines on their 1,000 acres. Republican Mitt Romney spent time at an Ohio coal mine, speaking in front of hard-hat-wearing workers whose livelihood depends on continued demand for their often-maligned product. LINK

The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg: " Utility's Role in Convention Tests Obama" When Charlotte first emerged as the top contender to host the Democratic convention, its lead cheerleader was James E. Rogers, the outspoken chief executive of the hometown utility, Duke Energy. He promised to be a public face and a private fund-raiser for the effort. Mr. Rogers has not only solicited donations but has also arranged for his company to donate office space and guarantee a loan to the convention committee. LINK


ABC News' Jake Tapper, Devin Dwyer and Shushannah Walshe: " FACT CHECK: Obama, Ryan Romney Backed Medicare Cuts" One way or another, Barack Obama, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney all have supported the $700 billion in cuts to Medicare spending now in place under the Affordable Care Act. LINK


Politico's Jennifer Granholm: " Now it's Barack Obama vs. GOP Congress" Forget Mitt Romney. It's now Obama vs. the House Republican Congress. It was the pick born of panic, a move made out of desperation. Mitt Romney, seeing his poll numbers slipping under the toll of his daily flip flops, gaffes and deliberately false campaign ads, lurched wildly to the right to shake up the game and shore up his crumbling and suspicious base. The far right was, of course, thrilled. LINK

USA Today's Martha T. Moore: " Study: Obama Tops Romney In Online Activity" President Obama is far more active online than Mitt Romney, and so are his followers, says a study of the digital presidential campaign out today. LINK


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