The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, September 29, 2010

By Jayson

Sep 29, 2010 4:12am

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 www.abcnews.com

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, CARRIE HALPERIN AND MAGGY PATRICK

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
The New York Times’ Dan Barry: “Obama’s University Visit Was Not Simple” Would it be all right if the Leader of the Free World stopped by your campus for a little while? He wants to surround himself with hordes of enthusiastic young people, toss out a few oratorical gems — as you know, he’s got the gift — and reinvigorate his anxious political party. The Secret Service has the usual security concerns, of course, but we’ll pay for any inconvenience. Interested? LINK

USA Today’s Jennifer Jacobs: “Iowa family preps for backyard chat with Obama” The President of the United States will drop by Jeff and Sandy Hatfield Clubb's house on Wednesday morning. LINK

The Boston Globe: “Obama prods Democrats to get busy for November” Clearly frustrated by Republicans’ energy — and his own party’s lack of enthusiasm — President Obama scolded fellow Democrats even as he rallied them yesterday in an effort to save the party from big GOP gains in the crucial midterm elections. In the final month of campaigning, he is trying to reenergize young voters, despondent liberals, and other Democrats whose excitement over his election has dissipated. LINK 

CIA:
The Washington Post’s Greg Miller: “CIA steps up drone attacks in Pakistan amid fear of al-Qaeda terror in Europe” A sharply escalated campaign of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan is aimed in part at al-Qaeda units suspected of planning terrorist attacks on targets in Europe, a threat that U.S. officials described as "credible but not specific" enough to allow authorities to anticipate precisely where or when a strike might occur. LINK

DEMOCRATS / G.O.P. / TEA PARTY / ELECTION 2010:
Newsweek’s Ben Adler: “Christine O’Donnell’s Elitism: Fake Credentials From Fancy Universities” Conservatives and Republicans are famously suspicious of educational credentials and distainful of cultural (as opposed to economic) elites. They are especially scornful of the current president's impressive academic record, and that of many of his appointees. So it is pretty ironic to discover that Christine O'Donnell, the Sarah Palin-backed Republican Senate candidate in Delaware has just been caught for the third time dishonestly inflating her academic achievements. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten and Danny Yadron: “Tea-Party Movement Gathers Strength” The tea party has emerged as a potent force in American politics and a center of gravity within the Republican Party, with a large majority of Republicans showing an affinity for the movement that has repeatedly bucked the GOP leadership this year, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found. LINK

CONGRESS:
ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe: “Gridlock: Congress Struggles to Pass Government Funding Bill” Not a single appropriations bill has passed Congress this year, leaving the government at risk of shutting down later this week. It won't happen, but it's another telling sign of the bipartisan stalemate in the nation's capital. LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “Democrats not getting jobs, tax bills done” The Democrats' agenda of jobs and tax cuts has begun to lose support within the party's own ranks, even as House and Senate members rush to finish their pre-election business and return home to seek votes for November's midterms. LINK

RAHM EMANUEL:
ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf: “Replacing Rahm Emanuel: Who Will Be New White House Chief of Staff?” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has not yet confirmed that he will leave Washington in the near future to run for mayor of Chicago, but the writing is on the wall. An announcement is expected Friday, as ABC's Jake Tapper first reported Monday. There are a host of names being bandied about as possible successors. Here is a look at the most often and most recently mentioned. LINK

Politico’s Glenn Thrush and Carol E. Lee: “The White House after Rahm Emanuel” Capitol Hill veteran Pete Rouse has emerged as the clear favorite to become temporary chief of staff if Rahm Emanuel leaves the White House as expected. It’s just the “temporary” part that’s up in the air. LINK

ENVIRONMENT:
The Hill's MIke Lillis: "Health advocates urge EPA regulation of greenhouse gases" Labeling climate change "a serious public health issue," more than 100 leading health advocates called on Washington policymakers this week to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. LINK

REGIONAL POLITICS:
Newsweek’s John Aguilar: “Dems may be in hot seat, but Polis’ is safe one” The three people vying to unseat Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, would need to invigorate a lot of angry voters to win in the left-leaning 2nd Congressional District. "Unaffiliated voters would have to basically shift to a 3-to-1 Republican advantage, the Republican turnout would have to be high, and the Democratic turnout would have to be dispirited and low," said Ken Bickers, the head of the University of Colorado's political science department. LINK

The Miami Herald’s Kathleen Haughney: “Central Florida group seeks ouster of 2 high-court judges” A group seeks the removal of two Florida Supreme Court judges over a federal healthcare law decision. LINK

OTHER:
Bloomberg’s Michael B. Marois: “California Budget Agreement Remains Elusive as Talks Falter” Budget negotiations in California stalled yesterday as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats who control the Legislature clashed over ways to ease ballooning pension costs for state workers. Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders canceled a planned closed-door meeting yesterday shortly before it was to begin, saying aides would meet instead to try to hammer out a compromise. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
ABC News: “Biden: 'I Didn't Hear Any Whining'” Vice President Biden praised supporters during his speech at Penn State University and encourages students to vote. LINK

ABC News: “Obama: 'Have You Thought About Barack As A Name?'” President Obama speaks about small business reform at a town hall meeting and jokes about people naming babies after him.  LINK

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