The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, October 08, 2010

By Jayson

Oct 8, 2010 5:06am

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, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, MAGGY PATRICK and JACOB BECKMAN

PRESIDENT OBAMA:
USA Today’s David Jackson: “Obama tells students their future hinges on election” President Obama stepped up his pitch to younger voters Thursday, saying he needs them "fired up" for the congressional elections that threaten to reverse his economic, education and health care policies. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Jonathan Weisman: “Obama Charges That Groups Put Foreign Money Into Campaigns” President Barack Obama blasted opposition fund-raisers at a campaign rally Thursday, charging that they solicited foreign donations and pumped the millions of dollars they received into congressional races. LINK

UNITED STATES SECURITY / FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
The New York Times’ James Risen: “Inquiry Finds Guards at U.S. Bases Are Tied to Taliban” Afghan private security forces with ties to the Taliban, criminal networks and Iranian intelligence have been hired to guard American military bases in Afghanistan, exposing United States soldiers to surprise attack and confounding the fight against insurgents, according to a Senate investigation. LINK

DEMOCRATS / GOP / 2010 ELECTION:
ABC News’ Maya Srikrishnan: “Dems Use 'Outsourcing' Ads to Attack Republicans on Jobs”  Democrats hit hard by Republicans for bailouts, stimulus, and “job killing” policies like “cap and trade,” are trying to prove that their opponents are just as bad for the economy. The accusation? Their opponents, say Democrats, support policies that outsource American jobs. These “outsourcing” ads have become a popular ad theme for Democratic candidates this election. LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “J ‘Accuse! President Obama Says Chamber of Commerce Using Foreign Funds to Influence US Elections President Obama this afternoon joined the gang of Democrats and liberal groups alleging that the US Chamber of Commerce is using foreign funds to influence American elections. LINK

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “Texas race tests Republican wave” In a Republican year, in a red state where President Obama’s approval ratings are scraping the bottom of the barrel, it’s hard not to notice: In the marquee race in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry hasn’t yet put away his Democratic rival. LINK

The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Obama backs O'Malley at Bowie campaign rally” President Obama visited Maryland on Thursday to support incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley's re-election bid and to urge Democrats to vote in November, despite their disappointment with the first two years of his presidency. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz: “Can Democrats spring an upset in Texas governor’s race?” Democrats have a dream this year and it goes like this: It is election night. As the cable news networks' electronic maps run red with Republican victories, three of the nation's most populous states – California, Florida and Texas – turn instead to blue. LINK

NY Daily News' Kenneth Lovett and Glenn Blain: "GOP's Carl Paladino takes on media, cites Dem opponent Andrew Cuomo's 'legendary prowess'" Carl Paladino bought TV time Thursday to tell voters it's time to focus on the issues – and then slammed Andrew Cuomo's "legendary" success with the ladies. LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Republican-Leaning Groups Spending is ‘Threat’ to Democracy, Plouffe Says” Tax-exempt, Republican-leaning groups that don’t have to disclose their donors are playing a central role in this election and pose a “big threat to our democracy,” a top political adviser to President Barack Obama said. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Brian C. Mooney: “In this political thriller, there aren’t any good guys” Almost everybody looks bad in this story. Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker, who had been pulling even in recent polls, could now be muddied by a nasty legal battle that includes allegations that one of his top aides sought damaging inside information about Timothy Cahill’s campaign. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Alexandra Berzon: “Hopefuls Wager on Hispanic Vote” The U.S. Senate race between Nevada's Democratic Sen. Harry Reid and Republican Sharron Angle, one of the fiercest battles in the country, could hinge on the candidates' opposing bets on the Hispanic vote. LINK

REGIONAL POLITICS:
The Denver Post’s Michael Booth: “Bennet, Buck punch hard in Pueblo senatorial debate” Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck traded much quicker jabs and landed much harder punches in their debate Thursday night, going straight at each other over health care reform, Social Security and new energy jobs. LINK

St. Petersburg Times Bill Varian and Janet Zink: “Money, shared ideals defined businessman’s long relationship with Hillsborough commissioner Jim Norman” Ralph Hughes pumped tens of thousands into the campaigns of politicians who shared his desire for lower taxes and smaller government. LINK

OTHER:
Newsweek’s David Graham: “Santorum Steps Out” With the creation of a political action committee in Iowa, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has moved one step closer to a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. LINK

LA Times' Jack Dolan and Patrick McGreevy: "A flurry of deals delays state budget" State lawmakers were moving Thursday night to bring California's longest-ever budget impasse to a close — but not before stuffing their spending plan with last-minute favors for special interests. LINK

The Hill's Susan Crabtree: "Rangel, Waters public ethics trials won't start until after election" Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) won't face public ethics trials until after the election. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO:
ABC News: “Paladino Defends Outburst in New Ad” GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino says "Andrew's prowess is legendary." LINK

ABC News: “Obama: 'We've Got A Lot At Stake Right Now'” President Barack Obama campaigns for Gov. O'Malley in Bowie, Maryland. LINK

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