The Note's Must-Reads for Monday, May 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 and Jayce Henderson


ABC News' Rick Klein: " Political Insights: Obama Restarts Culture Wars on Offense" In the 2012 edition of the culture wars, a new side is starting on offense. President Obama's move to embrace same-sex marriage sets an unmistakable tone for the general election: Democrats don't feel the need to fear social issues, even ones that have been conservative lynchpins in years past. LINK

The New York Times' Peter Baker and Rachel Swarns: " After Obama's Decision on Marriage, a Call to Pastors" About two hours after declaring his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama gathered eight or so African-American ministers on a conference call to explain himself. He had struggled with the decision, he said, but had come to believe it was the right one. LINK

Politico's Maggie Haberman: " A Bill Clinton-Barack Obama fundraising hat trick in NYC" Reid Pillifant reported last week that President Obama and Bill Clinton will hold an event on Broadway on June 4, and an email sent to supporters puts that fundraiser as the third the two will hold that day - including a high-dollar event at hedge fund manager Marc Lasry's home, and another at the Waldorf Astoria.  LINK

The Washington Post's Amy Gardner: " In military-rich battlegrounds, Obama targets new group: veterans" President Obama has wound down America's war in Iraq, ordered the operation that killed Osama bin Laden and set in motion the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan. He also has focused particular attention on veterans and military families, increasing funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs, implementing the post-Sept. 11 G.I. Bill and launching job programs for returning troops. LINK

The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan: " Poll shows Obama's chief edge is enthusiasm factor" Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama are statistically tied with 43.6 percent and 43.2 percent support, respectively, among likely voters surveyed in the first head-to-head matchup conducted for The Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll, which nonetheless found more enthusiasm for the president's campaign than for the GOP's challenger. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Morgan Little: " Obama, Romney campaigns release dueling Mother's Day videos" President Obama and Mitt Romney's campaigns released Mother's Day videos Sunday, saluting each candidate's wife or mother and also injecting some political jabs into the holiday festivities. LINK


Bloomberg's  Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Lisa Lerer: " Romney Vowing Dodd-Frank Repeal Hits JPMorgan Inconvenient Truth" Mitt Romney says he wants to talk about the economy in this presidential campaign, including his call to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM)'s $2 billion trading loss in risky transactions isn't the sort of conversation he had in mind. LINK

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