The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday September 27, 2010

Sep 27, 2010 4:46am

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


ABC News’ Rick Klein: “'World News' Political Insights: All Defense, All the Time for Democrats in Stretch” For Democrats, the name of the game is defense — without the time or the luxury for much else. The travel schedule of two presidents — one current, one former — tell the tough tale of how the word "safe" has been redefined for Democrats this year. LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush and Darren Samuelsohn: “Browner's green blues” It’s a measure of Carol Browner’s growing influence in the West Wing that she’s been given the coveted key to the taupe-accented kingdom — President Barack Obama’s personal BlackBerry e-mail address. LINK

The New York Times’ Charlie Savage: “U.S. Is Working to Ease Wiretaps on the Internet” Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is “going dark” as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone. LINK

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson: “GOP Takes Bill Clinton's Advice For Dems Thursday Bill Clinton suggested that Democrats should create a five-point plan on a note card to help explain to voters the Democratic party’s legislative priorities heading into the congressional midterm elections. LINK

The Washington Post’s Philip Ruckerand and Anne Kornblut: “Obama looks to reenergize youth vote, get late Democratic surge for midterms” President Obama will swoop into the heartland this week in a high-stakes bid to boost enthusiasm for Democrats by reigniting the coalition of young and minority voters who were critical to his success two years ago.  LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Douglas Belkin: “Democrats Face Skeptics in Rural Areas” WILLISTON, N.D.—Cliff Wehrman has a new Dodge pickup and the remnants of a tan from a Mexican beach vacation. LINK

USA Today’s John Fritze: “Conservative candidates are reshaping the GOP" WASHINGTON — They're not well-known outside their home districts, but a handful of U.S. House candidates are poised to reshape the Republican Party — and its agenda — when a new Congress gets underway in LINK

The Miami Herald’s Michael C. Bender: “Election Day is already over for many Floridians as early voting surges” With thousands of Floridians voting early and by absentee ballot, political candidates must ramp up ads and perfect their message weeks before Election Day. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Chris Brennan: “As Sestak and Toomey twist and turn, two 'hot' topics turn out to be duds” U.S. REP. Joe Sestak and former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey spend much of their time on the campaign trail launching salvos across the ideological divide in the race for U.S. Senate. LINK

The Hill's Jay Heflin, "Payroll departments brace for congressional verdict on tax cuts"  The decision by Senate Democratic leaders to delay a vote on the Bush-era tax cuts until after the election has put the payroll industry on high alert. If Democratic leaders fail to determine the tax rates by Dec. 10, it could be too late for payroll administrators to withhold the right amount of tax from workers’ paychecks, according to industry officials. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Tax-cuts vote unlikely until after elections” Democrats said Sunday they will put off until after the elections a vote on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts, leaving most taxpayers in limbo for months as to whether they'll face tax increases at the beginning of next year. LINK

The Denver Post’s Karen Crummy, Jessica Fender and Tim Hoover: “Governor candidates keep budget ideas at arm’s length” Colorado's next governor faces perhaps the worst fiscal crisis in state history, yet none of the three leading gubernatorial candidates has offered concrete plans on how to tackle a budget shortfall that could be as much as $1.1 billion. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Alan Wirzbicki: In poll, edge goes to sales tax cut” Massachusetts voters are deeply split over a November ballot question that would slash the state sales tax, a new Globe poll indicates, with a narrow plurality of those surveyed saying they favor the proposal. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Megan Woolhouse: “Emotions, complaints high in sour economy” It is another side effect of the lagging economy: Consumers are complaining more. The state’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation received more than 54,000 complaints last year, and the number is on track to break that record this year. LINK

ABC News’ Huma Khan: “Sharron Angle in 2009: People Have to Pay for Autism Mandate” At a Tea Party rally in August, 2009, Angle derided a bipartisan bill in Nevada that would require some health insurance policies to provide coverage for screening and treatment of autism. LINK

Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter: “Better Listen to Bill Clinton on Green Jobs” Shortly after the 2008 election, President-elect Obama told close aides he wanted them to “think big.” Rahm Emanuel, soon to be chief of staff, argued, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” In early 2009, Obama took a not-so-veiled shot at Bill Clinton when he snapped (privately), “We weren’t sent here to do school uniforms.” LINK

ABC News: “Fight Erupts During Angle Reid Debate” Audience members get into a fight during a debate between Sharron Angle and Harry Reid, the senate candidates from Nevada.  LINK

ABC News: “'Top Line': 50 Years After Kennedy Nixon Debate” Top Line celebrates the 50th anniversary of the presidential debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon with analysis from American University professor Allan Lichtman. LINK

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