The Note’s Must-Reads for Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Oct 21, 2010 3:21am

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

PRESIDENT OBAMA
The Miami Herald’s Margaret Talev and Lesley Clark: “Education initiative has eye on Latino vote” Two weeks before elections in which Democrats in several states are nervous that depressed turnout by Latino voters could cost them their jobs, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed an executive order to improve Hispanic children's educational opportunities. LINK

The Hill’s Sean J. Miller: “Majority says no 'change' under Obama, or change for the worse” A majority of voters in key battleground races say President Obama has either brought no change to Washington or has brought change for the worse. LINK

ELECTIONS
The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Key Senate Battles Tighten” Key Senate races are tightening as candidates on both sides make unexpected gains, suggesting that the final days in the battle for control of the chamber could be as volatile as any in recent memory. LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown: “Hispanics don't see Democrats' funding” The Democratic National Committee says it is pouring more money into Latino voter outreach than during any previous midterm elections — but don’t tell that to leading Hispanic organizers in battleground states, who say they’re seeing little evidence of it. LINK

The Washington Times’ Seth McLaughlin: “Voters want solutions; hopefuls offer 'nothing new'” Voters are craving new ideas and an end to business as usual in Washington, but in the waning days of the congressional campaigns, candidates from both parties have dusted off their old party playbooks. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Michael A. Mimoli: “Senate races continue to tighten” According to Real Clear Politics, there are eight Senate races where one candidate's lead in the polls is no greater than 4%. LINK

USA Today’s Mimi Hall: “Democrats lose share of women to GOP” Michelle Obama's campaign pitch is laced with references to hardworking women. LINK

Newsweek’s Kevin Baker: “Why Can’t We All Get Along?” It was inevitable. This election season has been so tumultuous, so bitter and bloated with radical rhetoric, wild ideas, and even wilder characters, that we are now witnessing the return of the Terribly Sensible Party. LINK

REGIONAL POLITICS
The Boston Globe’s Noah Bierman and Michael Levenson: “Rivals differ on serving seniors” Republican Charles D. Baker attacked Governor Deval Patrick for cutting prescription drug assistance and driving up property taxes by slashing local aid yesterday as the candidates for governor debated in front of hundreds of senior citizens. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Frank Phillips: “Patrick’s new ad has potential to backfire” Governor Deval Patrick and his strategists are working hard to paint Republican rival Charles D. Baker as a wealthy health insurance chief executive whose salary tripled while he oversaw soaring health insurance premiums, a move clearly designed to drive a wedge between angry, economically strapped voters and the GOP nominee. LINK

The Denver Post: “Councilman Linkhart to file for Denver mayoral bid” Denver at-large Councilman Doug Linkhart will file paperwork today for a 2011 mayoral run. Linkhart announced his intentions in a news release Tuesday. Linkhart joins the other announced candidate for mayor, James Mejía, chief executive of the Denver Preschool Program. There is a long list of other potential mayoral candidates who are said to be eyeing a run, including Denver Councilman Michael Hancock and state Sen. Chris Romer. LINK

ECONOMY
Bloomberg’s Rebecca Christie and Simon Kennedy: U.S. Seeks g-20 Cooperation on Currencies, Pushes China on Yuan”  Group of 20 policy makers will try to resolve differences over exchange-rate policies this weekend as U.S. officials continue to press China to let the yuan appreciate faster. The U.S. is pushing for the G-20 to agree on a statement of cooperation on exchange-rate issues, either during the Oct. 22- 23 gathering in Gyeongju, South Korea, or at a summit of leaders in Seoul in November, a U.S. official said today. LINK

FOREIGN AFFAIRS
ABC News’ Clarissa Ward: “Miracles or Magic Tricks? Questioning the 'Divine' Talents of India's Gurus” A land of mystics and gurus, Swamis and saints, India is a country enraptured with religious beings, where stories of miracles seem almost ordinary. Tales of divine intervention float out of local villages, telling of young girls who cry tears of blood, yogis who can lie in roaring fires, healers who can cure the sick with a single touch, Sufi shrines that ward off bad spirits, and Hindu holy men who live for decades without a single drop of water or crumb of food. LINK

The New York Times’ Carlotta Gall: “Coalition Routs Taliban in Southern Afghanistan” American and Afghan forces have been routing the Taliban in much of Kandahar Province in recent weeks, forcing many hardened fighters, faced with the buildup of American forces, to flee strongholds they have held for years, NATO commanders, local Afghan officials and residents of the region said. LINK

The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth: “Pentagon plans $60 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia” The Defense Department has notified Congress that it wants to sell $60 billion worth of advanced aircraft and weapons to Saudi Arabia. The proposed sale, which includes helicopters, fighter jets, radar equipment and satellite-guided bombs, would be the largest arms deal to another country in U.S. history if the sale goes through and all purchases are made.  LINK

GAY RIGHTS
ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: “Federal Appeals Court Reinstates 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'” A federal appeals court Wednesday reinstated "don't ask, don't tell," the military's policy forbidding openly gay troops from serving. A three-judge panel granted the Justice Department's emergency request to allow the policy to remain on the books so that the appeals court could have more time to fully consider the issues presented. LINK

GEORGE W. BUSH
The New York Daily News’ Philip Caufield: “George W. Bush tells Texas crowd that he 'misses' perks of being president” Is Bush bored? In a speech at the University of Texas at Tyler, former President George W. Bush told a packed house that he misses the creature comforts of the White House. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO
ABC News: “Sestak: I'm 'Concerned About Extreme Candidates'” PA Senate Candidates battle over Sarah Palin endorsement and extreme candidates. LINK

ABC News: “Looking Back: Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas” After wife's request for apology, explosive hearings are back in the news. LINK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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