The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, October 11th, 2010

Oct 11, 2010 3:51am

Compiled by ABC News Digital News Associates and Desk Assistants CLAUDIA MORALES, JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, CARRIE HALPERIN

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 Miami Herald’s Lesley Clark: “Obama to raise money in Coral Gables” With less than a month to go before the election, President Barack Obama returns to Miami to raise money in hopes of keeping Democrats in control of Congress. LINK

The Hill's Sean J. Miller: "Obama promises Dem victory in November if supporters turn out" PHILADELPHIA — President Obama urged Democrats to overcome the spending power of conservative and business groups by going to the polls in the same numbers as 2008.  “If everybody who fought so hard for change in 2008 shows up to vote in 2010, I’m absolutely confident we will win, and most of the polls say the same thing,” the president said Sunday at a rally in Philadelphia. “What the other side is counting on … is you’re going to stay home. LINK

CONGRESS
The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins, Tom McGinty and Jason Zweig: “Congressional Staffers Gain From Trading in Stocks” Chris Miller nearly doubled his $3,500 stock investment in a renewable-energy firm in 2008. It was a perfectly legal bet, but he's no ordinary investor. LINK

The Denver Posts’ Michael Booth: “GOP-leaning farmers may face tough choice in Senate race” Out among farmers and ranchers, the philosophy of limited government and self-sufficiency must survive another meeting with reality. LINK

SARAH PALIN
The New York Daily News' Meena Hartenstein: "Sarah Palin hints at 2012 presidential run in remarks implying her similarity to Ronald Reagan"

Sarah Palin has the 2012 rumor mill buzzing again, as reports leak out the former Alaska Gov. hinted at a presidential run during a closed-door fundraising dinner last week. Speaking to a group of Republican heavyweights on Wednesday at an event hosted by conservative media organization Newsmax, Palin implied naysayers shouldn't rule her out as a presidential candidate. LINK

ELECTIONS
ABC News’ Joshua Miller: “No-Holds-Barred Fight: Connecticut Senate Race Tightens” It was supposed to be an easy win in Connecticut — holding the blue-state Senate seat held by Democrats for almost 50 years, but things went off-script when a former wresting CEO won the Republican nomination. Now the seat is a must-win for Democrats if they want to keep control of the Senate, and the Democratic candidate, a popular state attorney general who hopes to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., is facing a tough, well-funded opponent with whom he is locked in a no-holds-barred battle. LINK

ABC News Z. Byron Wolf: “Meg Whitman Called 'Whore' in Jerry Brown Phone Message” California Attorney General Jerry Brown, the state's Democratic candidate for governor, left a phone message in early September for a union official whose endorsement he was seeking, but apparently forgot to hang up — because a lively discussion between him and some staffers afterward is caught on tape. And either Brown or a staffer — there is some dispute — uses the word "whore" to describe his Republican rival Meg Whitman. LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee and Abby Phillip: “With black voters, Obama gets more personal” The White House has hesitated to cast the midterm elections as a referendum on President Barack Obama, except when it comes to one key constituency: African-American voters. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s John Baer: “Corbett and Onorato: How their messages are playing” WHAT FEW QUESTIONS I get about the low-interest governor's race pretty much boil down to this: Why is Tom Corbett's message focused so much on the right; and why does Dan Onorato's message seem unfocused? LINK

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / ELECTIONS
The Washington Times’ Joseph Weber: “Chamber financing attacks continue” Democrats on Sunday renewed their attacks, accusing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of using foreign money to influence midterm races, despite the Obama administration's acknowledgment that it had no evidence the charge was true. LINK

GOP/DEMS
The Boston Globe’s Brian C. Mooney: “Democrats scramble to counter a fervent GOP” Every evening, Peter Solomon leaves his job as a paralegal, drives to a small suite in a lakeside office park, and starts making phone calls. He’s there weekends, too — and has been since the state Republican Party set up the phone bank almost three months ago to promote its November ticket headed by gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News: “John Boehner Rallies Republican Base in Ohio” House Minority Leader Boehner delivers GOP's closing argument in Ohio. LINK

ABC News: “Ellsworth On Stimulus: 'It Did Work'” Rep. Brad Ellsworth D-IN., discusses Senate race and jobs numbers. LINK

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