The Note’s Must-Reads for Friday, October 22, 2010

By Jayson

Oct 22, 2010 4:20am

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


The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler: “Obama, Biden Plan Another Ohio Trip” President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to finish their fall campaigning with yet another trip to Ohio as they work to rally voters behind Gov. Ted Strickland, who is battling for a second term, officials said today. LINK

Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman: “Obama Meets With Jobs, Raises Cash on West Coast Campaign SwingPresident Barack Obama appealed to Democratic donors in Silicon Valley and met with Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs on the second-day of a western campaign swing to defend his party’s congressional majorities against Republican gains in the Nov. 2 elections. LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Schmitt and David Sanger: “Pakistani Troops Linked to Abuses Will Lose U.S. Aid” The Obama administration will refuse to train or equip about a half-dozen Pakistani Army units that are believed to have killed unarmed prisoners and civilians during recent offensives against the Taliban, senior administration and Congressional officials said Thursday. LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “President Obama Tries to Gain Women's Votes for Democrats” In the pumpkin-festooned backyard of the Foss family today, President Obama pushed the argument that his administration and Democrats generally are better for women and the economy. LINK

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer: “Ad Watch: Extremely Graphic Abortion Ad Airs in D.C. Metro”   An anti-abortion candidate running for D.C. delegate to the U.S. House is airing what is arguably one of this election cycle’s most provocative TV campaign ads, featuring extremely graphic images of aborted fetuses. LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee and Glenn Thrush: “Barack Obama makes case for women's vote” President Barack Obama helpfully reminded 10,000 supporters at the University of Washington here Thursday that he’s appointed “a couple of wonderful women” to the Supreme Court. LINK

The Washington Times’ Sean Lengell: “Some top posts on panels up for grabs” While House Republicans are jockeying behind the scenes for coveted committee chairmanships should Democrats be ousted from leadership after the midterm elections, many political insiders don't expect a drastic reshuffling of leadership within the GOP. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Andrea Tantaros: “Christine O'Donnell, Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina and GOP female juggernaut: Dems losing gender war” For years, Democrats have patted themselves on the back for being the self-appointed party of women.  While Republican women have watched enviously, over the years the left has elected more women to Congress, marketed them skillfully in glossy magazines by using a complacent and willing network of women's media and has been able to galvanize support from liberal women by relying on organizations like EMILY's List, which recruits female Democratic candidates who support abortion. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas and Christi Parsons: “In two years, a fearful turn in Obama's speeches” ith the 2008 Democratic primary race all but won, Barack Obama appeared at a massive outdoor rally here and delivered a message that was unique by the cutthroat standards of American political campaigns. LINK

The Hill’s Shane D’Aprile: “O’Donnell insists she can win while Coons plays it cool” A defiant Christine O'Donnell implored supporters to get out and vote on Election Day, claiming her upstart candidacy is surging against Democratic nominee Chris Coons. LINK

The Washington Post’s Sandhya Somashekhar: “Congressional hopefuls avoid media, events at 11th hour of elections” With less than two weeks before themidterm elections,candidates all across the nation are doing . . . not much of anything? Congressional hopefuls from California to Delaware are shunning the traditional trappings of campaigns, avoiding public events, debates and other venues where they can't control the action. Many are keeping their schedules secret and limiting their in-person appearances and have canceled interviews on national television in favor of smaller, friendlier venues. LINK

USA Today’s David Jackson: “Early voting gives edge to Democrats” Some good news for Democrats this election season: Early voting. LINK

The Denver Post’s Jessica Fender: “Tancredo ups pressure on Maes to quit Colorado governor’s race” Would-be governor Tom Tancredo and his surrogates have run a full-court press on GOP rival Dan Maes in recent weeks, snaking supporters out from under the struggling candidate and upping pressure for Maes to exit the three-way race. With the former Republican congressman within single digits of Democrat John Hickenlooper in a few public polls, some of the pressure has been overt. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Eric Moskowitz: “For Patrick, optimism prevails” Deval Patrick is stopped at a light in Dorchester, in the shadow of the Baker Chocolate Factory condominiums, talking on the phone. He is almost always on the phone when riding in the car these days, and he is in the car a lot, calling Cabinet members and federal officials and aides and potential supporters while shuttling from event to event, one more 14-hour-day in a blur of 100-hour weeks as governor and candidate. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Angela Couloumbis: “Rendell expected to veto school-code bill over tax break provision”  Gov. Rendell on Friday intends to veto a hefty school-code bill he believes is unconstitutional because of a single provision in it that would grant tax breaks to certain landlords that rent to charter schools. The bill would, among other things, exempt from paying property taxes nonprofit foundations that rent their properties to charter schools. LINK

Newsweek’s Mickey Kaus: “Should NPR’s CEO Fire Herself in the Juan Williams Debacle?” National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller has now apologized for a "thoughtless" remark about Juan Williams, whom she fired as an analyst for admitting that he gets "worried" when he's flying and sees people in 'Muslim garb" on the plane. Schiller had told an Atlanta crowd that Williams should take his feelings up with "his psychiatrist or his publicist." LINK

ABC News: “O'Donnell Might Go 'As Dorothy' For Halloween” Delaware Candidate Christine O'Donnell talks about campaign on "Top Line." LINK

ABC News: “Chris Coons on Bush Tax Cuts” Dem. Senate candidate in Delaware clears up his position on extending tax cuts. LINK

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