The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sep 22, 2010 4:12am

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Politico’s Mike Allen and John F. Harris: “Barack Obama's Bob Woodward gamble” Bob Woodward of the famous duo Woodward and Bernstein is releasing his 16th book about the Obama Administration. Obama invited Woodward into his office early in his presidency and offered nothing but cooperation to the famed reporter, according to Politico. They were hoping for a sympathetic portrait of the administration, but some outlets are reporting that the book is instead highlighting “mistrust and malice among the Obama team.” The book, entitled “Obama’s Wars,” comes out on Monday. LINK


Bloomberg’s John McCormick: “Obama Loses U.S. Investor in Global Poll With Approval Abroad” President Barack Obama is contending with widespread opposition at home and mostly approval abroad among investors in a global poll reflecting divergent perspectives on the business climate from the U.S. to Europe and Asia. More than three-quarters of U.S. investors view Obama as anti-business and are pessimistic about his policies, while a majority outside the U.S. holds a more favorable view, a Bloomberg survey shows. LINK


Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols: “Summers' Stature Means Obama Faces Tough Task in Replacing Him” For all of Lawrence Summers’ drawbacks, a strong-willed and intellectual economist who critics say is difficult to work with, President Barack Obama faces a tough task in finding a replacement with the stature of the departing director of the National Economic Council. He will leave the White House economic team at a time when the nation still is recovering from the worst recession since the 1930s, and following elections in which the president’s party faces possible loss of control of the House and perhaps the Senate. LINK


The Boston Globe’s Donovan Slack and Matt Viser: “Summers to leave White House

Former Harvard University president Lawrence H. Summers, the chief architect of President Obama’s federal stimulus plan and some of his other top economic initiatives, is leaving his post and returning to the university to teach by the end of the year, the White House said yesterday. LINK


USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “Lawrence Summers to leave Obama’s economic team” A major architect of President Obama's economic policies will leave the White House at year's end, following two other key players and leaving only Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner from the original economic team. LINK




ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports: “Michelle Obama, 'The Closer,' To Hit the Campaign Trail” Michelle Obama will be hitting the campaign trail on Oct. 13 to raise funds for several democrats that are up for re-election in November. Two highlights will be her speeches at the Women’s Leadership Forum for the Democratic National Committee both in New York and California. LINK




The New York Times’ David Herszenhorn: “Move to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Stalls in Senate” WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday voted against taking up a major military bill that would allow the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, disappointing advocates of allowing gay Americans to serve openly in the armed forces but leaving open the likelihood of another vote later this year. LINK

Newsweek’s Eve Conant: “Failure of Bill Repeaking ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” Could Hurt Democrats in Midterms” In the wake of a Senate vote not to advance the Defense Authorization Bill, the current iteration of which included an amendment that would have repealed "don't ask, don't tell," the 17-year-old ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, some gay-rights advocates predicted grim ramifications for Democrats in November. LINK


The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “GOP blocks moves on gays, immigration” Democratic senators pushed to pass gay rights and immigration legislation before the November elections, but were blocked by a Republican filibuster on Tuesday. One of the bills, the “Dream Act,” would give citizenship to illegal children who pass a series of tests, including graduating college or entering the U.S. military, while the other was a repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” LINK


The Boston Globe’s Matt Viser: “GOP blocks repeal of ‘don’t ask

Senate Republicans dealt a stinging setback yesterday to efforts to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell’’ policy for gay soldiers, defeating attempts by Democratic leaders to take up a major military bill that includes the issue. Democrats fell four votes shy of the 60 votes needed to break a GOP filibuster — which included Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts — that prevented consideration of the overall bill. LINK


The Wall Street Journal’s Julian E. Barnes, Naftali Bendavid, and Adam Entous: “GOP Halts Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’” Republicans blocked a Democratic effort to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military, likely pushing back any attempt to overturn the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law until after the November election. LINK




The Wall Street Journals’ Janet Adamy and Avery Johnson: “Rate Increases Denied to Some Private Medicare Plans” WASHINGTON—The Obama administration said Tuesday it denied rate increases and benefit cuts sought by some privately run Medicare plans. LINK




The Boston Globe’s Frank Phillips and Michael Levenson: “Rivals pound away in debate

In a display of the increasing tension in the race, the three major candidates for governor attacked one another’s records aggressively last night in a major televised debate that focused far more on their pasts than on their visions for Massachusetts. LINK


USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Michelle Obama to grace struggling Dems’ fall campaign” WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama, who usually avoids partisan politics, is about to go out on the campaign trail for the first time this year to lend a hand to Democratic candidates struggling to hold on to their seats and to their majorities in Congress. LINK




The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “Loyalties shift in vote-rich suburbs” IN COMMERCE CITY, COLO. Everything about Reunion is meant to be perfect. The houses in this middle-class, master-planned neighborhood 20 miles outside Denver evoke the front-porch intimacy of a small town. Large faux farm silos adorn the grand landscaped entrance. The fishing pond shimmers. The small sign on Reunion Parkway boasts, "Happily ever after starts here." LINK


The Denver Post’s Karen Crummy: “Maes’ fund-raising struggle continues” Republican Dan Maes' already lackluster fundraising plummeted in the first two weeks of September, leaving little money in the bank to wage a campaign against two opponents. Maes raised $14,462, which puts him on track to raise significantly less this month than the $50,000 he collected in August. He has $23,963 on hand. LINK


The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Amy Worden: Pennsylvania legislators failing to make headway on Marcellus tax” Marcellus Shale has dominated discussion under the Capitol dome this week, but with no action to show for it as the legislative session draws to a close in two weeks. Environmental groups held a rally Tuesday afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda to support a Marcellus Shale natural gas tax that would pump millions of dollars into recession-depleted state and local coffers. LINK


The St. Petersburg Times’ Aaron Sharockman: “GOP records vague about who paid for Crist’s family trip to Disney World” A Republican Party of Florida investigation into party finances revealed that former party chairman Jim Greer and Gov. Charlie Crist spent a weekend with their families at Disney World in 2009. The cost: more than $13,400. The tab: picked up by Republican Party of Florida donors. LINK


The St. Petersburg Times’ Aaron Sharockman: “Democratic CFO candidate didn’t vote to tax savings” Loranne Ausley "voted six times to tax your savings." Loranne Ausley "voted six times to tax your savings."Republican Party of Florida, in statements on the party's website, The ruling: The Republican Party of Florida launched a website that it says highlights the liberal tax record of Democratic chief financial officer candidate Loranne Ausley. LINK



ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: “Virginia Set to Execute First Woman in Nearly a Century” Teresa Lewis, who pled guilty to hiring two hitmen to kill her husband and stepson for a life insurance payout, will be the first woman in nearly a century to receive the death penalty in Virginia on Thursday. While the hitmen were sentenced to life in prison, the judge found Lewis ultimately responsible for the crimes and sentenced her to death. The case is controversial because Lewis was tested by a psychiatrist who found her IQ to be in the borderline range of intellectually functioning. LINK


ABC News: “Obama Awards Medal of Honor Posthumously President Obama awards a Medal of Honor to Chief Master Sergeant Richard Etchberger for saving his fellow airmen more than 40 years ago during the Vietnam War. LINK

ABC News: “Frazier: 'Will Entertain' Joining Black Caucus” GOP candidate Ryan Frazier of Colorado discusses the congressional race along with the republican message across the nation. LINK


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