The Note's Must-Reads for Monday July 22, 2013

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DETROIT ABC News' Kari Rea: " Detroit Mayor: 'We Will Come Back' From Bankruptcy" In an exclusive interview on ABC's "This Week," Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he hopes the city's decision to file for bankruptcy will provide a new beginning for the Motor City. "I'm surely hoping that this will be a new start. Detroiters are a very, very resilient people," Bing said on "This Week." "Detroit is a very iconic city, worldwide, and our people will fight through this. And we will come back." LINK

The Washington Times' Dave Boyer: " For now, Obama sidesteps Detroit bankruptcy" President Obama will travel to the Midwest this week to give a major speech about economic revival, bypassing bankrupt Detroit, where he has resisted pleas for a federal bailout. The president will fly Wednesday to Galesburg, Ill., and Warrensburg, Mo., to promote his domestic agenda, featuring an address at Knox College in Illinois LINK

ECONOMY The Hill's Erik Wasson: " Obama speech to fire opening salvo in new budget showdown " President Obama will deliver the first in a series of economic speeches Wednesday aimed at gaining the upper hand in this fall's looming budget showdown with Congress. Obama will speak at Knox College in Illinois, the same location where he first outlined his economic vision as a Senate candidate in 2005. LINK

USA Today's Aamer Madhani: " Obama sets campaign to tout his vision for the economy" President Obama will kick off a several-weeks long effort Wednesday to barnstorm the country and press resistant Republicans to work with him to bolster the economy. In the campaign, Obama will lay out his vision directly to Americans for how Washington and the private sector can put a charge into an economy that is improving only in fits and starts. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Peter Nicholas: " Obama Aims to Shift Focus To Boosting Jobs, Economy" Hoping to reignite efforts to shore up the economy, President Barack Obama this week will begin a series of speeches focusing on his jobs agenda and his priorities to build a stronger middle class. Mr. Obama will deliver about a half dozen talks in the coming weeks, beginning with an address on Wednesday at Knox College in Illinois. LINK

The New York Times' Mark Landler: " Obama Plans To Unveil His Agenda For Economy" With major battles looming in the fall over the federal budget and the debt ceiling, President Obama is trying to regain the initiative, embarking on a campaign-style tour of the Midwest this week to lay out his agenda for reinvigorating the nation's economy, administration officials said Sunday. Mr. Obama's offensive will begin on Wednesday in Galesburg, Ill., with what his aides are saying will be a major address on economic policy at Knox College. Officials declined to provide details of the president's message, but said he would set his terms for what they expect will be another bruising battle with a Republican-controlled House over the nation's fiscal policies. LINK

Politico's Andrea Drusch: " W.H.: Knox College First In Series Of Economic Speeches" President Barack Obama's appearance at Knox College on Wednesday will mark the first in another series of economic speeches focused on middle class, the White House said Sunday. The addresses, to be delivered over the next several weeks, will include both new and previously released proposals on issues such as health care, education, home ownership, job security, and retirement savings, Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer said in an email sent to the president's supporters Sunday night. LINK

The Washington Post's Scott Wilson: " Obama Seeks To Put Economy, Middle Class Back In Spotlight" President Obama will deliver a series of speeches this week designed to push the economy, and his proposals to ensure its long-term growth, toward the center of the national political debate after months of focus on other issues. White House officials described the effort Sunday as a way for the president to revisit some of the economic themes he has spoken about since his early days in the U.S. Senate and to outline how he intends to appeal to Congress and the public to secure his goals in the months ahead. LINK

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT The Los Angeles Times' Christine Mai-Duc: " In Hermosa Beach, a sheen of divisiveness over oil's possible return " Mike Collins was raised in oil country but dreamed of living at the beach. As a young boy in Bakersfield, he accompanied his father to dusty fields dotted with derricks where he repaired the motors on oil rigs. On his bedroom wall hung a poster of a house perched atop a cliff, overlooking the ocean waves. "Justification for higher education," his mother called it. LINK

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