The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, October 25, 2010

Oct 25, 2010 3:17am

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 JACQUELINE NG FERNANDEZ, JAYCE HENDERSON, CLAUDIA MORALES, AND MAGGY PATRICK

2010 ELECTION
ABC News’ Rick Klein: “'World News' Political Insights: Shift to GOP May Boost President Obama in '12” If you're looking for the settling of the election-season dust to clear up the political picture, keep looking.  With the end of the campaign season will come a new dynamic in Washington, with the potential for even more partisan gridlock than the public has witnessed over the past two years. LINK

Politico’s Matt Negrin: “For college students, it's so not '08” On college campuses where Barack Obama made politics cool again, most students have moved on. They’ve quit bugging their friends about change, they’re no longer trying to sign up new voters and the knock-on-door day trips now draw only the most hard-core. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Muskal: “Charlie Crist – social moderate and 'heckler'?” Independent Gov. Crist, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek wrangle in the fifth debate of the three-way Florida race for Senate. Crist assertively puts himself forward as the only true independent, sparking angry responses. Recent polls show the 'tea party's' Rubio ahead of Crist and Meek decidedly in third. LINK

The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty: “Election Day could bring historic split: Democrats lose House, keep Senate” The question around Washington today is not whether Nov. 2 will be a difficult day for the Democrats who control Congress, but rather how bad it will be.  LINK

Newsweek’s McKay Coppins: “An Electoral Experiment in North Carolina” The logic of general elections is simple: winner takes all. This, of course, can encourage nasty campaigning—and at the end of a race with more than two candidates, the victor often wins with only a plurality (not a majority) of support. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Alan Wirzbicki: “Democrats hold edge in two key House contests” With the election just a week away, Democrats lead in two of the state’s most closely watched congressional races but are battling to hold on amid far greater enthusiasm among Republican voters, according to new Boston Globe polls. LINK

The Denver Post’s Karen Crummy: “Hickenlooper holds comfy lead in Colo. Gubernatorial race” Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper has a wide lead over his opponents going into the last days of the election, despite third-party candidate Tom Tancredo's ability to siphon votes from the Republican nominee, according to a Denver Post/9News poll. LINK

USA Today’s Richard Wolf: “GOP, Democrats both claim momentum for elections” The head of the Republican Party on Sunday predicted "an unprecedented wave" on Election Day, even as polls in some states showed Democrats gaining ground in their bid to hold power. LINK

The Miami Herald’s Michael C. Bender: “Key amendments unlikely to pass, new poll indicates” If Florida voters seem eager to throw incumbents out of office this year, they appear even more likely to vote down state constitutional amendments. LINK

TEA PARTY
The New York Daily News’ Philip Caufield: “Michael Steele defends Tea Party gaffes on 'Meet the Press,' he knows about 'foot-in-mouth disease'” Attention Tea Party candidates: Michael Steele feels your pain. The Republican National Committee chairman said Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press" that he is sympathetic to the pack of Tea-Party backed Republican candidates whose campaigns have been derailed by gaffes and misstatements in the past few weeks. LINK

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg: “Pro-Republican Groups Prepare Big Push at End of Races” The anonymously financed conservative groups that have played such a crucial role this campaign year are starting a carefully coordinated final push to deliver control of Congress to Republicans, shifting money among some 80 House races they are monitoring day by day. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Peter Wallsten: “Tea Party Already Shapes ’12 Race” The tea-party phenomenon is forcing possible Republican presidential candidates in 2012 to make early and potentially high-risk strategic gambles over how to harness the movement. LINK

OTHER
ABC News’ Russell Goldman and Luis Martinez: “WikiLeaks Documents Reveal Death Count, Torture” The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks released a trove of classified reports that it said documented at least 109,000 deaths in the Iraq war, more than the United States previously has acknowledged, as well as what it described as cases of torture and other abuses by Iraqi and coalition forces. LINK

The Washington Times’ Ben Conery: “'Don't ask' challenge gains legal traction in '03 ruling” The current court challenge to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on homosexuality is far from the first, but a notable 2003 Supreme Court decision may help make it the most likely to succeed. LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: “Subsidiary reps question Franken helmed letter on foreign influence” The lobbying arm of U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies is taking issue with broad calls to crack down on the influence of foreign business in this country’s elections. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News: “Thomas Ex-Flame: He Was 'Obsessed With Pornography'” Lillian McEwen tells WJLA's Rebecca Cooper he was regularly "evaluating women." LINK

ABC News: “Gardner: Women Voters Make Up Mind 'Very Late'” Page Gardner from Women's Voices. Women Vote discusses 2010 election. LINK

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