The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sep 23, 2010 4:14am

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’ Sunlen Miller: “Obama Says GOP's 'Pledge to America' Will Be the Exact Same Agenda” President Obama said that democrat’s biggest opponent in this year’s election will be complacency, and not republican challengers, at a fundraiser in New York City tonight that raised $1.4 million for democratic candidates. LINK


The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Scott Wilson: “Two of Obama’s closest advisers among those likely to leave in White House shuffle” In his nearly two years in office, President Obama has relied on a very small clique of advisers that serves as his most trusted sounding board on politics and policy. Members of his staff describe Obama as wary of outsiders and reluctant to widen his inner circle. As one of his advisers bluntly put it, the president "doesn't like new people."  LINK


USA Today’s Melanie Eversley: “Obama administration seeks to protect communities from environmental hazards” The Obama administration revived a push Wednesday to protect disadvantaged communities from environmental hazards. LINK


Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and John McCormick:Emanuel Likely to Leave Before November for Chicago Race” With the expected departure of presidential chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, leaving before U.S. national elections to run for mayor of Chicago, President Barack Obama can turn to a number of ready replacements. Among them: Thomas Donilon, deputy national security adviser for the president, a former secretary of state’s chief of staff and a seasoned hand in Democratic Party politics. LINK



The Los Angeles Times' John M. Glionna and David Pierson: "Tensions between China, Japan escalate" A day after China's premier warned that his nation would punish Japan if it did not release a detained Chinese fishing boat captain, Beijing on Thursday cut off exports of minerals to Japan that are used in such products as hybrid cars, according to a media report that was later denied by Chinese officials. In recent days, Chinese officials have raised continuing alarm over Japan's holding of the trawler captain, whose boat collided two weeks ago with Japanese coast guard vessels near a chain of islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both nations. LINK


The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “G.O.P. Cites Tax Cuts and Health Care as Main Focus” House Republicans on Thursday will issue a legislative blueprint called “A Pledge to America” that they hope will catapult them to a majority in the November elections. Its goals include a permanent extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts, repeal of the newly enacted health care law, a cap on discretionary federal spending and an end to government control of the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. LINK

Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “GOP ‘Pledge to America’ Looks Unlikely to Inspire” Legend has it that the 1994 Republican" Contract With America" was the centerpiece of the GOP's historic congressional takeover. The reality is a little more complicated. A generational shift of the Democrats' Solid South toward Republicans culminated in 1994 for a number of reasons, among them the usual antipathy toward the president's party in a midterm election. Republicans were well on their way to a rout by the time the contract had been written.  LINK


Politico’s Jonathan Allen, Jake Sherman and Richard E. Cohen: “Republican 'Pledge to America': Spending caps, tax cuts” Republicans are planning to unveil the “Pledge to America,” a Republican manifesto that will include policy outlines for national security, healthcare and a plan to cut government jobs and spending. The Republicans also plan on extending the Bush tax cuts and mentioning their collective stance on gay marriage. LINK


The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “GOP cash fills coffers of 'tea party' hopefuls” The Republican National Republican Senatorial Committee has given $42,600 to seven of eight Tea Party candidates in an effort to stand behind the nominees that have replaced traditional GOP members after a surprising primary election season. Other groups have given $2.5 million to Marco Rubio of Florida, $2 million to Rand Paul of Kentucky and $700,000 to Sharron Angle of Nevada in an effort to unseat Democrats in November. LINK


The New York Daily News' Kenneth Lovett: "Poll: Andrew Cuomo only 6 percentage points ahead of Tea Party rival Carl Paladino in governor race" Flame-throwing Republican Carl Paladino is within striking distance of overtaking longtime gubernatorial frontrunner Andrew Cuomo, a shocking new poll finds.   Among likely voters, the Democrat Cuomo has a paltry 49% to 43% lead over Paladino, the blowhard Buffalo businessman who won a shocking and decisive victory last week in the GOP primary, the Quinnipiac University poll finds. LINK  


The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid and Monica Langley: “House Republicans Spell Out Their Own PlansHouse Republicans are set to release an agenda Thursday that features longtime GOP goals, such as repealing President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul, but is less specific about how the party would tackle some long-term problem areas such as Social Security and Medicare spending. LINK


USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: “Republicans to release ‘Pledge to America’ agenda” Sixteen years after an elaborate ceremony to sign the "Contract with America" in the Capitol's shadow helped propel House Republicans to majority status, GOP leaders are hoping to repeat the performance. LINK


The Boston Globe’s Noah Bierman: “GOP Governors take aim at PatrickThe Republican Governors Association will launch an advertising blitz today aimed directly at Governor Deval Patrick, training its fire on the Democratic incumbent after spending much of the spring and summer wounding state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill’s independent bid for the corner office. LINK



ABC News’ Huma Khan: “New Health Care Benefits to Start Thursday, Still Embroiled in Political Debate” Insurance plans renewing on or after Sept. 23 must offer new benefits of the healthcare bill, including eliminating lifetime limits on insurance coverage, offer coverage for kids with an existing condition, remove lifetime caps on coverage, provide free preventive care and extend coverage to young adults under 26 on their parent’s healthcare plans. LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Jared A. Favole: “Obama Dares Foes to Hobble Health LawWASHINGTON—President Barack Obama promoted Wednesday consumer-friendly provisions in health-care legislation passed six months ago, seeking to counter what the administration sees as a Republican-driven scare campaign. LINK


The Denver Post’s Monte Whaley: “House candidates – all of them – will debate in Loveland” A northern Colorado television station is hosting a 4th Congressional District debate that will feature all four candidates for the seat. Northern Colorado 5, a CBS affiliate serving the cities of Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, is sponsoring the debate on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Fountains of Loveland in Loveland.

Incumbent Democrat Betsy Markey last week refused to participate in a debate sponsored by the Coloradoan newspaper in Fort Collins and Denver's KUSA-TV 9News, because two third-party candidates were not invited. LINK


The Miami Herald’s Carol Marbin Miller: “Appeals court: Florida ban on gay adoption unconstitutional” A state appeals court on Wednesday struck down Florida's controversial ban on adoptions by gay men and women as unconstitutional, and Gov. Charlie Crist and the state's child-welfare chief announced hours later they will immediately cease to enforce the ban. LINK


The Philadelphia Inquirer’s William Bender: “In Bucks County, a bitter poll for Murphy to swallow

U.S. REP. Patrick Murphy's "uh-oh" moment came last month, when his polling firm reported that Republican Mike Fitzpatrick was within striking distance of recapturing his 8th District seat in Bucks County. LINK



ABC News: “McAdams: 'I Think His Name Is Woodhouse” The democratic candidate for Senate from Alaska is featured on’s “Top Line” to talk about his stance on several issues and teases previous guests from the Democratic National Committee for forgetting his name. LINK


ABC News: “McCain Gets Heated Over DADT” In a video from the National Review, Sen. John McCain insists that those in the military “do not seek to find out someone’s sexual orientation,” and that he knows the military is “not seeking out people who are gay,” in a heated exchange with members of the press. LINK



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